The Most Spectacular Sea Caves Around the World


8. Painted Cave, California, USA

It is one of the largest and deepest sea caves in the world, located on the craggy coast of Santa Cruz Island in California. At over 130 feet high and nearly a quarter mile long, this sea cave gets its name from the numerous colors that make it up. Colorful rocks, lichen, and algae adorn the walls of the cave, turning it into a colorful piece of art.

The cave is made up of several inner chambers and the best way to explore them is by taking a boat to the island and then kayaking your way through the cave. Visiting in the springtime is perhaps the best time, as a beautiful waterfall cascades down in front of the entrance to the cave. There are many guided tours to choose from which will provide you with all the gear, flotation devices, snorkels and information you need.


7. Fingal’s Cave, Staffa, Scotland

It is located on the island of Staffa and is also known as the cave of melody or as novelist Sir Walter Scott explained it, “one of the most extraordinary places I have ever beheld”. This sea cave is well known for two things, the eerie sounds that it makes and the arching cathedral-like geological features. In fact, the entire cave is made up of hexagonal basalt columns and is the only one of its kind in the entire world.

Visitors here can discover this cave by taking a sightseeing cruise from the town of Hull. The cruise ship will land close to the cave and the basalt columns actually provide the perfect stepping stones to enter into the cave. When it groans and moans, just know that these sounds are quite normal for this sea cave.

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