Utila Freshwater Caves Adventure


Most people visit the Bay Islands to play in the salty sea.  Diving, snorkeling, and relaxing at the beach are favorite pastimes of locals and visitors alike.  However, when you are ready to go off the beaten path, checking out the freshwater caves of Utila is a great adventure!  From Utila Town, head toward the airport.  When you get to the end of the paved road, go straight.Do not turn toward the airport building; instead take the dirt road with the sidewalk (called CJ street).

Looking back at Airport Road.  When coming from town take the dirt road instead of veering left to the Airport Building.

Looking back at Airport Road. When coming from town take the dirt road instead of veering left to the Airport Building.

Approximately 100 yards/meters down the road there is another dirt road to the right.  Take the right.

Another sign for CJ Street.  Take a right here.

Another sign for CJ Street. Take a right here.

Another 100 yards/meters is a dirt road to the left.  Take the left.  (Hint: Follow the power lines). Dead end at the large noisy building.  This is the Utila Power Company’s generator building.  Lock up your bike here.

UPCO

UPCO (Utila Power Company) This plant provides Electrical power to the entire Island of Utila.

Look to the right and see the inconspicuous sign to the Utila Caves.

To the caves.

To the Utila Caves.

Follow the winding path for a few minutes until you arrive at the sign and ladder.

Read closely:  The caves are not a toilet!

Read the sign closely: The Utila Freshwater Caves are not a toilet!

Descend carefully.  Wander around and see the outside caves.  These can be enjoyed by anyone.  Nice and cool.  Perfect for a hot day.  Many people pack a lunch or a few beers and enjoy.  (Just remember to take trash out with you.)

The "outside" freshwater caves.

The “outside” of the freshwater caves.

For those a little more adventurous, check out the “inside” freshwater cave.  Behind the ladder is a small hole.  Enter here.

Yes, you will have to crawl.

Yes, you will have to crawl.

Items you will need to enter the cave:  a buddy, flashlight and/or candles, lighter and/or matches, mask (optional).  As you enter, it is very useful to light candles along the way.  One every 10-20 feet.  The small openings are at times difficult to maneuver, especially for tall people.  You will see remnants of others candles to confirm you are on the right path.  There are not several paths so just know you will end up in the cavern.  It will take approximately 8 minutes on your hands and knees.  Veer to the left and up a small incline.  This can be very slippery.  Once you are standing in the large cavern, light several candles for ambiance and vision.

In the cavern there is a large group of stalagmites.

In the cavern there is a large group of stalagmites. Light candles around here.  Look down to the right for the water.

The water.

The water.

Plop in!  Feel refreshed after your crawl through the muck.  If you have taken a mask and underwater torch, look around at the incredible underwater stalagmites and stalactites.  DO NOT attempt to swim/explore openings or crevices underwater.

Underwater formations.

Underwater formations.

 As you travel around in the water, you will see the candles from your entrance path.  This is an easier exit point than climbing back out.

Candles light the way.  Exit in the shallows.

Candles light the way. Exit in the shallows.

After your visit, exit using your candles.  Be sure to pick them up, as well as any other trash that may have been left behind.  See the light at the end of the tunnel!

EXIT

EXIT

 

Caution:  Always have a buddy when entering the “inside” cave.  Do not take valuables or leave anything outside. Clean up after yourself and the ones who forgot to do so before you.  During rainy season it is nearly impossible to keep anything dry as the water is seeping from above.  Take the necessary precautions to have a memorable experience at the caves!

Please read this very very important safety message; it just may save your life! Cavern diving Safety Message – a public service announcement from the Honduras.com Scuba Team.

Airport Road to Freshwater Caves

Airport Road to Freshwater Caves.  Click to enlarge.

More Utila Travel Tips how to get around in Utila 

Utila Map

Utila Street Guide and Travel Tips from the Utila Ferry to Mango Inn, Airport and the Caves

Utila Street Guide and Travel Tips from Town Center to the Point

Utila Street Guide and Travel Tips from Town Center to Sandy Bay

Utila Cays, Utila South Shore and Treasure Beach

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