Big Salt Cave

Goddess of Salt Cave - Elahe Namak Cave - Hormuz Waterfall Cave

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Location: Hormuz Island.
(27.079728, 56.468939)
Open: no restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: SpeleologySalt Cave
Light: bring torch
Guided tours: self guided
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Big Salt Cave.
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Big Salt Cave is an Euphemism, as this is a crawling cave, it is not big at all. Nevertheless, it is rather spectacular. There are quite impressive salt speleothems all over the cave, which actually begins outside. The cave is located southeast of Hormuz town. If you follow one of the two roads out of Hormuz they meet about 1 km behind town. About 100 m after they meet the road is crossed by a salt river. The water has a high amount of dissolved salt and the white salt crusts cover the riverbed. Its about one kilometer walk along the salt river upstream to the resurgence.

The cave is a river cave, and the salt water, while normally not flowing, stil stands in the river bed about 10 to 20 cm high. The salt forms rimstones which are typically filled with salt water. This water has the highest possible amount of salt, about 33 %, and you could call it brine. It's luke warm, and you can walk through the brine, but after a while it will nevertheless harm your skin. Unfortunately to explore the cave it is not only necessary to walk through the brine, but also to crawl.