Cenote Chikin Ha
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Cenote Chikin Ha
Cenote Chikin Ha is located 7 minutes south of Puerto Aventuros on Highway 307, very close to Cenote Cristalino. Open every day except Saturday. For registered dive centers only. Well equipped, there are toilets, parking, comfortable tables for assembling equipment and sheds. Go to the entrance about 80 m, but the entrance is easy, equipped with a convenient descent into the water. Installed stationary yellow cavern line.
Chikin Ha in Mayan means “western water” and, like the X-tabay cenote, located near, is part of the Ponderosa cave system. The cavern line starts at Chikin Ha, passes through a huge halocline tunnel to the Rainbow Cenote, loops there, and returns to the far corner of the Chikin Ha crescent. The maximum diving depth is 15 m, the halocline starts at 12 m, the so-called “halocline room” at the exit of the tunnel is especially impressive, where for a minute you seems to find yourself in another reality, moving between layers of water. For cave divers, the X-tabay cenote is more attractive – it is an excellent training ground, and a great opportunity to traverse downstream to the El Eden cenote.
This place is also remarkable as a miniature eco park – here you can observe endemic species: multi-colored birds Mot Mot, bright butterflies and plants are especially impressive. Chikin Ha is one of those places where non-divers will be interested as well. The opportunity to swim in crystal clear water, a cenote with a shamanic altar, colorful jungles attract many tourists here.
Minimum certification level OWD + perfect buoyancy.
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