Cave Diving, Playa del Carmen
For all you scuba divers out there. This is not to miss experience if your ever in the Maya Riveria region. It's an otherwordly experience, literally! A cenote, pronounce (say-no-tay) is a crystal clear body of water in the form of an underground river, lagoon and are entrance ways to underground caves. Most of them are in the jungle, but some can be found close to the beach areas. These cenote's were formed thousand of years ago by rain falling over a period of time and collapsing the limestone ceilings of the once underground caves. Upon entering a cenote you will notice how crystal clear the water is with a visablitliy of up to 45 feet (that's the average maximum depth). You'll dive through tunnels seeing interesting rock formations, stalacites and stalagmites along with fresh water fish and eels. The outerwordly experience comes into play when a break in the ceiling of the tunnel allows the sunlight to flow through and the tree roots and surrounding rock formations are lighted up. It's almost like diving with ghosts and an experience you don't want to pass up. Just remember, diving a cenote is really cave diving and unless you've been certified to dive caverns do not do this alone. Most of the dive shops along the Yucatan Peninsua have divemasters specially certified and trained to take divers on a tour of these wonderful, marvelous eco-systems.
Equipment: Please dive these cenotes with a certified cavern divemaster or if cavern certified yourself, bring your cave diving equipment. Remember, you will not be able to ascend in a lot of places.
Cave Diving Mexico
The area between Playa del Carmen and Tulum has some of the best cave/cavern diving in the world. Everyone should experience a "cenote" while visiting the Riviera Maya. If you are not a diver, I recommend a swim or a snorkle. Try Armando Elizalde of Scubacenote $85 USD for a double tank dive (lunch and equipment included). Best deal around and an excellent tour with an excellent guide.