Explore the unique depths of Cenote Angelita
Cenote Angelita is located 15 minutes away from the Ko’ox Dive shop on the road going south towards Chetumal. It has a parking lot, bathrooms and dive tables for assembling your equipment. You’ll need to walk along a 150-foot path through the jungle to get to the cenote. There is no nearby store to buy food or drinks and no showers. But, once there, you will see stairs and a small platform for easy access to the water. No jumps are required here. But you do need to be cautious with your dive equipment. This cenote is so deep that if you lose something it will be hard for the Ko’ox Diving team to find!
This cenote is 180 feet deep. With us, you’ll dive down to 120 feet. This cenote is particularly well known because its crazy hydrogen sulfur cloud at 100 feet is about 9 feet thick. At 98 feet you encounter the halocline. It’s one of the most bizarre dives you can do in your life. You are going to see lots of fallen trees which rise out of the cloud, a little island with branches and some Vodou dolls which have been in the cavern for quite a while.
The profile of our dive here is seven minutes at 120 feet, two minutes at 90 feet, three minutes at 80 feet, three minutes at 60 feet, five to seven minutes at 40 feet and five minutes at 20 feet. The average total time is 40 minutes under water. While in the cenote you will see a couple of stalactites, a tunnel that has a swim through and, if you pay close attention, you are going to see bird bones, branches, trees and many other things which have fallen into the cenote. Angelita is one of the most beautiful cenotes around Tulum, absolutely brimming with interesting things to see.
How to get to Cenote Angelita
The cenote is located 17 kilometres south of Tulum on the road to Chetumal. It’s very clearly signposted. After you arrive you only need to walk through the jungle for a few minutes to find the sinkhole, which looks like a picturesque little lake surrounded by trees. The path leads directly to it and there is easy access now provided by the stairs and a platform.
Cenote Angelita diving – the experience
You will need to be an advanced diver to get the full Cenote Angelita diving experience. It offers something truly unique even compared to the many other fascinating cenotes on the Yucatan peninsula but it is very deep indeed. The dense hydrogen sulfate cloud which separates the fresh water above from the salt water below creates a one-of-a-kind effect which really has to be seen to be believed.
Diving here with Ko’ox is a deep 1-tank dive which lasts 40 minutes. The water temperature is usually a little over 25°C. You can go snorkelling here, but because you can’t see the bottom, there isn’t that much to look at. You can occasionally get a glimpse of the marine life though, which includes a family of turtles!
We will provide you with all the necessary equipment for this dive: 5mm wetsuit, boots, fins, mask, BCD or a plate with harness and wing, DIN regulators scuba pro, Hog, aqualung, apex, dive computer, lights and a Go Pro camera.
Classification: you need to have advanced dive qualifications.
Price for diving: 1 Dive > $159
Recommendations: Bring biological bug spray, at Koox diving we provide with all the necessary equipment for this dive (5 mm wetsuit, boots, fins, mask, bcd or a plate with harness and a wing, DIN regulators scuba pro, Hog, aqua lung, apex, dive computer, lights, and a go pro camera).
Dive time: 35 to 40 minutes!
Depth: 120 feet!
Temperature: 78 degrees Fahrenheit!
Certification: Advanced open water or show proof that you have done deep dives, or 2 star!
Bathrooms: Yes, ecological!
Entrance fee: Yes!
Snorkeling: Yes, but not much to see !
The topography of the cavern
The Cenote Angelita cave has no tunnels besides a couple of small swim-throughs. It is essentially one large cavern, edged by some stalactites, which descends to around 180 feet in depth. That’s a lot further down than you’ll usually go, though. The really amazing views are all tied to the effects created by the halocline and the hydrogen sulfate cloud which hovers at around 100 feet.
Dip beneath the cloud and you will see a truly bizarre effect. The change from fresh water to salt water makes it look as if you are floating in the air above a river bed. You can take a look at some photos to get the idea. But really experiencing it in person is something else entirely!
From the surface, Cenote Angelita doesn’t look like much more than a very pleasant pool. But beneath the waters, it’s got it where it counts.
There is a small selection of marine life which can often be seen from near the surface. The most popular residents are undoubtedly the turtles.
The light and the cloud
The light shining down through the pool makes the freshwater section of the cavern very clear indeed. There is very good visibility, though the cloud beneath you can give the cavern a slightly creepy, eerie look.
When you are floating in the depths, look up towards the light and you will see the mesmerising optical show which Mexico’s water-filled caverns are best known for. The light filters down between the roots and trees above is splintered by the water and seems to fall down towards you in a sparkling haze of beams.
The true bottom of the cenote is very deep indeed. However, as you descend you won’t be able to escape the feeling that the cloud layer is the bottom. The branches of sunken trees emerge from it like dead fingers beckoning you deeper. If another diver emerges through it as you watch, remember to keep your mask in place despite the shock.
For deeper diving in Angelita Cenote, you will need your lights. Especially when you get down beneath the hydrogen sulfate layer. Dipping beneath that layer can be nerves-inducing the first time, but it’s more than worth it to get the true experience of swimming in this most unusual of cenotes.
Q. How deep is the cenote?
A. This cenote is 180 feet deep. Generally, you will only dive to 120 feet.
Q. What time of day is best for a Cenote Angelita dive?
A. It’s open from 8 am to 5 pm every day of the week. Any time between the mid-morning and mid-afternoon will probably be better because the sun will be shining down from directly overhead. If you want some advice as to when to go, ask in the Ko’ox shop before you head out.
Q. Is the cenote fresh water or salt water?
A. This cenote contains both. They meet at a layer called the halocline, which creates intriguing lighting effects. This effect is partly concealed by the hydrogen sulfate cloud here. But the cloud creates fascinating effects all of its own!
Q. Can I bring a camera?
A. To capture the jaw-dropping optical effects here it’s highly recommended that you bring a camera. Ko’ox will even provide you with a Go Pro so you can capture your experience properly!