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Gasparee Caves

Scheduled Date: Wednesday 30th March, 2016

Gasparee Cave and Biscayen Beach on Sun 4th March 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 unusual 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 United States of America leased the islands and surrounding territories on the Western Peninsula to set up a defense against enemy attack. There are large historical guns situated above the cave at the highest point (399 feet) overlooking the island.

The Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) presently manages the cave and conducts daily tours of the Island. Inside the cave a staircase built and electricity supplied. There is now a concrete footpath with signs that lead to the cave 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 Beach on Monas Island.

On Sunday 4th March 2018 Island Hikers explore Gasparee Caves

Assembly: 7 am at KFC Carpark, West Mall.

Depart by 7.45 am at Salt Factory Road Chagaramas

Cost Adults $200.00, Children 11& under $140 Advanced booking not required, and registration is in the morning. Estimated finish time: 2- 4 pm

The cost includes the boat trips to 1.Gasparee Island, 2. CDA guided tour of the cave and trip to Biscayen Beach on Monas Island.

What to bring: 1 litre of water, two drinks, a hat for sunshade, sandwiches, snacks, medication, etc.

Rating: 2 easy

For details contact Mario: 749-2956, Jamal 761- 1889, Marcia 490-2421 or www.islandhikers.com

 

 

 

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Contact

Mario Russell
c/o Island Hikers,
#152 Frederick Street,
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago/

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