【Love traveling:Cenote Diving】Unexplored region in Playa del Carmen

Hello!

In my previous article, I wrote about the overview of cenote.

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I would like to introduce each of the cenotes that I dove into in this article.

I mentioned that cenote is in Yucatan. But do you know where it is?

 

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Yucatan is in the Southeast side of Mexico.

I went there from Narita Airport (NRT) to Cancun Airport (CUN) passing through Dallas Airport (DWF). The travel took a total of about 15 hours.

I wrote that I dove at 6 different cenotes in my last article. Let me get right down to introducing them.

 

■ Cenote: Chikin Ha

My first cenote diving was at Chikin Ha cenote.

The meaning of the name Chikin Ha is “water of the west”. The meaning of “Ha” is water.

However, even the people do not know the west where people see from.

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Checking on this map, Chikin Ha is located on the east side of Yucatan and south of Playa del Carmen.

The underwater scene is like this.

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This rock looks like Liones back to back. People check the route before entry and this rock is one of the sightseeing spots in Chikin Ha cenote. Try to look for this when you go there.

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Light of laser beam. One of the lights that come into Chikin Ha cenote spreads like a curtain. Another is like a laser beam (like in this picture). You can enjoy two types of light style.

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The lower parts of the middle of this picture is blurry. This phenomenon happens where ocean water and freshwater meet each other. This line is called Haloc line. The water under the Haloc line is ocean water while the water above it is freshwater. The temperatures of these two water types are very different. The ocean water is warmer than the freshwater.

I remember I was absorbed with taking pictures being so impressed by this totally clear water and beautiful light at my first cenote diving.

■ Cenote: El Eden 

After diving at Chikin Ha, I moved to a different cenote called El Eden.

The instructor told us that we could see the most beautiful curtains of sunlight here. That made me wonder how beautiful it is and I got really excited.

El Eden is also located at the south of Playa del Carmen. This is how the underwater world looks like.

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A massive curtain was there. Since it is in the inner parts of the cave, people who snorkel cannot see this view.

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If you see this beautiful curtain through the Haloc line, it would look like this.

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As the instructor said, the amount of light in El Eden is much more than that in Chikin Ha. If you desire to see the best and biggest curtain under water, I recommend you to see it here! The view is beyond your imagination!!

■ Cenote: Tajima Ha 

The third cenote I dove was Tajima Ha. Even the instructor did not know the meaning of this name but he said it was originally called Taji Mahal and since the meaning of Ha is water, many people changed the way to call it. I do not know the fact though.

The underwater view is like this.

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Green trees are so beautiful.

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In Tajima Ha cenote, there is no light curtain that spread long like in El Eden cenote. But there is very interesting light that you can see only here.

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Two laser beams of light from small holes of the cave. This is very unique and attractive. If the sun is hidden by a cloud, it would disappear. Then it would appear again.

I enjoyed that a lot.

 

Each cenote I dove has this sign, which means stop.

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Only a diver who has special certification can go beyond this sign. I was wondering what is in the inner part but this sign is very scary.

 

I introduced the different cenotes in this article. Now you know that each cenote is different. I am going to write about the other cenotes next time. Please look forward to that!

 

Thank you so much for reading!