Scheduled Date: Wednesday 14th February, 2018
Gasparee Cave on Ash Wednesday 14th August 2018.
Trinidad’s Number 1 visitor’s attraction is the Gasparee Cave situated at Point Baleine on the northwestern end of Gaspar Grande Island. What makes the cave, so appealing is the unique translucent blue pond, which has a depth of 10-20 feet. Seawater emerges into the cave from an underground source to form a natural clear water pool.
The Island’s geological features consist of sedimentary rocks of limestone formed under the sea from a composition of coral, oolites, seashells and other marine creatures. The cave originated from water deposits of carbon dioxide, which dissolved the limestone into crystals of calcium carbonate. This chemical formula known as CaCO3 is a compound of calcium, carbon, and oxygen. Over time, the accumulations of crystals created stalagmites, which extend upward from the cave floor, and stalactites, which extend downward from the roof. Those that stem all the way from the ceiling to the ground called pillars. Some of the crystals transformed themselves into fascinating shapes, and some resemble a dinosaur head, a chandelier, two lovers hugging and even flowers.
There is a lot of history that surrounds Gaspar Grande Island. In 1783, Governor Don Jose Maria Chacon granted the island to Gaspar De Percin Roque to plant cotton. At Point Baleine during the periods 1826 to 1864, there was a flourishing whaling station. However, when the whaling industry declined, Mr.Cannings of the Queens Park Hotel acquired the land and built a luxurious hotel. During World War 11 (1939-1945) the islands and lands on the Western Peninsula given to the Americans to set up a defense against enemy attack. Situated above the cave at the highest point (399 feet) still positioned are the gigantic historical guns.
The Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) manages the cave and conducts daily tours to the Island. Inside the cave a staircase built and electricity supplied. Leading to the cave, there is now a concrete footpath with signs and at the top of the hill, the gunnery refurbished. After the tour, the group sails to Monas Island to spend the day relaxing at Biscayen Bay.
On Ash Wednesday 14th August 2018 Island Hikers explore Gasparee Caves
Assembly: 8am at KFC Carpark, West Mall.
Depart by 8.30am to Island Home Chagaramas (located at the end of West Main Rd 1km before the Cove and Sentry booth.
Cost $200.00 Advanced booking not required, and registration is on the morning. Estimated finish time: 1pm
The cost includes the boat trips to 1.Gasparee Island, 2. CDA guided tour of the cave.
Bathing allowed with life jackets only. (Supplied)
Note: Secure parking available at Island Home $35.00
Island Home gate entrance fee $20.00 not included
What to bring: 1 bottle of water, two drinks, a hat for sunshade, sandwiches, snacks, medication, etc.
Rating: 2 easy
For details contact Mario: 749-2956, Jamal 761- 1889 or www.islandhikers.com
Phone: (868) 749-2956,
email :islandhikers @gmail.com
Marcia 490-2421,Michael 719-3368,
Jamal 761-1889,Robin 681-1389,
Camille 620-314, Michelle 726-5195,
,Petronilla 342-1072, Pooran 764-2041
Dennis 678-2768, Adrian 349-9316,
Bob 685-5355, Pedro 346-3460
Ian 682-6177, Danny 372-7798