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A well kept secret finally exposed

It’s a thousand year old well kept secret, that was literally buried in our backyard until now.

A lucky group of students from the Edna Moyle Primary School got a chance to tour the Cayman Crystal Caves in North Side. The caves are spread across 200 acres of lush terrain, and the children were guided by Joseph Welcome; who taught them about the beautiful flora and fawn every step of the way.

Currently only three caves and an extensive nature walk across some 48 acres are available to the public. The trail offers several well know plants like the Silver Thatch and the Maiden-plum, along with other less popular but very expensive trees like the Cherry Wood Tree. The caves are breathtakingly beautiful. Narrow path ways branch off in several directions running on for hundreds of feet, some leading to wide open spaces. And in one of the caves available, there is stunning underground lake. At only 2 feet deep in most parts, the lake is shallow, but spans back into the caves 600 feet.

It was enough to leave a little more than a dozen year 2 and 3 students speechless, but only for a few minutes, after which Welcome had to find the answers to a barrage of questions.

The caves also give visitors to see live and active bat colonies, most having bats numbering in the tens. For now tours are done on an reservation basis, but after visiting, its hard to not ask, why did it take so long to discover these caves?

About the author

Andrel Harris

Andrel Harris

After completing high school in Cayman, Andrel Harris joined the news team as a Reporter Trainee in 2013. Now he serves as a reporter/producer, as well as the 'Cayman 27 Today' anchor. He also contributes to the talk shows and present weather forecasts. He hails from the district of North Side.

"Working with Cayman 27 has been a rewarding and eye opening experience. Through the power of the media, I've been able to help give a voice to the people living in Cayman." - Andrel Harris

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