Crystal Cave attraction to open this year

Landowner plans to run tours in North Side

A new cave tourism attraction could be open in North Side before the end of the year. 

Landowner Christian Sorensen aims to begin running guided nature tours of the cave system and surrounding area starting in November. 

He has applied for planning permission for a toilet block, security center and snack shop at the site, which will be known as Crystal Caves. Mr. Sorensen said the aim is to start with a small-scale nature tourism operation, offering tours of three of the caves. 

He said there are more than 100 caves in the system, and there is potential to expand the scope of the attraction if it proves successful. 

“What’s nice about this is we have the land area as well, which is very scenic. There are three caves that are easily accessible, and the surrounding area and cave entrances are quite spectacular,” Mr. Sorensen said. 

One of the caves has a lake inside, and all have stalactites and stalagmites. Similar cave attractions in Bermuda and Barbados have proved popular with tourists. 

Mr. Sorensen intends to charge around US$30 for a guided tour lasting around an hour and 15 minutes. 

He said the plan has been in the works for nearly 20 years, but it had taken a back seat to other business interests. 

Mr. Sorensen said, “The idea is for a new tourism attraction for the island. I think it is something different to do in Grand Cayman, particularly for tourists who are here for a week or two. 

“There are thousands of plants in the area that you don’t see anywhere else.” 

Mr. Sorensen faced some opposition when the project was discussed in February 2012, but he believes that was due to a misunderstanding about the nature of his plans following rumors that he was opening a nightclub in the caves. 

He said he has no plans for anything of the sort and believes the project will help protect and preserve the wildlife in and around the caves. 

He said the security and monitoring of the site would prevent people from running illegal tours through the caves, littering the site and breaking off stalactites. 

A landowner plans to run guided tours of caves on his property in North Side.
A landowner plans to run guided tours of caves on his property in North Side. – PHOTO: Courtney Platt, provided by Christian Sorensen


  1. Good idea if the caves are comparable to those in Bermuda. But why don”t you name it differently not to be confused with Crystal Caves of Bermuda? Have you visited Crystal Caves of Bermuda to see how it is done over there?
    I hope all safety measures will be in place and the business is fully insured before it opens its door for visitors.
    The caves in Bermuda are protected by Law. There is a warning sign posted at the entrance of each cave. They have proven to be extremely valuable from the scientific,economic, and recreational viewpoints.

  2. This will be a great addition to Cayman’s growing tourism product and will add some diversity. Stay-over tourists can see the whole island in a matter of days so this is an added plus to the other nature-oriented attractions like the Mastic Trail and the Botanical Gardens and shows a side of Cayman that a lot of people like myself didn’t even realize existed.

  3. If this picture is of the cave in North Side, it is beautiful and I don”t know why it has not been opened up as tourist attraction before now. I can”t believe that Mr. Miller lived in North Side all these years and a politician all these years, and didn’t try to have this open up as a tourist attraction for the district development. It shows that these politicians don’t know what assets they have at their disposal.

  4. I think Mr. Christian Sorensen should visit Bermuda Caves unless he has already done that. It is a serious business to run cave tours. There are many things he can learn in Bermuda, such as safety of visitors, preservation of the caves, capacity issue.
    Special lighting is what makes caves spectacular, but high voltage electricity in a cave next to water brings some safety issues. You can’t sit in Bermuda caves, there are railings installed to prevent human contact with the cave’s surfaces. Only a certain amount of people is allowed to be in a cave at a time, therefore tours are scheduled. If you miss one tour, you can enjoy beautiful grounds, browse through a gift shop or have a light snack on a bench while waiting for the next tour. There are metal gates installed to prevent unauthorised entry after hours.
    If done right, the caves would be an excellent addition to Grand Cayman’s attractions. Skilled and knowledgeable tour guide is a must for this business success. Visiting any attraction is a learning experience. I hope all of these is already taken care of since they plan to open soon.