Cenote Zapote/ Hell´s Bells
Cenote Zapote is named after the Sapote trees growing nearby. It is located on the “Ruta de los Cenotes” the old road from Puerto Morelos to Valladolid. Zapote has quite a deep drop from the land surface to the water surface of 6m/20ft but its access is easy via stairs. The walls will rise above you like a fortress and once you start your descent they become narrower until a depth of 20m/66ft before starting to open back up again.
This is a dive for experienced divers because of the depth and excellent buoyancy control essential to avoid uncontrolled descents or ascents. Once you reach a depth of 30m/100ft you will be above the talus cone in a bell shaped chamber with a narrow skylight in the top through which you just descended. Halocline and a thin misty layer of Hydrogen Sulfide floating on top of it, as well as some of the most amazing and incredible formations will guarantee a memorable dive.
Commonly described as bells, elephant feet, shower heads or trumpets, they will truly take your breath away with their strange beauty and impressive size.