Photos - Cave Diving in Yunnan, China
Tanks have made it...
Our tanks have made the 1,500km journey from Guangzhou to Yunnan. That was the easy part: the last couple of kilometers were a bit more challenging.
Tanks and other scuba equipment were loaded on small boats.
Loading the boats
Scuba equipment being loaded on small boats.
While the tanks and other scuba equipment got a ride on boats, for divers and climbers, it was a half an hour hike. The path was occasionally a bit narrow and slippery, and with 30m drop on one side, not exactly relaxing.
The height difference from Fuxian lake to the cave entrance is only 24m (about an 8-storey building), but with ropes and tanks to carry, it wasn't an easy climb.
Gallup and Victor hauling equipment. One tank at the time...
Twin set transportation
We had help for the heavy stuff...
Gallup takes a rest while Club 1722 members start setting up abseiling lines. A local mountain climbing and cave explorers' club assited us to get down to the water.
For this trip, we needed not just scuba equipment, but some climbing equipment as well.
It looks like a long way down...
Kwok gearing up for the descent.
Start of the descent
On his way down...
Kwok making his way to the cave dive site.
Crash Course on Abseiling
Johnny's turn to get a crash course on abseiling. We did manage without any crashes, though.
Anssi descending with ropes.
Inside the cave
They have seen the light...
Gallup, Steve and Anssi already down watching the abseiling action.
Inside the cave
And still a bit of tank carrying was required...
Line moving tanks
The slope was much steeper in real life than what it looks like in photos.
Twin bottles transport
Tanks are almost there.
The gang in a pre-dive photo-op.
Cave Diving in Yunnan, China
Victor and Anssi entering the rock.
Cave Entrance Yunnan, China
For some reason there are no good photos taken underwater in this cave.
Diving can be dirty business...
Those clothes were a write-off.
After dive group photo. Dirty and tired, but back up in the rain.
Lake Fuxian at dusk.
There could be worse settings.
Is there a cave there?
Cave Entrance Under a Tree
Cave entrances are different. Johnny and Kwok entering a cave literally under tree roots.
Johnny and Kwok congratulate each other after a successful dive.
Cave Diving Expedition
Over the years, Pro-Diver have arranged several cave diving expeditions to various parts of China. The expedition to Yunnan was one of the first, and also one of the logistically more challenging ones.
Pictures from various wrecks around Asia. There are hundreds of wrecks in South East Asian waters. Many of them are reminders of the battles fought during the Second World War, some are deliberately sunken to form artificial reefs.
Photos from one of our first cave diving expeditions in China to Yunnan province.
Sidemount diving is gaining popularity quickly. Strapping the tanks on your sides instead of your back offers several advantages.
Photos from a scuba trip to Moal Boal in the Philippines. Whale sharks, turtles, etc.