nice illuminated stalagmite in Playa del Carmen, MexicoDive into the biggest cave systems on the planet.

 

As a certified “Intro to Cave” or “Full Cave Diver” you’ve probably already heard about the biggest and most beautiful caves on earth.

In the area of the Yucatan peninsula and along the whole Riviera Maya there are approximately 3000+ cenotes. Some of the cave systems are so big that they have got over 250km/155miles of line already laid in the system.

We usually do one cave dive a day and we will decide the dive site on the actual day or we can work out a plan together. There is also the possibility of doing two dives a day.

Wikipedia links to: Dripstones, Stalactites, Stalagmites, Colums, FossilsHalocline

Depths

A very interesting fact is that most of the caves are super shallow, so it is common to have a maximum depth of only 10m/30ft. But this gives us the opportunity to do long dives according to our air consumption and to do long penetrations into the cave system.

Temperature

Very suitable as well is the temperature of the water. We are talking about 25°celsius/77°fahrenheit. There is no need to dive in dry suits, but it is still recommended for very long dives.

Navigation

What definitely is different compared to other cave systems in the world, is that we have very complex navigation. This is the main reason why you definitely want to dive with a professional guide who knows the caves in this area and who is familiar with the procedures and local rules related to navigation. This is a big part of staying safe in these very big underwater cave labyrinths.

What to bring:

  • Cave dive equipment (except weights and tanks)
  • Mexican Pesos for the cenote park entry fee’s
  • Towel
  • Dry clothes for changing after the dives
  • Sunglasses/ Hat
  • Personal belongings

What not to bring:

  • Valuable items
  • Jewelery
  • Sunscreen (we want to conserve the cenotes as much as possible, please do not use sunscreen)
  • to much money (please do not bring more money than actually needed)
  • 1 dive:      around 6 hours from picking up in Playa del Carmen
  • 2 dives:    around 8 hours from picking up in Playa Del Carmen

The tour starts in Playa del Carmen, pick up time is between 8.00-9.00am in the morning. After the pick up will we drive south along the highway 307, where most of the cenotes are located. Once we arrive at the dive site, we will show you the place and we also gonna provide you with all the necessary info about the planned dive. Afterwards it is time to prepare ourselves for the dive and go diving. When we completed the dive we will do a little break, eat a sandwich and drink some water. If we planned to do a second dive, we will start to do the briefing for the second dive or we will pack everything together and will head back to Playa del Carmen. Arrival time in Playa del Carmen for 1 dive is approximately between 1.00-3.00pm in the afternoon, for 2 dives the arrival time in Playa del Carmen is a bit later, approximately between 3.00-5.00pm.

  • 2 Tanks (2x 80cft/ 11,2ltr standard aluminum tanks with DIN connection)
  • 2 First stages with DIN connection
  • 2 Second stages / 1 long hose with 2.1m length / 1 short hose with necklace
  • 1 mechanical pressure gauge  Backmount/  2 mechanical pressure gauges Sidemount
  • Backplate/ Wing or Sidemount Harness/ Bladder
  • 1 Primary dive light
  • 2 Backup dive lights
  • 2 Masks
  • 1 Primary reel
  • 2 Safety spools
  • Navigation kit
  • Dive computer
  • BackUp dive computer or bottom timer or a time device, depth gauge and table
  • Compass
  • 2 Line cutter
  • Power fins with booties
  • Wetsuit, we recommend 5mm or thicker
  • Pouch or leg pocket
  • Hoodie
  • Helmet (optional)
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