Diving in Cenote Calavera – Temple of Doom Cenote
The Temple of Doom Cenote is also known as Cenote Calavera (Spanish for skull) and gets its ominous sounding name from the formation of the cenote. With a little imagination, the three round openings in the ceiling have the appearance of two eyes and a mouth when viewed from above or directly below. The name might be scary sounding but this cenote dive is an exciting adventure that starts the moment you arrive.
A short 300 foot walk through the jungle leads to a round hole that is about 30 feet wide. Here, at the entrance, there is a ladder that can be descended or, for the more adventurous, you can make a giant stride entry off the side and drop about 10 feet to the water. Right away you’ll be inside a sizable cavern and if you look up you might spot a fruit bat or motmot bird soaring above. During your descent you’ll immediately notice a large pile of debris which is situated in the middle of the cenote and indicates the start of the dive. From here you will circle through the Cenote Calavera and be able to admire and explore this unique underground world.
There are massive stalactite and stalagmite formations to observe, including a famous one know as ‘the fang’ as well as multiple fossils to find. In addition, there are multiple halocline layers, the area where salt water and fresh water mix, that can be passed through creating some dreamy and trippy visual imagery along the way.
Cenote Calavera – Temple of Doom is located about five minutes west of the town of Tulum. With a maximum depth of 60 feet, Temple of Doom Cenote is a relatively shallow dive but the necessary buoyancy control needed to navigate the multiple haloclines makes this a dive more suited for the advanced diver.
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