The Yucatan Peninsula is a huge limestone platform where fresh water runs like rivers through underground cave systems. Part of this land collapsed after the last ice age more than 8,000 years ago, creating sinkholes called CENOTES, derived from the Mayan word “Dzonot” which means sacred well and were considered the entrance to the mythical underworld by the ancient Mayas.
Cenote El Pit
The Pit is the largest underwater cave in the world! It´s a deep and rugged gash in the jungle floor, part of Dos Ojos cave system. You will be amazed by fascinating light beams that penetrate the cavern for more than 40 metres down (120ft). The entrance is steep and narrow, but once you are inside the cavern, you appreciate peaceful surroundings by circling around. You will explore enormous stalactites and spectacular formations shaped over the centuries.
Cenote Tajma Ha
Cenote Tajma Ha is very famous for its stalactites, stalagmites, its spectacular lights effects and its fossil shells. You can also discover large rooms of limestone, speleothems, ceiling collapsed and a dense halocline. Haloclines in the deeper areas create interesting mirror like effects as divers penetrate the layer of salt water, which is below the fresh water.
Cenote Angelita is one of the deepest cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula. Experienced divers will be hooked by this unique underwater scenery. The only way you can dive is straight deep down to 60 metres, there are no passageways. In this Cenote you will find natural phenomenon between salt and sweet waters called hydrogen sulphide. Once the dense cloud appears, you will feel like entering into the world of fantasy, hence, surrealistic experience occurs.
Cenote Chac Mool
Cenote Chac-Mool is one of the Caverns which has a Halocline. This is where salt and fresh come together creating fascinating visual effects. With its large rooms and and maximum depth of 12m, Chac Mool is perfect for any novice Cavern Diver. It also offers long penetration for Cave Divers and is home to the largest underwater stalactite in the world.
Cenote El Eden/Pondarosa
A large and beautiful Cenote, like a swimming pool in the middle of the jungle. Big rocks covered by mosses and plants on the bottom of the Cenote are home to a variety of fish, fresh water eels and abundant aquatic plant life. This makes Pon-da-Rosa a perfect place for snorkeling, swimming as well as for Diving courses on days the ocean is too rough to dive. For inexperienced Cavern Divers this Cenote is ideal. A Halocline stretches through the Cenote at 10mtrs. For Cave Divers there are many different passages to explore, often connected to nearby Cenotes.
Especially associated with the Yucatan Peninsula Mexico, cenotes were sometimes used by the ancient Maya for sacrificial offerings.
Today, three of the world´s longest underwater cave systems with a length of up to 129 km can be found at the Riviera Maya. One of them belongs to the most spectacular ones with 56 km – Dos Ojos, which means “two eyes”, describing the two circular shaped cenotes shining in daylight. You will be picked up from your hotel by van in the morning and experience two unique dives in the world´s finest fresh water caverns. Our group consists of max. 4 certified divers per cavern guide. All our guides are fully certified Full Cave Diving Instructors with an official Cenote Guide certification. After a short drive into the jungle, our guide will conduct a thorough briefing containing procedures, do´s & don’ts, potential hazards, signals and also check your equipment, weights and swimming techniques. We will provide torches, sandwiches, soft drinks and take care of the entry fee. Highly recommended are 5mm long wetsuits to keep you warm during 2 dives in approx. 24 degrees cold water, and which we can provide you.