Many of Tulum's underwater caves remain barely explored. TULUM, MEXICO. THESE otherworldly caves captured in Mexico’s underwater caves by this snapper could be the best lit in the world.
Captured by California-based photographer Ben Horton, this series of otherworldly images depicts the light show that greets divers exploring the labyrinth that is the underwater cave system found in Tulum, Mexico.
Bright sunlight light penetrates through the abyss of deep blue, paving the way for the brave divers who are pictured exploring.
The divers can be seen carrying torches to get a closer look as they explore their alien surroundings.
“This location has the longest mapped submerged cave system in the world, and it’s still barely explored,” said Ben.
“Most of the Yucatan Peninsula has submerged cave, and only a few hotspots near major towns have really been explored.”
Ben wasn’t sure about cave diving at first and got the opportunity to try the training when set to feature in a film.
Despite his initial apprehension, he found enjoyment and comfortability in the amazing underwater terrain.
“Once I actually had some training and understood how it worked, I felt much more comfortable and was able to simply enjoy being in these amazing places,” he said
“Cave diving takes you places that seem as foreign as traveling to another planet, it’s as true as adventure and exploration can get.
“It’s about as close as you can get to being an astronaut without going to space.”
Cave diving is notoriously challenging and can be both mentally and physically taxing.
Requiring a great deal of training and preparation, cave diving is not for the faint of heart.
“There is always danger, because you can’t simply surface when you run low on air, so whatever problem arises you have to be able to handle it underwater and safely navigate back out of the cave,” he said.
“Regulators, lights, masks, and buoyancy compensators can all fail.
“You may find yourself floating in darkness