Located in Southeastern Mexico and on the Caribbean coast, the Yucatan Peninsula is the home of cenote diving. Cenotes are natural sinkholes and are the entrances to underwater cave systems. In local mythology they are the entrances to Xibalba, the Mayan underworld where gods and ancient spirits reside. Dive into the cenotes and you enter a world of crystal clear waters and dancing sunbeams. Enter into the caverns and swim amongst the stalagmites, stalactites and intricate formations, ranging in size from tiny soda straws to enormous columns.
There are over a dozen cenotes commonly visited for guided cavern diving, most being found along the highway between Playa del Carmen and 15 mins south of Tulum. Each cenote has it’s own special character and offers something unique, but they all provide the chance to enjoy amazing light shows and stunning limestone formations.
The cenotes are a great destination for the wide angle underwater photographer given their virtually unlimited visibility. Natural or balanced light shots both work well and when the sun is out you can capture some amazing light rays.
Cenote diving offers an incredible and unique diving adventure. If it’s something you have never experienced it is definitely worth adding to your bucket list. These labyrinths of wonders offer a chance to explore another world; it’s no wonder they draw divers from around the globe.
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