Snorkel and Diving in the Riviera Maya are activities not to be missed. This area is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, the longest underground river system and freshwater cenotes. This diversity, found nowhere else in the world, offers many opportunities to explore the underwater world and enhances your vacation with a snorkeling or scuba diving experience. You will find yourself immersed in a breathtaking world so full of life of all sorts you may find it hard to believe. Diving right in front of the Mayan pyramids of Tulum, towering over like a lighthouse, is surely an experience you do not want to miss.
Snorkel and diving in cenotes are also one-in-a-lifetime experiences. Cenotes are natural swimming holes formed by the collapse of porous limestone bedrock, which has revealed a secret subterranean world of groundwater pools. Most cave cenotes have fresh water that has been filtered by the earth, making them so clear and pure that you can see straight through to small fish frolicking in the plant life below. Open-air cenotes also have clear water, and often are home to vitamin- and mineral-rich algae that nourish and protect your skin.
Casa Cenote: This cenote is separated from the ocean by a small strip of land. Casa Cenote features a long canal that winds away from the ocean. Since the cenote is connected to the ocean you can see fresh water fish and salt water fish (small groupers, snappers, barracuda, tarpon, blue crabs, and molys). You dive under the mangroves, and you can see the halo cline in this dive (salt water mixing with fresh water).
Grand Cenote: This is a large and popular cenote. It has a depth of 30 feet and it is one of the most decorate caverns in the area, full of speleotherms (stalgtite, stalagmites, and columns). The water is crystal clear, in the open water part of the cenote is full of plants, (lirios).
Cenote Dos Ojos: The name Dos Ojos (Two Eyes) refers to two neighbouring cenotes connected by an extensive series of caves and to one of the top 10 longest underwater cave systems in the world. Viewed from above, they very much resemble a pair of eyes. It contains the deepest known cave passage in Quintana Roo with a depth of nearly 400 feet.
Sac Actun: Located in the jungles of Tulum, visitors descend into the river via an ominous looking rock well, complete with a well-worn wooden ladder. Because it is rather remote and difficult to access, Sac Actun proves an ideal destination for travelers looking to explore the beauty and mystique of Mexico far away from the crowds.
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