cenote scuba diving Cozumel
(PLAYA DEL CARMEN)
We have selected our five favorite options that cater to all certification levels and various types of cavern topographies and elements after narrowing down all the different combinations of cenotes
Chac Mool and Kukulcan
Dos Ojos(Barbie line and Bat cave)
Cenote Cave Diving Playa Del Carmen Schedule
8:15 am – Pick up in Playa Del Carmen.
8:15 am to 9:15 am – Paperwork and Transportation to the first cenote.
9:15 am to 10:00 am – Dive briefing and get ready.
10:00 am to 11:00 am – First dive.
11:00 am to 12:00 pm – Surface interval, fruits, ride to the second cenote, and get ready.
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – Second dive.
1:00 pm to 1:45 pm – lunch and preparation to get back.
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm – Wrap up and drive back to Downtown Playa del Carmen.
What Is a Cenote?
A cenote is a natural sinkhole formed by the collapse of limestone bedrock, revealing crystal-clear groundwater underneath. While cenote diving does take you into these breathtaking underwater caverns, it differs from cave diving. Cenote diving involves exploring open caverns where sunlight filters in, allowing you to see the cave’s entrance at all times. On the other hand, cave diving takes you into dark, enclosed passageways where you lose sight of the cave’s entrance. At Barefoot Dive Center, we offer recreational cenote diving, which is a safe and exhilarating experience suitable for divers of various skill levels.
What Gear Do You Need to Go Diving in the Cenotes?
When diving in the cenotes of Mexico, Playa del Carmen, you’ll need the following gear:
- Scuba Equipment: A well-maintained set of scuba gear, including a mask, fins, BCD (buoyancy control device), regulator, and tank.
- Dive Light: Essential for exploring the cenote’s nooks and crannies and illuminating the cave’s incredible formations.
- Wetsuit: Depending on your preference, a 3mm or 5mm wetsuit is recommended for thermal comfort.
- Safety Equipment: Your guide will provide safety equipment.
At Barefoot Dive Center, we provide all the necessary gear, ensuring you have a hassle-free cenote diving experience!
What’s the Best Time to Dive in the Cenotes of Playa Del Carmen?
Cenote diving is a year-round activity, but the best time to dive may depend on your preferences:
- Dry Season (November to April): This period offers the clearest water and optimal visibility.
- Wet Season (May to October): While visibility may be reduced due to rainwater runoff, you’ll experience cenotes in their lush, green splendor.
Both seasons offer unique and enchanting experiences, so choose the time that suits you best!
Can Beginners Dive in a Cenote?
Cenote diving is suitable for divers of various skill levels, including beginners. If you’re an Open Water Diver with some experience, you can join our cenote diving tours.
Best Cenotes to Dive in Playa Del Carmen
Playa del Carmen boasts a multitude of stunning cenotes, each with its own unique charm. Some of the best cenotes to dive in the Playa del Carmen area include:
- Dos Ojos: Known for its crystal-clear waters and mesmerizing halocline.
- The Pit: Famous for its depth, with a spectacular hydrogen sulfide layer.
- Cenote Chac Mool: Features a stunning cavern and unique geological formations.
These are just a few of the incredible cenotes awaiting your exploration in Playa del Carmen.
Safety Rules for Diving in Cenotes as a Recreational Diver
Safety is super important when diving in cenotes. Here are some essential safety rules to follow:
- Always dive with a certified cenote diving guide who knows the caves and cenotes inside out.
- Maintain proper buoyancy to avoid disturbing the delicate formations.
- Never touch or grab onto the stalactites, stalagmites, or other geological formations.
- Keep your fins well above the cave floor to prevent stirring up silt.
- Stay with your group and maintain visual contact with your guide.
- Familiarize yourself with the cenote’s layout and emergency exits before the dive.
- Maintain a minimum distance from the halocline (the layer where freshwater meets saltwater) to preserve visibility.
- Groups of 4 divers maximum per cenotes instructor
With Barefoot Dive Center, your cenote diving experience in Playa del Carmen promises to be a safe, awe-inspiring, and unforgettable adventure! Book your cenote diving excursion today and discover the underwater world!