Harrison’s Cave Barbados, It Was Finally Open, 3rd Time Lucky!
The first time I tried to visit Harrison Cave in Barbados was in November 2006, when it was closed for renovations, I tried again in August 2007 but it was still shut. I wasn’t holding out too much hope of it being open June this year, when I arrived here to begin my new life in paradise. I appreciate the fact that I’m in the Caribbean and that things take a lot longer to happen here in Barbados, compared to in the UK.
I was amazed when I found out it was finally open, I knew they had being upgrading things to improve the Harrisons Cave experience for visitors. It was going to be 3rd time lucky for me; I was finally going to get the chance to visit the supposed number 1 tourist attraction in Barbados.
Harrison’s Cave is almost located in the centre of the island in the parish of St Thomas. It took us about 30 minutes to reach the caves from Bridgetown, which is the capital of Barbados.
It was relatively easy to find the caves. But I do hope the new government improves the road signs to all the major tourist attractions in Barbados. I think it is an absolute disgrace, how poor the road signs are to many of the tourist attractions and beaches in Barbados.
On our arrival at Harrison’s Cave there was fairly small queue, it took us about 40 minutes to gain entry, which wasn’t too bad. A chilled bottle of Banks Beer helped to pass the time. I couldn’t believe the two moaning Americans behind us, complaining about how long it was taking to get into the attraction. I couldn’t help but wonder what planet they were living on. I have queued up for longer in America to buy a can of Coca Cola!
What can I say about the Harrison’s Cave experience? Before we entered the cave, we watched a very interesting and informative video presentation telling us how Barbados was first formed. We were then driven around the cave on an electric tram; I would estimate that there are around 40 people in each group.
The tour lasts for around 40 minutes and you get off the tram on two occasions for a closer look at some amazing natural wonders. The tram travels fairly slowly and stops at various points for photo opportunities. A tour guide provides running commentary throughout the tour, which I again thought was very interesting and informative.
At times as we were driven through Harrison’s Cave I couldn’t help but feel like I was almost in a Indian Jones movie. I found it totally amazing looking at the Stalactites and Stalagmites on the cave roof and floor. I would love the opportunity to go exploring off the tourist road, within Harrison’s Cave. I felt like sneaking off the tram and going for a wee wonder myself, but I didn’t want to bring shame to my family.
The only gripe I would have concerning the Harrison’s Cave experience, is that I feel it would have been an even better tour if they let us walk about a bit more. I feel that they should consider creating a walking path out of the caves to finish the tour off with. That would add something extra special to a very special tour.
Harrisons Cave was a tour, which was very much enjoyed by myself, and family. This is a tour that both the adults and kids will thoroughly enjoy. If you only go on one tour in Barbados I would recommend that you go and visit Harrison’s Cave. I feel sorry for those stupid Americans in the queue that couldn’t be bothered waiting for another 10 minutes to get in.