|First appearance||Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (1996)|
|Latest appearance||Donkey Kong Country 3 (Game Boy Advance) (2005)|
|Greater location||Northern Kremisphere|
- “So you've found one of the secret Banana Bird caves. To release the imprisoned bird, you must watch the sequence of lights, and then repeat it exactly using the directions on the . It seems like a waste of time to me. Why can't these game developers come up with something more interesting?”
- —Cranky Kong, Donkey Kong Country 3 (GBA)
The secret caves (also formatted as Secret Cave and alternatively named Crystal Caves or Banana Bird caves) are a series of caverns found throughout the Northern Kremisphere that contain a Banana Bird. They only appear in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!.
During Baron K. Roolenstein's invasion of the Northern Kremisphere, he trapped the Banana Queen behind an evil barrier and imprisoned nearly every Banana Bird in a secret cave, to ensure that he would not be opposed. Throughout their adventure, Dixie and Kiddy Kong must rescue the Banana Birds trapped in every secret cave, one of which appears in every world, and a few on the Northern Kremisphere map itself. A few of the secret caves can only be reached with the help of a Brother Bear, or by using the Gyrocopter.
When visiting a secret cave (which Cranky Kong introduces to the Kongs upon first visiting one in the Game Boy Advance remake), the Kongs must participate in a concentration challenge and notice the sequence in which the red, green, yellow, and blue crystals flash in. Each crystal is arranged and colored the same as the , , , and buttons on a Japanese and European Super Nintendo Entertainment System controller, and each button causes its corresponding crystal to light up. The sequence in which the crystals flash is always random, and the player can replicate the sequence by pushing the buttons in the same order that the crystals flash in. In the Game Boy Advance remake, the is used to activate the crystals; similarly, the crystals are activated based on which arrow button the player presses. A secret cave has a mostly empty scenery except for some tunnels that appear in the background.
By successfully replicating the order, the Banana Bird breaks out from the small crystal it is imprisoned in, and the Kongs obtain it. If the Kongs do not replicate the order correctly, they leave the secret cave and must re-enter it if they want to retry the challenge. If the Kongs enter a secret cave that they have already completed, they automatically leave shortly after entering.
- Bounty Beach – Northern Kremisphere overworld, east of Funky's Rentals. It can be reached by using any of Funky Kong's vehicles.
- Kong Cave – Northern Kremisphere overworld, northwest of Bazaar's General Store, behind several rocks. The Hover Craft or a more enhanced vehicle is required to reach it.
- Undercover Cove – Northern Kremisphere overworld, north of the waterfall near Kong Cave. The Turbo Ski or Gyrocopter is needed to reach it.
- Belcha's Burrow – Northern Kremisphere overworld, southwest of Bazaar's General Store, across the water. The Gyrocopter is required to reach it.
- K's Kache – Northern Kremisphere overworld, on the island in the northwestern lake (SNES version) or in the cave north of it, southwest of the domain of the Banana Queen (GBA version). The Gyrocopter is required to reach it.
- Hill-Top Hoard – Northern Kremisphere overworld, far northeast cliff. The Gyrocopter is required to reach it.
- Smuggler's Cove – Lake Orangatanga, along the northern beach.
- Arich's Hoard – Kremwood Forest, across the river after completing Bobbing Barrel Brawl. After beating Brash's record in Riverside Race, he throws a tantrum at his cabin (or stadium in the GBA remake), sending a piece of driftwood down the stream as a bridge to the cave.
- Bounty Bay – Cotton Top Cove, slightly northeast from Bazza's Blockade.
- Sky-High Secret – Mekanos, only reachable by using Big Bessie.
- Glacial Grotto – K3, just west of Blizzard's Basecamp.
- Clifftop Cache – Razor Ridge, reachable from Björn's Chairlifts.
- Sewer Stockpile – Kaos Kore, behind the sewer grate, which can be opened by decoding Baffle's clue.
- Whirlpool Wreck – Pacifica, directly north of Barbos's Barrier. (Game Boy Advance remake only)
Names in other languages
Himitsu no Horaana
|Italian||Grotta segreta||Secret cave|
- M. Arakawa. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble Player's Guide. Page 4. "There are eight areas to explore in the Northern Kremisphere. Not counting Bear cabins, Secret Caves or major baddie hangouts, that means you have over forty levels to conquer before finishing the game."
- Nintendo Official Magazine (UK) issue 54, page 54.