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Ten of the most beautiful sea caves in the world

Sea caves are a great attraction for tourists and especially for those who love adventure. Even though we can’t travel yet due to the restrictions placed for the coronavirus pandemic, it would be a good idea to show you some of the most gorgeous sea caves to have in mind for your next trip.

  1. Cenote Dos Ojos – Tulum, Mexico
    If you decide to dive there you will discover two caves that are connected by a narrow underwater passageway. It’s like watching «two eyes». There are many types of marine life including two types of shrimps. These stunning sinkholes are located between Tulum and Playa del Carmen. If you decide to stay at the water’s surface, you can enjoy the bat cave.
  2. Playa de las Catedrales – Ribadeo, Spain
    This famous place is only accessible during low tide which occurs twice a day. The arches and the caves are one of the most beautiful in the world. Keep in mind that there is a limited number of people allowed into this attraction every day. It is also Known as «Beach of the holy waters». The extraordinary natural rock formations resemble the soaring arches found in Gothic cathedrals. The Spanish beach is located ten kilometers west from the town of Ribadeo, in the province of Lugo (Galicia), on the Cantabric Sea coast. Its waters are tougher and cooler than people would normally expect.
  3. Apostle Island Sea Caves – Wisconsin, USA
    The truth is that there isn’t near any saltwater but this hidden gem is difficult to skip and not mention it in this article. The scenery is spectacular as nature has carved delicate arches, vaulted chambers, and honeycombed passageways into cliffs on the north shore of Devils Island, Swallow Point on Sand Island, and along the mainland near the Lakeshore’s western boundary.
  4. Phang Nga Bay Caves – Phuket, Thailand
    You can use a canoe and explore the lagoons and the sea caves. The water has a strange color, something between blue and green. There are incredible rock formations and of course the Thailand jungle. Phang Nga Bay is a 400 km2 bay in the Strait of Malacca between the island of Phuket and the mainland of the Kra Isthmus of southern Thailand.
  5. Neptune’s Grotto – Alghero, Italy
    This cave which is located on the island of Sardinia is mainly known for its stalactites. It is estimated about two million years old and of course attracts lots of tourists. Only a few hundred meters are open to the public, although the full extent of the sea cave is massive.
  6. Cathedral Cove Sea Cave – Coromandel, New Zealand
    This cave located on the Pacific coastline of New Zealand is a great spot for snorkeling and swimming. This cave is the most representative example when saying that New Zealand is one of the world’s most beautiful countries. The cave is accessible only on foot, boat or kayak. Cathedral Cove is located at Hahei, just 10 minutes drive from the famous Hot Water Beach.
  7. Sea Lion Caves – Oregon, USA
    In the winter the sea lions find shelter into the sea caves but in the summer tourists can meet them on the rocky shoreline. These caves are estimated to be 25 million years old.
  8. Painted Cave – California, USA
    Here the rocks are colored and that’s why the cave is called «painted». This enormous sea cave – the longest in North America and one of the lengthiest in the world – plunges a quarter-mile into the side of Santa Cruz Island, within Channel Islands National Park.
  9. Playa Escondida – Marieta Islands, Mexico
    Nowadays it is better described as a hidden beach.  Playa Escondida used to be a sea cave, but long ago, the cave’s ceiling collapsed. It is also known as the «eye to the sky». Many tourists go there for swimming and sunbathing.
  10. Animal Flower Cave – St. Lucy, Barbados
    When the water is calm you can swim in the sea cave. But when the water is too rough to swim in, tourists will love the views of the powerful ocean. It is the island’s lone accessible sea cave. It was discovered by its seaward entrance in 1780 by two English explorers. The cave stands six feet above the high water mark although it was formed at sea level.

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