With crystal clear water, fascinating light displays and delicate formations, the cenotes, especially Kukulcan are an underwater photographer’s dream.
A favorite among local divers, Cenote Dos Ojos is two neighboring cenotes which connect in one large cavern system with huge pillars and stalactites.
Because of their history as ancient sacrificial grounds, cenotes are home to many skeletons. In particular, Pet Cemetery is known for animal fossils.
While October to April may not be considered conditions in the cenotes, there is no bad time to explore these subterranean wonders.
October to April is considered the best time to visit Mexico for beach vacations and therefore is the most popular time to dive in the cenotes. This is the best season to book your holiday if you would like to combine cenote diving with great topside conditions.
Because the winter months constitute high season, you should make sure to book as early as possible in order to secure the best rate.
Water temperatures in the cenotes remain constant year-round and cool very minimally during the winter months. On average, temperatures are approximately 77ºF (24 to 25ºC).
The best time for cenote diving is between May and September. These months bring the best light to the caves and result in better photographs.
Note that diving in the cenotes is possible year-round. The only thing to remember during the summer and early fall months is to keep an eye on the forecast. These seasons do see the occasional hurricane which may hinder your ability to reach any Mexican destination. When there isn’t a hurricane, the weather during the summer is hot and humid with the occasional rain shower.
As an added bonus, the summer months are low season throughout Mexico. At this time, you’ll find the best deals on diving and accommodation. If you enjoy uncrowded dive sites, travel to Mexico between May and September.
The cenotes are home to approximately fifteen species of fish including mollies, catfish and tetras. Almost all of the area’s marine life is small but readily visible due to the clarity of the water and lack of hiding spots. Chara, a type of algae, is the most common plant life in the cenote environment.
Because the freshwater to saltwater ratio changes from cenote to cenote, so does the number of fish. Some cenotes are seemingly filled with small fish while others are practically void of marine life.
Much more interesting than the marine life in the cenotes are the geological formations. You’ll find stalactites, stalagmites and huge pillars in these ancient sinkholes.
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