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Christmas Island caves

08/06/2012

The island is a lot of rocks, caves, created in the soft limestone water and volcanic gases. There are some 30 caves on island, containing at least 12 endemic species of animals.

The most popular caves are Daniel Roux Cave (560m), where the river bed, Lost Lake Cave (3,500 m) and Full Frontal Cave (more than 1,560 m).

Grotto is a small cave associated with the sea, has its small freshwater pond. The movement of waves through narrow cave connecting with the sea creates an interesting sound effects.

The site Dales (“Valley”) is full of holes in the rocks, where freshwater streams flowing from the central plateau, formed paths to the sea.
* Australia: Christmas Island

Daniel Roux Cave
Discovered only as late as July 1960 by a local fisherman, the cave complex was never named after its discoverer, but was named in memory of the dead son of a Swiss draftsman who worked on the island for many years.
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Thundercliffe Cave

Thundercliffe Cave dive

Thundercliffe Cave dive. Photo Justin Gilligan.

Thundercliffe Cave

Thundercliffe Cave. Photo Justin Gilligan.

The Grotto
The Grotto is a small coastal cave that would sure to impress. No larger than a small wading pool, the landward entrance to the Grotto is like the gaping mouth of a giant dragon, with dripping stalactites as its teeth.

This ‘dragon’ roars loudly, with each ocean wave pounding through its seaward openings, bring seawater into the cave. Despite the repeated influx of sea water, the water inside the cave is actually brackish and surprisingly chilly, as it is fed by a freshwater spring that runs through subterranean natural pipes.

* Christmas Island

* Daniel Roux Caves!

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