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DIVE IN CENOTES

Diving in a Cenote is a must-do for any diver visiting the Riviera Maya. Your Cenote scuba diving tour includes two dives at one - or two - of the amazing Cenotes below. We are happy to create bespoke tours for you, as well.

See our popular Cenote tours, common questions and interactive map below.

CHAC MOOL (2 Dives)

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Within this system we have 2 Cenotes (and therefore two dives): Cenote Kukulcan (9m) and Cenote Little Brother (13m). This system is one of the most complete with spectacular light entrances, fossils, halocline (mixture of fresh water with salt water) and with luck we a family of freshwater turtles. 

CHIKIN-HA (2 Dives)

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This Cenote offers 2 entrances (and therefore two dives) due to its formation with a max depth of 15 meters. Chickin-Ha offers amazing light entrances and is a good place for your companion to snorkel while you dive. 

DOS OJOS (2 Dives)

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This Cenote has two caverns (and two dives): The Barbie Line and The Bat Cave. It is the third longest underground river in the world with more than 8 km long and 28 cenotes. It is the favorite of divers due to the clarity of its waters, spectacular formations of "stalactites and stalagmites" and the possibility of doing two different dives. It is in the same park as El Pit.

PET SEMETARY (Special; 1 Dive)

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This long dive (one tank) gives us the opportunity to navigate among formidable formations unique to this plae and is named after animal bones we see while diving. El Pet is part of the great Sac Actun system and is unique due to its white geological formations. The total control of buoyancy and a good propulsion technique is necessary to stay maximum 6 meters deep. You can combine El Pit cenote with El Pet.

CASA CENOTE (1 Dive)

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The dive follows along the jungle near mangrove roots and moss covered rocks just next to the Ocean. It is a great place for beginners as it is very lit and quite relaxed and ideal for your companion to snorkel.  You can combine with: Angelita, Car Wash, or Dreamgate.

CAR WASH (1 Dive)

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Also called Aktun-Ha, Car Wash is a fairly open Cenote with flora and fauna, water lilies, fresh water turtles, and sometimes a small crocodile. Red colored tannic acid is observed in the first meters when descending after heavy rains. The Cenote has a wide entrance allowing a good entrance of sunlight; the cavern is full of large stalactites and many coral fossils. Can be combined with Angelita, Casa Cenote, or Dreamgate.

ANGELITA (Special; 1 Dive)

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Descending through fresh and clear water you will reach a mystical layer of hydrogen sulfate at 30m. There, you will see trunks and branches cross the cloud in a surreal landscape underwater. Beneath the cloud begins the salty water where the diver has the sensation of being in a forest at night. Can be combined with: Car Wash, Casa Cenote, or Dreamgate.

KIN-HA (1 Dive)

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Kin Ha is along the route of the Puerto Morelos Cenotes where you will enjoy beautiful light entrances, stalactites, and fossils while diving. Your loved ones can also enjoy a snorkel or swim as it has platforms and zip lines to jump into the crystal clear blue waters. Can be combined with Zapote or Maravilla.

TAJMA-HA (2 Dives)

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This cavern is a favorite of our staff! It is very similar to the Chac Mool system with a dense halocline, fossils (including sea urchin skeletons), incredible light effects, beautiful limestone, tannic acid, spelotemas, collapsed vaults, and and a mangrove tree with roots touching the floor. This system is very large and has two separate dives at  at 14m.

JARDÍN DEL EDÉN (2 Dives)

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Eden is like a large pool in the middle of the jungle. It is home to fish, freshwater eels, and a fairly dense and wide Halocline (freshwater and saltwater). For cave divers there are many passages to explore. This makes it a perfect place to dive and a good Snorkel for your friend. This large system has 2 dives.

EL PIT (Special; 1 Dive)

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Deep inside the jungle at the entrance of Cenote Dos Ojos we will find the great cenote EL PIT, one of the most exotic and deep in the area. Similar to Cenote Angelita, we will begin to descend in the beautiful blue color of the water crossing 15 meters / 50 feet and find a beautiful halocline at 30m. This Cenote has one dive and can be combined with Dos Ojos.

DREAMGATE (2 Dives)

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Dreamgate is very famous thanks to several documentaries produced by the BBC. Not even a mile south of Dos Ojos, this cavern offers the combination of two wonderful dives. You will enjoy the sensation of flying between incredibly thin columns and stalactites. Both dives require good buoyancy control due to the delicacy of the formations and the very dark sediment floor. 9m max depth. Can be combined with Angelita.

CALAVERA (2 Dives)

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This Cenote is one of the best dive sites to see the halocline (mixture of fresh water with salt water from the sea) with a spectacular effect. This Cenote is also known as "Temple of Doom" for being one of the best cave and cavern dives. This Cenote has 2 dives.

GRAN CENOTE (Cavern Specialty; 2 dives)

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This crescent-shaped Cenote is truly a beautiful natural vault with gigantic geological formations. These stalactites and stalagmites are painted in a white color that contrasts with the beautiful crystal clear water and freshwater turtles. The Gran Cenote is also part of the great SAC ACTUN system. You must have a cavern specialty to dive here. Max depth 9m.

ZAPOTE / HELL'S BELLS (Special; 1 Dive)

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Cenote Zapote is named for the Zapote trees that grow nearby and is inside a prehistoric park.  Like Angelita, Zapote drops you to 30m where you will see trees and branches in a cloud, along with beautiful "bell" stalactites. Like all cenotes, it is especially true here that you have good control of your buoyancy. Can be combined with Maravilla or Kin Ha.

MARAVILLA (1 Dive)

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This wonderful Cenote, as its name indicates, gives us the opportunity to observe a spectacular column of light that reaches a wonderful cloud of hydrogen sulfur at 30 meters.  You can combine this dive with Zapote or Kin Ha.

Questions

Common Questions

What is a Cenote?

A Cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater. The regional term is specifically associated with the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, where Cenotes were commonly used for water supplies by the ancient Maya, and occasionally for sacrificial offerings. Learn more on Wikipedia.

Where are the Cenotes?

Cenotes are across the Yucatan Peninsula. Typically, we dive in Cenotes along Route 307 between Playa del Carmen and just south and west of Tulum, or along the Ruta de Cenotes west of Puerto Morelos. See the map below for specific locations.

Do I need to be certified?

Yes! You must be certified to dive in Cenotes. Some Cenotes also require cavern speciality. The only exception is Casa Cenote, which is a great place for beginners or snorkelers

What else, besides being certified, is required for a Cenote dive?

  • Good air consumption

  • Good equalization technique

  • Willingness to listening to the instructor and follow instructions

  • Appropriate equipment and wet suit (included)

Can we combine Cenote tours?

Yes, it's definitely possible to go to more than one Cenote in a day. We are happy to design bespoke Cenote tour packages for you.

What is included?

Two-tank dive with transportation and lunch. 

What is not included?

Equipment (including dive computers) and photo and video equipment are not included in the price. You can rent equipment and a GoPro with us. Cenote entrance fee is also separate.

Note: you cannot use any photo or video equipment in Cenote Chac Mool. Casa Cenote charges an extra $5USD and Cenote Taj Ma charges $10USD to use a GoPro.

How much does it cost to dive in a Cenote? What does "special" mean?

Prices vary depending on the Cenote's location and entrance fee. Cenotes designated as "special" have notably higher entrance fees. Each Cenote sets its own entrance fee.

I'm in! How do I confirm pricing and booking?

Contact us via Whats App at +52 984 205 9305 or Facebook Messenger.

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