The Elephant's Cave is simply an amazing experience you need to live if you visit the island of Crete. The cave is located in Drepano area in Akrotiri, near Chania and it is a quite easy dive for experienced divers.
The cave was discovered in 1999 and the findings were significant from a speleological and a biological point of view. In the cave you will find bones of elephant species that have been estimated to be of 50.000-60.000 years old! A breathtaking experience for experienced divers - an Open Water certificate is pre-required as to enter the cave you have to dive 10 meters below sea level.
The entrance to the cave is found at 10 meters below the sea level. You will reach the spot with one of the boats of Omega Divers. After passing the entrance of 9m height and 6,5m. width, you will find yourself in a tunnel of 40 meters in length. After swimming in, a series of exquisite red and white stalagmites and stalactites are revealed to greet divers as they emerge into the cave. The main room is partially filled with water, ranging from few centimetres to 4 meters deep. The good thing is that the air inside the cave is breathable so you can take off the mask and admire nature's creativity.
Divers enter a world that has existed peacefully for centuries transformed into a fabulous underwater paradise of colour and remarkable natural features. The cave’s natural “decoration” is absolutely magical. Gorgeous white and red formations decorate the ceiling and floor, glinting in the briefest touch of light. The existence of these formations above and below the water surface is a clear indication that the cave has been shaped several thousands of years ago when the sea waters were much lower.
The cave is full of stalactites indicating that it was formatted during the Mesozoic limestone. Among the treasures of the cave are the fossilized remains of an elephant which include vertebra, teeth and a tusk. Especially interesting apart from the elephant bones are the numerous deer bones that belong to both normal and dwarf deer, merely 30cm tall. Around the main area, you can also see the fossilised bones of the extinct elephant species of "elephas chaniensis" and of other deers and mammals. It is a unique experience, however divers have to move very carefully as to not break any of the red coloured stalactites.