Wednesday, March 26, 2008
According to http://www.barbados.org/, "Barbados is a coral island, pushed out of sea by volcanic activity in a far away time. On the West Coast of Barbados, coral shore beaches of fine white sand stretch along a blue-green sea. Coral reefs fringe the Barbados shoreline to provide excellent snorkeling and Scuba Diving. Along the East Coast a lively surf is blown briskly by the strong and constant trade winds and the waves pound against a rocky shore. The constant breeze of the trade winds give Barbados a mild and pleasant tropical climate.
When you visit Barbados, you will see it is mostly a flat coral island with excellent beaches, but there are rolling hills and many deep ridges and gullies, with an interesting distribution of flora and fauna. Within the Barbados coral core there is a vast array of caves and underground lakes which provide an excellent supply of drinking water that is amongst the purest in the world. Geologically Barbados is unique, being actually two land masses that merged together over the years."
After we woke up a little bit late and frazzled, we met up with the group to take a bus tour through the island to visit one of the top tourist attractions on the island: Harrison's Cave. It is basically a crystallized limestone cavern that is said to be one of the wonders of the world. It contains flowing streams that helped to create beautiful stalactites and stalagmites in this living cave. You tour the cave on an electric tram (sort of like a limo-sized golf cart) holding about 20 people. It is perfect for kids as there's just enough walking and the caves are not too hot. You drive a little, stop, explore, and then get back on the cart. The tour lasts anywhere between 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on what you want to see. I never felt scared as it is very easy to do and experience. It was perfect for the whole family.
Since we went in 2008, it appears that they have enhanced the tour to start at the top of the cliff overlooking the valley floor. You take a brisk walk/hike down in the outdoors leading up to the tram ride.