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Dive Review of gocenotes in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Playa Del Carmen/Cozumel

gocenotes, Mar, 2006,

by Rich Orman, CO, USA . Report 2356.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving BVI, Belize, Hawaii, Alaska
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas noCurrents
Water Temp 77 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with the dive leader. Dive in a horizontal position with your legs bent upward.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 1 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments After a few days at the reefs of Cozumel, I decided to try a day of Cenote (cavern) diving on the mainland. I made my arrangements with Studio Blue on Cozumel, who referred me to GoCenotes in Playa Del Carmen (website gocenotes.com). Cost was about $100US. This was a two tank dive with aluminium 80s. There are numerous cenotes down the coast south of Playa Del Carmen (there are actually quite a few cenotes on Cozumel, but they are not suitable for anything but certified cave divers, so if you want to go cenote diving from Cozumel, you have to take a ferry and go to Playa). We went to Cenote Vos Ojos, a little west of Akumal. The cenotes were once ordinary caves, and filled with water thousands of years ago. The visibility was the best that I have ever seen in any type of water. Apart from a few small fish, there is no underwater life in the cenotes, just beautiful cave formations and the errie feeling you get from diving in a cave. The paramaters of cavern diving require that there be no more than four divers and one dive master on each dive. The divers follow the dive master in single file, and you have to keep in a horizontal position with your legs bent upwards at the knees to avoid kicking up sediment. The best way to kick is a modified frog kick. We went no deeper than 40 feet, and we were usually at around 20 feet. These dives are not for people with boyancy control problems or with fear of confined spaces or the dark. There are times that you are in an overhead environment, but you are never far from an alternate air source (ie. your small group) and never more than a 90 second or so swim to some kind of surface where you can breathe without a regulator. These two dives were the most quiet, peaceful, beautiful dives I have ever done. I would heartilly recommend a day of cenote diving if you are down in the Cancun/Playa/Cozumel/Akumal area.
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