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Tulum cenote diving : All you need to know before diving

Updated: Jun 3

The cenotes are unique and fragile natural formations. It is essential to respect the rules to preserve this ecosystem. These include restrictions regarding depth, necessary equipment, and required certifications.

2 scuba divers with their diving gear in Dos ojos cenote

Restrictions and Diving Rules in the Cenotes of Tulum

The cenotes of Tulum are unique environments that require a respectful and responsible approach to diving. Here are some important restrictions and rules to keep in mind:

Environmental Conservation

Preservation of the cenotes ecosystem is a top priority. It is prohibited to collect souvenirs such as stalactites or rock formations, as well as to feed or disturb the local wildlife. Divers should strive to minimize their impact on the environment and leave the sites intact for future generations.

Respect of local custom

Respecting local customs and traditions is essential when diving in the cenotes of Tulum. This includes respecting sacred and historical sites, as well as showing respectful behavior towards local communities.

Diving safety

Diving safety is a major concern in the cenotes of Tulum due to the unique challenges presented by these underground environments. It is crucial to follow recommended safety procedures, stay in contact with your dive guide, and respect the limits of your certification and experience.

Recomended equipment for diving in the cenotes of Tulum

3 scuba divers in dos ojos cenote with all their diving gear included

Appropriate diving equipment is essential to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience in the cenotes of Tulum. In addition to your standard diving gear, consider the following:

  • Dive light : Cenotes can be dark in certain areas, so a powerful dive light is essential for illuminating your path and observing rock formations.

  • Guideline: A guideline will have been previously laid by professionals to navigate through the narrow and complex passages of the cenotes.

  • Dive computer : A reliable dive computer is indispensable for monitoring depth, dive time, and other essential parameters to ensure your safety. Your guide will have theirs; you are not required to have your own.

FAQs about cenote diving

1. What level of certification is required for diving in the cenotes?

  • The required certification level varies depending on the type of cenote. For cavern-type cenotes like Dos Ojos or Car Wash, a level 1 diving certification is sufficient. However, for deeper and more technical cenotes like Angelita or Pit, a level 2 certification is required.

2. Are there any health restrictions for diving in cenotes?

  • Yes, it is important to be in good physical and mental health. Asthma, back, heart issues, or claustrophobia can compromise safety and enjoyment. While a medical certificate is not mandatory, you will still be asked to fill out a form indicating that you do not have any specific health problems before diving.

3. What equipment is necessary for diving in cenotes?

  • Diving in the cenotes of Tulum requires specific equipment and adequate preparation. In addition to standard diving gear, divers should be equipped with powerful underwater lights to navigate the dark environments of the caverns. Thick neoprene wetsuits are also recommended to protect against cooler water temperatures inside the cenotes. It is important to check with the chosen dive center if all equipment is included in the price, as is the case at La Calypso Dive Center. From underwater lights to 5mm neoprene wetsuits, all necessary equipment is provided to ensure the safety and comfort of divers.

4. Is it possible to dive alone in a cenote?

  • Due to the particular nature of cenotes, solo diving is strictly prohibited. Divers must always dive in pairs or groups, following international safety standards, and follow a guideline that will already be laid in cavern-type cenotes and that they will have to install and remove themselves for cave diving.

3 plongeur se donnent la main sous l'eau dans un cenote
Cenote diving : a guided tour

5. Are there specific rules to follow when diving in cenotes ?

  • Yes, it is important to adhere to certain rules to ensure safety and environmental preservation. This includes respecting geological formations (not touching rock formations or marine life), limiting impact on marine life, and following instructions from professional guides. It will be crucial, of course, not to leave any waste behind.

  • The presence of a certified diving guide is mandatory. These guides are not only local experts but are also trained to safely navigate the complex underground environments of the cenotes.

6. Is it possible to dive in cenotes as a beginner ?

  • Yes, some cenotes offer open and secure environments where beginners can learn to dive. Casa Cenote, for example, is an ideal location for Discovery dives.

7. Which cenotes are recommended for experienced divers?

  • For experienced divers, cenotes such as Angelita, Pit, Taak Bi Ha, or Dreamgate offer unique and exciting challenges. However, it is important to have the appropriate certification level (minimum level 2 or advanced), have more than 10 dives under your belt, and have dived at least once in the previous year.

Crabe bleu dans le cenote angelita sous l'eau
Endemic crab in Angelita cenote

8. What precautions should be taken before diving in cenotes?

  • Before diving in cenotes, it isn't mandatory to consult with a healthcare professional but if you have health conditions, it is recomended to ensure that you are in good physical condition. Additionally, it is important to follow the instructions of guides and adhere to safety rules.

9. Are there seasonal restrictions for diving in cenotes?

  • Cenotes are accessible year-round, but it is important to consider weather conditions and water levels. Some cenotes may be affected by the rainy season, which can influence visibility and diving safety.

10. How can I book a cenote dive with La Calypso Dive Center?

  • To book a cenote dive with La Calypso Dive Center, simply contact our team by phone or email. We will be delighted to assist you in planning your underwater adventure in the stunning cenotes of Tulum

Diving in the cenotes of Tulum offers a unique and captivating experience for divers of all levels. By following the rules and recommendations, you can fully enjoy this magical adventure while preserving this fragile ecosystem. For an unforgettable experience in the cenotes, book now with La Calypso Dive Center.


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