Cave of Smeraldo, Positano

#2 of 8 in Nature in Amalfi Coast
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Cave of Smeraldo is known for the iridescent emerald light that covers the walls of the cave. A combination of geological events creates the captivating effect. The only direct opening to outside light is beneath the water. When daylight shines through, the green color appears on the cave walls. You can easily reach the cave via car by taking the ss163 highway from Capri. A small fee provides access to the cave via elevator, while a rowboat manned by a singing tour guide will take you into the grotto's interior. Cave of Smeraldo is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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  • Guides do not speak english so could not understand a thing. The cave is amazing, something worth seeing but unfortunately the guide kept speaking in Italian and explaining everything.  more »
  • The grotto is home to an underwater nativity scene, made of ceramics by an artisan from nearby Vietri in 1956. Since that time, divers from all over Italy come to pay a visit to the Holy Family at...  more »
  • The water is not really green, way more blue. The space is really small, you can see everything at the entrance without actually stepping on the little boats with the annoying drivers. And one of the....  more »
  • Tiny cave with very few stalagmites and stalactites but with a light entrance under the water making the blue effect. It is very pleasant and there is free parking (although very limited) or you can visit via boat (I'd assume organised trips). Entry cost 6€, which includes a small "boat ride" (the cave is probably 100m circle, so not really a ride, but it takes you next to the blue light zone, which is nice to take a few pictures).
  • A Really ok place. Nature wise the place is incredible, but you have to pay 5 Euro to get in and the people who works there are very "Pushy" for tips. 5 Stars for the nature, 1 star for humans.
  • The grotto is an about 50x60 m hall with 20-25 m high. The name comes from the colour of water because the sun goes in to the cave under the sea level. You can arrive by boat or by car. The enterance is the same from the ground. After it seats a small boat which brings you arround in 5-8 minutes. It is good, but not is my best experience in my life.
  • I would agree with many reviews that the boat ride once inside the grotto is a somewhat short experience, and the "captain" that tells you about the cave does kind of make you feel obligated to tip, and mentions it many many times...making it feel awkward. However, compared to other experiences on the coast this was not too costly. Especially just taking the boat to get to the Grotto! We found out about this Grotto from a couple of cute guys who were selling return trip boat tickets from Almalfi just outside the bus stop, so we went. It's 10 euros return ticket, plus 6 euro to go in the cave (plus tips ).
  • It was a really cute boat ride just €5 each ..The captain made it amusing and spoke good English

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