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“Unforgetable experience + tips” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chac Mool

Chac Mool
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Mar del Plata, Argentina
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“Unforgetable experience + tips”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We went diving the cenotes of the chac mol system with Dirk from Divemex. What a fantastic two dives we had here, everything is like you are floating on a different planet. I left me spechless.

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If you are not a diver, it will probably be underwelming to you because all you can do is swim on it and may be snorkel in it but you wont see anything really. Save your time and money and go somewhere else, somewhere that you can actually see something or is a cavern where you can walk and swim underground.

Visited August 2013
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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“Great place to try cavern diving”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

I just dove Chac Mol two days ago. This was not my first cenote but still it felt very original and new to me. I dive every day in the ocean, but these caverns are still feel different every single time.

The first dive is a bit plain, but you have a chance to see the halocline really clear which is an amazing experience. The second dive is more interesting, you even have the chance to surface within the cavern.

Really cool place and a very different dive experience even for those lucky who are diving a lot in the ocean.

Loads of people are diving this cenote daily but it still does not change the fact: worth every penny!!!

Visited June 2013
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Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
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“Scuba Diving Chac-Mool”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Chac-Mool is an interesting dive site as there are two entrances to the dive site. One, following some steps down into the Cenote (shown in the Trip Advisor pictures) and the second following the path to a larger opening. The light is wonderful as you dive through it but I found the dive site quite busy and with a number of groups visiting the site and less disciplined divers I noted that some divers were straying and joining mistakenly other dive parties. Chac-Mool is one of a number of Cenotes in the area which has a Halocline. This is where salt and fresh come together creating fascinating visual effects and temperature changes which you'll certainly notice if you wear a shortie like I did. It has a maximum depth of about 12m and makes a perfect introduction to Cenote diving. It also has reportedly the largest underwater stalactite in the world.

Visited May 2013
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Hoylake, United Kingdom
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“Something Different”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

It's actually spelled "Chac Mool" but I'm being pedantic! This is an interesting cenote dive but I certainly wouldn't recommend it for inexperienced divers due to possible claustrophobia and weired visibility where the fresh water meets salt.

For PADI certified divers who've mainly dived in the sea as I have, this is something different and well worth a visit - but it's not cheap at 150 USD plus tip. It's also sold as a "two tank dive" but you're only down for about 60 mins total so many could easily make it on one tank.

"The Dome" is the highlight and is dived using the second tank.

Not exactly value for money but worth the trip.

Visited November 2012
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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“Amazing for Diving!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Wow!! The experience of diving at Chac Mol was incredible. There is nothing quite like the light streaming through the water from the jungle above; gleaming in the perfectly clear water. Seeing the living things and the rock formations, exploring a world that is completely unknown but totally safe for a beginner with a good guide. It was great.

Visited November 2012
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