Dos Ojos Cenote Diving: The Ultimate Guide
Cenote Dos Ojos is an underwater cave system located close to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Its name means “two eyes” in Spanish, and if you see the plan of the cenote from a bird-eye perspective, you’ll see the unique shape which gives it this name.
The fresh water in Cenote Dos Ojos is known for its exceptional visibility, allowing scuba divers to explore the stunning rock formations and underwater landscapes that make this site one of the most popular diving destinations in the world.
In this blog, we are going to tell you all you need to know about a Dos Ojos Cenote Diving day with DEEP Mexico.
History of Dos Ojos Cenote
Alongside its natural beauty, Cenote Dos Ojos has a rich cultural significance. Cenotes were considered sacred by the ancient Mayan civilization. They believed that cenotes were gateways to the underworld, and were used for both spiritual ceremonies and practical purposes such as obtaining fresh water.
Today, Cenote Dos Ojos, part of the Parque Dos Ojos, is a protected natural area. It is open to visitors year-round and offers scuba divers and snorkelers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore one of the most unique places on the planet.
Diving Routes at Dos Ojos
There are two different diving routes (or lines) you can follow in Dos Ojos.
Barbie Line is one of the most popular diving routes in Cenote Dos Ojos. This route is perfect for beginners and offers a relatively easy and shallow dive. Along the way, you’ll encounter various rock formations and stunning underwater landscapes.
We won’t give away the secret to why this line has an unusual name… but it is worth diving into it to find out!
Bat Cave is a slightly more challenging diving route that’s suitable for experienced divers. As well as more of the stunning formations of ancient stalactites and stalagmites, in this line you also will find an air dome where you can surface during the dive.
The air dome is the ‘Bat Cave’ for which the route is named after, and you’ll see the winged creatures flying around above you.
Sistema Dos Ojos
Part of the larger Sistema Dos Ojos cave system, this particular cenote has a maximum depth of 10 meters (around 33 feet). Recently, in 2018, the Sistema Dos Ojos was connected with Sac Actun, forming the world’s largest underwater cave system.
This cave system also includes the famous Cenote El Pit, known for being one of the deepest cenotes in the area and a highly recommended spot for experienced divers.
Dos Ojos Cenote Diving: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Answered
If you’re planning to dive in Cenote Dos Ojos, you may have some questions about what to expect. Here are some of the top FAQs about Dos Ojos Cenote diving:
Is Dos Ojos Diving Suitable for Beginners?
Cenote Dos Ojos is one of the best cenotes for less experienced divers looking for their first cenote experience.
This is because the routes through the cavern are a little wider, making it suitable for beginners, allowing you to ease into the experience. There are also more places to surface within the overhead environment compared with some other cenotes.
That said, its ease doesn’t mean it’s not stunning! It is one of our favorites, as the light beams that enter the cavern illuminate the rocks in an awe-inspiring way.
What Is the Water Temperature in Cenote Dos Ojos?
The water temperature in Cenote Dos Ojos is relatively consistent throughout the year, with an average temperature of 26°C (79°F). It’s important to wear a wetsuit to stay comfortable during your dive.
How Long is a Dive at Dos Ojos?
The length of your dive in Cenote Dos Ojos will depend on various factors, such as the route you follow and your air consumption. Generally, dives in Cenote Dos Ojos last around 50 minutes, but some routes may require shorter or longer dive times. Your guide will explain your dive plan to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
Do You Need a Special Certification to Dive?
While there are no special cave certifications required to dive in Cenote Dos Ojos, you DO need to be open-water certified and have some prior diving experience. At DEEP Mexico, we have expert instructors to guide you through the cavern.
Can Non-Divers Visit Cenote Dos Ojos?
Yes! Dos Ojos Cenote isn’t just for scuba divers, non-divers can see the cenote themselves by taking a snorkeling tour. It has shallower and deeper sections both offering interesting views of its unique geological features. Lifejackets are provided, so even non-confident swimmers and children can enjoy it
What Happens on a Dos Ojos Cenote Diving Day?
If you come on a cenote diving day at Dos Ojos with DEEP Mexico, we start the day by picking you up from your accommodation in our clean and comfortable truck. We will have all of your equipment and tanks ready to drive south towards Tulum to the Dos Ojos Park.
At the park, we will show you the cenote entrance and brief you on the dives, before helping you gear up and get into the crystal-clear turquoise water.
Usually, on a Dos Ojos diving day we will explore both the Barbie line and Batcave line, with a short surface interval in between where we will enjoy some sandwiches and juices for lunch. (Dos Ojos can also be combined with other cenotes, such as The Pit, ask us to arrange your perfect combination!)
After the second dive, when everyone has that dive-happy feeling of euphoria, we can shower off and pack up our gear, ready for the ride home, where divers usually excitedly chatter about how great the day was, or snooze all the way home!
Scuba Dive at Cenote Dos Ojos with DEEP Mexico
What are you waiting for? Let’s go dive at Cenote Dos Ojos! Or take a look at some of the other great cenote dives we can take you to in the area.
Let DEEP Mexico take you on this bucket-list dive, contact us today to reserve your space!