Diving in Cenote Pet Cemetery – Sac Aktun
Cenote Pet Cemetery is also known as Cenote Sac Aktun. Located deep within the jungle, the adventure and willingness to get to this out of the way cenote is rewarded with a unique, one-of-a-kind dive.
Named for the skeletons the many animals who were found here when the cenote was first discovered, if you look carefully you can still see some remains including a prehistoric camel that has long been extinct and a tapir, an animal similar to a pig. Cenote Pet Cemetery is part of the large Sac Aktun “White Cave” system that stretches throughout the Yucatan Peninsula.
The dive here is extremely shallow with depths ranging from 10 to 20 feet. Efficient and expert buoyancy control is necessary for this dive in order to avoid damaging the delicate surroundings. While during the majority of the dive you are never far from surface air, a good part of the dive will be dark as there is not a lot of atmospheric light. The dive winds through the cenote where you will see beautiful white-washed walls that at times appear almost mirror-like because of the reflection off of the water’s surface. Graceful stalactites reach their tentacles through the water in places and with the darkness there is always an opportunity to spot a blind cavefish.
The road to Cenote Pet Cemetery is located about 40 minutes south of Playa del Carmen. A 20 minute drive west into the jungle brings you to the entrance and gives you ample time to enjoy viewing some of the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula. The remoteness of the cenote gives a truly unique and authentic cenote experience for snorkelers and divers alike.
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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)