If you’re a beginning diver interested in diving the Mexico cenotes for your vacation, you have plenty of options. With more than 2,000 cenotes in Mexico, it can be difficult to decide which one to visit, especially if you have limited time. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best cenotes for beginners. If you’re preparing for your very first cenote dive – head to these ones first!
Dos Ojos Cenote
This cenote is one of the absolute best cenotes for beginners. It offers a well-lit area for diving with a lot of overhead open water. This means it is causes less claustrophobia for beginners. Since the feeling of being covered overhead and unable to surface can be one of the biggest challenges for beginners when diving cenotes, wide open Dos Ojos Cenote offers a unique solution.
Grand cenote is another good option for beginners. It is very popular and nearby other interesting landmarks, such as the Tulum ruins. In addition the entrance to this cenote is truly enchanting and makes for some amazing photographs. It is a popular spot for snorkeling, which means that if you are also travelling with someone who doesn’t dive, they may be able to do a guided snorkel trip while you are doing your guided dive. All of these benefits combined with crystal clear water and beautiful structural forms make Grand cenote well worth the trip!
Car Wash cenote is another favorite – perhaps in part due to the fun name! Car Wash once was a popular place for local cab drivers to wash their cars at the end of the day, and the name has stuck. However, don’t let the name fool you, because this cenote is strikingly beautiful. It’s well-known for interesting rock formations. There are areas deep within this system that are not suited for beginners. However, if you have time to visit the cavern section, you will not be disappointed.
Remember, all cenote dives are done with a certified cave diver as a guide, so you don’t need a special certification to do these dives. However, you do need to have your buoyancy under control to prevent yourself from rising to the surface of the cenote and causing damage to yourself, the structure, or the equipment. Your instructor will want to make sure you’re ready before you dive a cenote.
Here at Diversity Diving, we offer cenote trips for scuba divers of all skill levels. We invite you to contact us to learn more about the options that are available, and we will help you choose the best cenote to match your skill level.