Top 7 Cenotes for Diving in Mérida

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As diving enthusiasts, we’ve been going crazy exploring the most amazing cenotes near the beautiful city of Mérida, and we’ve stumbled upon some real treasures that you can’t miss.

The Yucatán Peninsula is like an amusement park for divers, with over 10,000 registered cenotes. Each one has its own vibe and something unique to offer, from swimming among stalactites to sliding through secret passages.

In this blog, we’re going to explore our 7 favorite cenotes in Mérida, where we usually conduct our tours, courses, and other underwater activities. So, gear up and join us on this journey!

Cenote Noh Mozón

Cenote Noh Mozón is one of the most enchanting in the Yucatán Peninsula. It’s like a natural swimming pool that beckons you to dive, observe, and swim.

This cenote has a vertical drop of 9 meters (30 feet) into stunning sapphire-blue waters. When the sunlight hits it, the water turns into an incredible mirror that stretches about 30 meters (100 feet) long and 20 meters (65 feet) wide. With a depth of up to 24 meters (78 feet), it’s a perfect gateway to an amazing underwater world.

General Information

Open: Monday – Sunday
Hours: 08:00 – 17:00 hrs.
Maximum Depth: 48 m
Water Temperature: 27 °C / 80.6 °F
Cenote Type: Semi-open – Cave

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Cenote Kankirixché

This amazing cenote will surprise you with its stalactites and tree roots reaching into its crystal-clear, cool waters.

The surface of this semi-open cenote extends about 25 meters (82 feet) long and 15 meters (49 feet) wide. But the real marvel lies beneath: a deep cave that reaches down to 50 meters (164 feet).

General Information

Open: Monday – Sunday
Hours: 08:00 – 18:00 hrs.
Maximum Depth: 50 m
Water Temperature: 27 °C / 80.6 °F
Cenote Type: Semi-open – Cave
Certification Level: PADI Open Water Diver

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Cenote Nah-Yah

The way the light filters through the opening of this cenote is a breathtaking visual spectacle.

Nah Yah has a vertical drop of 9 meters (30 feet) into crystalline blue waters that seem like something out of a dream. Natural light reflects on the water’s surface, creating a fascinating mirror effect that stretches over an impressive 22 meters (72 feet) long and 24 meters (78 feet) wide.

And that’s not all! With a maximum depth of a staggering 42 meters (137 feet), this cenote takes you on an underwater journey to the realm of the mystical and beautiful.

General Information

Open: Monday – Sunday
Hours: 08:00 – 17:00 hrs.
Maximum Depth: 48 m
Water Temperature: 27 °C / 80.6 °F
Cenote Type: Semi-open – Cave
Certification Level: PADI Open Water Diver

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Cenote X’Batún

This open cenote offers a stunning panoramic view from its entrance. To get into its blue waters, you’ll descend a 20-meter stone staircase.

X’Batún is undoubtedly one of the most impressive cenotes in the region, so much so that it has been chosen as a setting for many films.

Get ready for an exciting dive as you explore its maximum depth of 50 meters (164 feet), where an expansive underwater cavern awaits.

General Information

Open: Monday – Sunday
Hours: 08:00 – 18:00 hrs.
Maximum Depth: 20 m
Water Temperature: 27 °C / 80.6 °F
Cenote Type: Open
Certification Level: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver / PADI Deep Diver Specialty
Amenities: Food sales, life jacket rental, bathrooms available

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Cenote Dzonbacal

This cenote is perfect for swimming, bird watching, and diving, with an impressive underwater cave awaiting the most experienced divers.

The water, crystal clear and transparent, takes on a fascinating blue tone in its deepest parts. With a length of 25 meters and a width of 15 meters, this cenote offers a minimum depth of .30 meters, ideal for beginners, and a maximum adventurous depth of 30 meters for those seeking deeper exploration.

General Information

Open: Monday – Sunday
Hours: 08:00 – 18:00 hrs.
Maximum Depth: 30 m
Water Temperature: 27 °C / 80.6 °F
Cenote Type: Semi-open – Cave
Certification Level: PADI Open Water Diver
Amenities: Food sales, bathrooms available

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Cenote Sabak Há

Dive into the mysterious beauty of Cenote Sabak Há, whose name means “dark water,” located in Sacalum, Yucatán, about 70 kilometers from Mérida.

This open cenote welcomes you with a free fall, descending into its depths through a wooden staircase. With an estimated depth of 130 meters, it’s considered the deepest cenote in Yucatán!

General Information

Open: Monday – Sunday
Hours: 08:00 – 18:00 hrs.
Maximum Depth: Unknown.
Water Temperature: 27 °C / 80.6 °F
Cenote Type: Open
Certification Level: PADI Advanced Open Water / PADI Deep Diver Specialty

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Cenote Yaal Utzil

This place is a paradise for cave divers as its depths reach up to 49 meters and it boasts a vast network of both known and unknown caves!

Yaal Utzil is an open cenote with an exciting free fall. To enter its waters, you’ll descend through a 12-meter-long staircase.

General Information

Open: Monday – Sunday
Hours: 08:00 – 18:00 hrs.
Maximum Depth: 19 m.
Water Temperature: 27 °C / 80.6 °F
Cenote Type: Open – Caves
Certification Level: PADI Open Water
Amenities: Food sales, life jacket rental, bathrooms available

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Conclusion

We’re convinced that diving in the cenotes is an experience everyone should have at least once in their life, and the ones we’ve mentioned here are just a small sample of the incredible treasures you can find near Mérida.

At YDC, we’re excited to share these wonders with you and provide you with a diving experience that will be etched in your memory forever. We look forward to welcoming you for an unforgettable adventure!

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