Best cenotes to scuba dive in Mexico

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Cenote Scuba Diving

Cenote near Playa del Carmen

Diving in cenotes in Mexico is the best experience to live as a diver. There is so much adrenalin as when you dive with bull sharks, but the light steams and colors show is absolutely breath taking. 

Cenotes Dive

The best cenotes to scuba dive in Mexico are located in the state of Quintana Roo and Yucatan. Most of them are between Puerto Morelos and Tulum. If you are staying in the Riviera Maya, many beautiful cenotes are near Playa del Carmen and Tulum. The most reknown being Gran Cenote, Cenote Dos Ojos, Cenote Angelita, Cenote The Pit, Casa Cenote, Cenote Tajma Ha and so many others!

We picked for you the 4 best cenotes to scuba dive in Mexico, best cenote diving Riviera Maya.

Cenote Dos Ojos

Dos Ojos Cenote is located close to Tulum. It is one of the most visited cenotes in Quintana Roo for a reason! It is extremely beautiful, and worthy add it on your bucket list as a diver and even as a snorkeler. It is also the cenote with the highest entrance fee so don´t be surprise when they announce the price of the dive!!!!

It is a quite shallow dive with an average depth of 5 meters suitable to any divers with a minimum an open water certification.

There are big caverns to swim through with many spots to see natural beam lights coming in. The highlight of diving in the cenote Dos Ojos are the stalactites and stalagmites. The dive also features amazing dancing lights, rock formations and fossils.

There are two circuits in Dos Ojos, the Barbie line, with bigger swim throughs and formations, and the Bat Cave with darker tunnels and beautiful rock formations.

Definitely one of the best cenotes to scuba dive in Mexico, Dos Ojos cenote diving is an amazing experience.

The Pit Cenote

The Pit is the fairytale dive. You won´t be disappointed by what you will see. The dive is a deep dive so you must be advanced certified to do it. (If you don´t have your advanced certificate, don´t miss out on the best cenotes to scuba dive in Mexico, get your certification now!!!) 

From the surface, the Pit cenote looks very small but when you dive in, you will notice a large chamber of about 30 meter deep where you will see, as you descend a cloud of hydrogen sulfide gas that looks like a thin wispy layer of smoke in the water. 

The show of beams of light penetrating from the surface that you will see from the bottom of the cenote is a truly magical moment. Other highlights are the stalactites and stalagmites and the halocline cloud giving a visual effect taking you to another world.

the pit cenote

Casa Cenote

Casa cenote is a perfect dive for divers of all levels, a perfect opportunity to experience the best cenotes to scuba dive in Mexico. Casa cenote is a big open area surrounded by mangroves, home to many juvenile fish. 

Diving in Casa Cenote is a unique experience, enchanted by the sunlight passing through the mangroves. Once inside the cavers, divers can experiment the halocline and its surprising visual effect.

An extraordinary dive for all divers.

Calavera Cenote

A less know but surely one of the best cenotes to scuba dive in Mexico.

Calavera means skull in Spanish, and this cenote dive a somehow challenging and also the best dive to see halocline accessible to all level divers with a minimum an Open water certification.

First you, there is a 3-meter drop into the water, climbing up with a ladder after the dive, to then, see a beautiful green light marking the entrance. With the halocline, fresh water meeting salty water, the refracting light looks like another surface to the water. The dive features a stunning visual effect, beautiful rock formations similar to modern art sculptures, plants on the walls and ancient Mayan artifacts found on the dive site.

At the end of the dive, you will surface under hundreds of bats nested in the cenote ceiling.

Best cenotes to scuba dive in Mexico

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