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).
Approximately 100 yards/meters down the road there is another dirt road to the right. Take the right.
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.
Look to the right and see the inconspicuous sign to the Utila Caves.
Follow the winding path for a few minutes until you arrive at the sign and ladder.
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.)
For those a little more adventurous, check out the “inside” freshwater cave. Behind the ladder is a small hole. Enter here.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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