'Peligro! No pase!' The message on the signs just beyond the
entrances to the cenotes is clear: 'Danger! Do not pass!' While you
don't need to be a full cave diver to sample the delights of the
cenotes, extensive exploration which takes you beyond the light
from the entrance does require the correct training and
qualifications. The disorientatingly-clear water and lack of
natural light mean the cenotes are classified among the more
advanced diving in Mexico.
The Pit Cenote (Cenote El Pit) is considered a must-dive for
experienced divers visiting the
Yucatan Peninsula. Located near Tulum, the site is famous for
its halocline and the dead trees emerging from a hydrogen sulphide
cloud. The cave also contains bones and the remains of Maya
The Pit Cenote is located inside the Dos Ojos Natural Park, a
short drive south of Playa del Carmen, which is also home to one of
Mexico's most famous cenotes, Cenote Dos Ojos, or Two Eyes Cenote.
Dos Ojos is accessible for all divers with good trim and buoyancy
control, as you are guided around the cavern section - staying
within sight of the entrance - by a certified cenotes guide.
For more straight-forward, relaxed dives in the area, Playa del
Carmen sits opposite Cozumel, and you can enjoy drift and reef
dives with bull sharks and eagle rays on the Mesoamerican Barrier
The Revillagigedo Islands
The diving in Mexico can be described as a tale of two coasts.
The colourful Caribbean-coast dive sites of the Yucatan are home to
the country's most impressive corals, while the rugged west coast's
less-forgiving dive conditions attract a wider array of megafauna.
As a general rule, the more advanced diving in Mexico is
concentrated on this rugged west coast, and the Revillagigedo
Islands (pronounced Rev-ee-aa-he-hee-do) are an excellent example.
While there are some less challenging dive sites in this
four-island archipelago, the remote nature of the islands leaves
them open to the Pacific's mighty currents, and you won't always
have somewhere to hide.
Dubbed the 'Mexican Galapagos', the islands are a magnet for
megafauna: oceanic manta rays, bottlenose dolphins and humpback
whales are all regular visitors, along with ten different species
of shark, including whale sharks, hammerheads, silkies, silver
tips, ocean whitetips, Galapagos and tiger sharks.
Socorro Island is the largest and most well-known of the islands
and is a particular hotspot for the ever-impressive giant oceanic
mantas. While the diving is always spectacular in Socorro, the
currents can be strong and unpredictable at times, making for
advanced diving. In Mexico, the warmest water is on the Caribbean
side too, so you may need a five-milimetre wetsuit and a neoprene
hood to boot!
Our team of dive travel specialists have dived extensively
throughout Mexico, and if you're looking to test your skills with
some of the more advanced diving in Mexico, we can help put
together the perfect itinerary to suit the kind of challenging
diving that you enjoy the most.