It was very difficult to take pictures in the deep part because it is not bright enough when compared to the shallow part and water pressure gets stronger so if you press the shutter button once, it doesn’t come up for a while.
A few meters from the bottom of Cenote El Pit, there is a layer of hydrogen sulfide. That sounds dangerous but air comes from the air tank and even I went through the layer, it was totally ok. It was like swimming in and above clouds. One of my favorite cenotes.
■ Cenote: Dos Ojos
After the diving at cenote El Pit, we went to cenote Dos Ojos which is very popular among divers.
The meaning of Dos Ojos is “two eyes” in Spanish. As it means, there are two diving routes. We call them “the first eye” and “the second eye” and I dove at the first eye.
There were so many snorkelers at the second eye.
The view just after entry is like this.
There is nothing which the other cenotes have such as a layer of hydrogen sulfide or halocline and so on but it is said that the water here is clearer than the others. You can see a diver who is over 100 meters away.
You can realize how popular it is among divers. Including snorkelers, people come from all over the world.
People enjoy the cave exploring more than seeing lights here. Exploring and swimming in the cave feel very fresh because we usually enjoy just seeing the inside of the caves by walking and if you swim you can see the things that you cannot see if you walk like a stone pillar extending from the ceiling and shell fossils buried in rocks. And you can see them closer.
Since the water is so clear you can feel as if they were just flying or floating.
It was incredible. I do recommend cenote Dos Ojos a lot.
But it is crowded when you dive sometime. When I dove here it was before noon but as you can see in some pictures it was a little bit crowded.
Each cenote has a best time to be seen the most beautiful because of the relationship between the shape of the holes of ceilings and the sunrise. If you don’t like to dive into the crowded cenote, you should talk to your instructor and they will probably suggest the best time.
■ Cenote: Chacmool
Finally, this is the last cenote that I can recommend and it is Cenote Chacmool.
Wikipedia says the meaning of Chacmool is the term used to refer to a particular form of pre-Colombian Mesoamerican sculpture depicting a reclining figure with its head facing 90 degrees from the front, supporting itself on its elbows and supporting a bowl or a disk upon its stomach.
According to our instructor, this sculpture is the symbol of the dead soldiers and it is said that it brings sacrifices to the god of Maya.
Since the sun appeared and disappeared on the day I dove here, I could see and enjoy both of the views of the dark cenote and the bright cenote. It also has the beautiful light curtain.
This picture is when the sun disappears. You can find it is dark but the blue color is still beautiful.
This is when the sun appears. Comparing with the one before this picture, the brightness is very different. One of the best pictures: a diver in the middle of the light curtain.
A diver crossing over the light curtain. This is one of my most favorite pictures.
The route I dove here is called “Kukulcan” which means “a snake has feather” in Maya and it is a god in Maya myth.
I would like to introduce each of the cenotes that I dove into in this article.
I mentioned that cenote is in Yucatan. But do you know where it is?
Yucatan is in the Southeast side of Mexico.
I went there from Narita Airport (NRT) to Cancun Airport (CUN) passing through Dallas Airport (DWF). The travel took a total of about 15 hours.
I wrote that I dove at 6 different cenotes in my last article. Let me get right down to introducing them.
■ Cenote: Chikin Ha
My first cenote diving was at Chikin Ha cenote.
The meaning of the name Chikin Ha is “water of the west”. The meaning of “Ha” is water.
However, even the people do not know the west where people see from.
Checking on this map, Chikin Ha is located on the east side of Yucatan and south of Playa del Carmen.
The underwater scene is like this.
This rock looks like lions back to back. People check the route before entry and this rock is one of the sightseeing spots in Chikin Ha cenote. Try to look for this when you go there.
Light of laser beam. One of the lights that come into Chikin Ha cenote spreads like a curtain. Another is like a laser beam (like in this picture). You can enjoy two types of light style.
The lower parts of the middle of this picture are blurry. This phenomenon happens where ocean water and freshwater meet each other. This line is called halocline. The water under the halocline is ocean water while the water above it is freshwater. The temperatures of these two water types are very different. The ocean water is warmer than the freshwater.
I remember I was absorbed with taking pictures being so impressed by this totally clear water and beautiful light at my first cenote diving.
■ Cenote: El Eden
After diving at Chikin Ha, I moved to a different cenote called El Eden.
The instructor told us that we could see the most beautiful curtains of sunlight here. That made me wonder how beautiful it is and I got really excited.
El Eden is also located at the south of Playa del Carmen. This is how the underwater world looks like.
A massive curtain was there. Since it is in the inner parts of the cave, people who snorkel cannot see this view.
If you see this beautiful curtain through the halocline, it would look like this.
As the instructor said, the amount of light in El Eden is much more than that in Chikin Ha. If you desire to see the best and biggest curtain underwater, I recommend you to see it here! The view is beyond your imagination!!
■ Cenote: Tajima Ha
The third cenote I dove was Tajima Ha. Even the instructor did not know the meaning of this name but he said it was originally called Taji Mahal and since the meaning of Ha is water, many people changed the way to call it. I do not know the fact though.
The underwater view is like this.
Green trees are so beautiful.
In Tajima Ha cenote, there is no light curtain that spread long like in El Eden cenote. But there is a very interesting light that you can see only here.
Two laserbeams of light from small holes of the cave. This is very unique and attractive. If the sun is hidden by a cloud, it would disappear. Then it would appear again.
I enjoyed that a lot.
Each cenote I dove has this , which means stop.
Only a diver who has special certification can go beyond this sign. I was wondering what is in the inner part but this sign is very scary.
I introduced the different cenotes in this article. Now you know that each cenote is different. I am going to write about the other cenotes next time. Please look forward to that!
I love to travel and usually go abroad twice a year.
The reason why I started to blog is I want to leave records of my life and share the experiences and knowledge with people who have the same values.
Everyone wants to enjoy their trip and see the world they have not known yet. My goal of blogging is sending those people even a little useful information.
So the content I write is based on my own experiences and the pictures I use are those I took.
I am going to write about Mexico, which is the country I traveled to most recently. I am going to write especially about Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
I went there in March 2017. Currently, more people are going there from Japan for their honeymoon. It seems to be getting popular among Japanese people.
The reason I chose this country was I had been wanting to see the real cenote for myself since I read the magazine and knew the existence of cenote(maybe). I thought to myself I have to see that before I die!! haha
Cenote is famous and a lot of divers go there from all over the world. Do you know what cenote is?
It is said that there are over 7,000 cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. What I thought when I dove there was that it is a limestone cave with full water. (There is no such place in Japan)
Cenotes are natural swimming holes formed by the collapse of porous limestone bedrock.
Cenote means “Holy spring” in Maya. The holy spring appearance looks like this.
You can see the rocks under the water. This is the entry place of Cenote Chikin Ha.
The entry of another cenote called El Eden’s entry is like this.
Comparing with Chikin Ha, it is very different. I dove at 6 different cenotes during this trip.
We were told the route after checking how the entry place was.
Since it is cave diving, people might die if they dive on a wrong route.
We made sure of the location of the stops and the curtains of light on the map.
The Cenote Tajima Ha’s map is like this.
This one is the map of Cenote El Pit.
■Finally, dream come true! Diving into cenotes!
After checking the route, we finally dove into cenotes!
The first thing that surprised me was the totally clear water. You can see people who are over 300 feet away.
The water’s color is so beautiful. I felt a little bit cold at the very first moment but got used to the temperature soon.
And the second thing that surprised me was the number of divers. Divers came from all over the world to see cenotes.
Advancing deep into the cenote.
■This is how beautiful cenotes are!
You can see how beautiful cenote water is from the pictures I uploaded. But I am sure cenotes are most beautiful and attractive when sunlight comes into the water and creates curtains of light.
I went to Mexico to see the curtains all the way from Japan. And that was more amazing than I expected.
Each curtain of light is different. Some of them can be seen near the entry places while some are in the inner parts of the cave.
As you can see the curtain’s style is also interesting. One of the curtains is like a laser beam.
The pictures may not be able to show it but these curtains are always moving, which makes the scene more beautiful. I was so impressed that I had goosebumps.
There are many people who came to snorkel at cenotes. But the really beautiful views are in the inner parts of the cave. So those people cannot see it. Therefore, I definitely recommend diving if you go to cenotes.
I will be so glad if my article makes readers even a little bit interested in cenotes. I want to go back to Mexico while writing this article.haha