The Fundación Espeleobuceo Hispaniola (FEH) is investigating, exploring, and collecting information about underwater cave systems using survey, topography, water, fauna sampling, and photography of the environment.
FEH is establishing well-marked routes in the cave system in order to promote cave diving as a safe activity and to minimize the environmental impact on the caves.
Cave diving contributes to other scientific disciplines, like archeology, hydrology, geology, and biology. In the Dominican Republic, FEH, is pioneering the the first organized exploration and documentation of its major cave systems.
Diver taking survey notes -- Topography is the first step in the study of the underwater cave systems. The maps are going to help find the caves most important features, plan future dives, and determine the best position for the water, mineral and fauna sampling.
One of the main objectives of FEH is the exploration of the numerous underwater cave systems of the Dominican Republic. In some cases, the caves were already explored, so FEH’s work consisted of further in-depth exploration, including looking for more tunnels, and making sure the line in the caves were well installed, replacing them if necessary.
The majority of the caves were found with the help of the locals, and were explored and surveyed for the first time by members of the FEH.
The FEH has installed a total of more than 5310 meters of lines with proper marking. This is to help the safe practice of cave diving and minimize the accidental damage one can do to the fragile formations, and contribute to the preservation of the cave environment.
To date FEH has located 61 caves, the majority explored and the 10 deemed most important were surveyed.