Scuba Diving in Cenotes (Caves) – Mexico

Cenote Diving

Mexico has some fabulous scuba diving. More particularly, they have scuba diving in Cenotes. And for us in North America, it’s not really far and not really expensive. It’s actually quite easy to book a cheap all-inclusive vacation to Cancun or the Riviera Maya. Once there, as far as I know, every hotel is affiliated with a dive shop that can arrange some exceptional diving experiences for you.

On that particular occasion, we booked a week at the Grand Sunset Princess in Riviera Maya. I did some research before and found that there was a dive shop on the resort. Perfect! That’s all we needed!

When we got there, we found the shop on the beach and manage to book 12 dives for the week, two of which were in the Cenotes. It’s a little more money to dive in the Cenotes, but looking back, it was extremely worth it! I would strongly recommend every scuba diver going to Mexico to try that!

I made a video that you can watch below, but let me tell you a little more about the two dives. We started by gearing up in the parking lot at the back of the pickup carrying all our gear. Then, we had to walk down a path with all the gear to cenote opening. And the fun began.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen such clear water. In some places, I was really feeling like it was air around me, and not water. I show it in the video, but when the bubbles coming out of my tank were hitting the rock ceiling above me, it looked like they were water bubbles on the ground, rather than air bubbles on the ceiling with water around! Pretty stunning!

Cenote Diving MAM

Another interesting thing is a halocline that we were able to observe. The halocline is a kind of haze that we could see while descending deeper in the cave. Until you get below it, it looks like your vision is blurry. In fact, it’s caused by the freshwater on top mixing with the heavier salt water on the bottom. Quite interesting to observe!

All in all, diving in the cenotes is an awesome experience. Just make sure you follow the dive master, because accidents happen. In some places, there is no way up. So follow the dive master and the yellow guide line!

Did you ever dive in the Cenotes? How was your experience? Let me know in the comments below!

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