Bahamas 2012/ 2013 -Abaco Island - Cave Diving in the " Treasure Chambers of the Caribbean "
Sidemount Diving with Brian Kakuk "Bahamas Underground "
We start in February finally our Cave Diving trip to the Bahamian Island Abaco. We meet Brian Kakuk from Bahamas Caves Research Foundation and Cave Diving Facility Bahamas Underground.
We dive Dans Cave, Ralphs Cave, Lost Reel
Location:: Abaco is one of the nordest islands of the Bahama Bank.
Flight connection from Miami direct to Abaco, also via Nassau and Ft. Lauderdale.
Permission: Bahamas Underground, professional filmcrews need extra gouvernement permissions
Time Slot: all year, best in December to June, later the year very hot and humid. Be aware at Hurrican season!
Filling: Helium, Nitrox, pure Oxygen, air offers Bahamas Underground in Marsh Harbour
Accommodation: charming cottage closed to the Bahamas Underground Tec facility and the Bahamas Caves Research Foundation.
Certification: Cave Diver, Nitrox, Side Mount Configuration, DAN Insurance
Dans Cave is hidden in the south of the island, approx. a 30 minutes drive by car from Marsh Harbour.
History: Fred Davis, back in 2003, or 2004 had spent nearly 10 years exploring caves on Abaco Island. Brian Kakuk began 2010 with seriously exploration, documentation and survey.
Maximum Depth: ca. 80? m, exploration still in progress
Accessibility/ Entrance: easy
Cave Structure: The cave branch out approx. 5 kilometer under a nice pine tree forest. After easy access to the cavern area in 15-18 meter depth the cave split in many directions: to " Good Lands and Bad Lands ", direction "Cascade Room " later to "Fangorn Forest " and much more...
Our Dives: Use of 2x 85cf steel sidemounts, Nitrox 32/ 28 and 80 cf Stage 32/ 28. We dive 9 times in Dans cave. This gives us time to enjoy and film some of the beauty of this cave.
Dive time between 80 and 150 minutes, O2 deco, depth range between 20 and 50 meter.
Specials:The amazing Fotos showed in the NATIONAL GEOGRAFIC Magazin 2010 where taken here in the in Cascade Room.
Summary: The caves of Abaco are a highly combinaltion from extrordinary cave structures, geological and climatological research. We are very thanksful to have seen this miracle of nature at our selfs.
And: Brian Kakuk is a very professional dive buddy, guide, instructor, organisator, safety manager, artist, light designer, interwiev partner... - thanks Brian, - we have to come back!