Blue Holes and Dry Caves
Blue holes and caves are geological features that are also ecosystems! Abaco’s blue holes are cultural, historical and biological treasures. More research is constantly being done to increase our understanding of the importance of these ecosystems. Since the discovery of a fossil tortoise shell and a crocodile skull in Sawmill Sink in 2004, national and international attention has been brought to Abaco’s blue holes and caves. They were featured in the August 2010 issue of National Geographic Magazine.
Sawmill Sink Blue Hole in South Abaco. Photo credit to Curt Bowen
Protected areas in Abaco that encompass blue holes and caves:
Abaco National Park, South Abaco Blue Holes Conservation Area, East Abaco Creeks National Park
Jonathan Bird and renowned cave diver Brian Kakuk give us an up close and personal look at the wondrous crystal formations that can be found in the South Abaco Blue Holes National Park. Learn more about how these amazing formations were created.
Experience the exquisite blue holes of Abaco in this video and understand why scientists and explorers need us to conserve them.
Learn more about blue hole research from:
**Blue holes and caves are protected by the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC). Anyone wishing to conduct research in those areas must have a Bahamian research permit and approval of AMMC.