Cave diving is a remarkable phenomenon. For many people, the idea of diving into an underwater cave is absolutely terrifying. To others, it’s the pinnacle of the sport of scuba diving. While it certainly requires additional training and safety precautions, cave diving can be one of the most rewarding activities that the sport offers. With that in mind, here are some of the best cave diving spots on the planet.
The Yucatan Peninsula is home to more than 1,000 different cenotes. A cenote is a natural, water-filled sinkhole. Cenote Angelita is located in Tulum, Mexico and is especially interesting for divers because of the presence of a substance called hydrogen sulphate. This substance acts as a boundary that separates the crystal-clear freshwater above with the saltwater at the bottom of the pit. The boundary lies at a depth of about 100 feet. The pit itself is 200 feet deep. Only the most highly trained and experienced cave divers ever reach that kind of depth.
Indian Springs, located just outside of Tallahassee, Florida is arguably the United States’ top cave diving site. However, it’s certainly not a good choice for the beginning cave diver, as it’s a very deep and technically challenging dive. The main tunnel is nearly 600 feet long, at which point it splits off in a “T”, giving divers the option to visit many different notable stopping points like the Wakulla Room, Power room, and Bone Narcosis Room. The average water depth varies from120 feet down to about 180 feet, increasing the difficulty of the dive. The sheer length of the cave system necessitates the use of propulsion vehicles, as well.
Lucayan National Park in Grand Bahama has a fun little point of interest called Ben’s Cave. While the name might seem simple, Ben’s Cave just so happens to be the longest freshwater cave on the planet. It’s an impressive 6 miles long and home to a wide variety of fish and other underwater wildlife. Ben’s Cave also makes an excellent choice for the beginning diver, as the water depths are very manageable and offer plenty of things to see without having to venture too deep into the cave system.