Cenote Dos Ojos

 

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Cenote DOS OJOS
Playa Del Carmen Tulum Riviera Maya Mexico

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Cenote Dos Ojos
Dos Ojos is a flooded cave system located south of Playa Del Carmen and north of Tulum, on the Caribbean coast, in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. The exploration of Dos Ojos began in 1986 and has never stopped since. The documented underwater extend of the cave system is at least 61 km.

Dos Ojos has remains in the top 10 longest underwater cave systems in the world. Dos Ojos contains the deepest known cave passage in Quintana Roo with 118 meters / 396 feet of depth located at The Cenote Pit.
 


The name Dos Ojos is Spanish for two eyes, and refers to two neighboring cenotes which connect into a very large cavern zone shared between the two. These two cenote appear like two large eyes into the underground. Some of the underwater cave were featured in an IMAX Film in 2002, Journey Into Amazing Caves. Parts of the Hollywood 2006 movie The Cave was filmed in the Dos Ojos cave system. However this movie really sucked.

Water temperature is 24 to 25 C (77 Fahrenheit) throughout the year and the maximum depth near the Dos Ojos Cenotes is approximately 10 m (33 feet). The water is exceptionally clear.

There are a few varieties of fish living in the cavern and two types of freshwater shrimp.

Their is also a Bat Cave that you surface in to see the bats
 
     
 

 
Map of Cenote Dos Ojos courtesy of www.underwatereditions.com

 

 

  Location: 17 Kilometers North of Tulum  
  Hours of operation: 8:00am -5:00pm / everyday of the week 
  Bathrooms: Yes  
  Restaurant on site- nothing even close (bring lunch if you are staying) 
  Distance from gear up to water: very short walk and down stairs (easy) but wear shoes and walk carefully on the stairs and decking.
  Cavern Dives: Max depth 10 m / 33ft (cavern zone) easily a 45 minute dive or more on a cavern tour, permanent gold guideline in place. You can do 2 cavern dives here, completely different one from the other and go to the famous bat cave.
  Cave Dives:  But of course. Ask your local guide for the best dives.
  Snorkeling: The whole family can find something to do in the water here. Shallow on one side and deeper on the other. Large wooden deck area up entering makes a great entry point. One of the most rewarding snorkeling areas for adventurers of all ages. 
   
 

Helpful Hint for a more fun experience
Propulsion Techniques:
The following description is one of the recommended techniques for cavern and cave diving the cenotes of the Riviera Maya.
Modified Flutter Kick

Picture provided by S.Gerrard
The Cenotes of the Riviera Maya
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The diver is looking straight ahead, swimming horizontally and moving the ankles only in a casual, alternating style, bending the knees and holding firmly in place. The technique is the most common used in cavern and cave diving.

Rules to follow for all cenote dives:
*No decompression.
*Penetration: max. 200 feet (60m) from opening.
*Depth max. 70 feet   (21m).
*Minimum visibility of 40 feet (12.5 m).
*Large with no restrictions.
*Area with ceiling and some visible light. 
Environmental Concerns:
Please help us to preserve these fragile cenotes. Dive gently!
*Take nothing.
*Reduce drag from equipment.
*No grabbing or pulling speleo themes.
*Try not to touch sediments.
Techniques:
Buoyancy & Propulsion:
*Minimize weight and do a buoyancy check before the dive.
*Neutral buoyancy wanted.
*Gentle kicks from the knee and ankle, not the hip.
Body Position:
*Head down slightly, body horizontal
*Mid-water positioning, stay off bottom and top.
Communications:
Light & Hand Signals:
Our Certified Full Cave Guide will go over all signals with you before the dive.
 

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