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Grand Cenote

Grand Cenote is probably the most known cenote in the Riviera Maya. It is located just a few minutes west of Tulum. It is popular with swimmers, snorkelers, and divers. The average depth for this entire area is shallower than 30 ft./10mt allowing for very long dive times without decompression issues. Please note that now due to local regulations you must be a minimum certified Cavern Diver to dive here.

Cuza Nah Loop is probably one of the most photographed cave passages in the world. The decorations within the loop are white and plentiful making it very appealing. Getting to Cuza Nah requires some complex navigation starting at Gran Cenote, then swimming past Cenote Ho Tul. The dive is adequate for divers with above average buoyancy and trim as there fragile decorations are everywhere.

Paso de Lagarto is the gateway to some incredible caves. Tucked away from Gran Cenote’s main line, the jump to Paso the Lagarto is one of the longest in the area. This cave is part for world’s second longest submerged cave system, Sac Actun. This section of Sac Actun is beautifully decorated with stalactites and stalagmites and Paso de Lagarto is no exception. From here, you can access the beautiful caves of Box Chen and Calimba. The dive is suitable for divers with excellent buoyancy control.

The Downstream (syphon) section of Grand Cenote is not littered with stalactites as is the upstream but it does posses something very appealing for divers that like a bit of a challenge. This section is small, very small. There are numerous major restrictions in which even the smallest sidemount divers must remove equipment to get through. That, coupled with the strong syphon in some areas, will definitely get your heart beating. This dive is adequate for expert divers with advanced sidemount skills.Grand Cenote is probably the most known cenote in the Riviera Maya. It is located just a few minutes west of Tulum. It is popular with swimmers, snorkelers, and divers. The cavern dive area here is beautifully decorated and it is very shallow (30ft/10mt) allowing us to dive for longer periods. This is a great site to combine with one of the other Tulum caverns such as Angelita or Calavera.

Site Details

  • Depth 30 ft / 10 m
  • Level Cavern Diver Certified
  • Type Cave, Cavern/Cenotes, Snorkeling
  • Prereqs You must be an Cavern Diver for the Cavern Dives and a Cave Diver for all Cave Dives.

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