The Most Spectacular Sea Caves Around the World
When combined, water and wind can do some pretty incredible things, such as create these magnificent sea caves. While some of the spectacular sea caves are well known for being some of the largest and longest, others are quietly tucked away, begging to be discovered. Most of them aren’t easy to access but put in the effort and you shall be rewarded. From the coast of Oregon to the Islands of Scotland to Chile and Portugal here are the most spectacular sea caves in the world.
10. Sea Lion Cave, Florence, Oregon, USA
It wouldn’t be a list of sea caves without including America’s largest sea cave, the Sea Lion Cave, which gets its name from the resident sea lions that lounge around it and bark excessively. The formation of this cave happened about 25 million years ago and now is as large as the length of a football field and as high as a 12-storey building. Although it has become quite a popular tourist attraction, there is even an elevator that takes you down to the cave; it is simply a wonder that must not be missed.
Besides sea lions, visitors will have the chance to take in the colors of the cave as over years lichen, minerals and algae have painted it in hues of pinks, purples, and reds. Other animals you may witness in and around the cave are sea birds and whales. Visitors must be able to walk along the trails and steps down the cave and should be prepared that there are not always sea lions in and around the caves, as this is the wild, not the zoo.
9. Smoo Cave, Durness, Scotland
This impressive geological wonder includes both fresh water and sea water and was actually carved into the limestone by the Alt Smoo, a river that runs above and pours into a cavern through a sinkhole. Nearly 40,000 people visit each year and improvements are taking place to install new walkways, washrooms and other amenities for visitors. The cave is quite interesting in that the main entrance was formed by the sea and the inner chambers by the river.
Going there to view the entrance and main cave is free and for a small amount visitors can take a tour into the smaller chambers and see a beautiful waterfall. The tour is definitely recommended but make sure you go early as they fill up fast. One of the most unique caves on this list, it’s not to be missed if you happen to be in Scotland.