9 wondrous water caves
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    If you are anything like me, one of your favorite things about the sport of Stand Up Paddling, is its ability to provide you with unique opportunities to see things you might not otherwise see.  In addition, you get to see them from some new and interesting perspectives, that you wouldn’t otherwise see from land, or riding in a kayak.

    Mother Nature Network did a story called “9 wondrous water caves,” which shows you some of the most awesome water caves in the world.  Many of these are accessible via SUP, should you have access to one in that area. If you are going to be in any of these areas and don’t want to travel with your board, and are not sure about places to rent, consider getting an inflatable SUP.  From what I hear, they are easy to travel with and serve a purpose like this one, very well.

    Casey


    Here is the article from Mother Nature Network.

    Watery wonders

    Sea cave off the coast of Italy.

    Many of the most awe-inspiring caves formed along the shores of oceans and lakes. Also known as littoral caves, these geological wonders are carved into rocky coastal cliffs through long-term wave action along weakened fault lines in cliffs.

    In addition to spelunking, sea caves provide ample recreational opportunities for kayaking, swimming, free diving, scuba diving and more. While many of these caves are found in the craggy coastlines of Europe, some of the largest sea caves in the world — such as California’s Painted Cave and Oregon’s Sea Lion Cave — can be found on the rocky Pacific coast of the United States.

    Here are just 9 of these extraordinary watery wonders.

    Fingal’s Cave

    Inside of Fingal's Cave

     

    Located on the island of Staffa, Scotland, Fingal’s Cave, also known as “Uamh-Binn” in Gaelic (meaning “cave of melody”), is well-known for its arching, cathedral-like geological features and emanating eerie sounds.

    The cave, along with the entire island of Staffa, is composed entirely of hexagonal basalt columns (similar to Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway), which produces the naturally arched ceiling.

    The easiest way to see this awe-inspiring cave for yourself is to take a sightseeing cruise from the town of Mull. The cruises land close to the cave, and the hexagonal basalt columns serve as perfect stepping stones to walk along the shore and enter the cave.

    Sea Lion Cave

    Sea Lion Cave

    Oregon’s Sea Lion Cave is not only famous for being the largest sea cave in the world, but also for the plethora of barking wild sea lions that lounge on its craggy rocks.

    Located just a few miles from Florence, this enormous basaltic cave is situated 300 feet beneath Highway 101. To reach the inner caverns, visitors must take an equally deep elevator and then proceed down some stairways and trails.

     

    Great Blue Hole

    Great Blue Hole

    Nestled in the Lighthouse Reef Atoll of Belize is the Great Blue Hole, a large submarine vertical cave that measures 984 feet in diameter and 407 feet deep. With its beautiful, clear water and the variety of wild marine life residing in its depths, the enormous blue hole is a popular scuba diving destination.

    Today’s blue holes, which are found all across the world, were formed from erosion during previous ice ages when the Earth’s sea level was significantly lower than it is now.

    Although the Great Blue Hole is most definitely great, it is not the deepest. That title is held by Dean’s Blue Hole, located in the Bahamas, with a depth of 663 feet. For a demonstration on the magnitude of its size, check out Guillaume Nery, world champion freediver, as he does a freefall dive inside the hole in this video clip shot by fellow freediving champion, Julie Gautier.

     

     

    See the rest of the caves here

    http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/photos/9-wondrous-water-caves/alofaaga-blowholes


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Casey Gotcher

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  • Stoke Harvester 03.20.2011

    Great post! Not so sure about paddling across that giant blue hole though…creepy! 😛

  • That is simply amazing! I would love to be able to even sit on the coast of that, much less paddle across it!

    Thanks for sharing Casey.

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