Mexico is famous for diving in the Carribean reefs and cenotes. It is the number one place on the planet for cenote diving.
In Mexico land and ocean join efforts to impress you profoundly with not only ocean opportunities for diving but also the Yucatan jungle, that hides the world famous Cenotes filled with the most crystalline sweet water imaginable. There are a few tens on them at the area from Cancun to Tulum. In cenotes you dive in caverns, not caves, which have sufficient sections where access to the surface is always possible. The Cenotes can be enjoyed by certified divers with normal diving equipment configuration, as long as they are accompanied by a professional Cenote guide, and have good buoyancy control. If you want to go deeper and penetrate further inside, which you can do in some cenotes, you need to be certified cave diver. You can hardly find any life in cenotes, just a random fish or crab get into ones located not far from the sea. But marine life is not the reason to dive in cenotes. In these ponds and caverns, visibility up to 60 meter is not uncommon, giving you the impression that you are floating in mid-air! You will see beams of sunlight penetrating the cavern shafts, creating a magic light show and also the halocline effect when fresh water meets the salt one. It’s a weird feeling when crystal clear water suddenly gets murky. Admiring the breath taking limestone formations of these Cenote caverns is an exclusive privilege of divers vacationing in the Yucatan. Cenotes of Yukatan peninsula is a wast network of undergroung caves and rivers. For centuries rainwater got through the soft lime creating an empty spaces – caves.Some of them collapsed creating caverns. Ancient Mayan people called them “sacred wells”.
In addition to cenotes, you can also go diving alone the east coast of Yukatan peninsula which is surrounded by Mesoamerican reef – the second long reef system after Great Barrier reef in Australia. You can dive both at the mainland Riviera Maya and Cozumel island facing it.
The Cozumel Island dive sites are spectacular drop-offs. From the beach, a gentle slope leads towards the wall, plunging rather steeply into the deep. Every square centimeter of this wall is covered with sponges and hard corals. The wall itself is full of holes, swim-through, caverns so you can feel like a true sea explorer. The depth of the terrace varies from 4 to 6 meters, which guarantees plenty of “safety stop” time on the way back from the deeper wall. In this area seeing big staff like barracuda, turtles, eagle-ray and schools of jacks is not uncommon. Dive sites of Mayan Riviera are mostly gentle slopes going from the beach, covered with soft and fan corals. May be they are not so rich for variety of landscape and corals but they are very lively: here and there you met schools of snappers and inside the rock green moray eel and lobsters are hidding. Strating from November to April there’s a bullshark season, and of the dive site called Jardines in Playa del Carmen you can see a few of them just a few meters away. And from May to September there’s a whaleshark migration in this area.