Padre Nuestro

Bayahibe, Dominican Republic

Directly across the street from the pumping station is a small sink with a big tree trunk. this goes down to about 10 meters and directly in front a few meters past the warning sign the mainline starts. The first part of the cave is highly decorated, after swimming a while the line passes through a small restriction were depending on the rains you may or may not feel a flow. After this the cave opens into a huge room with giant stalactites every were, if it has been raining there will be multicolored tannic water on the ceiling. The line eventually goes up into a breakdown area and the cave chokes out. Swimming back to the cavern zone, to the far west side of the cavern area you get to the downstream side of the cave, which was first explored by Dave Pratt and Cristian Pittaro in Feb 2008, this area is radically different and is dark tannic stained rock with less decorations and is very silty, here you will feel the flow as the water is siphoned out through the tunnel.
 

This section of the cave was surveyed in May 2010 as part the Manantial La Oculta exploration project, and to try and identify the water source for these two caves. It was surveyed by Cristian Pittaro and Dave Pratt.

Padre Nuestro is suitable for any configuration.

As with all caves in the Bayahibe area you need to register with the Medio Ambiente office in Bayahibe and pay the park fee before diving. Locals at the pumping station will carry your tanks down and watch the car for a fee.

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DRSS / Padre Nuestro

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

Photo: ©2014 Laurent Benoit for DRSS

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

Photo: ©2014 Laurent Benoit for DRSS

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

Photo: ©2014 Laurent Benoit for DRSS

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

Photo: ©2014 Laurent Benoit for DRSS

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

Photo: ©2014 Laurent Benoit for DRSS

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

Photo: ©2014 Laurent Benoit for DRSS

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

Photo: ©2014 Laurent Benoit for DRSS

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

Photo: ©2014 Laurent Benoit for DRSS

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

Photo: ©2014 Laurent Benoit for DRSS

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

Photo: ©2014 Laurent Benoit for DRSS

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

Photo: ©2014 Laurent Benoit for DRSS

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

DRSS / Padre Nuestro

Photo: ©2014 Laurent Benoit for DRSS