Thursday, 29 April 2010

Exploring Antalya's forbidden underground cave

An enormous subterranean cave in Antalya is being properly explored for the first time.

A team from Antalya Akedeniz University is surveying Suluin cave, located in the southern Taurus Mountains. They’re measuring its depth and taking pictures in order to further study the area. As yet, it’s unknown just how deep the cave goes.

Suluin Cave's interior

Diving in the cave has been forbidden since 1955, when two American divers died while exploring the mysterious cave, thought to be the largest on the Asian continent.

Suluin cave is part of an enormous underground cave system, and very little of the system has been properly explored. It’s thought that thorough examination of the cave may yield some important information – and some hopefuls are even anticipating that the network’s underground reservoirs may be a solution to Antalya’s water shortages.

Underwater cave diving is very difficult from diving in the sea, and the slightest mistake can result in death. It’s an activity that’s not for the faint-hearted, but explorers consider the incredible underground landscape to be worth the risk.

See the BBC video here.



  1. Hi, your BBC video is not working.

    Carl -