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The exploration of IZVOR LICANKE

Appeared in DIVER June 2018
An unexplored sump in a Croatian cave presented an irresistible challenge to christine grosart, but there would be many difficulties in her team's way, from red tape to worn line - hotdog horrors, too. Main photography by MARK BURKEY

Where water flows uphill

Appeared in DIVER February 2018
An experiment using green-dyed water established long ago that something strange was happening in Kefalonia - and nothing has changed. MARTYN FARR reports from a unique Greek diving destination. Additional photography by GERASIMOS SOTIROPOLOS

Olwolgin: Longest Underwater Cave

Appeared in DIVER September 2017
Welsh cave-diver MARTYN FARR wrote his book The Darkness Beckons back in 1980, and its two editions became bibles for practitioners of the sport, but it had not been updated for 26 years - until now. In this excerpt from his chapter on Australian cave-diving, the author looks at one of the most exciting of recent developments. Photography by RICHARD HARRIS

TUSCAN Underworld

Appeared in DIVER June 2017
Running low on ideas for diving trips thinly disguised as 'holidays' with your non-diving partner? WILL APPLEYARD reckons he has discovered just the trip for both you and your long-suffering land-loving other half


Appeared in DIVER March 2017
Budapest has one of the largest cave systems to be found beneath any city. The thermal baths of the Hungarian metropolis derive their water from many natural springs, including this Molnár János cave. Want to explore a spectacular kilometre-long European cave without so much as a shiver? TOBIAS FRIEDRICH has dived it and took the pictures

Who turned the lights off?

Appeared in DIVER July 2016
Diving in natural overhead environments can be a thrill - but how and where can sport-divers do it? BETH & SHAUN TIERNEY plunge into the dark, secret world of caves at favourite locations

Pleasure and Pain in Spittal Springs

Appeared in DIVER November 2015
MARTYN FARR has good reason to undertake exploratory cave-dives alone, but there are still times when he expects to pay a high price for going solo

Missouri's Billion-Gallon Lake

Appeared in DIVER June 2015
Bonne Terre Lead Mine - Michael Salvarezza & Christopher P Weaver

Underwater City of Mons

Appeared in DIVER June 2015
Malogne Phosphate Mine - Vic Verlinden

China black

Appeared in DIVER April 2014
As leading cave-divers are invited to the opening of a unique dive-centre in China, MARTYN FARR enjoys a taste of celebrity lifestyle and explores depths that the authorities hope will attract others to follow in his wake

Into the Pupu

Appeared in DIVER June 2013
Hammering his way through a stone obstruction to reach another passage, MARTYN FARR is in his element in an extraordinary New Zealand cave system that gives him the chance to break new ground – and capture his own progress on camera

Classic darksite diving

Appeared in DIVER May 2013
Its taken him many, many years to put together, but at last MARTYN FARRs definitive guide to UK cavern- and cave-diving sites is complete. Is the doyen of British cave-diving relieved You bet he is! Here he provides a taste of whats in store

The Crystal Maze - Bahamas

Appeared in DIVER July 2012
ROB SMITH takes time out from his demanding job as Head of Human Resources for the London 2012 Games at Ofcom to chill in the Bahamas amazing blue holes. But first, he must learn to be non-intrusive

Alpine adventures

Appeared in DIVER August 2011
You know youre in for some excitement when you have to reach the start of your dive on a cable. Martyn Farr hangs out in the Swiss Alps

Beneath Budapest

Appeared in DIVER February 2011
One of the worlds most impressive cave-systems lies beneath a European capital city, and its potential for exploration grows bigger by the week. There were many surprises in store when Dmitri Gorski decided to spend a long weekend in Hungary

Diving Everest in Pozo Azul

Appeared in DIVER November 2010
A British-led team made history in September with the world's longest-ever cave-diving penetration. Support diver Martyn Farr pays tribute, and explains how this extraordinary feat was ac...

Refreshingly different Dom Rep

Appeared in DIVER February 2010
The Dominican Republic is not just another Caribbean reef proposition, but an island offering world-class cave-diving for all levels of experience. Martyn Farr even finds time to fit in s...

Beyond Toad Hall

Appeared in DIVER December 2009
Why do they call it Toad Hall? It's a closely guarded secret. Leigh Bishop recalls this years Australian-British collaborative project to reach the limits of the spectacular Cocklebiddy c...

Descent into the underworld

Appeared in DIVER July 2009
Yucatan's bizarre Angelita and awe-inspiring Gran Cenote are both unique experiences. You'll understand why the Mayans considered the cenotes the realm of the gods when you dive them, say...

Cookies & T in the Taj Mahal

Appeared in DIVER July 2009
Want to feel at home in enclosed environments Chris Boardman went to Mexico for GUE cave-diving training. Pictures by JP Bresser

The Nullarbor & the big ones

Appeared in DIVER May 2009
"Self-imposed suffering bordering on masochism" was how Martin Farr described his last visit to a remote area of Australia in DIVER. Poisonous snakes and spiders - everything that moved s...

A weekend in the dark

Appeared in DIVER August 2008
Its a big favourite with local divers and with the occasional illustrious visitor. Martyn Farr pops into Finlands fantastic - and chilly - Ojamo limestone mine. Additional photography by ...

Way down yonder in Mexico

Appeared in DIVER April 2008
Martyn Farr has dived in caves and caverns all over the world, but guaranteed to bring the biggest smile to his face are the cenotes of Mexicos Yucatan peninsula. The good news - we can a...

Sunshine state keeps grim reaper at bay

Appeared in DIVER November 2007
The springs of northern Florida are a magnet for divers who enjoy enclosed spaces, whether at cavern or cave level. Martyn Farr pays a return visit to find out how Ginnie, Peacock and Lit...

Rick Stanton

Appeared in DIVER October 2007
He is one of the world's leading cave-divers, but what makes this exceptional Brit tick? Brendan O'Brien finds out about the man, his psyche, and his unusual take on doormats.
“THE P...

Great mines

Appeared in DIVER June 2007
Don't call it cave-diving - mine-diving is quite different, says Martyn Farr, not least because of the industrial remains you get to see down there. But if you plan to delve into Britain'...

Europe's best-kept secret

Appeared in DIVER March 2007
Leading cave-diver Martyn Farr has discovered a Mediterranean location offering such exciting diving-holiday prospects that he hasn't quite got over it yet. He's here to share - but don't...


Appeared in DIVER October 2006
Where do tekkies and cave-divers go for their holidays? France's Dordogne area offers inland diving at its best for the sports celebrities, rising stars and newcomers alike, says Martyn F...

As hard as nails

Appeared in DIVER May 2006
One of the world's leading cave-divers, Martyn Farr didn't get where he is by taking the easy routes. His latest venture into deepest, coldest Russia was one of his most extreme yet - and...

After penetration

Do you want to take your diving a stage further this year and really get into wrecks Mark Ellyatt, who has seen the inside of many tricky overhead environments in his time, offers an outl...

Tunnel Visions

Simply going under water isn't enough for some people - they enjoy the added thrill of venturing deep into the bowels of the earth. A newcomer and an experienced cave-diver explain why


British divers Ric Stanton and Jason Mallinson have become leading lights in the dark art of cave-diving, after achieving a penetration of France's Emergence du Ressel,, previously believ...


Far beneath the baked surface of the Saudi desert lie caves flooded with prehistoric water. Most are inaccessible, but Erik Bjurstrom managed to find a way in and make the first, perilous...


Fringed by dramatic stalactites and stalagmites, a complex cave network shared by blind fish, catfish and fruitbats winds through Mexicos Yucatan Peninsula. Martyn Farr has dived in caves...


Fancy some novel diving experiences in an exciting part of the world? Martyn Farr heads deep into South America to remote Bonito for deep cave diving, plus the most fun hes ever had at 1....


You can trek into the back of beyond in Australia, drop through a small hole and find yourself in one the most notorious and spectacular enclosed spaces in the world. Even leading cave-di...


Cavern courses are a necessary precursor to cave-diving. They are also very useful to anyone wanting to improve their wreck-penetration techniques. Chris Boardman takes his first steps in...


Here is a story weird enough to have emerged from the realms of science fiction, but firmly based in fact. Steffi Schwabe has just received a major award for courage and excellence in sci...


From bottles to bones, you never know what you'll find in Bermuda's water-filled caves. Most of them run beneath private property and can be dived only by invitation. Stephen Weir got lucky


Want to get started in cavern-diving? Without venturing far from Europe, where are the best places to go? Leading cave-diver Martyn Farr has a soft spot for Malta, on which he focuses her...