The Yucatan Peninsula is internationally distinguished for its cavern and cave diving. It is a huge limestone platform leftover from ancient coral reef, where water runs through underground caves. The peninsula alone has over 5,000 cenotes for cave explorers and divers to experience.
The underground tunnels and caves were formed during the times the ocean level was low. Rain water mixing with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere made carbonic acid . Since the Yucatan peninsula is made up of porous limestone, when it rained the water percolated into the ground, carving out the cave systems. Structures such as stalacites, stalagmites, and columns decorate the caverns and caves formed by dissolved limestone dripping over millions of years. When you see these beautiful formations on your dive you are looking at geological structures that are millions of years old! After the last ice age over 8000 years ago, the water level rose again, resulting in the underground river. In some cenotes, the bones of ice age fauna can be found such as sabre tooth tiget and extinct sloth. Ancient coral skeleton and marine fossils also decorate the walls of the cavern, leftover from when the stone was once a live coral reef over 40 million years ago.
The Mayan civilization believed that the rain god Chaak dwelled in cenotes. They made offerings to these sacred wells, perhaps in thanks for a good harvest, which can be found in cenotes today. In some cenotes these offerings are still intact, well preserved by the freshwater for thousands of years, can be seen on your dive!
Me Dive center is conveniently near many of the most renowned cenotes for cavern diving. Fully experience the cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula with this all inclusive cenote combo! Each cenote is unique and beautiful in its own way. The one thing that is the same in every cenote is the 200ft visibility! Come explore with us, under the guidance of a full PADI professional cave diver. The days are flexible, so that we will work around your schedule and you can fully enjoy your time in Playa Del Carmen. Below is a map of dive sites and depths for each. Book online, by phone, or swing by the shop!