Improvements to the Crystal Caves

$12,582 of $11.5k goal

Raised by 101 people in 15 months
Aaron Brooks
on behalf of Brian Kakuk
 AURORA, CO
Brian Kakuk is the founder and director of the Bahamas Caves Research Foundation . He also operates Bahamas Underground, located in Marsh Harbor, Abaco, Bahamas. The Bahamas Underground is the only technical and cave diving oriented training and adventure facility in the Bahamas! Through years of dedicated hard work, exploration, and difficult politics, he has made the most beautiful of the Bahamas hidden treasures available for exploration to experienced divers from all across the world. He has never stopped fighting for conservation, while he also contributes everything he can to support scientists who wish to study these uniquely diverse ecosystems. 

Today we are trying to raise the necessary money to make some improvements on the public land near the entrances to Dan's Cave and Ralph's Cave, both located in Marsh Harbor. Brian would like to build platforms, steps, and tables at both locations. Most importantly these improvements will allow for a safer entry and exit of the cave systems which can be incredibly difficult with gear. There have already been several injuries with the current setup. Brian himself has taken two significant falls recently at these caves. It's not just important because of the customers he is guiding, but also for Brian while he is exploring these caves alone. The benefits of the new infrastructure go beyond just safety. They will allow visiting divers to keep their equipment out of the mud before and after dives during the rainy season, and even create a beautiful destination for the general public to enjoy picnics, day tours, and birding tours! As I mentioned before, these improvements are being made on public land for all to enjoy.

Those of you who know Brian, know how dedicated he is to these caves. Just recently Brian and others were successful in getting many of these natural wonders protected as new National Parks for the Bahamas so that people, including nondivers, will be able to continue to enjoy these magical places, but their work is never done! The improved safety and accessibility of these caves will ensure that visitors from all over the world can continue to visit Bahamas Underground for some of the most thrilling dives and breathtaking scenery on the planet!

Any additional funding recieved will be applied to ongoing conservation, exploration, education and preservation of these natural Bahamian wonders!


For more incredible photos of these cave systems visit Brian's Facebook or his Instagram!

Interested on learning more about what Brian does? Check out this Washington Post Article.
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Update 3
Posted by Aaron Brooks
14 months ago
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We've exceeded our goal! Thank you all so much for your contributions. Remember, all money received past what it takes for the current project will be put towards the next one. And there will be more!
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15 months ago
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We've surpassed the 60% mark! Thank you so much for everything you all have done whether it be sharing OR donating. Please continue to support this worthy cause.
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15 months ago
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We are almost halfway to our first project's goal! Thank you so much everyone for your support! Please continue to share if you cherish these special places as much as we do!
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Dori Elam
15 months ago

Very great project ! Donate please everywhere in the world we need support!

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$12,582 of $11.5k goal

Raised by 101 people in 15 months
Created January 18, 2016
Aaron Brooks  
on behalf of Brian Kakuk
MK
$50
Mikiko Kondo
12 months ago
KT
$50
KOICHI TAHARA
13 months ago (Monthly Donation)
KT
$50
KOICHI TAHARA
14 months ago (Monthly Donation)
AV
$100
Aaron Vincent
14 months ago

Hope this helps and also hoping to come see you some day

AP
$100
Allistaire Priest
14 months ago
CH
$100
Christa Howarth
14 months ago

The most beautiful crystal formations are found here on Abaco. Butterflies, curly tail, tree frogs, giant ferns and bird activity make surface intervals interesting too. I look forward to another visit.

HW
$100
Heather Westmeyer
14 months ago
CR
$100
Cindy Rush
14 months ago
ML
$100
Maija Leivo
14 months ago

So inspired by everything you do Brian. Thanks for all your efforts to preserve this amazing legacy.

BE
$15
Barbara am Ende
14 months ago
Dori Elam
15 months ago

Very great project ! Donate please everywhere in the world we need support!

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