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Diving the Blue Holes of Abaco: The Cascade Room

August 6th, 2010 by admin

NatGeoBHIn January, Serenity Point published “Diving the Blue Holes of Abaco” about the fossil discovery in 2004 that led National Geographic to fund an exploration of Abaco‚Äôs blue holes and caves. Now the August 2010 issue of National Geographic reveals their most recent research and photography from their exploration.

The numerous caves and sinkholes in the Bahamas, and especially on Abaco, occasionally reach depths of 300 feet, representing the lowest sea level from the Pleistocene Ice Age. They yield a scientific trove that may even shed light on life before this time. Yet they are extremely dangerous to explore due to the depths.

The PHOTO OF THE MONTH by Wes C. Skiles, from the August 2010 story “Bahamas Caves.”

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The Cascade Room, some 80 feet beneath the surface, leads divers deeper into Dan's Cave on Abaco Island.

On Abaco alone, there are at least 17 caves and blue holes that the Bahamian Government seeks to protect.

Dan’s cave
Ralph’s Cave
Nancy’s Cave
Sawmill Sink
Reel Breaker Blue Hole
Starfish Blue Hole 1
Starfish Blue Hole 2
Glen’s Blue Hole North
Glen’s Blue Hole South
Quarry Blue Hole
Crossing Rocks Blue Hole
Little Vortex Blue Hole
Canal Blue Hole
Unfu-fu Blue Hole
Nowhere Blue Hole
Stingray Blue Hole
Stumble Blue Hole

To get a sense of diving a Blue Hole, watch Marc Laukien’s 16 minute video of cave diving in Dan’s Cave and Ralph’s Cave, Abaco, Bahamas.

The Crystal Caves of Abaco from Marc Laukien on Vimeo.

You can also watch World champion freediver Guillaume Nery make a special dive at Dean’s Blue Hole, the deepest blue hole in the world filmed entirely on breath hold by the french champion Julie Gautier.

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