Amphitrite

ANCIENT OLIAROS CAVE

INTRO TO CAVE / FULL CAVE LEVELS

The sea cave of Amphitrite lies between the Cycladic islands of Paros and Antiparos with no available historical information about its formation, age, or under what conditions it flooded. It’s a solution cave, which means a diver will come across an atypical variety and quantity of speleothems, the result of mineral depositions.

Impressive stalactites and stalagmites in various sizes and forms will remind visitors of typical cenotes and caves. The cave ceiling is mostly covered by straws, though divers will also come across impressive draperies, flow stones, and massive columns.

One of the most unique characteristics of this cave is the “snow white” valleys and cliffs resulting from millennia of deposits.


CAVE DEPTH

  • Max: -53m
  • Shallow zone average: -17m
  • Deep zone average: -40m

WATER TEMPERATURE

  • Above the thermocline: 15-25C
  • Bellow the thermocline: 15-16C

AVERAGE VISIBILITY

  • >30

RESTRICTIONS

  • Some Sidemount passages

LINE CONDITION

  • Good line everywhere
  • Some directional markers

FLOW

  • NO

SEDIMENTS

  • Silty bottom but no visibility issues

PERCOLATION

  • Some

Photo: Laurent Miroult

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