Tulum – The Mexican Caribbean Paradise for Both Ocean & Cenote Diving
Tulum is situated on the eastern coast of Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The Yucatan Peninsula is primarily made up of flat and porous rock which, as it is affected by rainwater over many years, eventually wears away leading to the formation of caves and underground rivers. Commonly known as cenotes – taken from the ancient Mayan word “dz’onot”, meaning an underground cavity containing water – these underground rivers and caves form fascinating and thrilling locations for divers to practice their skills. Diving in Tulum is as unique an activity as one can find in the underwater recreation scene! Here’s more about what is a cenote.
Tulum Ruins – the Ancient Wall City
Tulum ruins are located to the south of Playa Del Carmen – 62km (you can get there for 30 mins from Playa). The most spectacular thing about the ruins is the view from there – they are facing the Caribbean sea to the west. Due to its strategic location Tulum was a major post for sea trade during 13th-14th century. Tulum, which means “wall” in the Maya language, was first built as a fortress – secured with a wall from 3 sides and the sea to the west. With time it grew to be the an important connection point between the Yucatan peninsula and the gulf of Mexico. Parts of the ancient walled city were also of great religious and ceremonial value.
It is definitely worth visiting the Ruins of Tulum if you are interested in seeing Maya & Ucatek architectural wonders. The view over the sea is quite spectacular, too. It is recommended that you plan the tour either early in the morning or late at night – 8am or 7pm, as to avoid the crowd and the heat.
Learning to dive in cenotes takes some specialist skills and knowledge. Depending on their depth, salt water can join freshwater inside cenotes, even though the caves and subterranean water courses may be located many miles from the coast. When these waters combine, their different densities create a halocline layer, which results in a unique visual effect which very few people in the world have seen. One every diving enthusiast should experience.
Well known in the international diving community, the most famous cenotes for cave diving in Tulum include: Casa Cenote, Dos Ojos, The Pit, Gran Cenote, Angelita, Car Wash, Ponderosa, Taj-Mahal, and Chak Mool. These are located mostly near Tulum, south of the Mayan Riviera. Dive in cenotes and inside the underwater caverns and you’ll see geological formations which originated during the last ice age, when mammoths were still roaming the Earth! This makes underwater-cave diving a journey through a world of hidden mystery. The light penetrating in cenotes, and visible when diving and snorkelling, is magical, offering stunning contrasts of light and dark. The water temperature throughout the year stays a comfortable 24°C (75F)!
As well as diving in cenotes, Tulum offers opportunities to underwater-cave diving, and to snorkel and go scuba diving in some of the most fascinating places on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Go out and explore the beautiful local coral reefs, Mayan ruins, or join expeditions and diving trips to swim with the vast array of local wildlife, including sharks, crocodiles, dolphins, whales and turtles!
How Ko’ox Makes Diving in Tulum Better, Safer and More Fun!
With over 16 years of experience in diving in Tulum, and in sites across the world, the Ko’ox Diving team knows to put your welfare first. Cave diving is a lot of fun, and can be accessible even to beginner divers – as long as you’ve got experienced professionals and top of the range equipment at your side.
Don’t miss the journey of a lifetime – give Ko’ox Diving a quick call today and talk to us about diving in Tulum!
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