Gasparee Caves…. Sunday 30thMarch’14
Gasparee Caves, situated at Point Baleine on the north-eastern side of Gaspar Grande Island is a favorite destination for local and foreign visitors. The Island’s geological features consist of limestone rocks composed mostly of coral, oolites and sea shells. Formation of the main cave occurred when water containing carbon dioxide dissolved the limestone to form crystals of calcium bicarbonate. Over time, the crystals accumulate creating stalagmites, they extend upward from the cave floor, and stalactites that extend downward from the roof. The crystals grow and evolve into pillars that stem from the roof to the floor. The crystals in the cave have transformed themselves into fascinating shapes, and some have the appearance of a dinosaur head, a chandelier, two lovers hugging and even flowers. What makes the cave most attractive is that the sea water enters the cave through and underground source to create a translucent blue pond with a depth of 10-20 feet.
The history of Gaspar Grande Island goes back to 1783 when Governor Don Jose Maria Chacon granted the land to Gaspar De Percin Roque. At Point Baleine, a flourishing whaling station established between the periods 1826 to 1864. The highest point on the Island is 399 feet above sea level and at the top of the hill, overlooking the cave, there is a gunnery built by the Americans for defense during World War 11 from1939-1945.
The Trinidad and Tobago Tourist Development Company realising the cave’s potential purchased the land and developed it. In order to make the cave secure for visitors a staircase reconstructed and electricity restored. Leading to the cave, a concrete foot-path built and the gunnery refurbished. The Chaguaramas Development Authority manages the cave and conduct daily tours to the Island. Island Hikers explore Gasparee Caves on Sunday 30th March’2014 with a return hike from Scotland Bay
Sunday 30thMarch’14........ Gasparee Caves and return hike from Scotland Bay
Assembly: 7.00am at KFC Carpark, West mall.
Depart by 7.45am to Island Home
Advance booking is not required and registration is on the morning of the hike.
The cost of $160 which includes the boat trips to Gasparee Island and Scotland Bay, CDA Tour guides, 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 www.Islandhikers.com for safety tips and hiking details.