Cavern Diving in Cenotes
Cavern Diving in Cenotes is a Magical experience and is becoming famous very quickly.
First of all there are no boats or rough ocean conditions to deal with. We drive into the Mexican jungle to find places where the roof the cave collapsed thousands or even millions of years ago, making it possible to access the water that runs under 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 the freshwater from the rain, slowly flowing thru the limestone as it makes its way to the ocean.
Cavern diving Cenotes in the Riviera Maya has become very popular for a good reason…
Besides the obvious beauty which cameras just can’t describe, the Mayan community, rightful owners of the land where the Cenotes are located have made it easy for divers to visit their Cenote. This 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, etc… There are over 20 different cavern dives available for recreational divers within a 50 kms 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. Open Cenotes for Scuba Diving or snorkeling, shallow Cavern Dives, deep open Cenotes as well as deep caverns for diving.
The shallower caverns are filled with 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 amazing Haloclines effect 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 it has also been fully covered by the ocean water. For this reason it is common to find fossilized corals, conch shells, sea urchins and ocean dwellers. The freshwater that flows thru the underground river systems is filtered by the Limestone which makes it crystal clear. Cavern diving in Cenotes feels more like flying and the caverns like being in 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”.