ENJOY DIVING in MEXICO 

Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Guided Cavern Dives

 


Sacred Mayan Underwater Cenotes/Caverns/Caves

Cenotes are magical and unique. They were in the past the only resource for fresh, sweet water in the local Yucatecan jungle. The Mayans considered the cenotes as sacred places and they thought they represented the entrance to the underworld.

Planning and Organization of Cenote/Cavern Diving

Cenote/cavern dives are guided diving tours of a cavern in an overhead environment filled with cristal clear water. All divers should be minimum open water certified. Divers should always remain within the sun light, the entrance visibility and sight of the cavern line.

The average temperature of the cenote water is 77°F. Cenote Diving is best during the morning hours because of the rays of the sun reflecting in the water. We will meet you between 8:00 and 9:00 am (your preference) and after reviewing the gear and your certification requirements, we will continue on to the cenotes. Included in the tour price are tanks, weights, lights, entrance fees to the cenotes soft drinks, snacks and the guide.

4 divers per guide is the maximum allowed number of divers for each group. If more people are interested we do have extra guides available. Our guides are Full Cave Certified and equipped with full cave diving gear, have available Oxygen/First Aid kits and be certified to administer them, and have successfully completed a " Cavern Guide Program".

Cenote Angelita and the Pitt are the deepest sickholes in the area. These two dives are suggest to advanced divers with experience in deep diving.

Safety Limitations

Divers must always remain within the natural daylight zone, at maximum 60 m/200ft from the surface. The maximum depth for a cavern dive is 21m-70ft. The minimum visibility is 15m-50ft. Divers may only go in large passages where at least 2 divers can comfortably get through and dive within "no decompression limits". The cavern zone has usaully a guideline which the cavern guide has to follow together with his/her group swimming within "arm length" of the guideline that leads back to the open water. The border between cavern and cave areas is signaled with a STOP or WARNING SIGN. Divers who are not certified as cave divers have not to dive beyond these warning signs. We use for air management the "rule of thirds" and we divers in single tank have to exit with a minimum of 60bar-900psi.

Tanks, air, and applicable taxes are included
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Equipment rental is available request.


Please contact us to ask for prices and packages using the contact form or writing at infoenjoydiving@gmail.com.


Cenotes Dive Sites of the Riviera Maya

Cenote Chikin Ha

This cenote is located approximately 25 km from Playa del Carmen, and it is the first cenote in a system that connects several cenotes through more than 10 km of underwater passages. During the dive, you will be making your way to the nearby Rainbow cenote. Upon reaching a depth of about 10m, you may experience strange visual effects as the salt and the fresh water start to mix. This is what it is called the halocline. Descend a couple of meters into the salt and experience the comfortable change in temperature as salt water is warmer than fresh water. Surfacing the Rainbow cenote there is the chance to see the never ending search for water in the jungle, the roots of many plants grow through the rock and strech to the water´s surface. Always keep an eye toward the entrance for spectacular light effects on sunny days.

Snorkeling YES
Scuba diving YES
Cave diving YES

 Cenote Chac Mool

The entrance to this cenote is about 100 mts south of Puerto Aventuras.  There are 3 different water entrance to the Chac Mool system. On one side of the parking area, we have Little Brother cenote and Kukulkan cenote. In the main entrance we may access directly to the Dome Room. Here a portion of the ceiling has collapsed under an air dome where the divers can surface and admire a lot of beautiful stalactites and some fossils. Ku Kulkan entrance is through a beautiful pond at once end of the cenote. At approximately 10m, you will be entering the halocline zone. This phenomenon is called halocline and it creates a strange blurry visual effect. Shine your light to the point were salt and fresh water meet and marvel the reflections projected on the walls of the cavern. The light effects are amazing, as sunlight penetrates the darkness. Take a moment to look towards the ceiling at the entrance to see the colors of the rainbow. With its maximum depth of 12m-36ft, it is a perfect place for the new cavern divers. Chac Mool is also known by cave divers, because of the famous Room of the Moster where cave divers may admire the largest underwater stalactite in the world.

Snorkeling YES in the area of Kukulkan
Scuba diving YES
Cave diving YES

Cenote Garden of Eden

Locate 28 Km from Playa del Carmen, this cenote with a maximum depth of 14m-45ft offer an excellent place for inexperienced divers on their first cavern dive. The opening looks like a huge swimming pool in the middle of the jungle where divers can swim around getting familiar to fresh water and the cenote environment. During the cavern dive we will cross trough a wide tunnel which directly connects the Cenote Garden of Eden with the Cenote Corral. In this area, we will admire the sun reflecting throught the fresh water, the spots with strong halocline and shallow places with beautiful light show.

Snorkeling YES (excellent)
Scuba diving YES
Cave diving YES

Cenote Taj Mahal

Located 29 Km South of Playa del Carmen, with a maximum depth around 13m-35ft, it is a perfect place for both cavern and cave divers. The cavern tour take the diver trough 3 different entrances/rooms with amazing sun beams penetrating in the water. The strong halocline creates an interesting mirror-like effects. During the dive,  you will admire decorations such as stalactite, stalagmite and columns and hidden fossils. In sunny days, it is possible to see light shows, crossing  for example the cenote Sugar Bowl and passing close to Bil’s Hole Cenote.

Snorkeling NO
Scuba diving YES
Cave diving YES

Cenote Dos Ojos

The entrance to this cenote is situated 50 km South of Playa del Carmen, just after Chemuil or the Xel-Ha Park. One of the most popular cenote of the area, its name means “two eyes”. This system allows us to complete two dives in order to discover it. Both dives will start and end in the first eye (east eye-entrance). During the cavern tour, you will swim in fresh crystal water, with no halocline, around big columns, stalactites and stalagmites. The first dive leads mainly around the “second eye” (west eye/entrance) and inside a huge cavern room. The second dive is around the Bat Cave. This dive is a little bit darker but it is safe since we are diving in circuit around a huge room where we can easily surface during all the tour. Cave divers find a place to plan many different dives. With about 60 Km of explored length and connected to over 25 cenote, Dos Ojos is one of the longest system on the Peninsula. In this location IMAX movies shoot parts of the IMAX film “Journey into amazing Caves” released in 2001. For non divers Dos Ojos is the perfect location to swim and snorkel both in open areas as well as in the Bat Cave.

Snorkeling YES
Scuba diving YES
Cave diving YES
 

Gran Cenote

This cenote is part of the system Sac Aktun which means white cave in Maya. In 2007 a team of cave diver discover the connection between this system and Nohoch Nah Chich connecting the biggest system of underwater caves in the wold (157km ). Gran Cenote is located 4 km outside Tulum in the direction of Coba. The cavern dive is along the edge of the circular cenote with a maximum depth of 10m-32ft. The passages are higly decorated and in sunny days, the lights are amazing and visibility is exceptional. Snorkelers can find a perfect area to enjoy snorkeling and swimming.

Snorkeling YES
Scuba diving YES
Cave diving YES

Cenote Carwash

Its name is linked to the story that in the past it was used to wash taxis. This cenote is located on the road to Coba, about 8 km outside Tulum. The entry looks like a small lake with a green algea bottom. The water is usually clear and trasparent except at the beginning of the warm season where the sun warms the water and creates with the vegetation a layer of fog in the first m-ft of water. Leaving the surface, we will swim through roots and fallen trees and within a few meters away we will find formations and colums. The maximum depth is around 15m-45ft.

Snorkeling YES
Scuba diving YES
Cave diving YES

Cenote Angelita

This cenote is located about 17 km South of Tulum, an amazing experience and for sure not a typical cenote dive! We will be diving in a sinkhole with a maximum depth is 58 meters/180 feet. After walking 5 minutes through the jungle we will reach the cenote and swim through a hydrogene sulfate cloud/layer positioned around 28m-95ft. The experience is unique and surfacing through the cloud give the divers the idea to pass a thick cloud like the one we have all watched on the planet Mars on TV. Alongside the walls you may admire huge stalactites, hanging from the edge.

Snorkelling NO
Scuba diving YES
Cave diving NO
Technical diving YES
 

 

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