Los Cenotes (Open Water Diver certified)Quintana Roo

Dive site characteristics

Types Sea dive Deep dive Drift dive Night dive
Conditions Satisfying or excellent visibility Thermocline or cold water Strong current
Providers Parking Boat ramp Restaurant Swimming Picnic tables W.C. Bathroom Shower
Planning Rescue in case of emergency Weather conditionsFerries scheduleRoad conditionsRoad maps

Diving notes

Don’t get into trouble, bring your C-card (Open Water) with you.

Behavior to have. Fully respect the environment of the cenotes, buoyancy control is mandatory. Behave like a guest visiting a sacred place. Take note that removing any artifacts is severely punished by law. Even taking a rock may conduct you in jail (it occured for real in a recent cases, Mexicans do care about their archaeological heritage). You MUST have a permit from the Mexican government to conduct scientific studies or collection. About ecology of the Cenotes, consult: Society Akumal’s Vital Ecology.

Halocline and air toxicity. It is important to take note that you can experience a blurred vision while diving. This is caused by the meeting of fresh water and salt water due to proximity of the cenotes near the Caribbean Sea. These two kinds of waters cannot mix immediatly due to theirs differences in density which creates the halocline. The blurry vision is caused by the difference of refraction indices of both kind of water. Regarding air, you may encounter some air pockets while diving, it is recommended to keep breathing through your regulator to avoid any potential problem related to air contaminants.

In case of emergency. There is an hyperbaric chamber in Playa del Carmen operated by Buceo Medico Mexicano (consult the web site for any coordinates change). It is located on Avenida 10 Esq. 28 Nte. (phone: 873-1365 or 803-1216).

Entry points

Note: Note: indications are accurate as possible, you must use the service of a local charter.

  Depth   Site  Characteristics
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?mCenote AzulPrivate site located 3km South from Puerto Aventuras toward West on road 307. Easy access with a ladder.
?mCenote CarwashFrom Coba, drive 8km toward North-West on road 307. The site is located on the left side of the road. Easy access with ladder and platform. Tables are availables. During the dry season, there is an algea formation which reduces the visibility. Otherwise many knids of fishes, aquatic plants, turtles and birds can be seen.
?mCenote Chickin HaDrive 2.3km SOuth from Puerto Aventuras toward West on road 307. Easy access by trail and platform.
?mCenote CristalinoPrivate site located ’a 2.5km South of Puerto Aventuras on West side of road 307. Easy access with a platform.
?mCaleta ChakalalLocated South of Puerto Aventuras. Access by boat only. Acces by road is possible with permission of the landloard.
?mCenote Dos AjosFrom Xel Ha drive 1km toward South. Access by trail and platforms.
?mCenote Mayan BlueFrom the village of Tulum, drive South 1km and park your vehicule on the right side. Access by a walk of 50m on a gravel trail toward platforms.
?mGran CenotePrivate site located 4km at North-East from Coba from road 307. The parking is located on the right side of the road. Access with ladder and platform.
?mCenote Hilarios WellSite located ’a 2m from Xel Ha on the West side of road 307. Take the gravel road on the North side of the habitation complex (Don Hilario Mendoza) and drive for 1km. Access by walk and ladder.
?mCenote Kantun ChiInformations to come.
?mMantanchero Spanish GalleonFrom Playa Aventuras, drive 1km South of Aventuras Akumal. Access by the rocky beach toward South.
?mCenote Nohoch Nah ChichFrom Xel Ha drive 6km toward South. There is a trail of the South side of road 307. Walk for about 1 hour on the trail. Acces by platform.
?mCenote PonderosaFrom Aventuras Akumal drive 16.3km toward North or from Puertos Aventuras drive South 3km. Park your vehicule on the West side near a metal fence. Easy access.
?mCenote Tak Be HaLocated ~200m West of cenote Dos Ojos, follow the road indications for Dos Ojos. At 100m from the parking lot, acces is done by a hole and using the ladder..
?mCenote Taj MahalFrom Aventuras Akumal, drive 13.8km toward North or from Puerto Aventuras drive 5.5.km South. The entrance is at 200m from Robinson Club on the West side. After paying you fare, drive 2km on the gravel road in the jungle. THere is a parking place. Easy access by a ciment boardwalk and platform.
?mCenote Tan KahFrom Xel Ha drive 7.8km toward South on road 307. Watch the signs indicating Casa Cenote Bar. Turn left on the gravel road and dive for 0.6km more. Turn left and drive 1km North. Easy access. There are manetee to observe and many more fishes species.
?mCenote Temple of DoomDrive 1.6km North-West from Coba on road 307. A parking lot is available on the right side of the road. Difficult access by trail for a walk of about 4 minutes.
?mCaleta Xel-HaFrom Aventuras Akumal, drive 10.6km toward South. Follow the signs. The entrance is on the East side. Easy access by trails and ramps.
?mCaleta Xpu HaFrom Puerto Aventuras drive 3.5km on road 307. The entrance is on the East side of the road. Easy access by tail and ramps.
?mCaleta XaacLocated 2km North from caleta Yul ku along the marine coast of Riviera Maya. Private site. Access by boat only.
?mCaleta Yal HuGet to the entrance of Akumal Caribe on road 307. Once the entrance arch is past, go North. Get to Half Moon Bay. Take the 1st road on your left. You are then in a residential zone. Easy access from the small parking.
?mCaleta Yal Ku ChicoLocated at 0.4km from North of calete Yal Ku alog side of the ocean coast. Private site. Access by boat only or by walk along the sea coast.

Driving directions

Follow the road indications given by your local charter.

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