A visit To Gasparee Caves
Gasparee Cave, located at Point Baleine on the north - eastern side of Gaspar Grande is a favorite destination for a visitor. The Island geological features consist of limestone rocks composed mostly of coral, oolites and sea shells. Formation of the cave occurred when water containing carbon dioxide dissolved the limestone to form crystals of calcium bicarbonate. Over the years, the crystals accumulate creating stalagmites, which extend upward from the cave floor, and stalactites which extend downward from the roof. Over time, the crystals develop into pillars which stem from the roof to the floor. The crystals in the cave have transformed themselves into amasing shapes, and some offer the appearance of a dinosaur head, a chandelier, two lovers hugging and even flowers. What makes this cave most attractive is that sea water enters the cave through and underground source to create a translucent blue pond. It is always a desire to take a refreshing swim in the cave which can be restricted due to the 10 to 20 foot depth.
Gaspar Grande is full of fascinating history in 1783 Governor Don Jose Maria Chacon granted the Island to Gaspar De Percin. At Point Baleine between 1826 and 1864, a flourishing whaling station established, and during World War 11, the Americans built a gunnery situated at the top of the hill above the cave.
The Trinidad and Tobago Tourist Board realising the potential have purchased the land surrounding the cavern reconstructed a staircase and restored it with electricity. Leading to the cave a concrete foot-path built and the gunnery refurbished. The Chagaramas Development Authority manage’s the tours to the cave, and on Sunday 14th April,2013 Island Hikers visit Gasparee Caves. After visiting the cave, we sail onward to Scotland Bay to enjoy sea bathing with an optional return hike.
Sunday 14th April’13............. Gasparee Caves and return hike from Scotland Bay
Assembly:7.00am at KFC Carpark, Westmall.
Depart by 7.45am to Island Home
Registration on morning of hike
Cost of $150 which includes the cost for the boat trip to Gasparee and Scotland Bay, CDA Tour, Island Home gate entrance and a return hike. (Optional return by boat $20.00 extra)
Note : Secure parking available inside Island Home Car Park for additional $20.00 per car
What to bring : 1 litre of water, 2 thirst quencher drinks, hat for sunshade, sandwiches, snacks, medication etc.
Rating :3 fair
Finishing time : 3 pm
Contact Mario 749-2956 or visit Islandhikers.com for safety tips and hiking details.