The camera uses a light flash. You'd need to bring your own adequate lightning in that cavern...that would probably require a LOTS of lights...and powerful lights too, and a light generator. Much easier to use the proper camera, then our eyes can see the results afterwards...magic.
Typically always have my tripod with me, although many shots are just handheld.
Most of my photography is landscape, so I will use a tripod for those setup shots where I have time to compose/wait for good light/etc.