State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic Slovak Caves Administration
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Diviačia Abyss

Located at the eastern edge of the Plešivská Plateau, northerly from the Vidová village. The depth is 123 m and it is the deepest abyss on the Plešivská Plateau. M. Erdös a V. Lysenko penetrated in 1964 from the previous bottom of 38 m to lower parts. The abyss is formed along distinct steep to vertical tectonic faults in the Mesozoic Middle Triassic pale Wetterstein limestones of the Silica Nappe. The abyss is formed by a system of changing corrosive shaft and breakdown dome spaces, decorated by rich and varied flowstone forms.

White to grey-white flowstone waterfalls and curtains were formed down to the depth of 36 m. Red-brown pisolites are on the walls in depths of 37 to 55 m. Yellow-brown flowstone waterfalls and curtains begin in 76 m. Dentritic clusters of red-brown pisolites prevail in the depths of 86 - 113 m. The northern branch has white flowstone layers on walls, stalactites, stalagmites and pool with water lilies and pearls as well as flowstone waterfalls and curtains from the 58 m’s depth. The bottom part is without dripstone decoration. On the bottom of two domes there are larger underground lakes.

Wild boar (Sus scrofa) skeleton covered with thin flowstone layer was found at the depth of 76 m. The second skeleton was found in depth of 86 m. There is a thick layer of guano inside and guano pots are formed in two places.

The bats have the dominant Lesser Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros), important is also occurrence of the Greater Mouse-eared Bat (Myotis myotis). Except for them also the Greater Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum) hibernates here. The abyss is home for rare cave invertebrates. A new species of pseudoscorpion Neobisium (Blothrus) slovacum which is by now the only cave one in the Western Carpathians was found here for the first time in 1966. It was found later in some other caves and abysses of the Slovak Karst. This occurrence is also the most northern border of distribution of cave pseudoscorpions (Pseudoscorpionida) in Europe. Tiny blind crustaceans live in underground lakes - copepod Elaphoidella proserpina and one of the Bathynella genus.



Dear visitors, our show caves are opened again from May 15, 2021 under the following restrictions: visitors must wear a face mask, disinfect hands and keep the required distance from each other. Details are stated in official country regulations and legislature. The number of visitors per admission is reduced. Thanks for understanding. We wish you a pleasant visit!

Underground boat trip in Domica Cave not available.

Due to low yield of underground water the boat trip in Domica Cave is not available. The short tour is available. Thank you for understanding

Cave visit with small children

Dear visitors, due to increased visitation of parents with very small children (circa up to 3 - 4 years of age), we would like to kindly ask you to have a rucksack baby carrier with you for visiting the more demanding caves in given time. This recommendation concerns all caves but the most concerned are the following ones: Demänovská Cave of Liberty, Belianska Cave, Dobšinská Ice Cave, Demänovská Ice Cave, Harmanecká Cave. We also ask you to consider visiting the cave with your crying child, which could disturb the other visitors. Thank you for understanding and we wish you a nice experience.

Cave tour guides for download

Dear visitors, cave tour guides are available for download


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