Scuba diving in Temple of Doom

From Shore
Diver level
Average: not available
Maximum: 52.48 ft
Average: 22.96 ft
Maximum: 98.4 ft
Temple of Doom or Cenote Calavera, which means “Skull Cave” is situated not far from Tulum, on Mexico’s Mayan Riviera. The cenote is filled with multi layered halocline, which is a mixture of fresh and salt water and features a large canyon with many passageways and caverns. During the dive, divers explore the walls of the cenote at different depths. The light streaming down through the holes in the cave creates a thrilling effect of a skull with two eyes and a mouth. The cave looks like a huge room with an impressive combination of stalactites and stalagmites. There is enough light in the cave to allow divers to discover a lot of fossils. The intriguing visual effects of the halocline make the diving experience unforgettable.

When to go

Diving is available year round. The annual average temperature is about 25C/77F.

What to see

Divers can explore the walls of the cenote at different depths and will be enchanted with intriguing visual effects created by multi layered halocline. There are many caverns and hidden nooks to explore and lots of fossils to discover. Divers will also be impressed with a beautiful combination of huge stalactites and stalagmites in the cenote.

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