All certified divers are able to enjoy the unique and beautiful Cenotes of the Riviera Maya. The typical characteristics we can find are:
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What is this all about?
The Yucatan Peninsula is covered in sink-holes (cenotes) which allow access for us to cavern-dive in a truly unique underground world unlike any other dive you have done.
Cenotes are freshwater because we are essentially diving in the underground aquifer. The rain over time has carved out the limestone rock forming the caverns and cenotes we find today.
Most of the cenotes we visit are relatively close to the ocean (approximately 3-5km/2-3miles) and we can encounter saltwater at depths of approximately 12m/40ft and below. Where the freshwater and the more-dense saltwater meet is called a halocline and we see an interesting visual effect when the two mix (like how the air looks blurry above a hot road surface).
What will I see?
Each cenote has different characteristics. For example, some are better for formations and others can be better for light. To understand the type of things you’ll see, take a look through the photos on this page. These pictures were taken by us on our cavern tours.
That being said, the typical things we see while cenote diving are:
Am I suitable?
There are different Cenotes available for divers of all levels to enjoy. Being so unique to the area, this really is an experience you shouldn’t miss while you are in Mexico.
To safely enjoy cavern diving the most important consideration is your dive skill level. We will be diving in a delicate, overhead environment so it is critical you have good buoyancy control and trim (horizontal body position). Therefore it is important that you have dived recently so that you can determine if you believe your skill level will be appropriate.
Your safety and the preservation of the cenotes is the most important factor your guide will focus on during your dive. If your guide observes any issues with buoyancy or trim then we might need to end your dive early in order to abide by community regulations here in Mexico. It is not typically possible to train divers and work on buoyancy at the caverns.
If you are unsure your skill level will be appropriate and you are planning on diving for more than one day, we highly advise you plan to first dive in the ocean (either Playa del Carmen or Cozumel). This way we can assess your skills and give you tips and tricks to improve your buoyancy control and trim. All of our ocean dive guides are PADI Professionals and we are passionate about training. It would be our pleasure to help you.
Is it safe?
To keep the experience as safe and enjoyable as possible there are very strict rules here in Mexico.
Your guide will not only be a Scuba Instructor, but also a fully certified cave diver. The guide will lead a group, with a maximum of four divers. The guide is required to wear technical equipment including multiple tanks. However, you will be diving in the standard scuba equipment that you learned with.
Cavern dives are NOT cave dives. When cavern diving…
- You will never be more than a one minute swim from the surface
- You will always be able to find your way out using natural light
- You won’t have to swim through any spaces that you cannot comfortably get two divers through side-by-side
What’s the point if there are no fish or corals?
If you’re in search of multi-colored corals then the cenotes are not for you. Although, fun-fact: you can find fossilized coral structures in the rocks from when the entire Yucatan Peninsula used to be the sea-bed. Also, technically there are fish in the cenotes, but yes, we must agree that there are not many and they are probably not the most stunning fish you’ll ever see.
So – Why do we love the cenotes so much? Well, it is probably summed up by the phrase mind-blowing which is commonly used by our divers to describe their experience after diving in the caverns.
Cavern diving in the cenotes is unlike anything you will have ever done before. The water is incredibly transparent so you can see as far as your eyesight will allow you to. In photos it often looks like you are suspended in mid-air. There is also something exciting and mysterious about entering an underground world that is frozen in time.
How does it work?
The Cenotes are located in the jungle and are accessed via road. Your guide will drive you in a truck loaded with your dive equipment.
Before departing from the dive center your guide will help prepare your dive equipment. It can take up to an hour to drive to the cenotes, for this reason you’ll wear your normal clothes during the drive and change into your dive gear once we arrive at the cenote.
During the journey your guide will give you a history of the formation of the cenotes and once at the cenote the guide will give you a detailed briefing for the specific dive.
Photography: The cenotes are found on private land owned by Mayans. Some cenotes have camera restrictions and others charge additional fees. Please check with us if you want to know more.
Our prices include everything for your day out in the cenotes. We pay your entry fees, buy lunch and transport you from the shop to the cenotes (and back again!). Because everything is included, the price of the trip does vary depending on how many and which cenotes we visit as well as the distance we need to travel.
Which category should I choose? If this is your first time diving in cenotes then we would strongly recommend the “standard” category for Open Water divers or “premium” category for Advanced Open Water divers. These categories give us the chance to share with you the biggest variety of dives and give you a really good taste of what cavern diving has to offer.
Full details on the prices of each cenote category can be found below:
Additional cenotes are available, these are normally very challenging and we can discus these with you once you have complete one or two cenote trips with us.
2 dives $130
2 dives $145
2 dives $185
|Chacmool (Kulkukan & Little Brother)||Dos Ojos (Barbie line & Bat cave)||The Pit + One of either "Barbie line" or "Bat cave" at Dos Ojos.
(optional $35 upgrade to do both lines - three dives in total)
|Tajma-Ha||Eden + Tajma-Ha|
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|The Pit + 1 from:
[ Tajma-Ha, Eden, Dreamgate ]
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|Chikin-Ha||Casa Cenote||Angelita + 1 from:
[ Tajma-Ha, Calavera, Carwash, Dreamgate ]
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Zapote, Maravilla, 7 Bocas, Kin-Ha
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|Dreamgate (upstream & downstream)
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- These particular cenote trips require a minimum of 2 divers. If you are a single diver please contact us we will try to find a date we can pair you with other divers. Alternatively with sufficient notice we may be able to schedule you for the trip by yourself. In the worst case scenario, we can normally schedule you by yourself but we would require an additional $60 fee to cover the costs of operating the trip with only one diver.
- The Eden + Tajma-Ha combination incurs an additional $10 to cover higher entry fees at the two separate cenotes.