Unlike caves of Lanzarote, the landscape is more severe and finding the caves is not straight forward
Due to the random spread of caves and walks across the island, there is no ideal one place to stay.
We enjoyed Las Norias in Tazacorte (west central) on our last visit. (daily bread delivery, free WIFI and detatched bungalow style accomodation)
It was the most central to the mix of caves we were doing and has the added benefit of being on the more sunny side of the island
If booking direct the proprietor is Celia, she has other accomodation close by, if Las Norias is full.
On booking you may not find they are the cheapest, but they are the safest
They include many of the cdw as standard and do not charge for a tank of fuel ahead of your stay.
They are also the easiest to take across to neighbouring islands on the inter island ferry - their insurance is standardised across the islands
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Thomson airlines fly direct to La Palma(SPC) airport from Manchester in the North of UK and Gatwick in the South.
The prices vary on your flexibility and are cheaper as you get nearer the date of departure.
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Previous airline carriers were Norweigan airlines, look out for them to restart the service, they even have onboard wifi!
For these ones a 4x4 vehicle is recommended
Unfortunatly the cost of hiring such a vehicle is cost prohibitive
The best way to visit the Caves of La Palma is by contacting the local cavers
The most striking features of the caves of La Palma are the array of unusual passage shapes, morphology and the colours.
Only a small handful of the caves are closed and locked for a variety of reasons, access to these, without a guide is impossible.
There are still a good selection of openly accessable caves on the island
Some have minor access issues not always understood using GPS (ravines, cliffs)which is why I recommend contact with the local cavers.
The area where there is the greatest concentration of caves is around the Taburiente caldera, these are often tricky to access because a gps may have it 100m away but thats at the wrong side of a huge deep wide ravine!
The most striking feature on the island is the Caldera de Taburiente national park.
The caldera is about 10 km across, and in places the walls tower 2000 m over the caldera floor. The highest point is the Roque de los Muchachos on the northern wall, at 2426 m altitude...read more
An English downloadable pdf with park information can be downloaded here
The reservations and bookings website eg for parking in the Caldera, can be found hereAn excellent walk of choice for cavers is the Marcos y Cordero, as it incorporates some caves on the journey.