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Best diving cenotes in Riviera Maya


Cenote - courtesy Paul Duxfield (Duxy)

Mexico’s Caribbean coast is known not only for its beautiful, pristine beaches but mainly for its spectacular freshwater cave systems called Cenotes. These amazing sinkholes surrounded by tropical jungle attract thousands of divers all year round to Riviera Maya.

Pro Dive International provides high-quality standard dive packages to these famous Mayan cenotes.

Cenote El Pit

The Pit is the largest underwater cave in the world! It’s a deep and rugged gash in the jungle floor, part of the famous Dos Ojos cave system. You will be amazed by fascinating light beams that penetrate the cavern for more than 40m down. The entrance is steep and narrow, but once you are inside the cavern, you can appreciate the peaceful surroundings by circling around. You will explore enormous stalactites and spectacular formations shaped over the centuries.

Gran Cenote

Gran Cenote is the heart of the Sac Aktun system (The world's longest underwater cave system) which means ‘White Cave’. As the name states, white walls, crystal-clear waters and spectacular stalactites and stalagmites will awe not only experienced divers, but also beginners. The maximum depth of this Cenote is 10m. It’s worth remembering that good control of buoyancy is required to avoid damaging any formations during the dive.

Cenote Tajma Ha

Cenote Tajma Ha is very famous for its stalactites, stalagmites, its spectacular lights effects and its fossil shells. You can also discover large rooms of limestone, speleothems, areas where the ceiling has collapsed and a dense halocline. Haloclines in the deeper areas create interesting mirror-like effects as divers penetrate the layer of salt water, which is below the fresh water.

Cenote Angelita

Cenote Angelita is one of the deepest cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula. Experienced divers will be hooked by this unique underwater scenery. The only way you can dive is straight down to 60m, there are no passageways. In this Cenote, you will find anatural phenomenon between salt and fresh waters called hydrogen sulphide. Once the dense cloud appears, you will feel like entering into a world of fantasy – a truly surreal experience.

Cenote Chac Mool

Cenote Chac-Mool is one of the caverns which has a halocline. This is where salt and fresh water come together creating fascinating visual effects. With its large rooms and maximum depth of 12m, Chac Mool is perfect for any novice Cavern Diver. It also offers long penetration for Cave Divers and is home to the largest underwater stalactite in the world.

Cenote El Eden – Pon-da-Rosa

A large and beautiful Cenote, like a swimming pool in the middle of the jungle. Big rocks covered by mosses and plants on the bottom of the Cenote are home to a variety of fish, fresh water eels and abundant aquatic plant life. This makes Pon-da-Rosa a perfect place for snorkelling and swimming as well as for diving courses on days when the ocean is just too rough to dive. For inexperienced Cavern Divers, this Cenote is ideal. A halocline stretches through the Cenote at 10m. For Cave Divers there are many different passages to explore, often connected to nearby Cenotes.

Pro Dive International

Renowned for excellent quality in providing first-class adventures, including diving in the CENOTES, with BULL SHARKS, at wrecks and famous walls at COZUMEL, SAONA and CATALINA islands, as well as safaris with WHALE SHARKS, SAILFISH and HUMPBACK WHALES, Pro Dive International, founded in 2003, is the official onsite watersports service provider for several 4-5* RESORTS along the RIVIERA MAYA & COZUMEL/ MEXICO, and in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

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Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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