SNORKELING AND DIVING

Plunge into world-class adventure.


Tulum is a world-class destination for snorkeling and diving. You can explore the water just offshore or go deeper with guided dives or snorkeling tours. Newcomers can obtain a diving certification here. And for the more advanced, cavern diving is also available.

Sian ka´an canal tour

SIAN KA’AN is a biological reserve located within 20-25 minutes. Its 653 hectares include beaches, lagoons, swamps, cenotes, 345 species of birds and more than 800 species of flora and fauna. Visit here and you may catch a glimpse of a jaguar or even an endangered species like the jabiru bird. There are a wide variety of ecological tours to choose from which can give you an up-close and truly unique experience of the one of the Yucatan’s most precious natural treasures.

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Cenotes

In Mayan the word “ts’ono’ot” means “cave with water.” Blue-green to turquoise in tone, these crystal-clear fresh water cenotes were revered by the Mayans who saw them as the entrance to underworld and celebrated their special ceremonies, rituals and sacrifices around them.

Formed over millions of years, these natural treasures awe the visitor with the stony beauty of their stalactites and stalagmites. Near Tulum, the cenotes are ideal for diving and snorkeling. The best-known ones are The Car Wash, Grand Cenote, Calavera (The Skull), Dos Ojos (Two Eyes), The Pit, Casa Cenote (Cenote House) and Angelita (Little Angel). For diving and snorkeling we recommend guides certified by PADI and NACD and who are well acquainted with the recommended safety standards. Diving courses and certification for all levels is also available. Exploring these natural wonders is an unforgettable and, some would say, mystical experience. Diving into their other worldly beauty is something you won’t want to miss!

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Gran Cenote

This large cenote is part of the “Sac Aktum” system and one of the most popular for diving and snorkeling. The name says it all. Featuring giant stalactites and stalagmites, it entrances you with its white walls, crystal clear waters and stunning formations. Circular in shape, it has a maximum depth of 10 meters.

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Cenote Angelita

This cenote is reached by a 5-minute walk through the jungle and is a once in a lifetime experience in all respects. Atypical of most cenotes, it is not a part of a cave system. Here you will find sheer walls, fresh water, then a thick cloud with salt water underneath it. Finally, you will descend to depths as black as night. Be sure not to drop any equipment as it will fall to 60 meters! This is a venture for advanced divers who will be guided down to about 40 meters.

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Caverna Carwash

The entrance of this huge pool teams with life. Here you will see algae, plants, submerged tress and a variety of fish and turtles. Its crystal clear water and system of caverns beckon you to explore its tunnels and underground rooms, each with their unique and stunning formations.

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Casa Cenote

This cenote belongs to the “Nohoch Nah Chich” or “Giant Birdcage” system. It is also known by the names “Cenote Manati” and “Cenote Tankah.” This cenote is a large open lagoon (formally an underground rivers whose roof collapsed). At one point the fresh water flows under the road and exits into the ocean a few meters down the beach. Casa Cenote is shallow (maximum depth 6 meters) and features beautiful caverns, manglar and halocline (vertical stratification due to the mixing of fresh and salt water).

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The Pit

An impressive and deep cenote, The Pit gives you a journey through time by means of a multi-level dive. This sinkhole features a beautiful ceiling formation and anthropological remains of various ages as you plunge into its depths. All this is illuminated by striking shafts of light that penetrate up to 30 meters in summer, giving this cenote amazing visibility. There is a slight halocline at 15 meters and a hydrogen sulfur cloud (organic decomposition) at about 30 meters.

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Bat Cave

This cenote is a series of caverns and passages where direct access to the surface is not always possible. However, the dive does pass through an air filled “Bat Cave” where little daylight enters. Here it is possible and worthwhile to make an ascent to view bats hiding between the stunning stalactite formations.

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Dos ojos

Dos Ojos or “Two Eyes” is a shallow cenote with an average depth of about 5 meters. Plenty of light filters through the entrance to create a wonderful backlit effect. Here you’ll marvel at the huge columns of stalactites and stalagmites, see tropical fish and have plenty of room to swim.

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Cenote Calavera

Cenote Calavera (Skull Cave) and is also known as “The Temple of Doom.” Access to this cenote is through a round hole in the surface where you jump about 3 meters down to the water. Once inside, the large cavern opens up to a circumference of 160 meters. This cenote is well lit. Look up at the light entering through holes in the ceiling and you may have the impression of seeing a giant skull. Divers in this cenote will be able to move through three different halocline layers and also see fossils as they descend to a maximum depth of 16 meters.