Best Places To Go Cave Diving

While SCUBA diving is considered extreme to some people, if you are looking to step up your game, try your hand at cave diving. This takes the risks to a whole new level by adding the element of complete darkness, narrow shafts or tunnels that are often difficult to navigate and minimal options when something goes wrong.

Below, you will discover some of the most epic places around the world to cave and cavern diving. Please DO NOT attempt these dives without the proper training and certification.

As always, if you think we have missed any please let us know in the comments section below.

Ranked by Discovery Channel on their list of “The 10 Most Amazing Places on Earth”, the Great Blue Hole found in Central America is truly unique. A limestone sinkhole formed thousands of years ago, it has a total of 11 underwater caves each with its own depth and length. A top thing to do in Belize, it has also received world recognition from UNESCO. Truly a world-class destination for cave diving.

Just outside of Tulum, Mexico in the Yucatan, divers can find another interesting dive site made of a ture of salt and fresh water, lots of cave formations, boulders, and stalactites. The catch, they have to make the dive jumping into the water first and as attested by many can easily get lost in the dark cave passageways.

Want to enjoy cave diving with the clearest water you can find? Then head over to Ginnie Springs in Florida. Here you will find four of the most dive-able springs: Ginnie Springs, Little Devil, Devil’s Eye and Devil’s Ear, the most frequently dived caves in the world. A favorite for divers, this area is where you can practice your underwater photography skills to the fullest.

First Cathedral is the most popular dive site off Lanai. The dive site contains a huge chamber with cut-outs in the lava forming “stain glass windows” with the sun shining through.

Ojos which means “Two Eyes” in Spanish, is a flooded cave system located in Yucatan, Mexico. It refers to two neighboring cenotes that connect it into a large cavern. Cave diving here is a guided adventure following s like the Barbie (there’s a plastic alligator with a Barbie doll in its mouth) because it is quite easy to get lost in the tunnels and could prove to be fatal. Continuing on, divers have the option to go to another cenote which is the “Bat Cave”.

Politically considered a single island, it has the greater area than the rest of the Bahamian islands. It’s an archipelago within the Bahamas famous for its many water-filled cave systems known as Blue Holes. Expect to see a diverse range of marine life such as moray eels and lionfish.

An extremely advanced diving site, Eagle Nest Sink cave system on Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area near Weeki Wachee that has claimed several lives (six in total) since 1989 earning the name “Lost Sink”. A lot of requirements are needed to be presented like cave certification card, GUE Cave 2 level experience (minimum requirement) and knowledge with the use of tri to be able to dive here. Again this is not for any beginner or novice of any level (open water, cavern, cave diving, etc.).

Popular with adults and youngsters alike, Jacob’s Well in Texas is the largest underwater cave in the area although it los like a simple swimming hole. Water from the well overflows to a natural spring feeding the Cypress Creek that has slowly been drying up in recent years. Cave divers here can explore 4 main chambers, however, don’t let the well’s appearance fool you, it too has claimed a number of lives.

Earning the ominous title of “World’s Most Dangerous Dive Site” and the even hair-raising nickname of “Diver’s Cemetery”, the Blue Hole in Egypt can certainly be any diver’s last dive. It is an extremely deceptive dive with dim lighting making nitrogen narcosis frequent here than in any other diving spot. Maximum care and diving at within your own capabilities and limitations is the key to surviving this dive site.

Known as Australia’s best ocean cave dive, it is located just off Smy Cape at South West Rocks on New South Wales. The cave is 125m long and its name was a tribute to the diverse marine life found here that includes the gentle, endangered grey nurse sharks. This dive site is open to all levels of diving.

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5 thoughts on “Best Places To Go Cave Diving

  1. So many breath-taking places. I have been diving for 5 years and love it. However I never went to diving spot other than in France or Cyprus. However, I am going to Malta soon and would love to dive in the Blue hole especially if it fits with my level. I am now working for an events company in London that lists many trip / travel related events and so I am always looking for activities to do while I am traveling, I can’t stand doing nothing.

  2. Didn’t get to dive it but went snorkeling at Silfra a couple of weeks ago. Incredible experience and while the water temp was just above freezing, you don’t really feel the cold until you get out.

  3. Great list. Bookmarked. I should not be too excited with my diving trips.

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