Animal Flower Cave
Barbados offers a very special way to look on the Atlantic Ocean – through the entrance of Animal Flower Cave, sitting in a pool which is rised few metres above the sea level.
Map of the site
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Animal Flower Cave has been formed in the past by sea wave action. Waves have formed a deep chamber in the cliffs – with a hole in the ceiling. Earlier (and also now, in the case of strong storms) this hole serves as a blowhole. Since then Barbados has raised out from the sea and now the cave entrance is some 1.8 m above sea level.
Animal Flower Cave contains several pools of lucid water where one can swim. Especially impressive is the Carpet Room with a pool where swimmers can enjoy a sight of the Atlantic Ocean. It seems that the basin is a part of the ocean, although it is located above the sea. The cave chamber has amazing acoustics and colorful cave formations on the walls.
Animal Flower Cave was discovered by English explorers in 1780 (they noticed it from the sea) and since the 19th century it became a tourist destination.
In 1912 there were made steps through the blowhole down to the cave with its swimming pools – and since then this is the only sea cave in Barbados which is accessible to tourists.
Cave got its name from the numerous sea anemones and worms – &sea flowers&, which in huge amounts were living in the pools. Unfortunately, now just a few are left.
This small Caribbean island has an interesting historical heritage – numerous monuments of architecture and several historical towns. The country has interesting plantation houses and historical industrial architecture.
Every year there are reported exciting discoveries of new caves and discoveries of new qualities such as cave paintings in the ones known before. But there still is a feeling that our knowledge covers just a small part of all these monuments of nature.
Though, those which are known to us, offer a surprising diversity of unusual features and impressive sights.
The Caribbean is a unique group of islands. These islands are somewhat similar – tropical islands surrounded by the blue Caribbean sea. At the same time, they are very diverse – from enormous Cuba to minuscule Saba, from dry Bonaire to jungle-covered mountains of Trinidad, and from the flat Bahamas to mountainous Dominica.
This insider’s guide reveals the island’s best-kept secrets, so you can feel like a “regular”, even on your first trip, and find activities for the whole family!
Author and BBC broadcaster Julian Armfield came to Barbados for ten days, met and married a Bajan beauty, and stayed forever. He quickly discovered that life on a vibrant Caribbean island was going to be hugely different from that in a sleepy English village…