Cave Diving in Isla Mujeres

Cave Diving around Isla Mujeres, Mexico $155/ Person

Cave diving is primarily reserved for those who have reached a minimum of PADI Advanced Open Water® certification. Cavern diving is considered one of the most dangerous activities and offers some of the most thrilling challenges a scuba diver can face.  PADI Cavern Diver® Certification can be completed while in Isla Mujeres, with the minimum age requirement being 18yrs old, along with the proper diving prerequisites.  Valuable skills learned will include :  dive planning, air management, learning to avoid disorientation, as well as anti-silting techniques (underwater visibility reduced by unsettled debris).

Cenote and Cave Scuba Diving Isla Mujeres

Cenote and Cave Scuba Diving, Isla Mujeres and the Yucatan

Cenote Diving around Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Although there are no cenotes on the island of Isla Mujeres, the entire Yucatan area offers a plenitude of underwater caves and cenotes that can be explored by scuba diving.  Cenotes were considered sacred to the Mayans, and their intricate underwater cave system includes miles of explored caves.  The Playa del Carmen area offers many cenotes to explore for scuba divers:

Map of Cenote locations in the Yucatan

Map of Cenote locations in the Yucatan

 

Scuba Diving Cenotes:

  • Kukulcan : Kukulcan cenote is part of the Chac Mool cenote system.  This beautiful cenote demonstrates how fresh and salt water mix and offers stunning views with a depth of around 10m.
  • Chac Mool: The Chac Mool cenote offers two entrance options and is home to the largest underwater stalagite in the world.  Depths reach 12m.
  • Chickn Ha: The Chickn Ha cenote system spans approximately 10km of underwater passageways and offers beautiful Halocline effects.
  • Ponderosa: The Ponderosa cenote (also known as the cenote del Eden) is a perfect cenote for inexperienced cavern divers as it offers wide large pools and abundant aquatic life. Depth reach 10m.
  • Tajma Hal:  The Tajmahal cenote offers more of a challenge to scuba divers and a diverse diving system.  There are as well many underwater stalagites and underwater fossils.
  • The Pit: The pit is a sinkhole cenote that is a part of the Dos Ojos cenote system.  The pit offers the deepest cave dive in the entire region and reaches depths of 119m.  Definitely for experienced scuba divers only.
  • Pet Cemetery: Just as its name entails, the Pet Cemetery Cenote offers up a chilling viewing of many scattered animal bones.  The Pet Cemetery Cenote is a part of the Dos Ojos Cenote system and offers depths of around 10m.
  • Dos Palmas:  The Dos Palmas cenote as well is located as a part of the Dos Ojos cavern system.
  • Dos Ojos:  One of the most famous cave systems in the Yucatan, Dos Ojos stands for two eyes.  The name comes from the cenotes dual entrance.  The Dos Ojos cenote cave system has been featured in movies and documentaries.
  • Dreamgate: The Dreamgate cenote offers a depth of only 20m but requires a skilled diver that is able to maintain buoyancy to avoid damaging the delicate structures that comprise the base of the cave.
  • Grand Cenote: Gran Cenote is a part of the Sac Aktun (white cave) cave system and offers over 215km of mapped underground passageways.  Depths here reach approximately 8 m.
  • Calavera:  The Calavera Cenote (Temple of Doom), the name is given for the cavern enterance which resembles a skull.
  • Angelita: Angelita which mean Angel is a cave system that descends up to 60m straight down.  This is a dive for experienced scuba divers. only.

Cave of Sleeping Sharks, Isla Mujeres

The Cave of Sleeping Sharks in Isla Mujeres dive is a dive that can be experienced by those who have certification that allows them to dive up to depths of 100ft.  The Cave of Sleeping Sharks is a truly unique experience! First discovered by famed underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau in the 1960’s, the Cave of Sleeping Sharks provides a chance for scuba divers to experience close encounters with sharks while they are resting in a trance like state.  The cause of the phenomenon is due to the high oxygen levels in the water, allowing the sharks to breathe without having to constantly move.  You will be able to encounter Black Tip Sharks, Bull Sharks, Nurse Sharks as well as Grey Reef Sharks.  This dive can also be an elective dive on your PADI Advanced Open Water® course

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