Arcadian Village Cave

SINK HOLE

INTRO TO CAVE / FULL CAVE LEVELS

The coastal village of Arcadian Village, lies over a hill, which leads to a nice beach where the cave’s entrance is found. Not more than 70 meters from the sea and right next to the beach parking lot between short trees and bushes, there is a sinkhole of approximately 15 meters by 4 meters in size.

For safety reasons, the sinkhole is fenced and has a gate; the municipality of Arcadian Village must be contacted prior to a dive to arrange for the gate to be opened.

Divers descend vertically to the bottom of the sinkhole, where at a depth of 30 meters they pass through an opening that marks the beginning of the cave zone. Inside the cave, the visibility is limited only by the power of divers’ lights. The main room is large, 60 by 20 meters with a max depth of -55 meters. The vast majority of the cave’s walls and its ceiling are covered with fragile draping stalactites. Though many of them are impressive in size, none can compare to the main stalagmite that stands practically in the center of the cave and measures more than 20 meters high. This cave is not fully explored.

Photo: Aris Ninios, Laurent Miroult

CAVE DEPTH

  • Known max: -55 meters (still in exploration)
  • Shallow zone average: -30 meters

WATER TEMPERATURE

  • Above the thermocline: 17-20C
  • Bellow the thermocline: 15C

AVERAGE VISIBILITY

  • >40

RESTRICTIONS

  • Some passages end in restrictions

LINE CONDITION

  • Good line (for 75% of the Cave’s length)
  • NO Directional markers

FLOW

  • NO

SEDIMENTS

  • Silty bottom but no problem unless disturbed

PERCOLATION

  • A lot in the sinkhole during decompression

Photo: Laurent Miroult

Copyright © 2019-2020 BECAUSE I CAN Ltd