Need a reason to tackle your New Year’s Resolution of trying new things or learning a new skill? Then consider cave diving.
Easily one of the more ambitious skills for divers, being prepared for a cave dive takes a lot of training, (a passing score can be hard to obtain), and a commitment to investing in extra gear. But once you’re climbed these hurdles, the reward is access to some of the most incredible, and still relatively unexplored, places on earth.
Still need a little inspiration to take this huge next step into unparalleled diving?
Head to the protected saltwater caves of Alghero to discover some of the most fascinating species of cave critters, (including conger eels and lobsters), which grow nearly twice as large as other nearby reef destinations, thanks to their protective cave walls which extend for hundreds of meters. The environment boasts everything you’d expect from an exceptional cave diving site – with toothy stalactites and stalagmites, and bands of red coral lining the walls – however, no cave dive training is required, making this a good first stop for divers who want to garner the cave diving experience before putting in the work.
Head 900 miles west of Russia to discover this gauzy, fairy tale diving site that’s home to the largest Crystal Cave in the world. Mapped routes through the chalky white walls extend for nearly three miles, with both big and little rooms along the way that can expand for up to 250’ ft. It’s an incredible experience, to be sure, and while the water temps can dissuade some divers, (with an average of 41 degrees F year-round), the completely mythical surroundings are well worth the plunge.
This coveted cave diving site has pitch perfect conditions for speed diving, especially for divers with propulsion vehicles in tow. Follow the main passage which forks into two separate trails – one that extends 30’ feet deep and one that extends 60’ feet deep – to follow the full 2.5 mile loop. With wide passages, it’s a fine route for DPV owners to fully enjoy their fast-paced investment.
The world’s largest underwater cave network is found off the coast of Mexico, with passages so large they could fit a commercial airplane. Measuring roughly 7,450 miles, this site is designed for explorers who want to view prehistoric remains, hundreds of different species, and underwater rocks that are larger than a local bus. With so many literal avenues to explore, this destination can accommodate cave divers of all skill levels – from beginners to experts – and can cater to veritably any type of diving trip under the water. Best of all, the seemingly unending landscape allows expert divers the opportunity to go where no one has ever gone before.
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You will need some extra gear if you decide to pursue cave diving. Due to the tight areas often found in caves, your gear needs to be compact. Here are a few items to consider:
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