Scuba Diving in Gran Cenote
The crystal-clear sacred Mayan waters of Gran Cenote are a delightful and impressive sight for snorkelers and scuba divers alike. Gran Cenote is the beginning of the Sac Aktun (Mayan for “white cave”) system which is a labyrinth of rivers that are all connected and which lies deep within the heart of the Riviera Maya. Sac Aktun is currently the second longest cave system in the world and many part of the system are still being discovered.
As the name suggests, Gran Cenote, which means grand or large, is a substantially-sized cenote that is easily accessed through a beautiful and well-maintained garden area. Snorkelers will enjoy spending time in the soft, sandy beach type area located close to the bottom of the stairs. Here in the shallow waters you can explore some of the architecture of the cave structures up close or spend time spotting some fish or turtles who swim amongst the lily pads.
From here, divers are able to move on and penetrate deeper into the cave for further exploration. At a maximum depth of around 35 feet, divers will enjoy a relaxed, shallow dive. As you head into this large, round cenote you’ll notice the white-washed walls of the cave. Further along, there are dramatic structures and rock formations to explore and swim amongst. Hundreds of beautiful stalactites dangle from the ceiling down into the water as stalagmites on the floor of the cenote spread upwards in a remarkable fashion.
There is strong light in Gran Cenote that provides a changing diorama of color especially as you look back towards the entrance to the cave.
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Please Note: An open water diver certification (or equivalent) is required for cavern cenote dives. If you aren’t certified, we will be happy to introduce you to diving!
What to bring:
- Your diving equipment
- Your certification card
- Swimming suit & towel
- Sun glasses & cap
- Biodegradable sunblock
- Experienced certified Instructor
- 2 tanks & weights
- Nitrox for nitrox certified divers
- Water, Cookies
- Lunch in a restaurant
- Pick up and drop off from Playa Del Carmen
- Diving equipment (15 USD per day)