If you are a scuba diver and you are planning a trip to the Riviera Maya, then you should consider booking a few days of cenote diving. This experience is unlike any other dive trip that you have been on, and you will love the beautiful caverns that are available to explore.
What is a Cenote?
Cenote diving is unique because you will be scuba diving through a deep sinkhole in the ground. The sinkhole is filled with freshwater, and it formed when the limestone caverns collapse and are filled with water. Cenotes are filled with either fresh water, salt water, or a mix of both fresh water and salt water.
It is a unique experience to go scuba diving in a cenote, and the Riviera Maya draws people from all over the world because of these caverns. These cenotes can be explored any time of year, and the water is crystal clear when you are in the cavern. Many of the cenotes have unique formations, such as tunnels, stalactites, stalagmites, rock columns, and gigantic halls.
In a cenote, you can enjoy the refraction effects of the light moving through the water, and there are incredible light beams to see in some of the rooms.
Cenote Diving Facts
Here are some interesting facts that you need to know about cenote diving:
- Cenote diving is only in areas where natural daylight can come into the cavern.
- In most cases, it is not necessary to have a decompression time when you are in a cenote.
- Make sure to have good diving skills, because you will need to manage your buoyancy in the smaller areas.
- In certain areas of the caverns, the tunnels are so small that it is only possible for 1 or 2 divers to move through at a time.
- Don’t forget your flashlight! Having a flashlight will allow you to see in the darker areas of the caverns.
- Check your weight when you get in the water. Remember that buoyancy is different in fresh water and salt water.
- Be careful of the rock formations. When you are in the cenotes, you need to use caution to avoid kicking the bottom, top or sides.
When you go scuba diving in the Riviera Maya cenotes, you will be led by a cave certified diver who will help you to maintain safety throughout the dive. Contact us today to schedule a cenote diving trip in Mexico!