Diving in Cenotes
Cavern Diving in Mexico’s Cenotes is a Magical experience and is becoming famous very quickly.
First of all, there is no need for boats, and you don’t have to worry about rough ocean conditions. We drive into the Mexican jungle to find places where the roof of the cave collapsed thousands or even millions of years ago making it possible to access the water that runs under the jungle of the Yucatan Peninsula as UnderGround river systems. These Caverns have been formed over millions of years as the result of rock dissolution and erosion due to hydrothermal activity and acidic water, slowly flowing thru the limestone as it makes its way to the ocean.
Besides the obvious beauty which cameras can’t describe, the Mayan community, rightful owners of the land that contains the Cenotes have made it easy for divers to visit. It has become their way of income, and most of them are family or community owned and operated. Your Cenotes entrance fees help local families maintain the Cenotes clean and ready for divers with tables for equipment set up close to the water, stairs, and platforms for easier water entries and exits, bathrooms, etc. If you are thinking about Cavern Diving in Cenotes, there are over 20 different cavern dives available for recreational divers within a 50 km radio of our shop.
Most of the caverns have a maximum depth of 15mts/50ft. There is a very light flow of freshwater which makes it perfect for this type of Overhead Environments Diving.
There are Cenotes for all levels of comfort, experience and diver certification level. Some Open Cenotes are great for Deep Scuba Diving while others are great for snorkeling. Also, we have access to multiple cenotes for shallow Cavern Dives.
Some of these Caverns are full of Speleothems such as Stalactites and Stalagmites. The deeper parts of the Cavern dives that reach up to 15 meters/50 feet of depth allow for the observation and enjoyment of the great Halocline effects in many Cenotes. The Deep Cenotes we have in the Riviera Maya have sulphydric acid layers or Hydrogen Sulphide clouds at around 30mts/100′ of depth.
Over many Ice Ages, the Yucatan Peninsula has been completely dry allowing for dripstone formations, but also, the ocean water has fully covered it. For this reason, it is common to find fossilized corals, conch shells, sea urchins and ocean dwellers. The underground river systems filter the freshwater that flows thru by the Limestone which makes it crystal clear. Cavern diving in Cenotes feels more like flying and the caverns like being on another planet and a completely different dimension. Finally, the water temperature is comfortable (24/25 ºC or 77/79ºF) all year round. What’s not to like?
Cenotes have been used by the Mayan people for centuries as their primary source of water and were considered sacred. The Cenotes were also considered windows into the underworld of “Xibalba.” The word Cenote comes from the Mayan word “D’zonot.”