24 juillet 2017

Centre de plongée Blue Note Cozumel, Mexique

Scuba dive center BLUE NOTE, PADI diving resort Cozumel Mexico

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Diving in Cenotes

Discover Cenotes diving in Cozumel with Blue Note

Inevitable Cenotes, in three words:

Marvellous

All along this journey you will be surprised by the transition from clarity to darkness, by the effects of light soaking through the jungle. You'll be astonished to feel the sunrays revealing secrets of the sacred world of the Mayas, while zigzagging between the stalactites and the stalagmites.

Unique

There is only one place in the world where caves can be explored with nothing more than a level one Open Water.
The Yucatan Cenotes are famous worldwide.
You shouldn't miss them..

Safe

The paths that you will take are always large enough so that two divers may swim next to each other, always at a maximum of 120 ft from daylight and open air.  Groups never exceed more than 4 divers per guide.
You will always be able to dive in Cenotes, even if the weather is not favourable, which is not the case when you dive in the sea. These dives are available all year long.

Where do the Cenotes come from?  

The Yucatan peninsula is a limestone platform that formed millions of years ago.  All the way through ice age years,  the level of the ocean often varied and at numerous occasions, this region was drenched by the sea.
When the ocean withdrew, caves were formed,  abundant rains fell on these formations sweeping away carbonic acid from the soil and decomposing leafs. Carbonic acid dug through the fragile rock, creating underground passages through which water made its way to reach the ocean.  At the same time, stalactites and stalagmites were formed.

For the mysterious Mayan civilisation, where the culture blossomed between year 300 AD to 900 AD, the Cenotes (Dzonot=sacred well) were not only a source of soft water, but also had an important part in mythology:  they represented a window into the after-life and a key for life after death. There were ceremonies and rituals in honour of the inner-world gods: in certain caves, relics are still found nowadays.