A Unique Phenomenal: AMPHITRITE Underwater Snow White Valleys and Cliffs

One of the most unique characteristics of this cave is the “Snow White” valleys and cliffs, results of millennia of gypsum deposits. The scope of our expedition is: introduce to the global cave diving community, using Amphitrite as our “main attraction”, the until now, unknown, virgin cave destination that is Greece. Human activities above ground, are affecting our freshwater quality and reserves in ways that only by entering into these caves we can measure and protect. Bringing international awareness, attracting funds and scientific interest in order to ensure that the country’s natural wealth remains protected and monitored as it should be.

The Myth: In ancient Greek mythology, Amphitrite was a sea-goddess and wife of Poseidon. Under the influence of the Olympian pantheon, she became merely the consort of Poseidon, and was further diminished by poets to a symbolic representation of the sea. Her name is probably derived from the Greek words amphis and tris, "the surrounding third." Her son Tritôn was similarly named "of the third." Clearly "the third" is the sea, although the reason for the term is obscure. Her Roman equivalent was Salacia, whose name means "the salty one."

The Diving Spot: “Amphitrite” Cave is located inshore, close to the coast of island Panteronisi, between Paros and Antiparos. This is approximately 8.25km/155˚ from Antiparos Port. Entrance of the cave can be found approximately 7m below sea level. Divers got have access to the spot by boat (local diving shop facilities). “Amphitrite” Cave is one of 3 known caves located in the region.