Orda Cave Russia

INTRO TO CAVE / FULL CAVE LEVELS

Orda Cave (Ординская, Ordinskaya) is a gypsum crystal cave found underneath the western Ural Mountains. The mouth is near the shore of the Kungur River just outside Orda, Perm Krai in Russia. The cave system stretches over 5.1 kilometres with around 4.8 kilometres over the overall length being under water.This makes it one of the longest underwater caves and the largest underwater gypsum cave in the world. It contains the longest siphon in the former Soviet Union (935 meters).

The mineral-rich area surrounding the cave filters the water and makes it very clear. Divers have a visibility of over 46 meters making it an ideal location for photographic expeditions. Victor Lyagushkin, a journalist and underwater photographer, led around 150 expeditions into the caves over a six-month period in 2011.

The photographs taken by his team were published in the Orda Cave Awareness Project alongside stories from other divers who had visited the cave system. During the dives Lyagushkin used a funnel system to direct the air bubbles to the mouth of the cave and away from the delicate gypsum, fearing that it might easily be damaged. The diving team were also the first people to produce a spherical panorama of an underwater cave.

source:wikipedia / Photo: Simone Villotti

CAVE DEPTH

  • Max: -18 meters
  • Shallow zone average: -9 meters

WATER TEMPERATURE

  • 5C

AVERAGE VISIBILITY

  • >45 meters

RESTRICTIONS

  • Some sidemount passages

LINE CONDITION

  • Very good line everywhere, including side passages
  • Detailed Directional Arrow markers and passages names and distances

FLOW

  • NO

SEDIMENTS

  • In some areas

PERCOLATION

  • In non visited areas and smaller passages

Photo: Matteo Ratto / Simone Villotti

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