"Amazing Ocean Cave diving awaits in the beautiful coast of the Italian isalnd in Sardegna"
Bue Marino has potential to be the longest cave system in Europe and the world's furthest single entrance cave penetration underwater. Not really a surprise in one of the largest Karst areas in the world, as a matter of fact to rival both in extension and beauty to the Mexican Yucatan peninsula caves.
Actually there are several cave systems dry and flooded in the area.But only Bue Marino, which is the largest, has been systematically organized for exploration by the local speleological group, lead by Leo Fancello,who has been coordinating the discretionary access permit and the teams exploration efforts. We were happy to be collaborating with them and be let to dive beyond the 300mt area designated for tourist cave divers.
Is noticeable the line work done by a Checz team, lead by D. Hutnam that has been exploring, documenting and creating a beautiful grade 3 map of BM, both above and underwater caves; unfortunately not available for the general public yet.
The first scout trip was done in December 07 when the local Sardinia Speleological group invite us to create a relationship assisting with the exploration of the largest cave system in Italy and one of the largest in Europe.
Unfortunately Team was welcomed with snow and rough seas so we look around at the dry caves and sumps, getting really excited with diving in the area!
June BUE MARiNO Scout Dive with a penetration of 2 km
Sept Planned full penetration to 3.75km to Deep section. Team set up 2 x 33amp scooters and 2 safeties at 1.1 km (twice as much as June support team),also placing negative heating tubes and deco bottles, then also doing back to back clean up dives same distance in several days !
We were on the trigger for just over 4hr and running fast engines, I mean we were doing almost twice the speed of gavins with D20-RB80 multiple stages and scooters.we did the final test for the new SUEX "N" handle.
The caves levels out after first deep Pit for the next 2km and then drops down again to 30mt to go back to 1mt before dropping again beyond 50mt depth.
Unfortunately there are several"air bells"; and so Bue Marino is not a single sump,actually is not longer a candidate for the longest sump in Italy / Europe.
But there are other options ........; )
Still BM is a beautiful cave and a great locations for long range cave diving in relatively warm water.
A series of scout trips to familiarize with the remaining known cave systems
-Documentation of the SKP Cave Systems
-Exploration and mapping of cave passages
-Exploration and mapping of BUE MARINO Deep Cave portion
-Connection of Cave Systems
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