Cenote Calavera

photo by Andrey Stanishewsky

Cenote Calavera is open daily. There is only one toilet and no changing rooms. There is a car park where you can collect equipment. A rather difficult approach to the cenote – you will have to walk along a rocky path in equipment, and then jump into the well from a height of 3 meters, holding fins under your arm. For those who are afraid to jump, there is a nice wooden ladder. Using it you can get out of the cenote. Here is a permanent golden cavern line. The maximum depth is 15 meters. Halocline at a depth of 14 m.

Calavera, which means Skull in Spanish, is the first cenote on the road to Kobe, just 5 minutes from Tulum. The cenote gets its grim name from the three holes in the “roof” of the cave, which resemble the eye sockets and mouth of a skull when viewed from above. Calavera is also known as the Temple of Doom, after the cave system to which it belonged. The Temple of Doom system was connected to the Sac Actun system in 2007 and is now all part of a gigantic cave system, one of the largest in the world.

Cenote Calavera MapThe dive begins with a giant step into the “mouth” of the skull. Once in the water, you will realize that this step was not so scary, and that only a small part of the underground chamber is visible from the surface. Bats and Mot-Mot birds live here – the indigenous inhabitants of the cenotes. You can see how they fly into their nests along with cave swifts.

Your golden cavern line starts at a depth of 6m, and goes in a circle, reaching a maximum depth of 15m, where the cavern ends and the cave begins. During the dive, you will see amazing formations and landscapes painted in snow-white color, look into several large halls, admire the play of light in the halocline. It is from these halls that an extensive cave network begins, which is reminiscent of the signs – “Entrance only for cave divers”. You have to overcome the temptation to look with one eye there, into this wonderful world, where daylight still penetrates, but it is no longer possible to enter without preparation. And, perhaps, it is after visiting the Calavera Cenote that you will sign up for full cave diving courses in order to find out if these halls are really as beautiful as you thought. (Actually, they are even better!!!).

The recommended certification is AOWD.

Cenote Calavera

photo by Andrey Stanishewsky

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