Elite Divers International

Cenote Cave Diving

Elite Divers International

Cenote Cave Diving

Travel Back In Time & Discover The Mystical Mayan Underwater World With Our Private And Personalised Cavern & Cave Guided Diving

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek”. Joseph Campbell

WHAT IS CAVE DIVING?

Cave Diving is a form of Technical Diving and is open only to certified cave divers. This certification requires an extensive training and specialized equipment. This experience will allow the divers to penetrate the overhead environment beyond the “daylight zone” to explore the extended complex navigation of the flooded underwater cave systems and explore what only a few privileged divers have been.

The Yucatan Peninsula is home to the largest underwater cave networks in the World, with Sac Actun (the White Cave in Maya) being number one in length with 347 Kms / 216 Miles of underwater passages. The caves in Mexico are incredibly diverse from one another, showcasing gigantic and/or delicate millennial geological formations, from huge rooms and large bedding plains to tight corridors and restrictions in all orientations possible. The caves having been dry in the past, you could also encounter remains of Mayan artefacts or even fossilized bones of ancient animals such as giant sloth, short faced bears or even mastodons.

Most caves display the mystical Halocline, separating the saltwater passage from the freshwater one, creating an observable layer which we compare to the inter-dimensional portal between our world and Xibalba, the Mayan Underworld. They even change colors from white to black, or even green or red depending on the season due to tannic acid from the vegetation which can make these places very psychedelic.

If you would like to get certified for technical diving and/or cave diving, please refer to our technical diving courses section and contact us for more info.

US$200

5-40m 15-130ft

25ºC-77ºF

2 x Dives or 1 x Stage Cave Dive

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DIVERS PREREQUISITES FOR CAVE DIVING

Intro To Cave Min

Active diver within 6 months

18+ years old

Cenote Cave Diving in Playa del Carmen
Cenote Cave Diving in Playa del Carmen

DIVERS PREREQUISITES FOR CAVE DIVING

Intro To Cave Min

Active diver within 6 months

18+ years old

Cave Diving Guide with Elite Divers International

WHY DO YOU WANT A CAVE DIVING GUIDE?

Our caves are the most extensive systems in the world, and the complexity of navigation is both its most treacherous and exciting feature. Our professional cave guides will provide the required safety, fill the logistical needs and transportation with our pick up trucks avoiding you the hassle to rent a car, which are usually not made for the terrain where the caves are located.

Entrances are on private property and most land owners now require you to have a local guides. We know the location, we know the owners, where to pay the entrance and where to get the keys.

We know the sweet spots! Our guides know the off-the-beaten-path caves for some more authentic cave diving, and most mainlines are hidden away from the surface, as well as most interesting sections, features and point of interests.

Using our services will ensure to optimize your time and ensure the most enjoyable experience.

A TYPICAL CAVE DIVING DAY

We will pick you up at your accommodation in Playa Del Carmen* with all the equipment and tanks ready between 8-10am or from the Ferry Pier if you are crossing over from Cozumel. From there, we will be on our way to the chosen system of the day during which your guide will give you a general briefing about the history of the Cenotes, their formation, as well as their cultural and ecological importance for the Yucatan peninsula.

All Cenotes open to Cave Diving in the area are private properties, so once arrived onsite we will need to have you registered and pay the entrance fees to the local family in cash in Mexican Pesos.

After a short stroll in the jungle, we will park the car and start preparing the equipment, then we will take you down to the Cenote to explain the water entry and exit. Your guide will then give you a first safety briefing that will apply to all your Cenote Cave Diving days, followed by a detailed briefing of the first dive reviewing team dynamic, navigation, gas management and emergency procedures.

Now let’s all gear up and get in the water for your first dive. After the first dive, we will have a break for lunch before going in for the second dive. Once both dives are over, we will pack everything to head back to town and dropping you to your accommodation around 4-6pm.

Best cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen
Best cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

A TYPICAL CAVE DIVING DAY

We will pick you up at your accommodation in Playa Del Carmen* with all the equipment and tanks ready between 8-10am or from the Ferry Pier if you are crossing over from Cozumel. From there, we will be on our way to the chosen system of the day during which your guide will give you a general briefing about the history of the Cenotes, their formation, as well as their cultural and ecological importance for the Yucatan peninsula.

All Cenotes open to Cave Diving in the area are private properties, so once arrived onsite we will need to have you registered and pay the entrance fees to the local family in cash in Mexican Pesos.

After a short stroll in the jungle, we will park the car and start preparing the equipment, then we will take you down to the Cenote to explain the water entry and exit. Your guide will then give you a first safety briefing that will apply to all your Cenote Cave Diving days, followed by a detailed briefing of the first dive reviewing team dynamic, navigation, gas management and emergency procedures.

Now let’s all gear up and get in the water for your first dive. After the first dive, we will have a break for lunch before going in for the second dive. Once both dives are over, we will pack everything to head back to town and dropping you to your accommodation around 4-6pm.

Cenote cave diving in Playa del Carmen

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Pick Up & Drop Off from PDC Center or Ferry Pier.

Your choice of Cenotes (level & experience permitting)

Weights & Tanks

Multiple Days & Group Discount Available

2 x Divers per guide max

12L – AL80 Nitrox 32% Available

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– Pick Up & Drop Off From Playa Del Carmen Center or PDC Ferry Pier (conditions apply)
– Experienced Professional Full Cave Diver & Registered Official Cave Diving Guide
– Tanks & Weights
– Personalised Service & Private Group (Max 2 Divers per guide)
– Snacks & Water
– Environmental Briefing

Recreational Equipment Rental (mask,fins,wetsuit…): $5 / Piece / Day
Technical Equipment Rental: Complete Razor 2.5 Sidemount Harness & Apeks XTX50 Sidemount Regulator Set OR Backplate & Wing – $50 / Day / Set OR $25 / Day / Item (We recommend to bring your own gear so your instructor can set up your configuration and fits you perfectly)
Cenote Entrance Fees: US$10 – US$15 / Day / Diver depending on the choice of the system
Nitrox: +US$ 5 / Tank
Accompanying Snorkeler: +$US 40 / Person (incl. lunch & snorkel equipment / excl. Cenote entrances)
Tanks sherpa: 400 MXP / Day

Please bring change of clothes & towels and cash in Mexican Pesos for Cenote Entrances. No sunscreen / mosquito repellent or any chemical product to be applied on the skin for all in water activities for conservation purposes.

Schedule can be adapted and subject to changes due to logistical, availabilities and weather conditions. Such modifications are not grounds for a refund if alternate diving options are made available.

Cenote Diving: Any overhead diving is an advanced type of diving that require good buoyancy control and awareness. While we are planning all dives according to the diver’s experience, it is up to the discretion of our specialized cave / cavern guides and instructors to assess a person’s ability to proceed, adjust or terminate the dive plan and / or the dive for the divers’ safety and conservation of the cavern / cave.

Equipment rentals: Our equipment is well maintained and cared for our divers comfort. When renting our equipment, the diver is accepting responsibility for its care. If an equipment is damaged or lost due to negligence or misuse, the diver is accepting to bear the cost of repair, or replacement if necessary.

Booking confirmations require a 50% or 100% deposit depending on the season. Bookings are considered confirmed upon confirmation of reception. Payment must be settled in cash in Mexican Pesos at daily rate preferably or USD on arrival before the start of your trip. Deposits for all diving / non diving activities & room rentals bookings are non refundable. Any cancellation less than 24h before your first day of diving will be fully charged.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

All the schedules below are our best recommendation for an optimal experience. They can be adapted and personalized to your convenience to fit best your itineraries and preferences.

Cenote Cave Diving: 8-9am – 4-6pm

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