Duboka, near Kuceva.
350 m/10 minutes walk from the village.
|Dimension:||L=2,734 m, VR=65 m.|
|Guided tours:||self guided, L=132 m.|
Б. П. Јовановић (1951):
Велика пећина код Дубоке,
Зборник радова САН књ.VIII, Географски институт књ.I 1951.
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|1895||first speleological exploration by Serbian geographer Jovan Cvijić.|
|1951||explored by Branislav Jovanović.|
|2000-2001||exploration by Akademski speleološko-alpinistički klub (ASAK), Academic speleological and mountaineering club, Belgrade.|
Дубочка пећина (Dubočka pećina, Dubočka Cave), named after nearby village Duboka, is a huge passage with flat floor and easily visited. That's why it is also called Велика пећина (Velika pećina, Big Cave). The entrance portal is 25 m wide and 20 m high, the entrance passage is up to 40 m wide and up to 31 m high. Actually only the first 130 m are suitable for visitors, from this point caving gear is required. This first part has several openings, so lamps are actually not necessary. However, after heavy rains the Понорска река (Abyssal River) flows through the cave, and it's not possible to visit.
The cave system has three main passages. The Главног канала (Main Passage) is 1,010 m long, but only the first section is open to visitors. It ends at Цвијићевог вира (Cvijić's spring), which is actually a small seasonal spring. The second section ends at the Глиновитим каналом (Clay Passage) and is 458 m long. The third section is to the Русаљкиним каналом (Rusaljka Passage) and 265 m long. The fourth and last section is 155 m long, and it ends at the понора (Ponor).
The first branch off, the Глиновитим каналом (Clay Passage) on the left is 510 m long and ends in the Дворана «Паклена гора» (Paklena Gora Chamber) which is 33 m long, 11 m wide, and 20 m high. A small opening called Царске двери (Imperial Door) is the connection to the final chamber, the Царска Ризница (Imperial Treasury). 37 m long, up to 22 m wide, and 10 m high it is the most beautiful part of Dubočka Cave. It is covered with beautiful speleothems, stalactites, stalagmites and many other speleothems, most of them pure white.
The second branch off, the Русаљкиним каналом (Rusaljka Passage) is 380 m long. This passage is rather small and was named after a stalagmite which resembles Rusaljka, the main character of a local legend.
According to a report in The British Caver in 1987 the cave was planned to be opened as a show cave. Actually this never happened, because of the war which broke out two years later.
Also worth a visit are two more caves in the vicinity, Цремошња пећина (Cremošnja cave) and Равништарка пећина (Ravnistarka cave).