Cenote Cavern Diving
The ground surface near Playa del Carmen and Tulum is made of a thin limestone, which rain water easily filters through to form underground rivers. In some places, the ground above these rivers has weakened and collapsed over time. Locally, these openings are called cenotes, and are underwater cavern openings leading to the caves of the underground rivers. Cenotes are the doors to this amazing aquatic system.
Cenote is the Mayan word for ‘sacred waters’ or what we call in English, caverns. In the diving world there are some very strict definitions that separate a cavern/cenote from a cave. This definition has been internationally regulated to ensure diving safety and enable open water certified diver’s entry into this beautiful system of stalactites and stalagmites.
Divers in caverns are always within sight of natural daylight. Every diver carries a diving light (provided without extra charge) to better see the cavern formations. Because it is an “overhead environment” (partially enclosed), cavern diving must be organized and supervised by a Full Cave Diver and certified Cavern Instructor. All of our cenote cavern dives follow these restrictions to the letter, for your safety.
Two Tank Cenote Cavern Dive
This amazing experience runs every day of the week. Divers need recent diving experience (no less than 6 months out of the water or have been diving on this holiday) for their diving safety. Dive two different cenotes and enjoy the wonderful experience of diving in crystal clear fresh water (150 feet visibility). Admire the stalactites and stalagmites that tell us about ancient geological history.
Certification level required: Open Water Diver or higher. No previous cavern experience is required but divers should have been diving with in the last 6 months.
Guide to diver ratio: 1:4 maximum
Diving depths: 30 to 55 feet ( 9 to 17 meters)
Transportation: We depart and return to the Dive Center in a double cabin truck. The tour takes an average of 6 hours, including transportation. Unfortunately hotel pick ups are not a service that can be offered.
Dives meet at 8 30 am and return by 2 30 pm
Please reserve at least a day in advance.
Price: $120 US per person
Price includes tanks, weights, diving lamp, transportation, entrance fees, guide, drinks and a sandwich. Special offer for personal diving equipment rental: $15.00 per diving day.
- If cancellation occurs more than 15 days before your planned arrival, we will refund the amount charged, keeping 30 USD as cancellation fee.
- If cancellation occurs during the 15 days before your arrival, there will be no refund.