The YuDiscover the most fascinating and adventurous cave diving experience at Mexico peninsulaThe Yucatan peninsula remains probably the most popular travel destinations in Mexico with visitors from all over the world. Most tourists are available on the pristine beaches as well as in the superior waters about the Caribbean side, it’s popular for cave diving too especially since Nohoch Nah Chich, the world’s longest underwater cave system has been seen as near Tulum, Mexico.
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A little bit of Mexican cave diving historyThe start of the 1980’s brought the very first cave divers in the U.S. towards the Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo (Q.Roo) and central Mexico where resurgence rivers for example Rio Mante, sinkholes such as Zacaton and Cenotes for example Carwash, Naharon and Maya Blue where explored.
The start of the 1990’s lead in to the discovery of underwater caves about the island of Cozumel, ultimately resulting in the 5th biggest underwater collapse the world.
Through the mid 1990′s a push in to the central Yucatan Peninsula by dedicated deep cave explorers discovered a lot of deep sinkholes and deep caves which have been explored and mapped. Even today these deep caves from the central Yucatan remain largely unexplored because of the sheer quantity of Cenotes found in the State of Yucatan, along with the depth involved. Ultimately of the last millenium CCR cave diving techniques where used in order to understand more about these deep water filled caves.
Towards the end of the 1990’s a brand new breed of explorers arrived tackling the longest and deepest cave dives about the central karst plateau’s of Mexico and also the Yucatan Peninsula to explore and focus these underwater caves.
Through the turn from the millenia the biggest underwater cave in the world Ox Bel Ha was established with a small group of dedicted cave explores who continously established new entrances in to the cave system by utilizing aerial and satellite images. The then explored underwater cave survey data was overlaid onto these aerial and satellite images to comprehend water chemistry and also the process of cave formation across the coast of Quinatana Roo where caves systems discharge their freshwater in to the caribbean ocean.
New technology for example Rebreathers and deep going DPVs became available and where employed to push back the frontier. The skill of cave exploration from jungle base camps became refined, Ox Bel Ha was becoming explored, ultimately becoming the biggest water filled collapse the world within the last millenium.
The brand new millennium is showing that exploration is way from over, mini projects are happening often a year organized and conducted through the most commited cave explorers with new discovery’s being surveyed and mapped. In 2006 and 2007 numerous large previously explored and mapped cave systems happen to be connected during cave dives made by very dedicated cave diving explorers utilizing sidemount and several times no-mount cave diving approaches to order to feed these tight cave passages, creating the second biggest connected underwater cave systems in the world, Sac Actun.
New technologies introduced into cave diving after the last millennium becoming the norm during today’s cave exploration projects. Many cave maps happen to be published, cave exploration conventions are now being held and also the future will inform us what’s coming next.