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Hatchet Bay Caves

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Entrance to the Hatchet Bay Caves
Entrance to the Hatchet Bay Caves
Inside the cave
Hatchet Bay Caves sign
Inside the cave

These caves are located on the western side of Queen's Highway, just outside of the Hatchet Bay settlement. This is the most extensive cave system discovered on Eleuthera, extending about 1100 feet underground, with over a mile of twisting passages. There are at least three levels in the cave system, with extravagant stalactite and stalagmite formations that fascinate geology fans. They take on the appearance of underground cathedrals in torch light. Centuries-old graffiti of charcoal signatures also line the walls.

The area is rumored to have been a favorite playground for pirates and you might also want to try your luck searching for pirates' treasure in the caves.

It is recommended to tour the cave with a guide.

Recreational Opportunities

This is a great cave system for spelunkers, treasure hunters, and history buffs.

Seasons Accessible

Year Round

Fees: None

Accessibility Notes

The site is accessible by vehicle and then walking. Care should be taken by persons who are physically challenged or in wheelchairs.

 Eco-Friendly Notes

You should not touch any of the cave surfaces because they are still growing and contact with human skin could permanently stunt growth. 

For More Information, Contact:

Eleuthera Tourist Office
Queen's Highway, Governor's Harbour, CE
(242) 332-2142 · fax (242) 332-2480
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Latitude: 25.375990000
Longitude: -76.533300000
Elevation: 149 FT (45 M)
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