By Katy Gill
These two kayakers received quite a shock when they stumbled across a secret “Pool of Light” – a blue lagoon that suddenly appeared within the depths of a dark, remote cave.
Iain Miller, 48, and his climbing partner, Fiona nic Fhionnlaoich, could not believe their luck as they kayaked into the crystal clear blue lagoon beneath Owey Island, Western Donegal, Ireland, on July 26.
Thrilled with their discovery, the adventurous pair couldn’t help but take a dip in the crystal-clear waters, which wouldn’t have looked out of place in the Caribbean or Mediterranean.
The adventurers set sail from Cruit Island, located south east of Owey, at 5am to catch the moment the sun aligned perfectly with the lagoon, coloring the water a turquoise blue.
While snorkeling in the rocky chamber, Iain and Fiona’s route was illuminated by the by light rays shining in through the cracks in the cave, creating an atmosphere right out of a fairytale.
Iain, a full time sea stack climber, said: “Floating in a pool of tranquil light in an underground sea cave was an extremely relaxing experience
“It was very humbling to witness something so beautiful and so tricky to capture.
“The sun must be in the correct height and position in the sky for this lagoon to light up.
“The sea must be also be calm and the tide high – with a calm sea you will get the infinity pool effect, where it feels like you are floating and swimming in a pool of light.”
The outdoor adventurer, who has been playing’in the sea doe the past 30 years, is familiar with exploring unknown locations, being at complete-ease with kayaking through shoulder width gaps in pitch-black caves.
Owey Island has an area of 300 acres and has no inhabitants on it.
Though shut down in 1971, the skeleton of the islands schoolhouse still remains.