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Cavern 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 stretch 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 Bill’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 world (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 highly 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 algae bottom. The water is usually clear and transparent 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 columns. 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 hydrogen 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.

Snorkeling NO
Scuba diving YES
Cave diving NO
Technical diving YES 

Cave 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 stretch 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 Monster 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 through 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 Bill’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 world (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 algae 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 columns. 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 hydrogen 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.

Snorkeling NO
Scuba diving YES
Cave diving NO
Technical diving YES

Ocean Dive Sites in Playa del Carmen

CEREBROS

Cerebros, the Spanish word for ‘Brain’ is located in the Northern part of Playa del Carmen reefs. The coral formations of the reef create a landscape of areas to explore and wander around. Along the middle section and at the end of the reef you will find some beautiful arches to swim through. Minimum depth 6m-20ft and maximum depth 14m-50ft.

LOS ARCOS

This reef took the name after two arches located along the reef. It is a relatively deep dive (minimum depth 21m-70 ft and maximum depth 30m-100 ft). The wall sections are covered with hard corals, sponges and fan corals while on the sandy areas you can find turtles, groupers and stingrays, schools of fish, moray eels and many crabs and lobsters.

GEEN WALL

Green Wall (Pared Verde in Spanish) is a really different wall because of its formation and its sections of walls which are split by sloping hills of sand. Its spectacular coral formations are full of small and large marine life. You may spot spiny lobsters, king crabs, turtles, sting rays and sharks. After approximately 3/4 of the dive you will come a cross a cavern with a chimney which exits at the top plateau of the reef. The minimum depth is 21m-70ft while its maximum depth is 30m-100 ft.

MOCHE DEEP

A nice wall stretching from 21m-70 ft. to the sandy bottom at 30m-100 ft. You can enjoy a large variety of corals, barrel sponges, lobsters, moray eels, king crabs and many others… Look inside the large barrel sponges to find the king crabs and look around to spot the hawksbill turtle and in winter time you may be lucky to encounter bull sharks and spotted eagle rays.

MOCHE SHALLOW

Moche Shallow is a short reef full of marine life and an abundance of small coral formations. Its minimum depth is 7m-24ft and its maximum depth is 14m-50ft. At the end of the reef we will go through a small arch packed with fish and sponges.

CHUNZUMBUL

Probably the longest and shallowest dive site in Playa Del Carmen (minimum depth 6m-20 ft and maximum depth 12m-40 ft). You will encounter sections of garden with vegetation and small coral heads. Staying on the fringe of the reef and you will reach one of the coral cavern areas which is one of the best sections of the reef. You will encounter schools of fish here while looking for hidden creatures.

JARDINES

The ‘garden’ like vegetation has given this site its name. You will enjoy a variety of sponges, hard corals and fan corals, sea whips. Furthermore you will remain astonished by the abundance of marine life including green and spotted moray eels. Its minimum depth is 6m-20 ft and its maximum depth is 12m-50 ft.

SABALOS

A dive site well known in the area for the presence of schools of Tarpon fish that can still ocasionally been seen here. The reef consists of hard and soft corals of all variations as well as many kinds of fish. Near the end of the dive you will find a small cavern for exploration. The minimum depth of the dive site is 6m-20 ft and the maximum depth is 14m-50 ft.

BARRACUDA

Barracuda is our usual second dive after the Tortugas Reef (Turtle Reef). The reef looks like a hand with five open fingers. There are small holes to explore along the reef and you may spot some barracudas, turtles and rays. Almost at the end of the dive we will swim through a shallow cavern that will take you to an exit on the top of the reef. Its minimum depth is 6m-20 ft and its maximum depth is 14m-50 ft.

TORTUGAS

Tortugas (the Spanish word for Turtles) is one of most popular dive sites in Playa Del Carmens due to the large quantity of sea turtles which you may encounter. The reef is relatively flat with a gradual slope from 16m-55ft to 30m-100ft, and is covered with corals and enormous barrel sponges.

MAMA VINA

This former shrimp boat was sunk in 1995 and since then the coral growth has proceeded rapidly. Once on the wreck descend to the sand and drift along the side of the wreck until you reach the stern where you will find the propeller. Move up into the lower decks and explore the inside rooms. Then make your way onto the top deck and watch the Barracudas hanging around the mast. This dive is only suitable for advanced divers due to the depth and the strong current that can be present. (Minimum depth 21m-70 ft and maximum depth 30m-100 ft).

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