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Indian Tunnel is one of the easiest caves to access for most visitors.
The caves at Craters of the Moon are lava tubes, formed by hot rivers of molten rock flowing beneath the surface. Today, these hollow lave tube caves provide refuge for bats and other wildlife, and two popular caves offer unique opportunities for visitors to explore a dynamic and fragile underground world.
Cave Permits Protect Bats
- A free permit is required to enter caves at Craters of the Moon. Obtain a free permit at the visitor center during business hours. The Annual, Senior, Access, and Military passes do not count as a cave permit.
- If you have boots or other gear (such as pants, shirts, hats, gloves, pads, or packs) used in caves or mines outside of Craters of the Moon, please leave these items at home. This is to prevent the spread of White-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that is harmless to humans but fatal in bats. Anything that has ever been in any underground space cannot be worn into the caves at Craters of the Moon, even if it has been washed or decontaminated
- Please observe closures. Help protect bats by protecting closures. All caves in the park outside of Indian Tunnel and Dew Drop Cave are closed to the public.
The caves are filled with snow during the long Idaho winter and slowly melt out in the spring. In a typical year the cave entrances are not free of snow and ice until mid-May. Check current conditions. The major dangers while exploring caves are rockfalls, falling, or getting lost.
- Sturdy closed-toed shoes are a necessity for the difficult, uneven terrain of Craters’ caves.
- Long sleeves and pants keep you warm in chilly caves and help to protect you from scrapes on sharp lava rocks. Gloves and kneepads are recommended in difficult caves.
Protect your head — Use bicycle, construction, or other types of helmets.
- Each person should carry at least one flashlight or headlamp, but having extra light sources and batteries is strongly recommended. Three light sources per person is ideal.
- Bring plenty of water. There is no shade on the trail to and from the caves and summer temperatures often exceed 80°F (27°C) above ground.
Know the abilities of everyone in your group and don’t push beyond anyone’s limits. Children and seniors should be able to walk safely on their own. Caves are not appropriate places for infants.
Explore as a group. If you must go alone, choose easier caves and carry three light sources.
Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. Do not deviate from your planned itinerary, and be sure to check in with them when you return.
Caves are a fragile and precious resource and an important part of the Craters ecosystem. Help to protect them by «caving softly.»
- Stay on available trails: Walking off trail damages fragile lava flows found at the cave sites.
- Leave no trace of your visit: Do not eat, smoke, or leave trash in the caves.
- Do not use caves as bathrooms! Vault toilets are available at the Caves Trail parking area, so plan accordingly. In a pinch, use a wag bag or plastic bottle for waste, and pack everything out with you.
- Wherever possible, look but don’t touch. Remember that all cave features are fragile and irreplaceable. Do not remove any rocks or other objects from the caves area.
- Please respect any wildlife you may encounter in the caves by not shining light directly on them.
- Pets are not permitted in caves.
- Alcohol is not permitted in caves.
Exploring the Caves
There are two caves you can explore at Craters of the Moon. All other lava tube caves found in the monument are closed to visitation in order to help protect sensitive bat populations. Please note that Buffalo Cave, Beauty Cave, and Boyscout Cave are currently closed.
Follow this 1.6 mi (2.6 km) round-trip trail to access two popular caves:
800 ft long, stairs provided at entry
Open, bouldered entrance
Last updated: August 8, 2022
Most Beautiful Caves in the US for Hiking and Spelunking
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New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns | Danita Delimont/Getty Images
- Hidden Gems
Leave your fear of the dark at home.
By Nicole Rupersburg
Updated on 10/22/2021 at 12:14 PM
For outdoors enthusiasts, it can sometimes feel like everything’s been done—every trail has been hiked, every mountain has been summited, and suddenly, you’re considering taking up an indoor hobby like knitting. But wait! Instead of ascending peaks, now may be the time to consider descending below the surface.
There are an estimated 45,000 caves in the contiguous US alone—including the longest cave system on earth—meaning there’s really no limit to the number of underground passageways available for you to enjoy… so long as you’ve conquered your fear of the dark and your claustrophobia. Here, we’ve picked out some of America’s coolest caves, all ripe for exploration. Happy spelunking, and don’t watch The Descent before you head out. (Trust us.)
Welcome to the world’s longest cave system. | Danita Delimont/Getty Images
Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the longest cave system in the world with 400 miles of explored caves. Both guided and self-guided tours are available year-round, with scenic routes ranging in difficulty from relatively easy to ultra-challenging. The multitude of guided tours each highlights some of the cave’s most iconic features: The River Styx Tour takes you to the underground river, the Gothic Avenue Tour explores rock formations that resemble Gothic architecture, and you’ll travel by lantern light alone on a Violet City Tour. Bonus: If you happen to visit when it’s storming outside, you may even see a layer of fog form inside the cave. Very spooky.
How to visit: Tour availability varies by season. Tickets start at $9 for kids and $11 for adults.
New Discovery Adds 8 Miles to the World’s Longest Cave System
Additional passages were recently found at the Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky.
It’s called the Devil’s Den, but it looks like heaven. | Devil’s Den Spring
Some caves feature underwater rivers, lakes, or waterfalls, but Devil’s Den Spring is a full-on dive site. It was formed by a karst window—essentially, a cave roof that collapses, revealing a prehistoric underground river. (The result looks similar to a cenote). Divers can view ancient stalactites and fossil beds dating back 33 million years through the crystal-clear, brilliantly blue water, which reaches maximum depths of 54 feet and maintains a steady temperature of 72ºF year-round.
How to visit: Scuba diving is offered 7 days a week with proper certification, no reservations necessary (unless you plan to take a night dive). Every diver must have a dive buddy. Admission is $38 per diver, and rental gear is available. Snorkeling is also available by appointment only; admission starts at $15 per person and rental equipment is available.
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Meramec Caverns is one of Missouri’s 6,400 cave systems. | Flickr/Kat Tan
With more than 6,400 recorded caves—though only 20 are open to the public for guided tours—Missouri is known as the «Cave State. » Meramec Caverns is the largest and most well-known system of the bunch, thanks to its location along historic Route 66, its notoriety as a former hideout for outlaw Jesse James and his gang, and its heralded past as a stop along the Underground Railroad. These days, it’s outfitted with neon signs, multicolored mood lighting, and manmade props along well-lit guided tour routes. Meramec’s 150,000 annual visitors can expect to see an ancient limestone Wine Table (which they call the «world’s rarest cave structure») and a seven-story «mansion» built underground.
How to visit: Tours are offered every 20 minutes daily starting at 9am. Tickets range from $13 for children ages 5-11 to $24 for adults.
Beneath the Black Hills, the world’s third-longest cave awaits. | Schafer & Hill/Getty Images
Custer, South Dakota
There is so much cool shit to see above ground in the Black Hills of South Dakota that you’d never expect there to be just as much cool shit to see beneath the surface. Well, surprise! Jewel Cave, designated a national monument in 1908, has more than 180 miles of mapped and surveyed passageways, making it the third-longest cave system in the world. The cave delivers on its name, with large calcite crystals covering the walls and ceilings that look like dripping jewels (there’s also a 10-foot-long piece of flowstone called “cave bacon”). You can take one of three different guided tours through the caverns ranging in difficulty from easy to strenuous.
How to visit: The tour schedule varies by season. Advanced reservations are available for Scenic Tours only; the rest are first-come, first-served. No cave tours are being offered through winter 2021 due to elevator maintenance, but keep an eye out for a reopening come spring.
Wind Cave National Park has a rare, web-like stone ceiling. | Blaine Harrington III/Getty Images
Hot Springs, South Dakota
The world’s first-ever cave to be designated a national park, Wind Cave (so named for the whistling wind ever-present at its entrance) is one of the longest and most complex systems on earth. Home to 95 percent of the world’s boxwork—a delicate, web-like cave formation that remains one of the park’s many mysteries—visitors can explore Wind Cave through three different ranger-led tours. Check out the magnificent wildlife that surrounds the caverns, including bison, elk, and prairie dogs, before delving underground for even more natural wonders.
How to visit: All tour tickets are same-day, first-come, first-served, and no self-guided exploring is permitted. Ticket prices start at $5 for children 6-16 and $10 for adults.
Luray Caverns formed over hundreds of millions of years. | OKRAD/Getty Images
Some 400 million years in the making, the Luray Caverns in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley are the largest, most popular caverns in the eastern US. Each year, half a million visitors come to see the system’s dramatic underground rock formations, with guided tours that take you through Giant’s Hall (billed as «Geology’s Hall of Fame») with its towering Double Column, Frozen Fountain, Dream Lake, Saracen’s Tent, and Titania’s Veil. Here, you’ll also find the Great Stalacpipe Organ—the largest musical instrument in the world, which uses electronically controlled rubber mallets to gently tap the cave’s stalactites, turning 3 acres of the cave into a music hall.
How to visit: Tours are offered daily from 9am to 6pm. Tickets are $16 for kids ages 6-12 and $32 for adults.
The Carlsbad Caverns are one of New Mexico’s best attractions. | Danita Delimont/Getty Images
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
If you’re worried about overheating in New Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert, rest assured: things cool down quick inside the 100+ millennia-old limestone caves that make up Carlsbad Caverns National Park, which you can explore on a self-guided tour or a ranger-led tour for an additional fee.
The 357,480-square-foot Big Room—the largest single cave chamber in the US—is the most popular cave, drawing some 300,000 visitors each year. Other areas, like the Hall of the White Giant and the Spider Cave, require crawling. If you’re visiting between May and October, stick around for the Bat Flight Program, when hundreds of thousands of Brazilian free-tailed bats exit the cave at dusk to forage for food.
How to visit: Due to the pandemic, all ranger-guided tours have been suspended until further notice. You’ll also need to make a reservation online prior to your visit and purchase an entry pass upon arrival in the park.
New Mexico Might Just Be the Trippiest State in the U.S.
Art, tent rocks, and aliens are everywhere.
Inside Craighead Caverns, you’ll find the largest non-subglacial underground lake in the United States (and the second-largest in the world!), known as the Lost Sea. On the Lost Sea Adventure, visitors can explore during the day or choose to spend the night deep underground as they venture through undeveloped cave rooms and crawl and squeeze their way through some very tight spaces. The cave also features an underground waterfall and anthodites (aka «cave flowers»), a unique geologic structure so rare, the Lost Sea contains 50% of the world’s known formations.
How to visit: Reservations are required two weeks in advance for the overnight Lost Sea Wild Cave Tour, with a minimum group size of 12. Tours start at $14 for children 4-12 and $24 for adults.
Kartchner Caverns is home to world record-holding formations. | Ingrid Curry/Shutterstock
Kartchner Caverns is a 2.4-mile system of underground passageways located in southeastern Arizona. Visitors to Kartchner Caves can choose from several different guided tours, where they may spot the 58-foot Kubla Khan, the largest underground column formation in Arizona; the world’s longest soda straw stalactites; or the 1.2-acre Big Room, which is home to the world’s most extensive formation of brushite moonmilk, a milky white cave deposit. Note that the Big Room is closed each summer, as it is a nursery roost for over 1,000 cave bats.
How to visit: No self-guided tours here, but you can book any tour in advance, and reservations are strongly encouraged. Tours are $13 for kids ages 7-13 and $23 for adults.
Howes Cave, New York
Located in the tiny hamlet of Howes Cave in upstate New York, Howe Caverns and neighboring Secret Caverns both offer tours of underground wonderlands with stunning water features… but that’s just about where the similarities end.
Howe Caverns features a boat ride on along the calm, glassy surface of an underground lake, while Secret Caverns has a thunderous 100-foot underground waterfall. Howe Caverns offers a more structured experience, while the vibe of Secret Caverns answers the question, “What if your woo-woo aunt who’s lived in an artist commune since the ‘70s decided to buy a cave and make it a tourist attraction?” Whichever you choose will be extremely worth your time and money, and since they’re right next to each other, we recommend hitting both.
How to visit: Howe Caverns has several tour options—including traditional tours, adventure tours, and specialty tours including overnight stays—some of which must be booked online in advance. Prices start at $15 for children 5-12 and $25 for adults. Meanwhile, Secret Caverns offers one standard tour; no reservations are available, and it’s cash only.
You will be covered in mud, but you will not regret it. | John Elk/Getty Images
San Antonio, Texas
As the old adage goes, everything is bigger in Texas. Naturally, that includes the Natural Bridge Caverns, the largest commercial caverns in the country. Named for the 60-foot natural limestone bridge near its entrance, Natural Bridge offers a few different kinds of tours, one of which—the Discovery Adventure Tour—will have you crawling through narrow passageways to see undeveloped cavern rooms. (Yes, you will be covered in mud, and it’s a glorious experience. ) This is also the home of the world’s largest bat colony, which visitors can witness during the summer months when millions of free-tailed bats come whizzing out of the cave at dusk for their nightly food foraging.
How to visit: Prices vary daily but generally start at $14.25 for children and $21.75 for adults.
No trip to Chattanooga is complete without a stop at Ruby Falls. | Ruby Falls
Lookout Mountain is home to some extremely popular Chattanooga attractions, including ziplines and a century-old limestone castle—but there’s no denying that the main draw is 145-foot Ruby Falls. You’ll descend 260 feet underground in a glass-front elevator and spot ancient formations along the cavern trail before laying your eyes on the thundering falls, lit up by color-changing spotlights. On special after-hours tours, you can also try a descent illuminated only by handheld lanterns.
How to visit: Timed entry tours must be booked online in advance. Tickets start at $13 for children 3-12 and $23 for adults.
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington
Formed 2,000 years ago when Mount St. Helens erupted, the Ape Caves are the longest continuous lava tube in the continental US, stretching along beneath the earth for more than two miles. The cave is open all year—but keep in mind that the temperature inside tends to sit at 42 degrees year-round, and the walls are slick with water and «cave slime.»
The Upper Cave is more rugged and challenging, with a slick 8-foot lava fall you’ll need to scale and some tight spaces to squeeze through. The Lower Cave—a broad tube with a flat floor that descends gently—is much easier to navigate. While making your way through the latter, keep an eye out for the formation called The Meatball, a blob of lava rock that fell from the ceiling as the tube was forming and petrified, creating a rather intimidating archway.
How to visit: Tours are self-guided and entrance is free, but you do need a Northwest Forest Pass to enter. Reservations are required to visit April through October.
Descend via spiral staircase into Moaning Cavern. | Stephen Osman/Contributor/Getty Images
Moaning Cavern is home to the largest public cave chamber in the state of California, a cavern tall enough to fit the Statue of Liberty from toes to torch. Visitors will descend 65 feet underground to check it out (and cardio champs can head further down the century-old, 100-foot spiral staircase to stand at the base).
This is also home to some of the oldest human remains ever discovered in America: 13,000-year-old bodies belonging to prehistoric people who, whoops, likely slipped and fell into the cave’s opening. Allegedly, the moaning sounds for which the cave is named are caused by water dripping into holes on the cavern floor… but history considered, we’re gonna guess the sounds are actually ghosts.
How to visit: The Spiral Tour is offered daily at the top of every hour. Tickets start at $22 for ages 12+ and reservations are highly recommended. The 3-hour belly-crawling Expedition Tour is offered by reservation only. Tickets are $110 for ages 12 and up.
Pigeon Mountain, Georgia
Guided tours a little too soft for you? Located inside Ellison’s Cave—a pit cave found on Pigeon Mountain in northwest Georgia—the Fantastic Pit is everything your hardcore heart desires. Grab your helmet, your harness, and your “critter,” and get ready for the deepest free-fall pit in the Lower 48 at 586 feet deep. The Fantastic Pit is big enough to hold the Washington Monument (555 feet tall) and is nearly twice the height of the Statue of Liberty (305 feet tall). This cave system is only for seriously experienced cavers; there have been several fatalities here, most due to hypothermia from getting stuck in the cold, wet environment, so proceed with caution.
How to visit: This one is about as self-guided as it gets, but it is NOT for beginners or casual explorers (aka people who didn’t know that “critter”—aka CRITR—refers to a rappel device). Hit all the other caves on this list, and then come back to give this bad boy a go.
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Nicole Rupersburg used to be big into hiking until someone fell 30-plus feet onto her face, and now she thinks caving with all its tight overhead spaces might be the way to go. But you can still see plenty of hiking photos on her IG @eatsdrinksandleaves.
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Cave quests in The Sims 4 Island Living
Adventure lovers can’t sit still, so they like to explore different locations. If you are one of those players, then you will surely like the quests that you can participate in with the Sims 4 Life on the Island add-on.
Caves are often the entrance to a secret location, but this is not the cave located in Mua Pel’am in Sulani. She can be found near the crash site of the Admiral ship.
A mysterious unfinished mural can be seen near the entrance to the cave. As the Sim completes the quests offered by the cave, this mural will gradually be supplemented with new details.
At first, the interaction with the cave will be only the ability to explore it. For the second time, it will be possible to look for wild flora and fauna in the cave. The Sim can then search for natural wonders in it. At the fourth stage, it will be possible to follow the waterways of this cave. But do not hope for cool adventures, because this cave is essentially a «rabbit hole» .
By the way, for characters who have chosen the ecologist path as a career, there are two additional options — «Photograph» and «Inspect».
All caves of the cave
Search for the Wild Flora and Fauna
Walking through the cave on the island, Natasha notices a huge pile of rubbish and shells.
Without thinking twice, she rummages through the pile of objects and finds the perfect memento of her adventure.
With a reward in hand, Natasha continues her journey.
Bonus : Shell or Mermaid Seaweed
Walking through the cave on the island, Natasha notices a huge pile of garbage and shells.
Without thinking twice, she is rummaging through a pile of objects and finds the perfect memento of her adventure when she suddenly feels a sharp pain.
A crab, who considered this heap of rubbish as his home, firmly grabbed onto her arm.
After several tearful attempts, Natasha finally gets rid of the crab and retreats until the crab finds something else to cling to.
Bonus : Moodlet Failed Heist Discomfort +1 for 4 hours
Hanging over the character’s head, the colony of bats was sleeping close to each other.
Trying not to wake them up, Natasha watches the colony, realizing that bats are quite cute little animals when they are not flying in hordes.
Bonus : Natural Habitat Moodlet Happy +1 for 4 hours
Hanging over the character’s head, a colony of bats was sleeping tightly huddled together.
Trying not to wake them up, Natasha carefully walked around them and immediately slipped on the wet floor.
A stone bounced off from under her foot and hit the wall loudly. The echoing sound woke up the bats, and soon there was no room left in the cave due to the night creatures flying around.
Fleeing out of the cave, urged on by bats, Natasha cursed her bad luck.
Bonus : Bat Bites Moodlet Discomfort +1 for 4 hours
In addition to her own footsteps echoing, Natasha hears other sounds — the singing of dolphins.
Wishing to see dolphins in the wild, Natasha follows the sound.
Dolphins frolic in the underground lake, playing with algae and making bizarre jumps.
Natasha quickly caught their eye. Instead of sailing away, they invited her into the game by throwing a skein of seaweed at her and waiting for her reaction. A little worried, Natasha threw the skein of seaweed back, thereby joining the ball game. After some time, the dolphins began to swim away, but in the end they offered the character their catch.
Bonus : Tropical fish
In addition to her own footsteps echoing, Natasha hears other sounds — the singing of dolphins. Wishing to see dolphins in the wild, Natasha follows the sound. Dolphins frolicked in the underground lake, playing with algae and making bizarre jumps.
Dolphins spotted the character and quickly swam towards the cave exit. Left alone with the algae ball, Natasha decides to move on, upset that the dolphins have swum away.
Bonus : Mudlet “Interrupted Games” Sad +1 at 4 hours
Studying the unknown part of the cave, Natasha notices something beautiful, although this will seem disgusting to someone, and disgusting, and disgusting, and disgust — thousands of shimmering larvae clung to the walls of an inconspicuous grotto.
Stepping carefully, Natasha enjoys the unusual phenomenon before continuing her exploration of the cave.
While exploring an unknown part of the cave, Natasha notices something beautiful, although it will seem disgusting to some — thousands of shimmering larvae have stuck to the walls of an inconspicuous grotto.
Natasha was contemplating whether to stay here longer or move on when a swarm of swarming larvae fell on her head.
If someone happened to be here by chance, they would find the following sight: Natasha is running, only her heels are sparkling, and beetle larvae are pouring from her head.
|Studying Miracles of Nature|
| studying, Natasha noticed a light in one of the tunnels. Heading towards the source of light, Natasha finds a lake of a strange color, in which the sky is reflected.
The blue of the lake turned into orange and red near the shores.
Unable to tear her eyes away from this beauty, Natasha peers into the depths of the lake for a long time before returning to the exit of the cave.
Nearly completing her study, Natasha noticed a light in one of the tunnels. Distracted and not thinking where she was stepping, she stumbled and fell into an underground river.
Soaking wet and not thinking about the strange light, Natasha decides to interrupt her adventure so as not to wear wet clothes.
Drawings in the cave
Studying the cave on the beach, Natasha finds a wall dotted with tourists and adolescents.
Natasha decides to restore the original cleanliness of the wall and carefully removes the ink and paint so that others can enjoy the natural beauty of the cave.
While exploring a cave on the beach, Natasha finds a wall covered in inscriptions from tourists and teenagers.
Deciding that this is not the way to leave, she also leaves her autograph, following the example of previous explorers. Now her name will remain in the annals of history for future speleologists.
Studying the deep part of the cave, Natasha hears the countries of the inside.
Following the sound, she finds stalactites and stalagmites of stunning beauty, shimmering with all the colors of the rainbow.
While exploring the deep part of the cave, Natasha hears a strange sound coming from inside.
Following the sound, Natasha passes by a narrow passage from which a new sound comes.
Something landed on the character’s shoulder with a loud squelching sound. Terrified by the sudden attack, Natasha rushes to the exit of the cave and the safety of the world above.
The enchanting song swam along the winding tunnels of the cave, urging the character to find its source.
Turning the corner, she saw a mermaid enchanted by her own song. When the song ended, Natasha thanked the mermaid, who waved her hand before disappearing into a nearby lake, while Natasha continued to whistle a new tune the rest of the way.
An enchanting song floated through the winding tunnels of the cave, calling on the character to find its source.
Turning the corner, she saw a mermaid and her enchanting beauty. Unable to resist the spell, Natasha went up to the mermaid, but she shyly pulled away.
When Natasha leaned over the lake in which the mermaid was lying, the mermaid abruptly pulled the character towards her.
As Natasha passes by the many underwater tunnels of the cave, she notices something in one of the shallow cave lakes.
Natasha illuminated the cave with a flashlight and noticed something shining in the distance.
She decided to climb the slippery rocks and find out what it was.
Natasha illuminated the cave with a flashlight and noticed something shiny in the distance.
She decided to climb the slippery rocks and find out what it was.
In one of the passages, Natasha finds a cluster of rare crystals growing on one of the walls. Deciding to try her luck, she breaks off a couple and takes them with her.
Natasha spends time in the cave, swimming through the numerous lava passages left after the formation of the island.
In one of the passages, Natasha feels something hit her leg.
A long tentacle, sneaking in from another passage, is trying to grab her by the leg.
Not wanting to give the predator a second chance, Natasha interrupts her journey and returns to the surface.
Place of ancient shipwreck
Exploring the deep part of the cave, Natasha found an underground beach with exacerbations of an ancient ship.
After examining the crashed ship, Natasha decided to grab a souvenir in memory of such a discovery.
Bonus : Buried treasure
While exploring the deep part of the cave, Natasha found an underground beach with the wreckage of an ancient ship.
While she was examining the ship, the rotten wood began to heel with the rising water.
Realizing that this part of the cave will soon be under water, Natasha flees from the tide and returns to the tunnels, leaving the find behind.
Island Life — SimsMix
The cave in Mua Pel’am is located next to the Admiral Wreck Site and, unfortunately, is just a rabbit hole — it does not hide any secret locations. But, nevertheless, she has her secrets. You must have noticed the unfinished painting to the right of the entrance. As you explore the cave, it will fill up. Conventionally, this process can be divided into four stages.
At the very beginning, the painting is barely outlined and only the Explore option is available in the cave. As you progress, three more options will appear:
In fact, each new option only allows you to purposefully complete the quests associated with it, which can be useful when completing tasks in an environmentalist career, part-time work, or when searching for the same mermaid algae. If you choose the “Explore” option, then absolutely any quest can fall out to you.
At each new stage, the painting is gradually filled with new fragments and at the end you will see the whole drawing, although there are still empty areas on it. To open each fragment, you will need to explore the cave approximately six to seven times.
The quest and its outcome is randomly generated, that is, you cannot choose a behavior option, as, for example, in career tasks. You will simply get information about what event and its outcome fell to your character. And, unfortunately, there are no notifications about what exactly the character received in the end — the found item will simply be added to his inventory or the corresponding moodlet will appear.
The table below contains all the possible events that can occur during the exploration of the cave.