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Cenote diving, caverns and caves,  Riviera Maya Mexico

 

The Yucatan peninsula’s natural history is unique in the world. Having spanned millions of years underwater as a coral reef, the Yucatan was later dried up as the ocean levels dropped.  Throughout this dry period the limestone was carved out and dissolved into an elaborate system of underground caves and tunnels, covered in majestic stalactite and stalagmite rock formations.  Once past the ice age, the Cenotes naturally filled  with fresh water and developed into the “sacred wells” of the Maya civilization, providing the main source of drinking water and considered to have spiritual and healing properties.

 

Cavern diving is a wonderful and unforgettable experience. Though you don’t need specialized training to enjoy the ride, it’s very important that you have a qualified guide and that you follow and abide by the rules. It’s an enclosed environment and you need to have the right attitude, supervision and orientation. In the last 20 years many divers have opted to stay in Riviera Maya to spend their dive vacations.

 

Cavern diving requires excellent buoyancy. There are cenotes that require more skills and technique than others.

In this page you can find all the informations regarding the cenote diving, cavern and caves, in the Riviera Maya Mexico with Scuba Planet Mexico.

 

Cenotes dive sites:

Kukulkan & Chac Mool, El Eden, Tajma Ha, Dos Ojos (Barbie Line & Bat Cave), The Pit, Dream Gate, Gran Cenote, Angelita and much more ...

Dive sites informations

Cenote Kukulkan

 

Max. depth: 46ft / 14m

 

Skill level: novice/intermediate

 

Description: Kukulkan is part of the Chac-Mool system. Kukulcan will astonish you with its sunrays. A dense halocline lies around 30ft/9m deep; It feels like navigating in jello

Cenote Chac Mool

Max. depth: 42ft / 13m

 

Skill level: novice/intermediate

 

Description: In this cenote part of the ceiling has collapsed under an air dome, and there is a spot from where divers can admire hundreds of stalactites

Cenote Chikin Ha

 

Max. depth: 46ft / 14m

 

Skill level: novice/intermediate

 

Description: you will start the dive in the Chikin Ha cenote to get then to the Rainbow cenote where the sunrays hit offering a fantastic light show. You will find the halocline around 30 ft / 9m

Cenote El Eden

 

Max. depth: 46ft / 14m

 

Skill level: novice

 

Description: a large and beautiful Cenote, like a swimming pool in the middle of the jungle. For inexperienced cavern divers this cenote is ideal. The rooms are very large and the main part of the dive takes the diver alongside the nearby Cenote Coral Garden. You will find the halocline around 30 ft

Cenote Tajma Ha

 

Max. depth: 46ft / 14m

 

Skill level: experienced

 

Description: this cenote which has much to offer for both cavern and cave divers. This cavern offers the diver all the specific characteristics of this kind of dive: a dense halocline, light effects, beautiful fossils, limestone vaults and domes specific to the region, ceiling collapses, tannic acid and speleothems

Cenote Dos Ojos

 

Max. depth: 26ft / 8m

 

Skill level: novice/intermediate

 

Description: Dos Ojos is one of the most famous cavern dives thanks to the movie Amazing Caves. This cenote offers the opportunity to make two different dives. The Barbie Line allows you to navigate between huge stalactites and columns and the Batcave, making you feel as if in a cave due to the weak lighting

Cenote The Pit

 

Max. depth: 130ft / 40m

 

Skill level: experienced

 

Description: The Pit is an impressive sinkhole located in the deep jungle. It is the deepest cave ever found in Quintana Roo with a max. depth of 400 ft/120m. This place is just magic! The lights look like surreal lasers

Cenote Dreamgate

 

Max. depth: 20ft / 6m

 

Skill level: experienced

 

Description: Dreamgate is one of the most amazing cenotes! This cavern offers the combination of two wonderful dives. Dreamgate is very famous thanks to several documentaries produced by the BBC

Cenote Angelita

 

Max. depth: 130ft / 40m

 

Skill level: experienced

 

Description: Angelita, “little angel” in English, is not only an atypical cenote dive, but a once in a lifetime dive in all aspects. It is a well that has a thick sulfuric cloud from which emerge very beautiful trees and a small half-moonlike island

 

Gran Cenote

 

Max. depth: 42ft / 13m

 

Skill level: novice/intermediate

 

Description: Gran Cenote is 2,5 miles away from Tulum in direction to Coba. It is actually the main entrance of the Sac Actun system. Gran Cenote is great by its size but also by its beauty. The formations and the cavern wall are very clear and visibility is exceptional all year long. An easy and very beautiful dive!

Cenote Car Wash

 

Max. depth: 46ft / 14m

 

Skill level: intermediate

 

Description: this is one of the first explored caverns in Yucatan. This cenote has a huge flowered garden with wonderful plants and amazing algae

Calavera

 

Max. depth: 50ft / 15m

 

Skill level: novice/intermediate

 

Description: the name means skull, also known as Temple of Doom. The water entry is a 9 ft. Jump. Light rays of the vault are incredible! At 25 ft / 8m, you will find the halocline. There is much light in the cavern and many hidden fossils to discover

Casa Cenote

 

Max. depth: 20ft / 6m

 

Skill level: novice

 

Description: Casa Cenote connects one of the largest underwater caves networks in the world, Nohoch-Na-Chich, to the ocean. This site is perfect for new certified divers and beginners. This cenote also has a halocline and very beautiful light effects. You will navigate through ways and cracks in the limestone

 

Cenote Zapote (Hell´s Bells)

 

Max. depth: 105ft / 32m

 

Skill level: experienced

 

Description: Zapote is located in the Cenote Kin Ha park. When you reach 70 ft. you are surrounded by a cloud made of thin and smoggy hydrogen sulfide particles. At 90 ft., you access a room decorated with many bell-like formations. This magnificent show is impressive and will give you unforgettable memories

 

Riviera Maya cenotes maps

Chac Mool cenote map
El Eden cenote map
Bat Cave cenote map
Kukulkan cenote map
Tajma Ha cenote map
Casa Cenote cenote map
Car Wash cenote map
Chikin Ha cenote map
Dos Ojos cenote map
Calavera cenote map
Dreamgate cenote map
The Pit cenote map
Gran Cenote map
Angelita cenote map
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