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The Yucatan Peninsula is famous for it Cenotes: a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath.
You can snorkel the cenotes or SCUBA dive them. Some can be snorkelled or SCUBA dived. Some can only best be SCUBA dived.
Some of the best cenotes are in and around Tulum … so, I decided to SCUBA dive 3 in one day.
There are several dive shops in Tulum selling diving trips.
The normal price for 2 SCUBA dives is US$145. For 3 dives (across only 2 sites) the price is US$165.
Entry fees have an impact on cost. SCUBA divers are charged MXP200-250 each at each site.
I wanted to dive 3 different sites: The Pit, Dreamgate, and The Car Wash. Each of these sites is very different.
I asked around and negotiated a price of MXP3,000. I chose Koox and my Dive Master was Alberto.
Unlimited visibility, a hydrogen sulfide cloud, anthropological remains, and cave formations make a SCUBA dive in this cenote unlike any other experience.
I can understand why … but read on …
Diving through the ‘cloud’ layer between the fresh water and salt water at 30m down is surreal.
Dreamgate has a level 5 difficulty level.
The silt on the bottom is so fine that the slightest disturbance not only ruins visibility for those behind you but can, also, be a hazard to yourself.
I am glad that he did … Dreamgate was my favourite.
This is a Cavern Dive.
You glide through fields of stalagmites, stalactites, and columns.
THE CAR WASH:
The Car Wash is so named because this is where the local taxi drivers used to wash their cars.
The Car Wash is full of flora and fauna.
The bacteria from their biodegradation creates a green hew in the sunlight.
This requires you to lay down a line as you weave through the caves … so that you can find your way back again.
This is an absolute must do.
If you can’t SCUBA, ask around for the best ones to snorkel.
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