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Scheduled Date: Tuesday 28th July, 2015
Gasparee Cave and Monas Island Tour…..Sunday 2nd August’15
The number one destination for local and foreigners to visit is Gasparee Cave, situated at Point Baleine on the northeastern side of Gaspar Grande Island. What makes this cave so unique and appealing is its pool. Sea- water emerges through an underground source to create a translucent blue pond with a depth of 10-20 feet.
The Island’s geological features consist of limestone composed of coral, oolites and seashells. The cave formed by water deposits of carbon dioxide, which dissolved the limestone into crystals of calcium bicarbonate. Over time, the accumulations of crystals create stalagmites, which extend up from the cave floor, and stalactites they extend down from the roof. Those that stem all the way from the roof to the floor called pillars. Some of the crystals transformed themselves into fascinating shapes, and some appear as 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 land to Gaspar De Percin Roque. At Point Baleine, a flourishing whaling station established during the periods 1826 to 1864. Overlooking the cave at the highest point on the Island (399 feet), there is a historic World War 11 Gun (1939-1945) built by the Americans for the defense against enemy attack.
The Trinidad and Tobago Tourist Development Company recognizing its potential restored the cave and made it safe for visitors. A staircase built, and electricity provided. Leading to the cave there is a concrete footpath, and refurbished is the Gunnery. The cave managed by the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) conduct daily tours to the Island.
After the tour of Gasparee Cave, the group sails to Monas Island to relax at Biscayen Bay on Monas Island.
On Sunday 2nd, August 2015 Island Hikers explore Gasparee Caves
Assembly: 7.00am at KFC Carpark, West Mall.
Depart by 7.45am to Island Home
Note: Boat Return time from Monas Island begins at 1.30 pm.
Advance booking not required, and registration is on the morning of the hike. Finishing time: 3 pm
Cost Includes boat trips to 1.Gasparee and Monas Island, 2. CDA tour of the cave, Island Home gate entrance fee.
The cost of the tour Adults: $180. Children: $120.
Note: Secure parking available inside Island Home Car Park
What to bring: 1 bottle of water, two drinks, hat for sunshade, sandwiches, snacks, medication, etc.
Rating: 2 easy
Contact Mario 749-2956 or visit www.Islandhikers.com for safety tips and hiking details.
c/o Island Hikers, #152 Frederick Street,
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, WI
Phone: (868) 749-2956,
email :islandhikers @gmail.com
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