"Our world’s caves are places of wonder, mystery and majestic beauty. Show caves around the world are embracing their role in protecting and preserving caves and providing a place for people to learn about these special, natural, cultural and historical resources.

Show caves also play another important nature tourism role of sustainable economic development, providing jobs, and helping the economy of their regions.”


The International Show Caves Association (I.S.C.A.) was founded in November 1990 and set up its central office in Genga, Italy. After the first Consitutent Assembly held in Frasassi (Genga Ancona, Italy) in November 1989, important events have contributed to the development and consolidation of the association.

Definition of show cave

A show cave is defined as a natural occurring void beneath the surface of the earth that has been made accessible to the public for tours.


ISCA Newsletter No. 36

15. January 2015 Wuest Brad

Dear friends, ISCA Newsletter no. 36 has just been released. You are welcome to download it.

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President's Newsletter #34

19. September 2014 Summers David

Read the latest president's newsletter with really topical news.

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ISCA 7th Congress - Newsletter no. 4

04. September 2014 Cove Dan

We offer you the current Newsletter no. 4 to our Congress.

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Speleo Film Festival - Croatia

05. August 2014 Gazik Peter

The festival organization committee is pleased to invite speleologists, mountaineers, biologists, geologists, ecologist and everyone who share our enthusiasm with the secret world of the underground, to send their professional or amateur recorded films to the fourth annual Speleo Film Festival which is going to be held in Karlovac, Croatia on September 27th, 2014.

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ISCA 7th Congress - Newsletter no. 3

25. July 2014 Cove Dan

A new newsletter was just brought out by the organizers to download from the Congress page.

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Methodology on lampenflora removal

21. July 2014 Hebelka Jiří

A concise publication on lampflora removal has been added to our resources. The work was set up by an expert from the Czech Caves Administration after a long time experience with various ways of its removal. You can download it from our website.

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Postojna Cave Awarded the Oscar of Tourism

19. June 2014 Dvorščak Ksenija

Dear website visitors, will you see the success of the Postojna Cave - one of ISCA full members.

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ISCA 7th Congress - Final Congress Registration Form

18. June 2014 Cove Dan

Please find the final registration form for the 7th Congress to download after clicking the headline.

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