CENOTES - CAVERNS
Cenotes (pronounced sen-o-tays) are ancient sinkholes that exist throughout the Yucatan Peninsula. For many years, these caverns have been a major scuba diving attraction in Mexico.
Because of a recent split in the definition of cave diving, cenotes are now accessible to a wide range of divers. As long as you maintain a minimum of natural light, cenote diving is defined as cavern diving, and anyone holding a basic scuba certification can head into this subterranean environment.
Come and join us, take a giant leap into the sinkhole where a crystal-clear world unfolds before your eyes. Once inside, you’ll follow a guideline and the light of your dive leader into the many halls and tunnels of the cavern. Incredible secrets are waiting for you in the depths.
Do keep in mind that cenote diving is not for everyone. If you have just completed your Open Water training, are afraid of the dark or tend to get claustrophobic, we don’t recommend that you try this type of diving.
- 2 Tanks 6:30 am to 14:00 pm
- Personal instructor (max 4 divers per instructor)
- All diving equipment included, dive light and wetsuit.
- Roundtrip transportation
- Lunch on the way back
- Certified divers only from any official certifying agency (minimum 6 previous dives)
- People with hypertension, asthma, heart or respiratory tract (ears, nose, lungs) problems cannot dive unless they bring medical authorization.
- Depth: 30 to 40 feet depending on the cenote
- Current soft
There are two water entries to Chac-Mool, both leading into the same rooms. The first room is relatively large with with much light entering from the opening. In the second room, Along the opening of the main entrance, trunks and branches reach into the water. It is here where on a sunny day a stunning laser light show takes place. Chac-Mool is one of the Caverns which has a Halocline. This is where salt and fresh come together creating fascinating visual effects. Chac Mool is perfect for any novice Cavern Diver. Also have the largest underwater stalactite in the world.
Located approximately 25 Km. from Playa del Carmen, Cenote Chikin-Ha is the first Cenote in a system that connects several Cenotes through more than 10Km. of underwater passages. During the Dive, you will be making your way to the nearby Rainbow Cenote. Upon reaching a depth of about 10mtrs. strange visual effects can been seen as the salt and the fresh water start to mix. This is what is called a Halocline. Surfacing the Rainbow Cenote there is the chance to see the never ending search for water in the jungle, a the roots of many plants grow through the rock and stretch to the water's surface.
This Cenote is situated 26Km. South of Playa del Carmen and 5 Km. South of Puerto Aventuras. The Cavern tour takes the Diver from the entrance into a wide room underneath an air filled bat Cave. Here light enters through holes in the ceiling and penetrates the water like laser beams during the summer months. Continuing the dive you enter the sugar bowl, a second small Cenote where you can see an amazing light show on Sunny Days. Taj Maha is decorated with stalactites, stalagmites and plenty of hidden fossils can be spotted if you look for them. Haloclines in the deeper areas create interesting mirror like effects as divers penetrate the layer of salt water, which is below the fresh water.