Mexico Underwater Caves Diving

Posted by on October 4, 2011 in Water | 4 comments

Mexico Underwater Caves Diving

The YuDiscover the most fascinating and adventurous cave diving experience at Mexico peninsula

The Yucatan peninsula remains probably the most popular travel destinations in Mexico with visitors from all over the world. Most tourists are available on the pristine beaches as well as in the superior waters about the Caribbean side, it’s popular for cave diving too especially since Nohoch Nah Chich, the world’s longest underwater cave system has been seen as near Tulum, Mexico.

The undoubtedly most beautiful underwater caves in the world are located within Mexico in both the Riviera Maya, the region around Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal and Tulum or inside the large, mostly unknown and unexplored part of the the Central Yucatan Peninsula around Merida, Homun and Tizimin.

For additional info on the locations in our dive centers please take a look at our ProTec Dive Center in Playa del Carmen or ProTec Dive Center in Tulum webpages. We are authorized Halcyon, Dive Rite and HOG dive equipment dealers.

A little bit of Mexican cave diving history

The start of the 1980’s brought the very first cave divers in the U.S. towards the Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo (Q.Roo) and central Mexico where resurgence rivers for example Rio Mante, sinkholes such as Zacaton and Cenotes for example Carwash, Naharon and Maya Blue where explored.

The 1980’s ended using the discoveries from the Dos Ojos and Nohoch Nachich ( Giant Birdhouse in Mayan Language ) cave systems which lead right into a long ongoing competition of that has the longest cave, winding up at the 2nd and 3rd biggest underwater collapse the world.

The start of the 1990’s lead in to the discovery of underwater caves about the island of Cozumel, ultimately resulting in the 5th biggest underwater collapse the world.

Through the mid 1990’s a push in to the central Yucatan Peninsula by dedicated deep cave explorers discovered a lot of deep sinkholes and deep caves which have been explored and mapped. Even today these deep caves from the central Yucatan remain largely unexplored because of the sheer quantity of Cenotes found in the State of Yucatan, along with the depth involved. Ultimately of the last millenium CCR cave diving techniques where used in order to understand more about these deep water filled caves.

Towards the end of the 1990’s a brand new breed of explorers arrived tackling the longest and deepest cave dives about the central karst plateau’s of Mexico and also the Yucatan Peninsula to explore and focus these underwater caves.

Through the turn from the millenia the biggest underwater cave in the world Ox Bel Ha was established with a small group of dedicted cave explores who continously established new entrances in to the cave system by utilizing aerial and satellite images. The then explored underwater cave survey data was overlaid onto these aerial and satellite images to comprehend water chemistry and also the process of cave formation across the coast of Quinatana Roo where caves systems discharge their freshwater in to the caribbean ocean.

New technology for example Rebreathers and deep going DPVs became available and where employed to push back the frontier. The skill of cave exploration from jungle base camps became refined, Ox Bel Ha was becoming explored, ultimately becoming the biggest water filled collapse the world within the last millenium.

The brand new millennium is showing that exploration is way from over, mini projects are happening often a year organized and conducted through the most commited cave explorers with new discovery’s being surveyed and mapped. In 2006 and 2007 numerous large previously explored and mapped cave systems happen to be connected during cave dives made by very dedicated cave diving explorers utilizing sidemount and several times no-mount cave diving approaches to order to feed these tight cave passages, creating the second biggest connected underwater cave systems in the world, Sac Actun.

New technologies introduced into cave diving after the last millennium becoming the norm during today’s cave exploration projects. Many cave maps happen to be published, cave exploration conventions are now being held and also the future will inform us what’s coming next.

Have a video tour from the ProTec Tulum Dive Center

Visit our Sidemount diving web site covering Sidemount diving technique, Sidemount diving gear configuration and our new and own ProTec STEALTH Sidemount gear.

The objective of this web site would be to educate and inform everyone and divers who would like to engage in the game of cave diving. Formal practicing cave diving stresses the significance of safety and cave conservation.

Becoming certified like a Cave Diver is verification that the diver is promoting the skills and it has gained the fundamental understanding of environmental surroundings to be a safe Cave Diver. As with all of life’s endeavors, it is advisable to crawl before walking, and walking just before running. In cave diving you have be cautious as skills are developed methodically, you have to become totally acquainted with the cave environment, and try to respect the cave. As cave diving skills develop, cave diving goals could be expanded.

The perfect cave diving and Cave Diver training can be obtained through ProTec Dive Center’s Playa del Carmen’s and Tulum’s resolve for the art of safe cave diving either in open circuit or closed circuit rebreather cave diving.

Cave diving differs from any type of diving you’ve probably ever done. Admittance to these wonder-filled playgrounds has a price. To securely cave dive one should be cool and level-headed, exercise mature judgment, be properly equipped and each dive should be well planned and executed.

Cave Diver training programs and is available within the Riviera Maya, the Central Yucatan in Mexico or worldwide as we will travel for your location and teach you in your local water filled caves.



  1. Ancient artifacts can attract a large number of collectors -unfortunately-, leading many to try and take advantage and make a profit. This occurs all over the glove, regardless of nationality. I do not understand the willingness to call ¨Mexicans¨ names and surely responsible thieves to take the skeletons here mentioned. I, for one, have witnessed people from Mexico to become the most responsible and trust worth individuals. There may be exceptions, like ¨ITC¨, but generally, it´s the other way around. A minimum of we know that, given the chance, maybe it had been ¨ITC¨ (¨a Mexican¨) who stole the ancient artifact!

  2. I travel on business a great deal in the coastal areas of Mexico. Playa del Carmen (around the Mayan Riviera) has a great beach; great sand, and lots of activity and locals having a good time.

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  4. We were staying in Cancun at Dreams and bought a few of the tours from Olympus since I didn’t want to sit around the hotel for the whole week. This one was byfar the best. We did the off roading, zip lining, B.O.B. diving, Jungle Tour, Selvatica, so needless to say a lot more tours than most do in a week. If i could only do one, it would be the Cave Crossing.
    I spent a lot of time researching which trip to go on. I wanted one that gave plenty of time in underground rivers and cenotes so that we could really appreciate them.

    First, there were only four of us on the whole tour. Its not one of the big theme park type things, so its more quiet and you get to know the tour guide well and learn more. Elias was our guide, and he was awesome. Knowlegeable and charismatic, and as accomodating as you can be. First we snorkeled in the lagoon thing where the ocean water meets the fresh and there was tons of fish and cool rock formations and bottom structure. You don’t have a to use a life vest on this one, so we could go down and chase the fish and swim through cave holes and whatnot. This was the best snorkeling we did while in Cancun and it lasted a couple of hours.

    Appart from the fish the underwater landscape was very interesting the water was mixed some was fresh where the water was coming from the river and some salt where the sea met where the water mixed the water looked like clear oil mixing with water. All of the water was lovely and clean and I took lots of photos (I’ve not had time to get them developed yet since we only came back 3 days ago). This was a great way to introduce us to snorkeling there was so much to look at you didn’t think about your breathing.

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