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Dive Review of Diving Cenotes Tulum in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Tulum

Diving Cenotes Tulum: "Magical Diving in Tulum Cenotes", Sep, 2016,

by mark magers, CA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports with 23 Helpful votes). Report 9237 has 2 Helpful votes.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments [ link]

Had to try cenote diving, even though one of us (me) is uncomfortable in overhead environments and slightly claustrophobic. That said, I explained this to our dive leader, Paolo Correa, and he assured me it would likely not be an issue, but if so we could end the dives. Short answer, it was never an issue. Plenty of space, excellent lights, and the minerals in the cave are pretty bright so there was actually more light on these dives than most open water dives. Enough about that, the cenotes we truly amazing. Our first day we did 2 dives in Dos Ojos, including the famous Barbie line. Water was very clear and depth was around 20-25í. It was great to swim into darkness and see the filtering sun through holes in the surface where the snorkelers go. Second day we first dove The Pit, and I canít give you enough superlatives about this dive. It starts with a descent to about 100 feet, where you encounter a layer of hydrogen sulfate, white and milky, and eerily still. We were the first divers in, so it was completely pristine. You can make wind tunnel-like sworls with your hands. It was like swimming through the rings of Saturn, or flying in cirrus clouds. I would do that dive many times again if it were easy! Donít miss this one. Paolo insists on being the first in so we arrived a full 45 minutes before the next group arrived, and were lowering our gear as they unloaded theirs. Another fun bit about this site, the set-up BCs are lowered by rope and pulley into the water, about 25 feet or so. Pretty cool. The rest of the dive (it lasted 45 minutes) was going in and out of the halide layer where salt and fresh water mix. If you are deliberate about it, you can pause on the top of the layer and it looks like a mirror at 40 feet. Near the end of the dive we came over a sort of crest that looked down into The Pit. I fully expected Gandalf to come walking out with his staff. The place is truly magical. Last cenote for us was the Temple of Doom, good name, decent dive, best part was a cave area called Winter Wonderland, completely white just like snow. Paolo is not cheap, but he is very good, and it is totally worth the money. He also has some good stories about riding his motorcycle all around Latin America, Che Guevara-style.

Great food, fish tacos, and ceviche, among other things at Aguachilies, and El Camello, and good burritos on Burrito Amor, all on the main drag through the town of Tulum.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving GBR, Saba, Montserrat, Dominica, Barbados, Cuba, USVI, Belize, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, HI, WA, CA, RI
Closest Airport Cancun Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 75-80°F / 24-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 100-150 Ft/ 30-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions These are basically cave dives so you need to follow the DM
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
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