CAVES OF ABACO


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

Crystal Caves of Abaco - Ralph's Cave (Brian Kakuk)

Abaco caves map jpg    Abaco Caves Ralph & Dan jpg

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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)Abaco's Crystal Caves - Hitoshi Miho Abaco's Crystal Caves - Hitoshi Miho Abaco's Crystal Caves - Hitoshi Miho Abaco's Crystal Caves - Hitoshi Miho
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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

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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.

Abaco caves map jpg

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.

Abaco Caves Ralph & Dan jpg

You get a good idea of the massive size of this column in comparison with the diversDan's Cave, Abaco (©Brian Kakuk)Dan's Cave, Abaco (©Brian Kakuk)

‘Rooms’ are connected by narrow tunnels or passagesDan's Cave, Abaco (©Brian Kakuk)Dan's Cave, Abaco (©Brian Kakuk)Dan's Cave, Abaco (©Brian Kakuk)

Individual caves have memorable names. This is the ‘Fanhorn Forest’ full of HelictitesHelictites, Fanghorn Forest, Dan's Cave, Abaco

Stalagmites or stalagtites? ‘Tites’ hang tight to the ceiling so they don’t fall off…Dan's Cave, Abaco (©Brian Kakuk)

All photos © Brian Kakuk, with thanks for use permission

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