Vertical Caves: Exploring Blue Holes
Tourists and hard-core adventurers are attracted to underwater caves around the world, some hundreds of feet deep. Free divers sink into the darkness without supplemental oxygen for record-breaking dives. Above, the Blue Hole in Belize Barrier Reef.
A scuba diver explores the Blue Hole Cave in Micronesia, Palau.
A diver carries his oxygen supply while exploring a shipwreck in a blue hole.
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Tourists dive at the Blue Hole off the coast of the Red Sea.