On the Eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula, connected to the Caribbean Sea, just beneath the rocky surface, lies the world’s largest network of submerged cave systems. Since the mid 1980’s more than 1000 Cave (Cenote) entrances have been discovered, and more than 1300km/800miles of underwater cave passage has been explored and surveyed. This is just the tip of the iceberg, as explorers make new discoveries and extend known systems every week.
Ox Bel Ha (Three Paths of Water) and Sac Aktun (The White Cave) are the two longest underwater cave systems in the world, both are within a 5 minute drive of our Tulum facility. There are 70+ other systems within a 30 minute drive.
Mexican caves are generally characterised by their complexity, low flow, shallow depths, extreme water clarity, and abundant decorations. Average depths are in the 12m/40ft range, with many much shallower, and a few much deeper. Visibility is often further than your light will penetrate, especially in the deeper salt water layer beneath the halocline (the interface between fresh and salt water). Swimming above the salt water layer can give one the impression of flying. Stalactites, stalagmites, columns, flow stones, draperies, travertine pools, soda straws, and many other decorative formations that we have no idea how to describe are the true signature of the Mexican cave diving experience.
Unlike other cave diving locations, the caves of the Riviera Maya are generally unaffected by weather, and diving is excellent 365 days per year.
Of course you can always rent a car, and look after yourself, and we are always happy to provide tanks and gas, directions and stick maps to make your life as easy as possible, but perhaps it could be a good idea to hire a professional guide with in-depth local knowledge…
Diving with us means you don’t need to deal with the drama of renting a vehicle, and trying to navigate unfamiliar territory. Diving with a guide doesn’t mean that you are blindly following someone, or even that the guide always leads from the front. With us, you will be expected to dive as an equal part of the team. We know the caves, we know the lines, we know what will suit your current level of diving and interests, but we expect you to contribute to the planning and execution of "our" dives. All dives will be progressive in nature, with the aim of preserving the cave environment, systems and lines are chosen according to team capacity. Think of it more as mentored diving, we think of it as diving with friends.
A day of guided diving can be anything from 3-4 'Intro to Cave' level dives, 2 basic cave dives in backmount or sidemount, stage, multi-stage, CCR and DPV dives, along with deep multi-stage trimix cave dives. Although not our normal area of focus, Cavern diving (cave diving within the daylight zone) can also be arranged.
With so much cave and such an enormous amount of diversity, we can assure you that each return visit will bring a fresh sense of personal exploration and discovery.
|Tank rentals (per day)||Amount|
|80/85cuft (11/13L) Manifolded doubles||10 USD|
|80cuft (11L) Stage bottle with rigging||5 USD|
|80/85cuft (11/13L) Sidemount bottle with modular valves||5 USD|
|40cuft (5.5L) Deco bottle with rigging||5 USD|
|Steel or Alloy CCR tank||5 USD|
*Prices include daily rental, V/block weights and tax*
|Air (flat rate)||5 USD|
|32% EANx||6 USD|
|32% EANx @ 250bar/3600psi||7.50 USD|
|Oxygen (per cuft)||0.75 USD|
|Helium (per cuft)||Variable|
|Standard gas mixes||Amount|
|100% (40cuft / 5.5l)||30 USD|
|50% (80cuft / 11l)||19 USD|
|25/25 (80cuft / 11l)||45 USD|
|30/30 (80cuft / 11l)||56 USD|
|21/35 (80cuft / 11l)||60 USD|
|18/45 (80cuft / 11l)||76 USD|
|15/55 (80cuft / 11l)||93 USD|
|12/65 (80cuft / 11l)||108 USD|
|10/70 (80cuft / 11l)||116 USD|
*Prices based on a cylinder filled to 3000psi/210bar*
|Sofnolime 44lb/20kg||250 USD|
|Sofnolime (per kg)||12.50 USD|
|Intersorb 44lb/20kg||245 USD|
|Intersorb (per kg)||12.25 USD|
|Rentals (per day)||Amount|
|Halcyon Complete BC System||20 USD|
|Single or Double tank wing||10 USD|
|Halcyon/X-Deep Sidemount system||20 USD|
|Stage/Deco or Primary regulator||5 USD|
|Halcyon Focus 1.0/2.0||20 USD|
|Halcyon Flare Handheld||15 USD|
|Back-up light||5 USD|
|Dive Computer||10 USD|
|Jetfins with spring straps||5 USD|
|Wetsuit Booties||5 USD|
|Suex XK1 or XJ37 DPV||85 USD|