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Mexican Cenotes

DIVING IN THE CENOTES OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA

In between the south of Tulum and Playa del Carmen you can find more than 700km of lines spread in between 50 systems that are among the 15 most important in the world. This area is the biggest playground for everyone that wishes to discover the underwater world in crystal clear water.

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The best cenotes

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cenote Angelita

“Angelita” or Little angel, is without question one of the most unique cenotes in the area. It is located 17km south of Tulum, it is a sinkhole that goes down 60m deep. The particularity of Angelita is the thick hydrogen sulfate cloud located about 30m from the surface, creating a surreal and unique atmosphere. Some experience is required due to the depth of this dive.

Gran Cenote

“Gran Cenote”, is considered one of the best for snorkeling, cave and cavern diving, which makes it a very popular cenote. It is located 4km of Tulum. The cavern dive leads along the edge of the circular shaped, which allows us to stay in a semi permanent open area whilst having a roof on top of us. This is the perfect place to start nice and calm dives. The maximum depth is 10m.

Casa Cenote

“Casa Cenote“ gives us the impression that we are diving underneath the jungle. It is the closest cenote to the ocean and offers a variety of salt and fresh water marine life. Casa Cenote is located 10km north of Tulum. We do the dive alongside the jungle and the mangrove. This dive is available for certified divers with or without experience, in a good day it is one of our favorites. The maximum depth is 8m

CAR Wash

“Car Wash”, this name comes from the fact that not so long ago some taxi drivers used its water to wash their vehicles… Located 8km from Tulum, it is a dive out of this world. Most of the time water looks green, but after several days of rain it can seem red. This circuit is relatively short but full of light effects and is a great cenote to see potsherds. At the surface the hydrogen sulfate cloud creates a surreal atmosphere. The maximum depth is 10m.

Dream Gate

“Dream gate” it is one of the most impressive cenotes; this is the reason why it has been featured in different TV documentaries, BBC being the most outstanding. Located near Dos Ojos, this cavern offers charming dives that give us the feeling like we are flying in between columns and thousands of fine stalactites… You are required to have good buoyancy control to avoid damaging the delicate decoration and avoid stirring up the sediment. The maximum depth is 8m.

Dos Ojos Bat Cave

“Dos Ojos” is located about 50km south of Playa del Carmen. You must drive a 4km road to reach the parking lot. It is without a question the most touristic cenote and the one with the best facilities in the area. In fact you may find lots of local souvenirs in the restaurants and shops within the cenote area, they have everything! It is one of the best options to discover the beauties of the cenotes.

Dos Ojos Barbie Line

“Bat Cave” its is the darkest of the Dos Ojos dives, it is a series of rooms and chambers that lead to an air dome where you can find some light filtrations. The decorations and the bats that make of this cavern their home turn this cenote into one of the best in the area. Cave divers can explore more than 60km of lines interconnected with more than 25 cenotes, in fact Dos Ojos is one of the longest cenotes systems in the Yucatan peninsula.

Cénote El Pit

“The Pit” is a deep gash in the jungle floor located 3km from Dos Ojos. The entrance is steep and narrow. We descend in the middle of the cenotes through a shallow halocline towards the hydrogen sulfate cloud at 30m deep. Like in Angelita, the tree branches eerily protrude from the cloud; but the dive doesn’t stop there, we can find stalactites of different shapes and sizes.

Taj Maha

“Tajma Ha” is located a little bit further down, about 26km south of Playa del Carmen; during the summer, you can see where the light enters through the ceiling holes and penetrates in the water like laser beams. Along the cavern floor you can find hundreds of stalactites lying in the sediment as well as a great quantity of fossils. In the deeper areas the halocline creates a very interesting mirror effect.

Cenote El Eden

“El Eden” o “Ponderosa” located 25km south of Playa del Carmen. It is a beautiful and big cenote that looks like a pool lost in the middle of the jungle. Big rocks covered with moss and plants are home to a variety of fish, freshwater eels and abundant aquatic life.

Cénote Chikin Ha

“Chikin Ha” is located around 25km south of Playa del Carmen. This 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 near “Rainbow Cenote”. Upon reaching a depth of about 10m, strange visual effects can be seen as salt and fresh water start to mix; this is called a halocline.

Chac Mool

The first room is relatively large with much light entering from the ceiling. In the second room, a portion of the ceiling collapsed creating an air dome where divers can surface allowing them to be at the same level of beautiful stalactites. In a sunny day, the light effects are amazing. You can see the halocline in this cenote. With its large rooms and a maximum depth of 12m, Chac Mool is perfect for any novice cavern diver.

Cénote Kukulkan

“Kukul Kan” is part of the Chac Mool system, the access to this cenote is through a beautiful pond on the side of the cenote. For this dive we have to go through a large cavern that goes around the entire cenote. The light effects are impressive. Take a moment to look towards the ceiling at the entrance to see the colors of the rainbow.

Cénote Zapote

“Zapote” is located on “The Cenote Route”, it is a dive for experience divers due to its depth. Once you reach 30m deep you will find a room in the shape of a bell. In between a halocline and a hydrogen sulfate cloud you can see lots of very impressive formations. This cenote is full of amazing formations generally described as bells or elephants feet.

Cénote Kin Ha

“Kin Ha” located south “The Cenote Route”, on the way that goes from Puerto Morelos to Leona Vicario. This is a dive for experienced divers due to its depth, it can go deeper than 40m. However we advice you to ascend until 10m deep to enjoy the unique formations and amazing light effects

THE CREATION of the CeNOTES

A LITTLE BIT OF GEAOLOGY

The Cenotes are more than 10,000 sinkholes spread throughout the jungle in the Yucatan peninsula. This cenotes mark the entrance to an underwater system unique in the world, due to its shape, complexity and ramifications. One system corresponds to two cenotes at least, connected by underwater rooms. What makes this cenotes systems unique is the length of their tunnels and the underwater caverns. For instance, Sac Actun has about 248km in underwater tunnels and Dos Ojos 83km.

The Yucatan peninsula is a limestone plateau originated for the decomposition of marine organisms millions of years ago, like corals, shells and urchins, that once dead created this limestone material highly porous and soluble, this allowed rain water to filtrate through the rock creating cracks, cavities, and eventually caverns and tunnels. In some of this caverns, the ceiling collapsed due to the weight of the jungle around it, creating an access to the exterior.

MAYAN CENOTES

A LITTLE BIT OF SPIRITUALITY…

It is important to know that Mayans live in the Yucatan peninsula to this day. Around 700 thousand people speak the Mayan language in the area. The term “cenote” comes directly from the Mayan word “tzonot” that means “sacred well”. For the ancient Mayans, this wells where not only to provide potable water to drink, cook or to bath in it, but they were also sacred locations; they saw these tunnels and passageways to Xibalba, the world of the dead. They performed some ceremonies and funerary rituals in the cenotes, in which we can see to this day human and animal skulls and bones, funerary vessels, totems and shells. For the ancient Mayas, cenotes were the home of the Alux, the forest spirits. To this day Mayan people still ask these spirits permission to enter the cenotes and they make fruit and flower offerings, especially on the west side of the peninsula. All of this adds up to the strength of these dives tinged with spirituality.

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Our society has been based in Playa del Carmen since 10 years ago.

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From dozens of dive centers in the area, we offer Cenote diving following the highest standards. For us, each client is unique and we want to share our passion for diving with you.

If you are looking for a unique option to go on this adventure in a safe way, you have arrived to the best place to do it. At www.cenote.vip, we offer you the possibility to go one on one with our guides, or to take a private trip in order for you to enjoy this experience with your friends or family.

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Cavern
Diving

If you are a certified diver, this is a great option for you to discover the Cenotes.

It is important to know that “cave diving” is only for those qualified with Full Cave certification, whilst “cavern diving” is appropriate for everyone with at least Open Water certification.

  • With us you have the option to select the cenote you want to dive.
  • One of our guides will be at your service from 8am until 4pm.
  • One of our cars (Toyota Hilux) will be at your service.
  • Dive equipment and a dive lamp are included if needed.
  • Entrées cénotes incluses,
  • We include entrance fees, lunch and drinks.
  • In the same way, our guide will have a 24,000-lumen dive lamp.
Cave
Diving

If you are a Full Cave diver, we are ready to take you to the limit.

We offer the possibility to explore the caves in the area.

  • With us you have the option to select the cenote you want to dive.
  • One of our guides will be at your service from 8am until 4pm.
  • One of our cars (Toyota Hilux) will be at your service.
  • Dive equipment and a dive lamp are included if needed.
  • We include entrance fees, lunch and drinks.
  • our guide will have a 24,000-lumen dive lamp.
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If you want to organize a program 100% a la carte, we can help you make your wildest dreams come true.

We have been located in Playa del Carmen since 10 years ago and we have created very good connections with renowned local businesses to ensure your comfort. For exemple :

  • Pick up directly at your hotel
  • Diving departures when needed
  • Three dives in one day
  • Lunch by the seashore
  • Visits to the Mayan ruins
  • . . . etc
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If you wish to improve your diving techniques, we can help you.

Our guides are experienced divers that are continuously teaching Full Cave courses, gas mix, Tec diving and IDC courses; we can provide all levels of dive teaching.

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  • Extra diver : + 99 $ USD
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