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.
Cenote Angelita Facts
How to get to the cenote
Going south from Tulum on high way 307 to Chetumal about 15 km on the left side, look for a big rock on the right side about 13 km from Tulum you are getting close.
Is it Suitable for Snorkeling
Is it Suitable for Scuba Diving
Is it Suitable for Cavern & Cave Diving
Easy by a ladder
60m but we only dive down to 35m
Dive Certification required:
Advance open water
25°C all year round
Eerie hydrogen sulfur cloud thicker than 3 meters at 25m depth, looking like a spooky underwater river, the island debris of giant trees coming from the cloud, the Angel stalagmite, some big stalactites
What can be seen there:
Sometimes a crocodile at the entrance
Public toilets & showers nearby:
This cenote is 180 feet deep. With us, you’ll dive down to 120 feet. This cenote is particularly well known because of 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.
The average total time is 40 minutes underwater. 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.
We will provide you with all the necessary equipment for this dive: complete dive gear, 5mm wetsuit, torchand a Go Pro camera.
Certification: you need to have advanced open water certification.
1-4 people small group visits – every day Cave diving certification is required for cave diving
For private tours, please contact us, so we can provide an exclusive offer for you. Prices include:
Transportation from our dive shop in Tulum or Playa del Carmen or Puerto Aventuras
High-quality dive equipment rental: full dive gear set and torches
Prices are fixed, regardless of the number of people in the group.
Dive time: 35 to 40 minutes Depth: 120 feet Temperature: 78 degrees Fahrenheit Tanks: 1 Certification: Advanced open water or show proof that you have done deep dives, or 2 star Bathrooms: Yes, ecological Parking: Yes 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 crocodiles.
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, which you should request prior to your dive and thus capture your experience properly!
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