Diving in Cenote Aktun Ha (Car Wash)
No need to spend time puzzling over the name, Cenote Aktun Ha, also know as “car wash,” earned its nickname because taxi drivers along the Riviera Maya used to come to this local cenote to wash their cabs. No longer used as an actual car wash, this cenote is now a pristine and popular scuba diving spot.
During certain times of the year the surface of the water at Cenote Aktun Ha is covered in a brownish-red haze of algae that blooms and is spectacular to see and at other times of year the water is crystal clear. Just under the surface of the water there is a wide variety of plant and marine life and stalactites that can be spotted. There is a wooden platform surrounding this natural swimming pool where visitors of all ages can jump in the water for a swim to cool off or just take the time to rest and relax.
Cavern divers will delight in exploring the depths of Cenote Aktun Ha. Once submerged you’ll traverse through some tree roots and a variety of fallen trees, which gives the appearance of an underwater forest before arriving at stunning reddish brown columns. The magnificent light show that occurs here is one of the primary reasons divers visit Aktun Ha and is not to be missed. Look forward and watch as the sunlight dances amongst the tangle of roots into the big room that lies ahead. Or look up and see the white algae that covers the surface of the water here which will give you a dreamlike feeling as if you are swimming beneath the clouds.
Whichever direction you look, the view is sure to be breathtaking and oftentimes can be surreal. Rock paths will lead you deeper into the cavern where you can explore and examine different underwater formations. The combination of roots, trees and sunlight make Aktun Ha an ideal spot for excellent underwater photographs. If you’re lucky you might spot turtles or the crocodile that resides in the waters of Aktun Ha.
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