Scheduled Date: Wednesday 30th March, 2016
Gasparee Cave and Monas Island Tour….. Sunday 3rd, April 2016
Gasparee Caves situated at Point Baleine on the northwestern end of Gaspar Grande Island is Trinidad’s number one tourist attraction. What makes this cave, so appealing is its unique translucent blue pond, which has an average depth of 10-20 feet. Through an underground source, seawater emerges into the cave to form a natural pool.
The Island’s geological features consist of limestone which is sedimentary rock formed under the sea and composed of coral, oolites, seashells and other marine creatures. The cave originated when water deposits of carbon dioxide 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 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 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. During the periods 1826 to 1864, a flourishing whaling station established at Point Baleine or Whale Point. When the whaling industry declined, Cannings of the Queens Park Hotel acquired the land and built a luxurious hotel at Point Baleine. During World War 11 (1939-1945) the Americans occupied the Island and at its highest point 399 feet, there are historical guns built as a defense against enemy attack.
The Trinidad and Tobago Tourist Development Company recognizing its potential restored the cave to accommodate visitors. Inside a staircase constructed and electricity supplied. Leading to the cave there is a concrete footpath, and the gunnery at the top of the hill refurbished. The cave managed by the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) who conducts daily tours to the Island.
After the tour the group sails to Monas Island to spend the day relaxing at Biscayen Bay.
On Sunday3rd, April 2016 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 2pm.
Advance booking not required, and registration is on the morning of the hike. Finishing time: 3 pm
Cost $180 children$120. Includes boat trips to 1.Gasparee and Monas Island, 2. CDA guided tour of the cave and gate entrance fee at Island Home.
Note: Secure parking available inside Island Home Car Park
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, Marcia 490 2421, Jamal 761- 1889 or www.islandhikers.com
c/o Island Hikers, #152 Frederick Street,
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, WI
Phone: (868) 749-2956,
email :islandhikers @gmail.com
Marcia 490-2421,Michael 290-8183,
Jamal 761-1889,Robin 681-1389,
Camille 620-314, Michelle 726-5195,
Ronda 786-9767,Petronilla 342-1072,
Dennis678-2768, Adrian 349-9316,
Bob 685-5355, Pedro 346-3460