What are the Cenotes?
Cenotes are surface connections to subterranean water bodies.While the best-known cenotes are large open water pools measuring tens of meters in diameter, the greatest number of cenotes are smaller sheltered sites and do not necessarily have any surface exposed water. The term cenote has also been used to describe similar features in other countries such as Cuba and Australia, in addition to the more generic term of Sinkholes. What you will be doing with us is cavern diving which is an exciting way for recreational divers to be able to safely explore the entrances to these cave systems
The water within these cave systems is very clear, as the water comes from rain water filtering slowly through the ground, and therefore contains very little suspended particulate matter. The groundwater flow rate within a cenote may be very slow. In many cases, cenotes are areas where sections of cave roof have collapsed revealing an underlying cave system, and the water flow rates may be much faster: up to 10 km (6 mi) per day.
Why dive the Cenotes?
Well apart from the warm water, outstanding visibility and year round diving? The fact that you will be diving and witnessing something truly historic. Witnessing fossils, bones and formations dating back thousands of years your Cenote dive will be a dive never to be forgotten.
A cavern dive is a unique unforgettable experience that gives you the sensation of being in a cave but while remaining safely close to the exit and to Open Water at all times.
Taking part in a Guided Cavern Tour allows Open Water Divers to venture safely into the openings of the Cave Systems and discover a unique and magical world very few have ever seen. The Cenotes are the windows into an incredible underground aquifer. They provide ideal diving conditions which are unaffected by the weather.
Filled with fresh water the visibility in the Cenotes averages over 100 feet! The minimum water temperature is a fairly constant 77F / 25C and average depths are only 35ft / 10m or shallower. Marvel as you glide through what was once living coral reef and ocean floor 65 million years ago and is now part of the underground river system of the Yucatan Peninsula.
- Natural light – Ambient light must be visible at all times Our Cenotes have incredible light effects from all angles and directions allowing for sufficient natural light on almost all parts of the dive
- 60m maximum distance for penetration from the Open Water siteYour guide will be following a guide line along the form of the cavern and at any time make a quick safe exit to an nearby open water site
- Sufficient space for two or more divers to pass side by side There are no restrictions whilst cavern diving which means no spaces small enough for only one diver to pass through. You would be surprised by the height, width and space of these incredible underwater museums.
We have dives for all levels, from beginner to advanced and technical. Below you will find a list of Cenotes that you can explore, by category. Average depth for most dives is around 8m/25ft, however, some of our more experienced divers may enjoy a mind blowing experience at one of our deeper sites.
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