Cenotes

  • must see
  • Tranquility
  • Cavern
  • Fresh water
  • Cave
  • Cenotes
  • Perfect visibility
Access
From Shore
Diver Level
Novice
Depth
Average: 3.28 ft
Maximum: 196.8 ft
Current
No current
Visibility
Average: 164 ft
Maximum: 328 ft
Diving in cenotes Cenotes are on top of the list of must-see attractions in Mexico for all tourists and especially divers. It is a really unique experience that draws divers from around the globe. While diving in the cenotes of the Riviera Maya, divers can explore flooded gigantic halls, rooms, and tunnels that are "decorated" with stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helectites (legacy of the ice age), along with archaeological remains, ancient wall paintings, astonishing light beams, refraction effects, hydrogen sulfide clouds, and haloclines (where the fresh water and the salt water meet). Snorkeling and swimming can be done in almost all of the cenotes. Diving in a cenote requires an Open-Water Diving Certification at the minimum, and is only done during the day, while there is natural light. Because diving in cenotes is done in a partially closed environment, the dive must be organized and supervised by a certified Full Cave Diver. For safety, each group consists of a maximum of four divers. What is a cenote? A cenote is a deep sinkhole formed when the roofs of limestone caverns collapse and fill with rain water or water from the underground water table. The water in a cenote may be fresh water, salt water, or a mix of both. Cenotes were the main source of fresh water for the ancient Mayan civilization. Structurally, a cenote may be open, like a lake, or almost completely closed, with just a small opening at the top. They can only be found in this part of the world, all over the Riviera Maya, near Playa del Carmen and Tulum. The Mayan people believed that the cenotes were sacred and that they were gifts of the gods. The Sacred Cenote (Cenote Sagrado) at Chichen Itza is known to be a cenote where the Mayans performed human sacrifices. TOP Cenotes of the Yucatan There are lots of great cenotes in the Yucatan, and all of them are worth diving in. Some of the most exciting and defenitely "must see" cenotes are Angelita, Dos Ojos, and Gran Cenote (Sac Aktun). Cenote Angelita is an absolute must-see for advanced divers who are looking for something extraordinary. The cenote goes straight down 60m/200ft, and the special thing about this dive is that there is a layer of hydrogen sulfide that separates the fresh water from the salt water and looks like a river beneath you, with large branches of trees and leaves that coming up out of it. Divers will be truly surprised by the inspiring beauty of this cenote and its deep blue water. Angelita is a fantasy, and diver have to dive in it to understand just how breathtaking it really is. Cenote Dos Ojos means "two eyes", and it is called that because it is actually two pools of water in the cenote that connect into a very large cavern zone shared between the two. These two caverns are very different, and they start and end in the same place. The first is called the Barbie Line. It leads the diver mainly along the opening of the second eye and contains plenty of daylight. There are a few varieties of fish living in the cavern, and two types of fresh-water shrimp. The second is the Bat Cave Line. It is the darker of the two due to the fact that it leads around an air-filled bat cave with little daylight entering. There is also a large underground river which flows through Dos Ojos. It is the same water that creates the large Caribbean cove known as Xel Ha. Diving in Dos Ojos is different from diving in the rest of the cenotes. Gran Cenote is also one of the must-see cenotes. It is a large amazing garden cenote with easily accessible caves for snorkeling and diving. Snorkelers can swim around the edges of the cenote, viewing depths up to 10m/32ft. Snorkelers can see columns of stalactites and stalagmites of all shapes and sizes, as well as fish and turtles. Advanced divers can enter the large cave here that leads 15m/49ft back into darkness. Gran Cenote is part of the Sak Aktun system of underground rivers whose current flows from deep inside the Yucatan Peninsula. Grand Cenote is really big and diving here makes an unforgettable impression.

When to go

The cool thing about diving in cenotes is that divers can dive in them year round, no matter how the weather is. Crystal-clear waters, endless visibility (more than 100m/300ft), no current, and flat waters make these dives a divers paradise.

Specials

  • Playa del Carmen DiveMex

    Diving in Cenotes

    Half day diving excursion with 2 dives in the famous cenotes. The diving in the cenotes is something very special. The Yucatan peninsula is famous for this wide cross-linked, underground river system, and each year thousands of divers come to Mexico just to have this experience. Hundreds of kilometers extend along the coast. Mystical places of a bygone culture. The cenotes. To get there, we take the pick-up truck directly into the jungle. Having arrived at the cenote we consider the local conditions, and provide a detailed briefing about the safety regulations and the dives. Then we prepare the equipment and start for the first dive; there are usually two. Between dives we offer a snack with cold, non-alcoholic beverages. After the second dive, we have lunch. What makes the cavern diving in the cenotes something special? The crystal clear water gives you a feeling of floating in the middle of an underground room. The light has a laser intensity and the ancient formations are breathtaking. A must for every diver. The rates for the Cenotes depend on distance, entrance fees and double entrance fees (115 USD - 165 USD)
  • Playa del Carmen Diving Caves

    Advanced cenote diving

    Please, choose any from the following options: cenote Dreamgate, Calavera, Carwash, Gran Cenote, the Pit, Angelita, Pet Cemetery, Zapote
  • Playa del Carmen Fantasea Dive and Adventures

    Playa del Carmen plus Cenotes Package

    2 days / 4 dives, accommodation is available on request
  • Playa del Carmen CenoteXperience

    3 Dives in Cenotes

    Cenote dives for certified divers. It is required 2 divers to do the 3 dives packages
  • Playa del Carmen Cenote Diving

    Cenote Diving Level A (by Days, 2 Dives per Day)

    Diving in level A cenotes (Kukulkan + Chac Mool / Dos Ojos + Bat Cave / Chikin Ha / Tajma Ha). Price of one day might vary with number of days you order. This product is for certified divers only
  • Puerto Aventuras Planet Scuba Mexico

    5 Days/10 Dives Silver Package

    Daily diving. This product is for certified divers only
  • Cancun AlwaysDiving

    Dive in the Angelita Cenote

    Diving in the Angelita Cenote. This product is for certified divers only. Deep dive, around 150 ft deep in a multilevel dive, we provide you 100 cubic feet tanks in order to have more bottom time, definitely a surreal experience, another dive that could be one of the best of your life.
  • Akumal SCUBAQUATIC

    Trip to Angelita Cenote and Grand Cenote

    Dive into the waters of one of the most sacred cenotes of Tulum. We take you to one of the most exciting and adventurous dives in your vacation. The Cenote Angelita, due its Hole appearance, is an ideal location for deep diving with a maximum depth of 135 ft/35meter. We rise around the walls of the Cave through giant stalactites and fallen trees. To Guaranty fun and a high level of security we take only 4 advanced divers per guide. Our guides are certified in deep and cave diving. Without a doubt one of the top 3 dives of your life! Requirements: Advanced Certification (2 stars) with at least 20 dives or Open Water certification (1 star) with a minimum of 25 dives. We require 2 dives on the reef and at least 1 other cave dive with us before schedule you for this adventure.
  • Playa del Carmen CenoteXperience

    3 Dives in Cenotes (including Angelita or The Pit or Zapote)

    Cenote dives in Angelita or The Pit or Zapote + other for advanced certified divers. It is required 2 divers to do the 3 dives packages
  • Playa del Carmen Blue Life Diving

    Taste of the Riviera Maya Package

    Diving. This product is for certified divers only. Playa del Carmen has a number of terrace reefs located directly in front of its beaches. Although just a stone’s throw from the shore, all sites are accessed by boats, to avoid swimming through heavy boat traffic. The current is always moving north, but is significantly stronger at some sites, providing varying levels of difficulty for the sites. Cozumel is known for its world class diving. The walls here drop to an incredible depth of 3000 ft/900m and are covered in marine life. Since it is so deep, it is common to find large pelagic animals swimming near the reefs. There are also thousands of smaller creatures hiding within the shelter of the coral. If you pay close attention, you may find nudibranchs, eels, batfish, and other strange but beautiful looking critters. All of the dives on Cozumel are drift dives because the current here is usually very strong. Because of this we recommend and prefer for divers interested in this dives to have more than just basic diving experiences. The entire Riviera Maya looks like Swiss cheese when seen from above. There are thousands of holes on the ground providing access to the underground rivers. These holes, called “cenotes”, provide a very unique opportunity for scuba divers to explore a new environment. The cavern dives between Playa del Carmen and Tulum are absolutely amazing. They range in difficulty to accommodate beginner through expert divers. At Blue Life, we have an impeccable safety and customer service record. To ensure you have an incredible time, you will dive in a group with no more than 4 people and with a very experienced guide that will take care of all your dive needs.
  • Playa del Carmen Cenote Diving

    Cenote Diving Level C (by Days, 2 Dives per Day)

    Diving in level C cenotes (Dreamgate / Grand Cenote + Aktun Ha, aka Carwash / Calavera + Grand Cenote). Price of one day might vary with number of days you order. This product is for certified divers only
  • Cancun AlwaysDiving

    Dive in the Pit Cenote

    Diving in the Pit Cenote. This product is for certified divers only. A hidden place in the middle of the jungle, with human remains dating back more than 10,000 years, if you like adventure this is for you, some of the best dives than a diver can make.
  • Akumal SCUBAQUATIC

    Trip to Eden Cenote and Taj Ma Ha Cenote

    Here we take you for Dives in two completely different Caves. The Cenote Eden is famous for its spectacular skylights, and perfect halocline of fresh and salt water at 36 feet/10m depth. For the second dive we take you to the Cenote Taj Ma Ha, where we visits four different Cenotes at the same time! We take only small Groups with maximum 4 divers per guide, who are specialized in cave diving. Always close to the entrance you will have daylight all the time. The maximum depth is 30 feet (10 meters) with excellent visibility, no current; with water temperatures of 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 º c)
  • Playa del Carmen Fantasea Dive and Adventures

    Playa del Carmen plus Cenotes plus Cozumel or Puerto Morelos Package

    3 days / 6 dives, accommodation is available on request
  • Playa del Carmen Aqua Excursions (The Royal)

    Cenote Diving (2 Dives)

    Don’t miss the opportunity to discover the real Mayan world. The largest and most incredible cavern and cave system in the world is in the Riviera Maya! These water holes or "cenotes" have a great cultural and historical importance as they were considered sacred by the ancient mayans who believed they were the entrance to the underworld. They also feature stunning rock formations that took millions of years to form and numerous fossils in the walls as witnesses of time. The cenotes provide fresh water to many communities and are necessary to keep the natural equilibrium of the Yucatan peninsula. Discover the amazing underwater world where you can unveil the ancient Mayan secrets. You do not need to be a very experienced diver, our professional staff of cave divers will safely guide you into this mystical world. This cavern system is not a 100% overhead environment so, during the dives in the cenotes you will always see light and find multiple big open exits, absolutely nothing to worry about! You do not have to be a very experienced diver, however you need to be Open Water diver certified or equivalent to do this activity. Cenote on Special request: Pit, Angelita, Calavera, Gran Cenote.
  • Playa del Carmen Aqua Excursions (Porto Real)

    Cenote Diving (2 Dives)

    Don’t miss the opportunity to discover the real Mayan world. The largest and most incredible cavern and cave system in the world is in the Riviera Maya! These water holes or "cenotes" have a great cultural and historical importance as they were considered sacred by the ancient mayans who believed they were the entrance to the underworld. They also feature stunning rock formations that took millions of years to form and numerous fossils in the walls as witnesses of time. The cenotes provide fresh water to many communities and are necessary to keep the natural equilibrium of the Yucatan peninsula. Discover the amazing underwater world where you can unveil the ancient Mayan secrets. You do not need to be a very experienced diver, our professional staff of cave divers will safely guide you into this mystical world. This cavern system is not a 100% overhead environment so, during the dives in the cenotes you will always see light and find multiple big open exits, absolutely nothing to worry about! You do not have to be a very experienced diver, however you need to be Open Water diver certified or equivalent to do this activity. Cenote on Special request: Pit, Angelita, Calavera, Gran Cenote.
  • Playa del Carmen Aqua Excursions (Viva Wyndham Maya)

    Cenote Diving (2 Dives)

    Don’t miss the opportunity to discover the real Mayan world. The largest and most incredible cavern and cave system in the world is in the Riviera Maya! These water holes or "cenotes" have a great cultural and historical importance as they were considered sacred by the ancient mayans who believed they were the entrance to the underworld. They also feature stunning rock formations that took millions of years to form and numerous fossils in the walls as witnesses of time. The cenotes provide fresh water to many communities and are necessary to keep the natural equilibrium of the Yucatan peninsula. Discover the amazing underwater world where you can unveil the ancient Mayan secrets. You do not need to be a very experienced diver, our professional staff of cave divers will safely guide you into this mystical world. This cavern system is not a 100% overhead environment so, during the dives in the cenotes you will always see light and find multiple big open exits, absolutely nothing to worry about! You do not have to be a very experienced diver, however you need to be Open Water diver certified or equivalent to do this activity. Cenote on Special request: Pit, Angelita, Calavera, Gran Cenote.
  • Playa del Carmen Aqua Excursions (Grand Palladium)

    Cenote Diving (2 Dives)

    Don’t miss the opportunity to discover the real Mayan world. The largest and most incredible cavern and cave system in the world is in the Riviera Maya! These water holes or "cenotes" have a great cultural and historical importance as they were considered sacred by the ancient mayans who believed they were the entrance to the underworld. They also feature stunning rock formations that took millions of years to form and numerous fossils in the walls as witnesses of time. The cenotes provide fresh water to many communities and are necessary to keep the natural equilibrium of the Yucatan peninsula. Discover the amazing underwater world where you can unveil the ancient Mayan secrets. You do not need to be a very experienced diver, our professional staff of cave divers will safely guide you into this mystical world. This cavern system is not a 100% overhead environment so, during the dives in the cenotes you will always see light and find multiple big open exits, absolutely nothing to worry about! You do not have to be a very experienced diver, however you need to be Open Water diver certified or equivalent to do this activity. Cenote on Special request: Pit, Angelita, Calavera, Gran Cenote.
  • Akumal Aqua Excursions (Grand Sirenis)

    Cenote Diving (2 Dives)

    Don’t miss the opportunity to discover the real Mayan world. The largest and most incredible cavern and cave system in the world is in the Riviera Maya! These water holes or "cenotes" have a great cultural and historical importance as they were considered sacred by the ancient mayans who believed they were the entrance to the underworld. They also feature stunning rock formations that took millions of years to form and numerous fossils in the walls as witnesses of time. The cenotes provide fresh water to many communities and are necessary to keep the natural equilibrium of the Yucatan peninsula. Discover the amazing underwater world where you can unveil the ancient Mayan secrets. You do not need to be a very experienced diver, our professional staff of cave divers will safely guide you into this mystical world. This cavern system is not a 100% overhead environment so, during the dives in the cenotes you will always see light and find multiple big open exits, absolutely nothing to worry about! You do not have to be a very experienced diver, however you need to be Open Water diver certified or equivalent to do this activity. Cenote on Special request: Pit, Angelita, Calavera, Gran Cenote.
  • Playa del Carmen Cenote Diving

    Cenote Diving Level F (by Days, 2 Dives per Day)

    Diving in level F cenotes (The Pit + Pet Cementery / Zapote + Holbox). Price of one day might vary with number of days you order. This product is for certified divers only
  • Puerto Aventuras Planet Scuba Mexico

    10 Days/20 Dives Platinum Package

    Daily diving include Gold Package + The Pit Cenote, Pet Cemetary Cenote + Your favorite Cenotes. This product is for certified divers only
  • Playa del Carmen Blue Life Diving

    3 Day Cavern Package

    Cavern diving. This product is for certified divers only. The entire Riviera Maya looks like Swiss cheese when seen from above. There are thousands of holes on the ground providing access to the underground rivers. These holes, called “cenotes”, provide a very unique opportunity for scuba divers to explore a new environment. The cavern dives between Playa del Carmen and Tulum are absolutely amazing. They range in difficulty to accommodate beginner through expert divers. At Blue Life, we have an impeccable safety and customer service record. To ensure you have an incredible time, you will dive in a group with no more than 4 people and with a very experienced guide that will take care of all your dive needs. Day 1: 2 Dives at Chac Mool; Day 2: Grand Cenote and Calavera; Day 3: The Pit and Dos Ojos
  • Playa del Carmen Blue Life Diving

    Cenote Diving (2 Dives The Pit and Pet Cemetery)

    Cenote diving. This product is for certified divers only. The entire Riviera Maya looks like Swiss cheese when seen from above. There are thousands of holes on the ground providing access to the underground rivers. These holes, called “cenotes”, provide a very unique opportunity for scuba divers to explore a new environment. The cavern dives between Playa del Carmen and Tulum are absolutely amazing. They range in difficulty to accommodate beginner through expert divers. At Blue Life, we have an impeccable safety and customer service record. To ensure you have an incredible time, you will dive in a group with no more than 4 people and with a very experienced guide that will take care of all your dive needs.

Reviews about Cenotes

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