Call us today on 020 7644 1755

Mexico and Cancun Holidays

7 nights Grand Oasis Tulum from £839

Mayan Cenote Diving - Puerto Aventuras

Duration: Half Day

Mayan Cenote Diving - Puerto Aventuras

No holiday in Mexico would be complete without discovering what lies beneath its crystal clear turquoise waters, and diving offers the perfect opportunity to do just this. Ideal for experienced open water divers, this tour will enable you to explore some of the best and most unique underwater seascapes in the world. The Riviera Maya on the Yucatan peninsula is world-famous for its cenotes (water-filled limestone sinkholes), so prepare for the undersea adventure of a lifetime.

The Riviera Maya, also known as the Mayan Riviera, is one of the most beautiful and popular tourist spots on the Yucatan peninsula, boasting lush jungle, white sandy beaches, tranquil bays and ancient archeological sites. In particular, this stunning stretch of coastline attracts diving enthusiasts from all over the world, who venture here for the ultimate underwater experience.

Separating the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan peninsula is famously dotted with hundreds of cenotes and ancient underground river systems, including the two longest underwater cave systems in the world, which formed during the collapse of underground caves during the Ice Age. These unique systems were used by the indigenous Mayan people hundreds of years ago to travel through the country, and now they offer spectacular diving opportunities for the adventurous.

Hundreds of cave divers have explored and mapped these cenotes since the 1980s, and they continue to do so. However, only some of these caverns are large enough to host supervised tours for qualified open water divers. The most popular include Cenote Carwash, Eden, Temple of Doom and Grand Cenote, all of which open up to underground flooded caverns that are adorned with magnificent red stalactites and stalagmites. The unique formations and light shows in these incredible underwater caverns are truly spectacular.

After a briefing on safety procedures and techniques, including light use, buoyancy control tips and air rules, your certified cavern guides will share Mayan history with you as you dive down into this fascinating undersea world. The cenotes were regarded as sacred by the Mayans and many contain remains of offerings to their gods. Century-old sacrificial pots can be seen at a depth of 145 feet.

Your guides will brief you about the history and beliefs of the Maya civilisation on the tour. You will also get the opportunity to drift dive along Cozumel's famous reef system. The largest island on the eastern coast boasts a tremendous variety of marine life, including manta rays, sea turtles, eagle rays, turtles, dolphins, sharks, sea stars and hundreds of brightly-coloured tropical fish. This incredibly diverse tour will open your eyes to a whole new underwater realm.

Mexico and Cancun Holidays Browse all

Best Value

From £1059 per person
hilton miami downtown + Occidental at Xcaret Destination

Hilton Miami Downtown + Occidental at Xcaret Destination

When you want guaranteed sunshine but two different destinations to enjoy it in, this is the package to choose. Get the...

From £1079 per person
taste of yucatan + Occidental at Xcaret Destination

Taste of Yucatan + Occidental at Xcaret Destination

Overview The Mayan Culture reigned on the Yucatan Peninsula, on the Southe Estern side of Mexico, enclosed by the Gulf...

From £1089 per person
hilton miami downtown + great parnassus

Hilton Miami Downtown + Great Parnassus

Discover why Miami Beach consistently makes it among the top holiday destinations in magazine surveys. This Florida city...

From £1119 per person
hilton miami downtown + Grand Oasis Tulum

Hilton Miami Downtown + Grand Oasis Tulum

From Miami to Cancun, this is the ideal package for anyone craving a fun filled getaway. Enjoy a four-night stay at the...

From £1119 per person
taste of yucatan + allegro playacar

Taste of Yucatan + Allegro Playacar

From £1129 per person
taste of yucatan + great parnassus

Taste of Yucatan + Great Parnassus

Overview The Mayan Culture reigned on the Yucatan Peninsula, on the Southe Estern side of Mexico, enclosed by the Gulf...

Talk to a specialist

samson

Call 020 7644 1755 to speak with our award-winning travel consultants.

Opening hours 10:30 - 18:30 GMT

Related articles for Mexico and Cancun

Mexico and Cancun News

Browse all Mexico and Cancun News

Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita unveils new Impression villas in Mexico

Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita has announced the opening of nine new luxury villa-suites within the existing beach resort on Mexico’s popular Riviera Maya coast. The new Impression villa concept will offer guests private service, amenities and upgrades, as well as access to the resort’s range of all-inclusive facilities.

Hotel Xcaret Mexico new five-star resort near Cancun

The Experiencias Xcaret Group has announced the opening of the new Hotel Xcaret Mexico. The hotel is the company's first five-star property, and it offers an all-inclusive experience for guests, as well as complimentary access to eight nature parks and tours. Located just 45 minutes from Cancun International Airport, the hotel celebrates Mexico's culture, history and nature.

Susannah Riggs recommends a temazcal therapy as the latest wellness treatment in Mexico

Writing for The Independent, Susannah Rigg raves about a traditional Mexican wellness treatment and spiritual ritual that's the newest trend in therapeutical wellbeing. While the result is feeling of mental and physical purification, the experience has its darker side, a sort of rite of passage that forces you to overcome your fears to reach the climatic Nirvana. Here we explore what a "temazcal" experience entails and where in Mexico you can enjoy one...for free!