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Guided cave diving and support

At ProTec Dive Centers Playa del Carmen and Tulum we offer full cave diving guiding service with our experienced cave diving guides to guide cave divers in our beautiful and highly decorated underwater caves.

For certified cave divers who visit this area we offer full support with rental Sidemount DIN valved tanks, CCR Rebreather tanks, DIN valved bailout tanks, DIN valved double tanks, DIN valved stage tanks and DPV's as well as cave map information.

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guided cave diving and support

Some of our frequently visited caves for guided cave diving:

Carwash or Aktun Ha - is no longer used for washing taxi cars. The local name Aktun Ha means water cave in the Mayan language. Carwash is located 8 km west of Tulum on the road to Coba. Opening hours are 8 am - 5 pm every day of the week. There are bathrooms but no restaurant. The distance from gear up area to the water is about 10 meters. Gear assembly tables are available.

Most of the cave system is fresh water, the salt water begins at 21m / 70 ft. The cave is highly decorated in various rooms and several different passageways upstream and downstream. Maximum depth is 27 m / 90 ft with over 3030 m / 10,000 ft of permanent guideline installed.

Best dives are the room of tears, Adrianas room, the cell block, the white room, chambers of the ancients, Satans silthole, the basement and the drain.

Grand Cenote - the name says it all, a truely grand cenote. This cenote is part of the systema Sac Actun which means white cave in the Mayan language. Grand Cenote is 4 km west of Tulum on the road to Coba. Opening hours are 8 am to 5 pm every day of the week. Bathrooms are avaylable, a restaurant has been built but is not in operation yet. The distance from gear up area is about 50 meters with staircase along the way. Gear assembly tables are available.

The whole cave is fresh water and is considered one of the best caves in the entire area. Highly decorated and white in color every where you go. Downstream is rather small but upstream features large tunnels and rooms. Maximum depth is 12 m / 40 ft or less. Impressive cave. Due to exploratory efforts a number of caves have been connected to the overall permanent installed line in system of 79,617 m / 261,211 ft.

Best dives are the Cuza Nah loop, paso de Lagartos tunnel, Calimba cenote traverse, Bosh Chen traverse and circuit.

Temple of Doom or Calavera - the original name is Cenote Esqueleto but somehow ended up as being known as Calavera. Located 2 km west out of Tulum on the road to Coba. Opening hours 8 am to 5 pm every day of the week. No bathrooms and no restaurant. No gear up tables. Walk from gear up area to entrance about 120 meters.

Halocline is present during most dives with white ambiance with cristal clear blue salt water. Several large rooms and a variety of passageways wih cave formations located in several areas. Upstream and downstream passages with max depth of 19 m / 63 ft. Permanent line installed in the cave system is 6060 m / 20,000 ft.

Best dives are the Madonna passage, the hall of giant rooms, the fang room, the Coliseum room and the tannic domes circuit.

Dos Ojos - for the two entrances or eyes (Ojos in Spanish). Located between Akumal and Tulum, just south of Xel Ha and about 48 km south of Playa del Carmen on the highway 307. From the highway a dirt road leads 4 km west to the actual cave entrance and cenotes. Opening hours 8 am - 6 pm every day of the week. On the way to the main entrance of Dos Ojos several entrances are passed such as high voltage, monolito and dos palmas. Bathrooms are available at the main entrance. plenty of gear up tables are available. Walk to the water about 60 meters with stairs along the way. Small food stall is selling refreshment drinks and chips.

A variety of cave dives upstream or downstream can be completed in this massive cave system passing several cenotes on the way. Depth is 12 m / 40 ft with max depth in the Pit 119 m / 391 ft. Permanent guideline installed in the system 56,803 m / 175,870 ft.

Best dives are the downstream traverse to the river run and upstream to the IMAX line where the movie 'Journey into Amazing Caves' and part of the movie 'The Cave' was shot.

Taj Mahal - for the splendor to be seen below the surface. Located 28 km south of Playa del Carmen, just 5 km south of Puerto Aventuras. Opening hours 10 am - 8 pm every day of the week. Bathrooms are available at the site with a restaurant located at the entrance to the property. Gear up tables available with 50 meters to the water and stairs along the way.

Cave dives downstream and upstream with max depth of 18 m / 60 ft. Total installed permanent guideline in the system 5,361 m / 17,587 ft.

Best dives are into the Jumma river, cenote buena vista, room of cheers, cenote sagrado, city of Agre room, cenote Nachich and the Chinese garden.

Eden or Ponderosa - located 3 km south of Puerto Aventuras. Opening hours 8 am - 5 pm Sunday - Friday. Saturdays closed. Bathrooms are available on site as well as gear up tables. No restaurant on site. Shaded rest areas with chairs and tables. Distance to the water from gear up area 25 meters with stairs along the way.

Cave dives upstream or downstream with max depth of 15 m / 50 ft. Permanent guideline installed in the system 15,019 m / 49,274 ft.

Best dives to a variety of close by cenotes such as little Joe, Agua Azul, Crystalino, Chiken ha and Kantun Chi as well as the river run passages and the Chapel room

Please don't hesitate to email us if you have any questions or need assistance