PHOTOGRAPHS BY ABACONIAN DIVER BRIAN KAKUK
There are a number of posts in this blog that feature the astonishing crystal caves of Abaco. These underwater wonders lie just a few metres below the unbroken acres of pine forest and scrub that cover much of Abaco. In many, prehistoric fossils have been found, for example of crocodiles, that prove that eons ago Abaco’s wildlife was more diverse than it is now. New discoveries are still being made.
Below are some examples of Abaco’s complex cave systems. If you locate the ‘search’ feature near the top of the sidebar and enter ‘Abaco Caves’, you will reach a series of more detailed posts about the caves, featuring the photos of Abaco cave diver Brian Kakuk and his diving buddy Hitoshi Miho.
Bahamas Caves Research Foundation
1. RALPH’S CAVE
To get the ‘live’ experience of exploring these underground geological wonders, here is a 6 minute video of a dive in Ralph’s Cave made in June 2014 by Ramon Llaneza of Ramon Llaneza Technical Diving
PHOTOGRAPHS BY HITOSHI MIHO
(with many thanks for use permission)
All images ©Hitoshi Miho, with thanks for use permission
A wonderful exploration of Dan’s Cave and Ralph’s Cave, Abaco, Bahamas by Marc Laukien[vimeo http://vimeo.com/10402471]
2. DAN’S CAVE
DIVERS VIEWS: ABACO’S ASTOUNDING UNDERGROUND CAVES (4)
I am returning to some of Brian Kakuk’s astonishing images from his dives of the underground cave systems of Abaco.
Here, he explores Dan’s Cave, one of several huge caves beneath the pine forests of the west side of South Abaco. This complex cave system is within the proposed South Abaco Blue Holes Conservation Area, one of four designated Protected Areas that I wrote about recently HERE SABHCA.
You get a good idea of the massive size of this column in comparison with the divers
‘Rooms’ are connected by narrow tunnels or passages
Individual caves have memorable names. This is the ‘Fanhorn Forest’ full of Helictites
Stalagmites or stalagtites? ‘Tites’ hang tight to the ceiling so they don’t fall off…
All photos © Brian Kakuk, with thanks for use permission