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Posted By: Marty

VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/15/12 04:01 PM


Here is a video for all of those that wonder what it looks like directly under Caye Caulker

Mid December 2012 Chip Peterson of Belize Diving Services put together an expedition to re-introduce the cave diving world to Giant Cave. First explored by Paul Heinerth in the late 1970's and made famous in Sheck Exley's book Caverns Measureless To Man. The 4 day expedition succeeded in re-surveying approx. 3000 feet of old guidelines in the cave and cleaning up some old existing line traps.

Posted By: elbert

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/15/12 04:58 PM

Scary!
Posted By: Marty

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/15/12 08:05 PM

whoops this video is being moved , will have the new url up shortly
Posted By: elbert

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/15/12 10:22 PM

The cave has a grim history on the island, lots of deaths!
Lots of bad memories for the locals that lost father, uncle,brother, husband and friends.
Do we want a map of the where the entrance is and broadcast it is open again posted on the board?
In Florida trained cave divers put a sign up at the underwater entrance to a particularly dangerous cave that said 'Go no farther ,prevent your own death... people still swam around the sign and died. What can I say other than its the nature of some people. Later the owner of the land put iron bars so no one could go in and that stopped people from dying in the cave. I'm speculating that if the bars were removed people would start dying in the cave again.

Later.... It will probably just increase the intrigue trying to keep it hush hush so lets put it back up.
Posted By: seashell

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/16/12 04:59 AM

I have tech diving friends, seriously experienced, would they be able to organize dives for themselves into this cave system? They too would cleanup old lines. TIA
Posted By: artisan

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/16/12 03:08 PM

The roof of this cave is 24" below my property.
I asked a local dive-master who'd been in there if it was worth the effort.
He told me visibility very poor, water is stagnant and bubbles coming up from bottom knock organic matter off roof, making it murky all the time.
Posted By: Katie Valk

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/16/12 05:01 PM

I think Sharks Cave in between SWC and Tobacco Caye is the safest cave to dive with proper certification that is offered to visitors in Belize. I loved it
Posted By: Marty

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/16/12 05:15 PM

video back up... due to a followup comment by Elbert....
Posted By: MikeD

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/16/12 05:45 PM

Fascinating!!! I have heard the stories of this cave. Do I feel safe diving with BDS...absolutley. Would I WANT to dive in the cave...probably...Would I dive in the cave NOT.
Posted By: elbert

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/16/12 06:05 PM

Sheck Exley is dead and died in a cave at age 45. If you read the preface of these cave diving books you'll notice most are mentioned in past tense.
David Shaw died trying to recover the body of Deon Dreyer
Paul Heinerth is still alive and you can read here about his recovering dead divers from caves for the family. http://www.sptimes.com/2004/06/16/Hernando/Lost_diver_found_in_i.shtml
Recreational Diving is a fun and safe sport, one of the biggest things I like about it is if any or all things go wrong I just say to myself 'Rats! I have to come up now' and not 'Aw [#%!] I'm dead!'





Posted By: Anonymous

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/16/12 07:08 PM

Great video. Thanks for sharing.
Posted By: MikeD

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/16/12 09:17 PM

Originally Posted by artisan
The roof of this cave is 24" below my property.


Do you want help digging a dive hole to the cave? :-)
Posted By: elbert

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/16/12 10:11 PM

Don't be silly , you could sink the whole Island!:-)

Posted By: artisan

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/17/12 12:33 AM

Actually, the property came with 2 holes already, wells.
Lots of people over the cave had no option before municipal water came in recently.
The top 2 feet or so of the cave water is fresh and relatively clear water (rain catch?).
In the dry season, when it lowers, the water from below has a terrible odor.
There are hotels that run on cave water.
Posted By: MikeD

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/17/12 03:24 AM

Originally Posted by artisan
the water from below has a terrible odor.

That is an understatement Dennis
Posted By: artisan

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/17/12 12:44 PM

So I guess you've been treated to a CC cave dry season shower, eh Mike?
Posted By: artisan

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/17/12 02:25 PM

I was entertaining the idea of a "trap door", lights, ropes, partnered with a local dive service.
I think the major hurdle would be the BTB and local sharks?
Posted By: MikeD

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/17/12 03:01 PM

yes...a month worth of them. No worry though you were clean and the smell went away as soon as you were dry.
Posted By: artisan

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/17/12 04:14 PM

BTW, never approached any dive services.
If any of you dive service guys are interested in exploring "exploring cave business", let me know.
Obviously you don't necessarily need me, you all have boats.
But storage of equipment on dry land with easy access is a plus I would think?
No need to anchor out there behind property, start trips from trap door ladder, with access to electric for permanent underwater lights?
Just a thought, perhaps I'm dreaming.
Posted By: Dane

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/17/12 08:37 PM

I first discussed this idea with Paul in the early 80s, then later with Lane who was the last guy exploring the cave after the tourist died in there. He searched for the shallowest spot by holding his depth gauge close to the roof of the cave in a spot where he could hear boats going through the Split.
The nearest to the surface was about 35 ft. It was right behind the split about twenty feet offshore.
OJ was running the Split at that time and didn't like the idea because he thought the dug entrance might not be stable, and digging on land would be more than 35 ft.
Not long ago we felt a tremor and that area appeared to collapse under the seafloor.
We measured the depth in the Split after that and it was 22 ft on one day and about 26 ft on another. That would put it in the cave if it really was 24 ft under your place, artisan.
In other places the cave is much farther underground.
Are you sure that hotel wells go down 40 to 70 ft and get water from the cave? Your well looked to be just over the guys head when he dug it and smelled really bad.
That odor is caused by the layers of mangrove leaves and roots underground. Our clean wells on CC are dug in areas with little dead vegetation but in dry season water must migrate from surrounding sand full of it, causing an odor of hydrogen sulfide gas. Since it is a gas it blows away after a shower.
I paid an outfit to research the water in the wells. They said that CC sits on a lake of fresh water from rain.
They called it a lense. It contracts in dry season so wells near the beach move out of the lense and become salty until it rains again. After rainy season the lense becomes deep enough to allow some fresh water to float on top of the salt water in the cave before it dissipates.
Posted By: artisan

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/17/12 09:53 PM

This cave and any cave I've been in in Belize has several chambers, all at different levels.
Yes, I'm quite sure, as I had to put 28 columns in it to hold up my building.
They all went from the roof, 24" or so down, to 18 feet, 5 feet of sand in bottom of cave had to be jetted out of the way when we lowered the columns with Lizz Ross' crane.
Don't know who's well you looked at, but is wasn't mine.
Both wells on my property were down through 18" of sand, then 6" of laha, (roof of cave), then black void that nearly 20 feet of rebar could be lowered into.
The entrance is right behind the property, and I don't think it's as deep as you say?
According to OJ , there are many side shafts perpendicular to the main passage.
Posted By: Chris7

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/18/12 03:22 AM

Wow, how exciting! Want want want! Suddenly, sidemount doesn't seem like such a dumb idea anymore, eh? Ok, go on diet, get cavetraining, GO! Never mind 'organic material' (there is a shorter word for that, with an s..) raining down on us. Thanks for the video, and for getting the expedition together so this wonder of nature isn't lost to us any longer!
Posted By: seashell

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/18/12 03:29 AM

LOL, don't know if you are joking or not Chris, but seeing the video and some of the follow-up comments led me to believe that cave divers would only be more interested in mapping the cave system.
Posted By: elbert

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/18/12 03:33 AM

:-) yep Side Mount doesn't help much if the Beer gut sticks out more than the tank :-)
Posted By: Gaz Cooper

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/19/12 07:56 AM

Im with Elbert on this one,

Its interesting but I will stick to having a clear route to the surface so I can help myself if needed.

Nothing down there that interests me but their is a small market for cave divers and that is something unique that BDS can offer, lets just hope untrained folk do not attempt to enter history has shown what that results in.

Posted By: Dane

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/19/12 08:41 PM

Sorry I was mistaken. So your well was 18 ins deep when you met the roof of the cave which was 6 ins thick, and under that is the open space of the cave itself?

I saw a different well dug and thought it was yours.

The well I saw being dug for concrete water to build the building was dug down through less than two ft of sand, but they didn't find water so they busted the laha and found the usual layer of foul smelling mud, then a layer of compressed material like peat. They never could dig through the peat and the muck to clean water.
That one was a normal well with the laha broken like the dozens I dug elsewhere. In every other well on CC is like that, with layers of muck,sand and laha like a layer cake, repeating as you dig.

I guess your main well is unique in the fact that it accesses the roof of the cave right under the surface. Quite interesting to someone like me who has studied so many wells and the water supply on the Caye. Thanks for the update.
Posted By: Chris7

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/21/12 04:16 PM

Gaz, it takes all kinds. Some people read Stephen King, watch horror movies or bungee jump to get that pleasant shudder, others like caves.. For me, these stalactite formations are well worth seeing. As you say, as long as nobody goes in without the appropriate training or without going through BDS, unsupervised. And yes, Elbert, you got the idea! Not so much beer gut but boobs and butt in this case, but that restriction looks pretty tight! If I get stuck, Chip may have to lay an umbilical with air down there, so I can stay, fasting, till I can wiggle back out.
Posted By: JdeVerteuil

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/23/12 06:05 PM

To dive a cave a person has to be certified in diving caves and a certified nut as well. smile
I like that one of the divers had a rebreather, this would reduce the amount of sediment from the roof. This would also keep Caye Caulker from falling into the cave, which I am sure the residents would appreciate.
Posted By: artisan

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/23/12 06:49 PM

A rebreather is going to stop Caye Caulker from falling into the cave?
This is too funny!
This seems to be a local resentment generated reoccurring theme.
Not a day goes by that some local and even some ex-pats who really should know better, repeat the ridiculous rumor that the split or my building will "any minute now" fall into the cave.
The split's been there for 20 years, my place has a "to-cave-floor" foundation.
Keep spreading the word, "A+" for diligence!
Posted By: Dane

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/23/12 08:31 PM

Most folks don't know that the only person who ever measured it says there is more than thirty feet of laha under the split, and a lot more than that elsewhere, up to 80 ft.
All other statements are being made by people who have never been in the cave or made any measurements.
Unless you count the guys who drive in pilings and think they have xray vision underground. My crew has driven in dozens of pilings, through soft layers and hard down to about twenty four feet max. The uneducated workers stood around talking about the cave as we drove them in, just like that day at the Split.

There is an old story about a building that fell in the cave about fifty years ago after it had fallen apart, down behind Oceanside. I talked to old Mr. marsh who loved that story. He was about 95 when he told me that he was one of those who slipped in that night and recycled the whole building and said it fell in the cave.
Posted By: Marty

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/28/12 02:29 PM

Giant Cave exploration with Belize Diving Services

One main history on Caye Caulker is its cave system which is located under our houses. There have been many stories with this cave starting with 2 persons dying in there up to how far the cave system goes and where it connects among other stories. The entrance of the cave system is located on the west side of the island called by some Tarpon View where tarpons have their home. I was told by some one that Belize Diving Services was exploring the cave beneath us and mentioned how far they got. I, as a diver was interested but would be too chicken to even try such a dive.

Belize Diving Services has been exploring the cave beneath the island and have done about 15 exploration dives and surveying about 3000 feet of old guideline and cleaning some old existing line traps. The team for this exploration consists of Chip Petersen owner of Belize Diving Services, Marty O’Farrell who has had over 25 years of diving experience and also lives in Belize, Robbie Schmittner of Tulum Mexico, Henning Lucht who is a German Cave Explorer, Alexandra and Thorsten Kampe, both Exploration Divers. They had also contacted the founder of Belize Diving Services, Paul Heinerth who was the first to dive in the Giant Cave in 1979.

The idea behind this exploration is to clean up the work which past divers have done before proceeding into the mapping process so they can conduct scientific research so as to make the cave safer for future explorations to come. Keep in mind that the ones who die while diving in caves are the more competent divers such as instructors and those with experiences in the diving world. You do need to have a great deal of cave diving experience to be able to dive in the Giant Cave.

As this project is being underway, the team asks to try and help keep people out of the cave area as it can disrupt the project. Anyone interested in the exploration or would like to know more about the Giant Cave can contact Belize Diving Services.

Please note that no tours are being done in the cave.

Caye Caulker Chronicles

Posted By: Danny2

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 12/29/12 05:49 PM

Thanks, very interesting.
Posted By: Marty

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 03/03/13 02:13 PM


The O'Farrell self portrait

Self portrait photo (by Marty O'Farrell) taken with the GoPro at the end of Giant Cave dive yesterday- The entrance to the cave system is about 30 feet behind me. I am on my knees just next to the mangroves. A couple hundred feet to my right is Belize Diving Services. It would be a complete understatement to say that Chip and I are thrilled at our new found playground right here in our back yard!!

Posted By: Tom

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 03/05/13 05:04 PM

What a fantastic posting with fabulous video. I really enjoyed all of the comments they were so enlightening and informational.
I agree with one thing inparticular and that is this is not for a novice diver.
Would love to hear and see more about this huge cave at CC. I assume that the roof of the cave varies in thickness. can anyone make a drawing of how CC and the cave are situated? That would be a good visual, especially for those who may have only been there a few times and not real sure of all the places mentioned in the comments.
Great job!
Kat
Posted By: Marty

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 03/11/13 12:50 PM

Southern Passage Giant Cave Jan 2013


Well this is a bit of a work in progress on the lighting. We might need to revisit the jet pack concept. But cave in this area is much more clear and ornate. — with Chip Petersen, Carrie Greene O'Farrell and Living Reef Belize at Belize Diving Services.

Caye Caulker could possibly be sitting on the largest marine cave in the world. The entrance of the cave system is located on the west side of the island called Tarpon View, by some, where tarpons inhabit. The cave was first explored back in 1981 when the first owners of Belize Dive Services Paul Heinerth (to this day an International cave diving pioneer and author of many books on the subject) and Chuck Hattel dug into the cave.

Belize Dive Services was bought by Chip Petersen in 2009 and in November 2012 he and Bill Oestreich ‘Bert’ (both recognized Cave Dive Instructors) entered the cave once more. Chip’s real dream in purchasing BDS was to follow the footsteps of his predecessors and access the cave system to allow Belize to realize the potentials of this natural beauty; so when his mentor Bert turned up on Caye Caulker, he seized the opportunity.


To date, Chip, Bill and Marty O’Farell from San Pedro (all qualified and heavily experienced Cave Divers) have been re-tracing steps. Chip has been given approvals and in particular the permit by the Department of Archeology and the Environment for surveying, mapping and scientific research in the caves of Belize. Together they have been making accurate surveys through computer technology and thus far verifying and giving greater accuracy to the original data.


Chip, together with the Village Council Chairman Alberto Villenueva, has pushed for the area between and including Tarpon View and the caves as a mini reserve to be co-managed by the Village Council and the Deptartment of Archaeology.


Chip is anxious that Belizeans get involved in the cave but stresses the dangers for those diving the cave. All divers must go through a 15-day course to learn the specifics and skills of cave diving before accessing the it. Safety concerns are essential for those without the capacity to use the specialized equipment and techniques.

For this reason the Belize Cave Diving Society has been established to promote safe and responsible cave diving in Belize. Rules for guiding will be based on established methods used worldwide and a Cave Management Protocol created for all cave divers. For more information please look on Facebook for updates on information as and when they have it!

The well regarded National Geographic will take their time to explore the Giant Cave in 2014, along with the elite in the dive world, lead by James Petersen or ‘Chip’ from Belize Dive Service and his team of researchers!!


Entrance of the Giant Cave on Tarpon View in Caye Caulker (where tarpons have their home)

Posted By: Katie Valk

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 03/11/13 05:14 PM

Incredible
Posted By: ScubaLdy

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 03/11/13 06:21 PM

Awesome. beautiful and scary as all get out! I don't see any lines.
Good steady hands on the camera. I can just imagine the silt that could be kick up.
Posted By: Chris7

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 03/12/13 10:52 PM

Oh how pretty! And so much better viz!Wow. Now this part looks more like a Tulum-quality cave! Glad to see you got more than one flashlight smile.Re-double-dundancy in action.
Posted By: Marty

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 03/15/13 02:55 PM

Caye Caulker’s cave is possibly the largest in the world!!!

Caye Caulker could possibly be sitting on the LARGEST MARINE CAVE IN THE WORLD!!! It’s a big statement but something that the well regarded National Geographic will take their time to explore in 2014, along with the elite in the dive world, lead by James Petersen or ‘Chip’ from Belize Dive Service and his team of researchers!!

Although many of us have been unwittingly sitting on this cave for most of our lives, the recent developments for the cave will prove monumental for the Caye – the increase in visibility on the dive map as experts and tourists alike will flock to see this unique natural beauty. Not forgetting the impact this will have on the earth science world (biologists, hydrologists, archaeologists etc) as this cave acts as a time capsule preserving life forms and conditions of a more ancient earth. And finally giving Caye Caulker global recognition for a truly magnificent natural marine creation as unparalleled as say Niagra Falls or the Grand Canyon!!

The story so far is this … the cave was first explored back in 1981 when the first owners of Belize Dive Services Paul Heinerth (to this day an International cave diving pioneer and author of many books on the subject) and Chuck Hattel dug into the cave. Frank Bountain took over the shop shortly after and amounted over 500 dives in the cave itself – thus becoming the person who has dove the cave most to this date. These pioneers amassed significant initial information that included basic mapping and even documented research.

Frank left Belize Dive Services in 1995 and from then there was no active diving undertaken in the cave until November 2012 when Chip Petersen and Bill Oestreich ‘Bert’ – both recognized Cave Dive Instructors entered the cave once more. Chip and Dani Petersen bought Belize Dive Services back in 2009 and have already been contributing to the longevity of our marine environment by funding the Belize Shark Project. Chip’s real dream in purchasing BDS was to follow the footsteps of his predecessors and access the cave system to allow Belize to realize the potentials of this natural beauty so when his mentor, Bert, turned up on Caye Caulker he seized the opportunity.

So to date, Chip, Bill and Marty O’Farell from San Pedro (all qualified and heavily experienced Cave Divers) have been re-tracing steps. Chip has been given approvals and in particular the Permit by the Department of Archeology and the Environment the for surveying, mapping and scientific research in the caves of Belize. Together they have been making accurate surveys through computer technology and thus far verifying and giving greater accuracy to the original data.

In the years and months to come the cave will attract the elite in the dive world to come and see for themselves this natural treasure of Belize (and indeed Caye Caulker!!). From a commercial perspective, Chip together with the Village Council Chairman Alberto Villenueva, has pushed for the area between and including Tarpon View and the caves as a mini reserve – co-managed by the Village Council and the Dept of Archaeology. Their aim is that a significant proportion of the profit of the reserve lies firmly in the hands of Caye Caulker and not, like the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve or even the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, monies are used elsewhere by the Government!! This means that the money goes back into the community that it serves ie Caye Caulker!!

Chip is anxious that Belizeans get involved in the cave but stresses the dangers for those diving the cave. All divers must go through a 15 day course to learn the specifics and skills of Cave Diving before accessing the cave. Safety concerns are essential for those without the capacity to use the specialized equipment and techniques. Experienced divers are the most frequent divers to lose their life in cave diving – this was illustrated by 2 lives being lost in this same cave back in 80′s – this is a situation which Chip very much wishes to avoid!!

For this reason the Belize Cave Diving Society has been established to promote safe and responsible cave diving in Belize. Rules for guiding will be based on established methods used worldwide and a Cave Management Protocol created for all cave divers. For more information please look on Facebook for updates on information as and when they have it!

This news of our hidden gem underneath Caye Caulker is indeed welcome news to all that care for her and indeed Belize – that which we know already and the possibilities are enormous and truthfully beyond what we can imagine at this point. It is causing a great deal of excitement for those connected with it and we applaud all those who have actively taken their part in making this dream become a reality!!

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Posted By: Marty

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 09/11/13 11:44 AM



Swim Thru Giant Cave, Caye Caulker, Belize.

Some of you may be spooked by the clouds of hydrogen sulphide, low visibility and general darkness of this video clip. But there is little to compare to the euphoria of floating through a cavern full of stalagmites, stalactites and huge rock formations the size of buildings, knowing that you have the training, dive experience, equipment, and partners to feel totally confident that you will see sunlight again.

Exploration must be a primal drive in mankind, the need to discover part of our human DNA, the drive to feel new experiences, to chase an adrenaline rush, characteristics that sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom. Why else would any sane person strap on 3 steel canisters pressurized to 3300 psi of 32% oxygen and 68% nitrogen, dive 130 feet to enter an environment without light or access to the surface, carry multiple regulators, multiple lights, multiple everything in the hope of finding ... what?

Why cave dive? I guess that question belongs side "Why climb Everest?", "Why cross Baffin Island?", "Why sail across the Atlantic?", "Why jump out of a perfectly good airplane?". Because We can. Because it's there. Because it is a small part of being - and feeling - human ... Happy 10th Belize.

Posted By: IslandLife4Me

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 09/16/13 01:30 AM

With the island formation beginning with the mangrove formation and the sedimentation processes from fish. would this cave system be a result of that or possibly the breakdown of that? With the decrease in trees and increase in buildings on the island...is it actually possible for the caves to eventually collapse? I always thought all water on the island for anything other than cooking was rainwater. This is the first time I've ever heard that some have wells. Well...I take that back. I do remember people talking about the stinky nasty water and I guess I just assumed they had an old rusty rain barrel and needed a new one hehehehe :-) I've have lived most all of my life directly above the New Madrid Fault line in the States. Guess its never been a thought of its collapse bc North America is much wider than CC!
Posted By: Chris7

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 09/20/13 11:35 PM

Caves that are filled with water very rarely collapse. The pressure of the water inside helps support the roof, so in that respect, they are safer than dry caves. Of course there is that little detail of no air to breathe.. The presence of all the dripstone formations, stalactites and stalagmites etc, shows that this cave was dry for a long time when the sea level was lower, after the cave itself was formed. While I'm no expert,it looks like is a solution cave like most of them - rain water picking up acid from the air and soil dissolves the limestone layers where it flows underwater. It takes a thousand years for the spaces to become big enough for a human to pass! So the big cathedral-like rooms of Giant Cave just boggle my mind when I try to think how old they may be.
Posted By: elbert

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 09/21/13 02:15 AM

Chris, Your right The cave, thousands , maybe millions of years ago was in air in order to have dripping water form stalagmites but ask yourself what made the Blue Hole :-0 The ceiling collapsed :-)
Posted By: Marty

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 09/21/13 11:01 AM

Giant Cave Entrance RAW from Tony Rath on Vimeo.

Giant Cave Entrance

A GoPro view of the entrance into Giant Cave, Caye Caulker.

Initial frames show me making sure GoPro is running, and some of the equipment I am carrying.

Next frames show Caye Caulker in relation to the cave entrance, very close to shore.

Then I start into the hole following Marty in. You can see the entrance is vertical from the bubbles coming up at me as I make my way through the crack. The thin line you see is the only thing that keeps us from getting lost. Remember I am wearing double 80's on my back and another 80cf stage tank on my side.

Marty is at the bottom of the shaft and is beginning to enter the horizontal constriction at the bottom.

At 2:27, I get stuck and have to back out, running into another diver behind me. I have to back her up so I can get through. it is very constricted at the entrance and is at about 60-foot of depth. You can also see how easy the visibility goes to 0.

In the horizontal shaft you have to crawl on your belly to get through, pulling with your hands.

by Tony Rath

Posted By: Katie Valk

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 09/21/13 12:35 PM

Wonderful Tony. I have been in Shark Cave and always wanted to dive other caves after that
Posted By: Chris7

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 09/21/13 05:11 PM

Oh great, now you ADDED to my worries! Nah, it's true about the Blue Hole, but this is RARE, which is exactly why it is considered for an 8th wonder of the world! Lets' just say when I'm in Giant Cave, the roof collapsing is WAY down on my list of concerns!
Posted By: Marty

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 10/23/14 11:28 AM


Chip and I have added a few more lines to the "hugeness" (is that a word?) that is Giant Cave- its just plain big and getting bigger in almost every direction-Marty O'Farrell

any exits yet?

Just the one we came in thru:)

White sand and shells in a few places that came in thru the top, but solid rock above- bout 80-90 fsw

any other exits other than the main one ?

We know there is because of the tremendous flow at times- we just have not found it yet.

we would swim right past that exit if we didnt know it was there- just another small hole- never looked at it that way- makes it seem like an impossible task to find another entrance from down there-....... But we will!!:) I don't think we will find another access point from below

Posted By: Marty

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 11/18/14 11:02 AM

Video: Cave Diving in Belize

Belize is a little known cave diving gem holding some of the most immaculate and under explored submerged structures in the Western Hemisphere. Scuba divers visiting Belize experience the thrill of floating through the massive rooms of Giant Cave and cutting through the shimmering sand coated stalactites of Winter Wonderland.

Posted By: Marty

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 11/21/14 06:54 PM

Cave Diving in Belize

Belize is a little known cave diving gem holding some of the most immaculate and under explored submerged structures in the Western Hemisphere. Scuba divers visiting Belize experience the thrill of floating through the massive rooms of Giant Cave and cutting through the shimmering sand coated stalactites of Winter Wonderland.

Posted By: Marty

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 04/13/15 11:27 AM

Giant Cave: Caye Caulker

Este vídeo é sobre GIANT CAVE - Caye Caulker, BELIZE.

Posted By: Marty

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 05/09/15 11:34 AM

Giant Cave stats: total surveyed line- 17,141 ft; max point of penetration 3,817; Chip- stoked!

Chip Peterson


Have you ever wondered what the Giant Caye Caulker Cave looks like?

There’s a giant cave under Caye Caulker

(DISCLAIMER: Do NOT try this on your own or with your buddy. These people are professionals with years of certification and training.)

The Giant Caye Caulker cave system in Belize is thought to be one of the largest cave systems in the world. The entrance is located only 50 yards or so from shore on the lagoon side of the island. The cave is thought to be one of the most extensive in the world, extending under the Split and Caye Caulker for large distances. The entire cave has not yet been explored, but it’s pretty extensive.

As you can see from this map compiled by the Belize Cave Diving Society, entire Caye Caulker neighborhoods sit atop the cave.

Map of Giant Caye Caulker Cave - Graphic by Belize Diving Society

Map of Giant Caye Caulker Cave – Graphic by Belize Diving Society

In the full video below, shot by the Belize Cave Diving Society, you can see divers venturing inside the dave.

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Giant Cave Caye Caulker – vimeo.com/112106707

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Entering the lagoon near the entrance to Giant Cave – vimeo.com/112106707

The video begins with divers in full gear entering the shallow waters on the lagoon side of the island.

They then move to the entrance of the cave system which is a tiny unnoticeable black hole located very close to shore.

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The entrance to Giant Cave sits only 50 yards or so from the coastline -vimeo.com/112106707

As they enter the cave, a massive cavern opens up before them.

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Entrance opens up into a giant cavern – vimeo.com/112106707

The narrator then takes viewers on a visual tour of the cave which so many Hicaquenos have no idea sits underneath them.

We’ll let you watch the rest of the video and be amazed!

Not to be outdone, the Belize Cave Divers then tackle a second cave, this one located near Caye Chapel.

Caye Chapel’s Winter Wonderland

Caye Chapel’s cave system is known as “Winter Wonderland.” It got its name from the abundant amounts of white sand that have settled inside, giving it an amazing winter feel.

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The Caye Chapel cave system is dubbed “Winter Wonderland” – vimeo.com/112106707

The waters inside Winter Wonderland are crystal clear.

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Winter Wonderland is covered in breathtaking white – vimeo.com/112106707

Watch the full video and prepare to be amazed!

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The waters of Winter Wonderland are crystal clear – vimeo.com/112106707

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Posted By: Marty

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 06/15/15 06:29 PM

Giant Cave HD

Cave diving exploration at Giant Cave, Belize, Caye Caulker Island

Winter Wonderland HD

Cave Dive exploration at Winter Wonderland, Caye Caulker Island, Belize

Posted By: Katie Valk

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 06/15/15 08:07 PM

Winter wonderland under Caye Chapel or Caye Caulker?
Posted By: Marty

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 07/16/15 10:41 AM

As much as we know about the sea, in the grand scheme of things we actually know very little about our underwater world. Case in point, the aptly named "Giant Cave" beneath Caye Caulker. An extremely technical dive, we're especially grateful to photographer Mark Long for capturing these remarkable images so that we can marvel at the spellbinding sight.





Posted By: Retiredfornow

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 07/16/15 01:21 PM

beautiful, wish I knew how to dive.....
Posted By: Marty

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 08/14/15 06:59 PM

Giant Cave, Belize

Cave diving, Giant Cave Belize, Expedition team to explore this amazing cave located in Caye Caulker Island


A deceptively easy way to die - Cave Diving

NSS/CDS safety video. Do not dive in caves without proper training.

There have been a few disturbing rumors and videos popping up of people diving without the proper training and equipment in the cave we call "winter wonderland" just off Caye Chapel. If you or someone you know have been thinking of diving in any cave or have dove in a cave without a cave certification and redundant systems, then I urge you to watch this video. Cave diving is an amazing sport, with breathtaking beauty and history, but just like flying a plane, doing it without the right training is not just suicidal, it's stupid. Being a Dive Master or instructor is not the sort of training you need to handle any bad situation in a cave. I need to share this with the Caye Caulker community.

Posted By: Marty

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 01/05/17 05:38 PM


Video: Giant cave Belize dezembro 2016

Posted By: Marty

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 04/19/17 12:18 PM


Belize 2017 - (Giant Cave)

Cave Diving at Giant Cave, Belize - 18/04//2017

Posted By: Marty

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 05/29/17 09:28 PM


Video: Expedition Divers - Belize DPV Giant Cave Dive

A first take of some of the video footage we filmed with Wellun and Chip in Belize. Entry level old camera and not enough lights, but turned out pretty alright.

Posted By: Marty

Re: VIDEO: Giant Cave Belize - 06/19/17 12:16 PM


Cave Diving Under the Ocean in Belize!

A little clip on one of our favourites, the Winter Wonderland cave in Belize. Best viewed in 720p. Our greatest thanks to our friend Chip at Belize Diving Services for making this possible.

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