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6 reasons to dive Mexico's cenotes (page 2)

4. Lightshows & Halocline

You don't believe in hypnosis? Wait until you get mesmerised by the cenotes' light effects, when sunlight shines through the cracks in the ceiling, hits the surface of the water and breaks into thousands of laser beams, or create the skull-effect at Calavera, known as the Temple of Doom! Wait. Did someone say water? Indeed! You are still underwater, but it's that crystal-clear and peaceful, you might even forget about this until you reach the area where saltwater and freshwater come together but do not mix due to their different densities - called a halocline. So don't worry if your buddy in front of you suddenly appears all blurry, it's not you in sudden need of some glasses!

Since the seawater level lies around 12-14m, haloclines can be experienced in those cenotes that are at least as deep, like The Pit, Calavera, Angelita and Chikin Ha.

5. Caves for tech freaks

For those who love the thrill, cave diving offers a spectacular alternative. The cave diving in the Riviera Maya has attracted divers from all over the world.

So what's behind that STOP sign for untrained divers at the dark entrance to the cave? Now, imagine entering this "door" where there is no natural light, occasionally squeezing through narrow rooms that can be either deep or shallow, crystal clear water that seems to make you fly through ornately decorated corridors, along white walls, unveiled by only your torch light. Hidden secrets in every corner. How does that sound? Something you would want to try? Diving in this narrow, dark overhead environment has risks and limitations, hence, only certified Full Cave Divers with appropriate equipment, accompanied by a qualified professional cave guide, have access to these unique sites. Pro Dive Mexico's GoPro Team will be happy to introduce you to cave diving, and help you boost your skills. Hard but fun training and around 20 dives later, you will be ready to take on the challenge.

The Quintana Roo Speleological Survey (QRSS), a project of the National Speleological Society, supports the safe exploration, survey and cartography of the cenotes underwater, as well as the dry caves of Quintana RooMexico

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