Cenote Chac Mool
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Cenote Chac Mool

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When Is the Best Time

When Is the Best Time

Great diving destination at any time of the year with dry season in Cancun from from December to April. Weather is more predictable and sea is calm for snorkeling and diving. Less chance for rain.
Low season starts after Eastern and prices may drop. In summer more frequented by European tourists and prices increase. Hurricans and tropical storms can occur at the end of the rainy season September/October.

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Where and Tips

Puerto Aventuras
Mexico

This cenote is one of the most commonly visited by divers who stay in Yucatan. It is located about 20 km south of Playa del Carmen.

You will be able to dive deep into the caves darkness and see stalagtites. The cenote does also have air pockets for a dark break. The access does not look very spectacular but with the beginning descent you should look back and enjoy the shiny colours of the daylight – especially during outer sunshine. There are also roots from the vegetation outside.

Deeper in the cave you may cross the halocline ! It divides up the freshwater from the deeper (heavier) saltwater. In this region of depth there is no clear sight - like fog or oily water. You just follow the light of your guide or the diver in front of you.

The temperatures are quite below those in the ocean and you may lent a thicker diving suit. Collisions with any rock formations should be avoided - so maintain neutral buoyancy. Permission is already allowed with a normal open water diver's license or advanced like cavern diving - but you should absolutely be sure not to be claustrophobic. Pay attention to the Explanations of your guide and learn the underwater Signals done by Torch (There is not enough light for Handsignals.). You will be Diving in a row one after another.

Comments

Melissa Sallee

Fascinating! Cave diving has been on my wish list for a long while now. I realize a trip like this would be above my entry point ability but do look forward to a day where I could go on an adventure like this. Thank you for sharing the location information and images.

Stefan Bonne

Just back from the Yucatan and enjoyed it a lot. This cavern is accessible to most divers under supervision of trained instructors. Just contact a local dive operator!

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