Cave Dive

Explore the Mexican Underground World.


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?  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.

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.

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

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 Sugarbowl. Just passed Cenote Sugarbowl you will have to take a secret tunnel 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 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.

Seeing the Blue Abyss is something every cave diver should wish to accomplish. This almost bottomless pit is a long way from the Pet Cemetery cenote but is well worth the swim. The top of this chamber is very shallow but its bottom is past the 330ft/100mt mark. Once you are below the halocline found at 50 ft/18mt the cave’s distant walls look a bright royal blue. Although logistically difficult, deep Trimix dives are possible here with the proper training. There are 2 principal ways to get to the Blue Abyss. The first is the Diaz Line and is recommended for divers using backmounted doubles. With a decent swim pace, it takes about 50 minutes to get to Blue Abyss. The second way to get there is using the X Line. This is a much shorter route that only takes about 35 minutes but is only adequate for divers in a Sidemount configuration since there is a major restriction along the way. Both passages are extremely beautiful, very decorated, and contain restrictions. Due to the fragile nature of the decorations found here, this site is only suitable for experienced cave divers with excellent buoyancy control and trim. Although you can get very deep inside the Blue Abyss, the average depth for the rest of the dive is 40ft/12mt.

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 secondary 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 wooden 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 display elsewhere. 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 backmounted 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.


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