Guided Cave Diving

Explore the Mexican Underground World.

$249.00

Duration: 5-7 Hours

Experience Level: Cave Diver

Dive Type: Cenote/Cavern

What's included? The trip includes tanks, weights, snacks, water, park entrance fees, and a great guide that is at least Instructor and Full Cave certified. Depending on your experience level, you may choose one 120+ minute dive or two 70+ minute dives. We do not recommend longer dive times as fatigue and reduced awareness is a huge factor in cave diving accidents.

Already a certified cave diver? Want to dive into a whole new experience?  Then our cave fun dives are perfect for you. Cave Diving is Blue Life’s specialty!  This is why we opened the dive shop to begin with and is by far our favorite thing to do in Mexico.

There are incredible caves in the area that are accessible to every level of cave diver.  If you were recently certified or have not been cave diving in a while, we can get you up to speed in the protocols and procedures that we use in the cenotes near Playa del Carmen and Tulum.  We have a perfect safety record and like to do things very much by the book while having a great time. Our professional instructors will be right next to you to help you out with anything you may need, though we encourage you to take the lead as much as possible so you keep your cave skills sharp.

Down below is some information about some of the cave diving sites near Playa del Carmen and Tulum that we absolutely love, although there are hundreds more.

The Chinese Garden cave dive in the Taj Ma Ha cenote has been popular among cave divers for years. The entrance to the cenote is incredibly beautiful. The dive begins on the permanently installed cavern line. When you dive to the point on the cavern line furthest from the cenote, you will find another beautiful sinkhole called Cenote Esmeralda. Just passed Esmeralda, you can jump from the cavern line to the Waterfall line, as then take a hidden jump to reach the Chinese Garden. The towering decorations within the two chambers of the Garden are stunning.

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 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 possess 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 cave divers with advanced sidemount skills. 

Dos Pisos, or Two Floors, is an incredible dive site. It is found just south of Tulum, within the Sian Ka’an national park. The entry into the cave is a bit small so we suggest diving the site in a sidemount configuration. Once inside, the passages become much larger. The site is overwhelming because the rocks and formations are very white, while the silt on the floor is a dark gray in some areas. After a very short swim, there is a jump line that will take you to the Room of Roots, a very shallow room that has dozens of trees’ roots coming down through the ceiling creating a very unique wooded curtain. Deeper into the cave, you can see how two distinct tunnels were formed on top of each other at different times thought the history of the cave (hence the name). This dive is suitable for divers with excellent buoyancy and trim due to the fragile decorations and silt.

Chan Hol was once the home to two prehistoric human skeletons that have since been removed for study. There are also dozens of Mayan artifacts and animal skeletons contained within the site. A few minutes into the dive, you can find an area where a cenote existed during the times of the Mayans. It has since been covered up, but there is some pottery on display on a nearby underwater shelf. Chan Hol has some enormous tunnels and beautiful decorations that are sure to blow your mind.

Xunaan Ha, or “Goddess of Water”, is a cenote located a few minutes west of Chemuyil, 15 minutes from Tulum.. It is the main cenote in the Xunaan Ha cave system, which is the fourth longest in the Riviera Maya. The upstream side of the cave has an average depth of less than 30 ft/10mt and most places are large enough to accommodate teams in back mounted doubles quite easily. The downstream however, is much smaller and is best for advanced divers in sidemount equipment. Depth is almost non existent and during much of the dive, the cave is only partially filled with water. The entire system is extremely complex with many secondary tunnels that have only recently been explored.

Reviews

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Multicore

    Cave diving with the best! This was the second trip I went cave diving with Blue Life and I can\'t recommend them enough. The first time I dove with them for 12 days and the second time for 10 days, and I will most certainly return. The course - Cave Stage Diving - I took with Frank as instructor was top notch, and Frank is very very good at teaching cave diving. The cave fun dives were also awesome - smooth planning, experienced guides (thanks Andrea and Hugo!) and great locations! All in all, I\'m coming back and I can\'t recommend going cave diving with Blue Life enough!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anthony L.

    Phenomenal Dive Shop This dive shop was by far the best shop I have dived with. I spent a week with this shop snorkeling with whale sharks, getting sidemount certified, and cavern/cave diving various cenotes. This was an an awesome experience. I highly recommend this shop and their fun/safe/attentive staff.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Runar H

    Cave diving Thank you Hugo De la Llata. I appreciate your integrity, your way of teaching, your mood and your bad jokes. I’ve done a lot challenging things, this course is definitivt top three. Thank you blue life. I’ll be back.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eyal

    Had amazing time doing the full cave course with Hugo. All the staff at bluelife made us feel so welcome. I would highly recommend Bluelife to anyone who plans diving around Playa.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Hugo and the team and THE best people to dive with. We recently did our full cave course and couldn’t have asked for more from them.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amy L

    Fabulous team for an adventure! We spent 3 weeks with the Bluelife team this month. We did the Full Cave Dive course and pleasure diving. To say it was epic is an understatement! Hugo was our instructor and guide for most of the trip and he was so knowledgable and helpful he really gave us a passion for cave diving. He helped us move form back mount to side mount as well (which I would advise to go in the caves). He is super keen on protecting the caves as well so don’t think you will get an easy ride, he will teach you to be a conscientious cave diver! It’s all about trim, buoyancy and propulsion :) We also spent a couple of down days diving Cozumel and I recommend it as the drift dove is epic, both Vale and Steve were great dive guides. They knew the area and were keen to share their knowledge. Last, but not least, Leo and Andrea made sure the school and trips were organised for us without fail! Thank you guys and we will see you again.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eyal L

    Full cave course We came to Bluelife to do our full cave course in July. We had a great time Hugo was an awesome instructor and his patience knows no bounds :) Bluelife staff is so accommodating and enthusiastic about diving. The course was definitely the best diving course I have done, and I would highly recommend anyone who is looking to do a full cave course or any sort of diving in general to take a look at Bluelife. After the course Willy and Hugo taken us to see some other caves and both are so helpful and knowledgeable about the caves and always helping with additional advice on the diving. During our time in Playa we also wanted to dive in Cozumel, Valentina was our guide and she also amazingly helpful and knowledgeable about the whole area. I have to say big thank you for all the Bluelife staff including Leo and Andrea for making us feel so welcome and assisting on us on with any issues we had. We are definitely coming back to Bluelife next year for our cave diving fix.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hayden

    I did my Cavern to Full Cave course with Hugo at Blue Life and I enjoyed every minute! Hugo was a excellent instructor which made the course enjoyable but also challenging at the same time and all the other staff are amazing friendly people! Would 100% recommend Blue Life for any diving needs!!!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    soo yeol k

    Perfect diving with Blue Life I\'m a South Korean PADI scuba instructor. Since PADI lacks a professional cave diving course, so I searched for a solution and found Blue Life. Last year, 2017, after I finished a cave diving course with them, I came this year again to gain more experience. Normally, in my experience, cave diving course instructors are a bit too stern with their teaching styles. Fortunately, the Blue Life staff, especially Hugo and Frank, were kind and forgiving while teaching. I look forward to coming here again in the upcoming years with other curious divers. For those seeking a grand experience in underwater caves, look no further than Blue Life.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tally8585

    Safety is their main priority Having visited a lot of dive companies over the last 20 years you can tell who is safe and organized, and who isn\'t! It took me a year to pluck up the courage to even think about diving in the Cenotes, and it was obviously very important to choose a company whose values aligned with ours. We have been diving with Blue Life almost every month since January, slowly building our skills towards a cave certification. Sidemount, nitrox and cave diving were all new to us, and Blue Life has dedicated amazing staff to teach us, (patiently) the skills we need to safely, and confidentally cave dive. We didn\'t walk in as dive superstars, and they have not let us progress too quickly, simply to hand out a certificate, (which is important). I\'m sure there are plenty of places out there that will just hand out cards to people who don\'t have the skills. This area of Mexico is the best place to experience cave diving, so take advantage of it if you plan to visit. Big shout out to Hugo, Mauro, Frank, Sarah, Fernanda, Matthias, Veronica and **sorry I forgot the girl\'s name from Costa Rica :-( ..... see you all soon!!!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    TravellingManOz

    A brand new, life-enhancing experience In spite of being a PADI instructor I felt like a newbie when I first started my full cave training with Frank. Thankfully, this turned around about half-way during the training and I finally had the pieces fall in the right places. Frank and his team are great, and their expertise with cave dive training is very evident from the outset. I cannot emphasis how much you should do this training with Blue Life if you ever consider cave training in the Yucatan. I\'m already making plans to go back for the next course. Highly recommended.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    helio666

    Great Program! Wonderful staff! Very Personalized service. I did full cave with some buddys and As a tech instructor i was excited to be challenged and we where! The Cave corse with Frank was challenging and fun. He is a knowledgeable instructor, very patient and thorough. He transported us to and from our accommodations that he help arrange for us. It was all very personalized service. We where very glad we went with Blue Life. Frank puts safety and looking cool and the top of the list when teaching ;) . We also did a few guided cave dives after our course will William and he was a wonderful Divemaster. I have and will keep recommending Blue Life to anyone interested in diving in Playa.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael O

    Consistently Excellent Level of Personal Service and Safety I have used Blue Life Diving in the past and was very impressed by all aspects of the operation, especially Frank\'s (the owner) commitment to personal service and small groups. Blue Life Diving continues to get great reviews and they recently opened a new shop in downtown Playa del Carmen so I was a bit worried that my experience would be somewhat diminished as the business grew. Thankfully, this was not at all the case. I spent almost two weeks cave diving with Frank and one of his guides, Willian. I had the privilege of visiting more remote cenotes instead of being trucked from one popular cenote to the next as some of the other dive operations in Playa del Carmen often do. You can really tell that Willian and Frank\'s other staff share a passion for diving and truly enjoy working at Blue Life. This makes for a great and memorable experience. I definitely recommend that you try Blue Life Diving for your next trip whether it is for reef diving, cave diving or classes; you will not be disappointed.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Janne K

    Be safe and aware! If you like diving and like to know how to do it the safest way possible ... Book your course with blue life!!! I just had the time to finish my full cave course together with blue life and Frank Guiterrez as instructor. The professional experience and knowledge the instructor possess made me not only a better diver but also the insight on how to build up my awareness!!! Simply put, my strongest recommendations to Blue life! /Janne

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Webmoment

    Always The Best I recently finished Full Cave certification with Blue Life. I have known Frank for three years now. My first cenote cavern dive was with Frank and Blue Life and my wife and I have dived the caverns with him since then. I chose to take it further and over the last year learned sidemount and in December took Cavern Diver and Intro To Cave from Frank and Blue Life. The gear, training and feedback have all been world class. Frank could see that I was intrigued by the caves and never pushed, let me do everything at my own pace. It may have taken years, but I am finally a Cave Diver and highly recommend Blue Life for cenote and ocean dives and world class training. I could not be happier with my experience and will be a client for life.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Casey C

    A day in the blue life Blue Life has an excellent and experience staff who are prepared to give you the best diving experience in the Playa del Carmen area and if you\'re up for it the centoes of Mexico. All you have to do is give them a call! Frank and Karla will help arrange everything in advance so all you have to worry about when you arrive in Mexico is having a fantastic time diving and exploring the underwater world. This was my third trip with Blue Life and I can\'t wait to return next year, visit new caves and perfect my diving technique and skill. Even after you\'ve completed a course with Frank you are always a student and diving with Frank will make you want to be a better diver. I\'ve never meet anyone with the excellent buoyancy that he has, if you think you have good buoyancy I challenge you to dive with Frank, he\'ll take you to the next level of control and precision diving. And now, a short poem: I am a slave to the cave, \"Why\" people ask, It makes them quave, \"In the sun, I\'d rather bask\". I tell them a story, Of a place that gives me bliss. Let\'s take a lorry, To a place they call blue abyss. My guide assures me this cave is quite legit. As we begin the dive I feel alive, Parts of it are quite a tight fit, Caves like this make be thrive! As I make a turn, My world changes, Now I\'m in a bottomless cistern! This is a chamber for the ages. Even after my story people still don\'t understand. They say they\'d never try, But they want to shake my hand, Because I\'m the cave diving guy.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    G-Tek-Cave

    Super professional and passionate about diving I had a fantastic time at Blue Life doing mi Full Cave Diver certification with Frank and many fun dives in caves after. He was an excellent instructor, very motivational, safety minded and extremely knowledgeable. I want to recommend his operation at all levels, Karla and the other staff members are very friendly and helpful too and made me feel like family all the time. I saw them in action taking very good care of other customers too and they were all very happy with the service. The dive equipment is top of the line and in excellent condition and Frank knows a lot about it, his tips about equipment setup and use were very valuable. I was very happy too with the choice of dive sites every day of the course and also after for the fun dives, actually I was feeling so inspired by the whole experience that I turned into a writer during those days. Frank was also very good about making videos with my own camera all the time so now I have a lot of memories of this wonderful experience. I will definetely come back for more!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cessna4735

    Excellent personalized service!!! Frank and Karla run a great business! They worked hard to create a personalized experience that truly meets your needs and expectations. Their dive staff includes masters level marine biologists that are patient, considerate, and able to adapt to all levels of diver from basic to advanced. There is not a better place to get your cave diving experience than with Blue Life. Would not hesitate to dive with them again!!! Thanks guys!!!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael O

    Cave Diving with Blue Life This is my second time diving with Blue Life. I was introduced to cenote diving in December 2013 through Pete at Blue Life; we spent a week diving caverns together and I was hooked. I returned mid-april for Frank\'s Full Cave course. I have been diving for 14 years and have been on swim teams in high school and college. I have always felt as relaxed in the water as on a beach. Frank changed all this--the first 8 days of the course were enormously frustrating, exhausting and made me feel like I didn\'t even know how to swim. The experience was humbling and very challenging, to say the least. Cave diving is a serious activity and Frank didn\'t sugar coat his critiques and pushed me to perform to the best of my abilities. At the same time, Frank knew when to step back and throw in some jokes and fun times. By day 8, with 2 days left in the course, everything started coming together. Navigation, laying line, and the many other technical demands of cave diving began to feel more natural and my confidence increased so that by our graduation I was ready to cave dive and handle a variety of situations underwater. Frank\'s training is very tough and he is a straight-shooter when he needs to be and that is what I expect from a cave diving instructor. That being said, I couldn\'t imagine a better instructor to have and we had great time throughout the course as well as spending a few days cave diving afterwards. I always felt safe with Frank and I had a great time hanging out with him and Karla. They even took me out for my birthday dinner!! The bonds you create with your fellow cave divers cannot be understated. I feel like Frank is a true friend and I can\'t wait to get back diving with him again! I would highly recommend Frank, Karla, Pete and Blue Life. And yes, you will have an AMAZING life experience.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ed F

    AWESOME DIVE! Did four 100 minute dives with Pete, for the last two dives he took me to what seemed as a less visited dive site. It was a restriction for pretty much the entire dive! I was very impressed at Pete\'s level of awareness towards the turn point of the dive as I missed a \"T\" and he immediately picked up on it, could have turned very ugly without his experience! Also very cool as he is a massive DnB head.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Irvings W

    Full Cave Course, a winner ***** Undertaking full cave training is a testing, but rewarding experience for any diver, no matter how much experience they have. Taking the course at Blue Life was a decision I am extremely happy about. The training was very thorough, yet really enjoyable and really satisfying. I am a much better diver because of it. Frank is a fantastic cave instructor and brings to the table a depth of knowledge that can only come from vast experience and open mindedness to new solutions. If you are shopping around for cave training, you can stop right here, as Blue Life will give you everything you need to go on and become a superstar cave diver.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andrew B

    Living the 100+ 5 star reviews unbelievable right? Wrong. There is one reason Blue Life only have 5 star reviews, because they deserve them. My journey for a Full Cave Instructor began 8 months ago, looking for a company or individual that would be willing and capable of giving me the guidance and instruction needed to become a certified cave diver. It was around 6 months ago I found Blue Life on ScubaBoard.com and contacted Frank. From the very first reply to my long winded email, (response within 24hours) I had answers to all of my questions with detail and understanding. For me it was important to choose an instructor who I connected with and had a similar personality. I did not base my choice of Instructor on which certification agency they are with. I will always learn a lot more from a like minded instructor than the minimal course content differences offered by varies agencies, TDI, NACD, IANTD by choosing an instructor based on agency alone. Within days I had my TDI cavern and cave material and exams and over the following months leading into my trip, Frank was always assisting with questions or concerns I had with the material. Fast forward to April 2014 and I found myself in Playa del Carmen day one of my course. Frank had all the specific equipment that I required, (at no extra hire cost) and away we went, head first into theory and land based drills. I have been diving for 3 years, PADI Rescue with 150ish dives and felt comfortable underwater. This course is where my comfort level was blown out of the water and pushed every single one of my limits; buoyancy, trim, propulsion, teamwork, awareness, communication, no visibility and gas sharing drills and so on. Over the following 7 days Frank and I spent well over 800 minutes in the water where we worked our way through the course, and where more of my attention or skill was required, Frank focused on them with professionalism and respect, generating a real sense of confidence in me. I then finished my course and Frank and I spent 4 days diving as buddies in some of the most beautiful caves in the area, and it is here Frank and I connected as divers and the enjoyment of the caves really came through. Frank was nothing short of perfect with his training and mentoring in and out of the water. If you don\'t like people answering your question with another question go elsewhere, because Frank will not always provide the answer for you, rather he will make you rethink everything you ever knew about diving, and in doing so, create a much more aware and confident diver when you work through your original question. Whether you want to do a open water courses, a Tec course or caves, Frank and his team will cater for your expectations, equipment and skill level, from one on one to group sessions. Blue Life (Frank, Pete and Karla) are three incredible people who do not use the word \"no.\" Nothing is too hard or too difficult and they spend their day making sure your day is the best it possibly can be. Without question I would recommend anyone use Blue Life for their scuba diving training or diving holiday. You will not be disappointed. Frank and Karla, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the incredible experience you provided for me and the life long memories of the beautiful Cenotes and training you gave. See you in Australia.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jeff R

    An Amazing Instructor... Before choosing a cave diving instructor, I asked several highly respected experts in the field; Frank at Blue Life was the unanimous answer. He is an amazing instructor who takes pride in his students and his methods of teaching. This was truly one of the best and most educational courses that I have ever taken in 20 years of diving. I will certainly return to Frank for my technical diving courses in the near future.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Neddy_12

    Blue Life = BOSS cave diving! Just finished my full cave with Frank and it was nothing short of one of the best experiences I\'ve ever had in my life. Frank\'s passion for training divers in awareness is incredible, without a doubt its the most important factor in safe cave diving. Not to mention he is also an absolute legend! He actually said I was one of the most boss divers he\'s ever had the pleasure of teaching.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sammason80

    Outstanding! Having reviewed the various dive operations in the area Frank and Blue Life were recommended to me by my dive shop Manager back in Indonesia, a guy who knows the top instructors in their fields all over the world. Working in the industry i\'ve experienced a lot of good courses run by true professionals and I have to say that Frank is truly exceptional at what he does. Aside from the fact he wrote the PADI sidemount course and that he is an intrinsic part of cave exploration in the area his teaching is up to date and bang on point- While some instructors may teach you simply to dive the line Frank dives the cave: awareness a key point to his training and while you\'re consciously learning the skills to keep safe and explore this incredible world Frank is reinforcing those points through a level of training where every minute underwater teaches you to be the best you can and stay safe doing it. During the course I also had the opportunity to meet and talk with the some top explorers in the field and everyone of them acknowledged great respect for Frank as a man at the top of his game. So here\'s my recommendation- Dive with Blue Life for one of the most rewarding experiences of your life!

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    EckoNZ

    The most incredible dive op. We found Blue Life (Frank and Karla) through the ScubaBoard forum. It began simply with us asking questions about diving in the area and they were kind enough to offer their experiences and local knowledge. We decided based on the prompt and genuine replies that we would dive with Blue Life. After more than a month of email correspondence prior to heading to Mexico we had everything planned out thanks to their excellent communication skills and dedication to their business and passion. We were incredibly happy with all of our cenote and ocean dives and couldn\'t imagine doing it with anybody else. We did have one small issue arise which was not Blue Life\'s fault - despite this, they still made every effort to accommodate us and ensure that our trip and memory of diving in Mexico was nothing less than it should have been - Incredible. After diving with Blue Life we have also decided that when we decide to do our Cave certifications we will not even consider doing it through anyone else. Blue Life\'s dedication to safety and their veteran experience in the field makes them the obvious choice. Thank you for a memorable trip and we look forward to seeing you in the future. T and N

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    sunbearOttawa

    Exercise in Humility The first thing one would notice, is that all the reviews are Excellent. The reason, is that the service, training and professional attitude are all \"Excellent\". Two months ago, Frank was not part of the names that I associated with the diving community. Through a mutual FB friend, I saw that Frank was offering a Cave course during the same time period that I was going to be in Mexico. Confirming with Andy Philips, I was told that I would not be in better hands for any level of training. The first part of my trip was to take the Side Mount Instructors course and 5 days later my training in Humility started. All in a positive way. I am a PADI instructor, I have certified many students from beginner to Instructor level. I also have over 3000 dives. Did I know how to dive, I thought I did? I can hover, do tank drills, swim, and stay stationary in one spot. Yes I can. The problem started when Frank asked me to do it all, at the same time, without thinking about it. This became my training in Humility. I had to overcome my inherent confidence that I thought I was doing everything right. Anyone that has trained with Frank, knows Frank\'s \"look\". But it is OK, despite his \"LOOK\" Frank is patient, all so patient. With his calm demeanor, he helps you sort out your problems, lets you have your temper tantrums, but he will not let you quit. Am I a better diver? You bet I am. It is all because Frank is great instructor, he ranks up there with the best. Along with being a top notch instructor, Frank provides top level service. I was staying in a hotel located in Playa del Carmen, without question, Frank picked me up every day at my hotel and returned me safe and sound. Never was there a complaint about the distance that he drove every day. Would I go back to Mexico and train with Blue life and Frank? In a heart beat. Every day, I dream and relive my experiences while taking Cave training. After I completed the Intro to Cave, Frank let me tag along and do some full Cave training. It is only that I ran out of time that I had to postpone the completion of Full Cave. Any one looking for a compressive, detailed, competent and Excellent Training, look no further. Things a person needs to know about an instructor: is the instructor competent, is that person respected by the industry, does that person practice his trade, does that person dive for fun? With respect to Frank, I can answer Yes, to all of the above. Frank, thank-you and I look forward to completing my training.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Casey C

    Wouldn\'t dive with anyone else This was my second year coming down to Mexico and cave diving with Frank/Blue Life, this trip was even better than the last! Last year I did my full cave course, by the end of the course you\'ll feel completely at home in a cave (and prepared if you ever find yourself in a cave emergency). This year we got to visit some recently explored/opened caves as well as take some of the less traveled routes in more popular caves. Frank runs a fantastic operation, all of his equipment is well maintained and clean, his instruction is incredibly thorough, and he is very well respected and active in the cave diving community. Frank knows the cave systems in the Yucatan like the back of his hand, but he is always willing to try a new site instead of taking you to a busy cave. Frank is also incredibly accommodating, he is willing to work the schedule around your needs. Once you\'ve finished diving for the day, Frank is always willing to grab a beer and swap dive stories.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chris M

    Full Cave Course Blue life is a highly professional dive operation, they offed exactly what I wanted which was a bespoke service to fit in with my needs and schedule. I would not hesitate to recommend blue life for diving in the region. Great job thanks guys.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ken Cross

    Blue Life is a great dive company Blue Life is a great dive company. I did my diving with them out of Tulum Mexico. I talked to Frank about my goals and cave diving. He offered good advice about coming down, what gear to bring and presented a custom diving plan for me. Definitely he is experienced and professional. I started intro to cave diving with a \"one on one\" class. This was demanding for me, and to be honest I needed a little time to work with my skills before I was ready to become a full cave diver. After I completed Intro to Cave Diving, we worked out a plan to prepare me for the \"next level\". I met up with Blue life three weeks later - after I mastered my skills. I completed - Full Cave Diver with 2 other divers. Again this was demanding but well worth it. My buoyancy, trim, propulsion techniques, awareness, and team skills have advanced well beyond where I started. My advice to future Cave Divers - 1)Contact Blue Life 2)Make a plan 3)Get in the water. Remember anyone can go into caves - but only a properly trained \"Cave Diver\" comes out every time. Learn to do it right -Start here!

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    LCripps

    Nowhere better! So I just completed the Cavern/Sidemount training with Frank in Tulum Mexico. I i must say that it was one of the most rewarding courses of my diving so far! I was the only person taking the course at the time and The Instructor went above and beyond to make sure that I understood the materials and worked on my skills. His style of teaching is set to make the student understand the material fully, instead of simply answering my questions Frank made me work out the problems for myself, because of this my personal problem solving skills have improved dramatically along with some key skills. Boyancy is a focus of this course and it needs to be approached with an open mind and an approach that you can always learn. On the whole i\'d highly reccomend this course and the progressions thereof, your skills and diving will be much the better for it! Many thanks to Frank and Blue Life

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Celia R

    Great instructor, great learning, amazing experience. I had planned a trip to Tulum and was really interested in diving some Cenotes, I had asked around other divers I knew and got recommended Frank. I contacted him and he gave me a thorough explanation from everything from diving the caverns to information on his intro to cave and full cave course. What can I say, once I read his email I was convinced on the beauty\'s and thrill it was to take his full cave course. I signed up right away and haven\'t regretted a moment since. He was super professional and fun. I really enjoyed his teaching style: he kept you on your toes and taught you ways to be safe and calm. Every moment with him was a learning experience, first thing in the morning on the way to pick up tanks he was talking about information that was necessary and relevant to the day\'s dive. I enjoyed almost every minute with him, excluding some in cave safety drills that sure got your heart beating, although that being said they were necessary and afterwards a huge learning experience in trying to stay calm in case of problems that can arise in a cave. I finished my full cave course with confidence and went on some fun dives with him after. Even though the course had finished he would still give me pointers to allow me to excel to my potential. Not only did I have fun, but I am now a certified cave diver!!! Thanks Frank I\'ll be coming back for more!

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    OssieStewart

    A remarkable experience I did my cavern course, Intro to Cave and Full Cave courses with Frank at Blue Life. First of all on a practical level all of the courses were run and managed brilliantly in terms of time management, gear, variety and choice of dive sites, and logistics. All my emails prior to arriving were answered thoroughly on the day they were sent, personally by Frank. It is the level of Instruction that really stands out however, not only is Frank an excellent cave diver, but he is a natural teacher. As a student you benefit from his ability to lead you to find the answers yourself - it really is not \'teaching by numbers\'. The result is more meaningful journey where you learn about cave diving of course - way beyond the minimum requirements for the course, but also a lot about yourself along the way. My courses were really a remarkable experience, which I am very happy to have had, and sad to have finished! I can\'t recommend the diving and instruction with Blue Life highly enough, I plan to come and take more courses with them when I next have some time off.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Julz36

    So...... You The Cave and Tech diving market in Playa is Saturated..... Go and have a look for your self. I assure you, you will find from supper expensive, to unbelievable deals. After much time in taxis, and getting lost along the streets walking. Going to shops that seemed promising(on the net and phone), to find them closed when i arrived.... for siesta i imagine. I did the research, and this is my conclusion. The bottom line is, you \"Generally\" get what you pay for. I feel i got a bit more actually. From my first meeting with Frank (owner of Blue Life) and Marce(owner of Tank Ha), I felt I had finally found what I had been looking for. People who took them selves and their business seriously. Not just on the net where your www design team can produce grand images and your DMT\'s (dive master trainee\'s) can answer the mail a.s.a.p whith the what you tell them too. All my contact had been directly with them. As i had been lead to Frank thru Marce. I have been teaching a variety of P.A.D.I courses since 2007. I have Started to work as a videographer for 3 months prior to my Cave course. I have grown up in the ocean surfing, diving, free diving, and spear fishing. I have well over 3000 dives. I honestly thought that I could dive before I started this course. I honestly thought my buoyancy was very very good(teaching what i new to others) and that i was maybe part fish. Or at least so in touch with the water element from the extensive time i had spent in it since a child. But i was wrong....... Frank showed me what buoyancy really is. how to truly control and be aware of the situations you find your self in, while diving. This is the most challenging and humbling course i have done in water. I has Given me such awareness in all aspects of water sports. as well as refined all the techniques i use everyday. i do feel rather naked with regular scuba now. but my shots have become so steady as a videographer. my style has been eco styled! As I nave no need to push back or steady my self on a piece of reef to get my shot. most people have a great way of teaching, getting you to tick all the boxes and comply with all the standards. As dose Frank. But i really liked the way that when we started to get close to that, he would just create so many more boxes(from his experience with exploring so many un known caves) to tick. He wont answers all you questions, but make you think about why you just asked. Then he will answer you with a question very similar. and when you have shown you have really tried to answer your own question and cant..... That is when Frank will step up, and polish you to been a true gem in the water. One that can not only fix problems with your eyes closed. But he will show you how to prevent those problems. keeping you and your team safe in the water. He works with the most active explorers in the region. His buddies desighn and produce cave equipment. Dam fine equipment too. I do hope this post will help you in your search. Good luck and be safe in the water where ever you go. Julian van Heerden

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    capncutt

    An adventure and experience, never to be matched... I came to Playa del Carmen determined to start my TDI Full Cave Course with only the best the world had to offer, I knew I was going to find exactly what I was looking for under Franks steady and professional instruction. He provided a learning atmosphere that is unparalleled to anything I have experienced before. Not only does he drive you to succeed but makes you aware that no one wants you to succeed more than he does. Proving this by going above and beyond his professional requirements to make sure you are exactly where you need to be, what your limitations are and how to safely progress. The course is challenging but you always have a strong sense of support from Frank and your fellow peers. It\'s a binding environment where lasting relationships are usually formed. Taking the course was a truly rewarding experience that I will use as the building blocks for many of my future endeavors. The training of this particular course (I used sidemount) coupled with Franks guidance will make even a novice diver into an exemplary diver. You are constantly learning new ways to navigate and explore a rare and exciting underwater world that most will never get to master or truly relish without the thorough training one would receive from Blue Life and Frank. Despite becoming sick (inner ear infection) and having to delay after Intro to Cave Diving, I have already planned my return trip and look forward to working again with Frank. I implore anyone with a need for adventure to pursue this course with Blue Life and be lucky enough to get the best possible training from individuals that focus on safety and are driven by genuine passion. I can personally report everything I went through was beneficial not to just my skills but as a person and I am forever grateful. I\'ve enjoyed and learned so much that I\'ve missed the beautiful cenotes, my training, friends and the city so much I can\'t stop thinking of my return and continuing this incredible journey with Frank and Blue Life :)

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    nbostic

    Awesome cave class I\'m a recreational SCUBA instructor and have pretty high expectations when I take a class, especially after having taken a few I didn\'t think were worth my time or money. Frank\'s Full Cave Course was incredible. Not only does he take the time to make sure concepts are well explained and practical skills are refined, he pushes your limits to make you the best diver you can be. My goal/hope was to learn dive skills I didn\'t already have and this course fulfilled that desire significantly. I feel like I can confidently say I am now a better diver both in and out of the cave environment. Frank challenged my skills, explained concepts very clearly, had a great deal of patience, didn\'t baby us (we\'re learning to dive in caves, we need to be able to do this again without him) and was enjoyable to be around for the week of the course. He is knowledgable about not just the course material, but various equipment configurations, the local area and the history behind the cave systems. If you have the time and meet the prerequisites, I highly recommend taking a course from Frank because you\'ll come out a much better diver than when you started.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    mhbeach

    Absolute Top Notch Having lived in the Caribbean for 13 years, I do enjoy a bubble. Branching out and taking the TDI Full Cave Course with Frank is beyond your wildest imaginations. Frank is extremely thorough and detailed, and goes consistently above and beyond the minimum required to ensure that you are not only capable but also comfortable. He will put in the time and energy needed to get you to where you want to be (and where he knows you need to be). He loves what he does and he does what he loves; that is clear. Cave diving requires a lot of focus and dedication, which describe Frank to a T. During the course, I made a point to talk to as many professionals as possible about the cenotes and Frank hands-down came out on top as far as professionalism combined with passion. I can\'t recommend enough after completing your course to sign up for as many recreational cave dives as your time and money allow....there is no surer way to cement your training and to truly appreciate what you have just accomplished. Cristobal and Frank make a great team and once you finish the course and can fun dive with them is where the real adventure begins. Cristobal has just as much fun if not more than you, which cannot be said for the majority of dive guiding professionals! Cave diving is not for the faint of heart but Frank will get you there no matter your inhibitions or reservations. He not only makes it look easy but eventually, feel easy. Blue Life is flexible and eager to please, listening to what you want to make suggestions catered to your abilities and interests. Frank\'s interest and knowledge about the caves adds so much to the practical application as well. Don\'t hesitate; life is too short to miss this amazing experience!

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Beatriz Y

    Great experience, great team Me and my boyfriend went to Playa to take our Intro to Cave and Sidemount Diving Courses. We chose the Blue Life Team since we knew Frank was a great instructor. Our stay was very well organized, laid back and challenging. Diving cenotes is amazing, but it makes the difference if your instructor is, patient, demanding and professional. We learned a lot and enjoyed Playa\'s life and people, I\'d recomend it to anyone ready for a new diving experience. Thanks, Blue Life Team!

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    oliverk3

    Amazing Diving/Cave Instructor!!! I spent a few days diving with Frank and was extremely impressed with not only his knowledge of Cave Diving; but his knowledge of the Caves in the Playa/Tulum Area - when you think about it, finding someone that knows every one of these caves like the back of their hand, is almost impossible - he knows every cave, who should dive it, the risks, what to and how to plan, etc. The safety measures that he takes & his ability to match your abilities with the right dive site, are unique to only the best instructors, and Frank has that and more. I would say he has to be the top 2 or 3 Cave guys in that entire area, no doubt about it. On top of all of that, he knows the area very well, can make great recs. for dinner, housing, hotels. He\'s a great all around source of information for this part of the world. We\'re going back and diving with Frank in a couple months- can\'t wait to get down there again!!!

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