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Monday, October 20, 2014

DAVID OROZCO DIVING CENOTE WHITE RIVER


This is David Orozco of Cancun, Mexico cave diving at downstream Cenote White River, part of Sistema Sac Actun. These photos were taken on Sunday, October 19, 2014.  It is always "fun" taking images of cave divers in the underwater cave environment.    Photos by Steve Penn Gerrard.













Saturday, October 18, 2014

CENOTE CHAN HOL of TULUM, Q. ROO, MEXICO.


Various items found in CENOTE CHAN HOL part of Sistema TOH HA located seven kilometers south of the City of Tulum, Q. Roo, Mexico. (1) The first two photos are two pots located 900 feet from the main entrance.  (2) The third and fourth of are of two more pots along with a variety of animal bones including a Spider Monkey skull found at the cave entrance (3) The fifth photo of a large animal vertebrae.
Photos by Steve Gerrard. 10/17/2014   Photos # 8 and #9 taken by LIQUID JUNGLE.










Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MARK LUTZ on his FIRST CAVERN TOUR DIVE.

This is Mark Lutz of the Atlanta, Georgia area who participated on a Cavern cenote dive at CENOTE DREAM GATE that is part of Sistema Sac Actun.  It is located about two kilometers west of Highway 307 1.4 kilometers south of the DOS OJOS road in the Riviera Maya of Mexico's Caribbean coast.  This was his first cavern dive in Mexico and his first photo shoot.  He plans on taking his his cave diving training in North Florida with Instructors from the Atlanta, Georgia area.











Thursday, October 09, 2014

UNDERWATER PHOTO SHOOT AT CENOTE DOS PALMAS



This is Paris Cancún who today, Wednesday, October 8th 
participated in his FIRST underwater cave photo shoot as a 
model. Overall, he did a great job for the first time. Me...I 
need to work better as I get back into the swing of things 
taking photos underwater. Please offer any "constructive" 
comments for Paris as he will be doing another photo shoot 
within the next two weeks. These photos were taken in the 
CENOTE DOS PALMAS area of Sistema Dos Ojos. Tell me 
WHICH photo you like the best.

Photos by STEVE PENN GERRARD














Saturday, October 04, 2014

THE KIN HA CENOTE GROUP









There are eleven different cenotes on the property.  They are Cenote Blanca For, Cenote Fatima – Depth 262 feet/80 meters, Cenote Hol Box, Cenote Isla Blanca, Cenote Kin Ha – Depth 155 feet/47.2 meters, Cenote Popenolito, Cenote Sal Si Puedes, Cenote Tres Bocas, Cenote Tortugas, Cenote Vanado and Cenote Zapote – 170 feet/51.8 meters. At 20 kilometers west from Puerto Morelos, on the road from Puerto Morelos to Leona Vicario, just after the Selvatica Park. Find a diversion signage and dirt left.The state of this dirt road is fair to poor. The cars must travel at low speeds and evading fords large rocks on the road, following hand painted on pieces of wood to be taken to "Kin Ha" addresses. 

You are in one of the most unique natural wonders of the Riviera Maya are the cenotes, these are created by an underground river system and are fresh water sink holes considered to be sacred. You will take a jungle tour in ATV's where the Mayans also believed they were the entrance to the underworld.    This location offers ATV’s (20 km round trip), scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming and  eight zip lines.


The Tour:   The tour starts with the Pick Up at your Hotel, the timing will be given to you when reservation is done!  Then you get a briefing on how the tour will be held, timings and more and also you get a refreshing welcome Drink! You start with an ATV ride than can be a couple of hours in the middle of the great Mayan Jungle where you'll be able to see lots of beautiful green areas. Then you stop again at the Kin Ha Cenote to take a dive into to closed cenote (cavern) and into an open cenote (Cenote Zapote) where there are ziplines to jump to the water if you wish.  While in the ATV's tour you'll stop at a certain point in the middle of the Jungle to take the two amazing zip lines included in this tour.  After all this you might one some snacks, so they'll give you some chips and other kinds of snacks as well as drinks, like water or sodas.  This is one of the most complet tours with transportation included (which can be really expensive by your own), so this ir really worth it!   This is a commercialized cenote site.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

SISTEMA CRUSTECEA

16Q 0505507 UMT 2297866

The land owner is Jose de Jesus Beas.  The linear distance explored and surveyed is 16,008 feet/4,879 meters.  The máximum depth is 84 feet/25.6 meters.  

There are five cenotes located within this cave system.  They are Cenote Crustecea or Esponosa, Cenote Diamente next to the beach at Playa Secreto, Cenote Filamentosa inside Hotel resort Dorado Royale, Cenote Marike inside the property of the Hotel Dorado near Highway 307, Cenote Rastro at the Slaughter Ranch on the west side of Highway 307 and connected to the sea on February 2012 by Jeronimo Aviles, Rogelio Mier and Victor Fito south of the Dorado Hotel Resort.

The cenote is located 5 kilometers south of Puerto Morelos.  At the first turnaround come back north about 1 kilometer before the hill and take a right at the security gate entrance. From the Maya Palace Resort drive north two kilometers and take a right before the hill at security gate.    Drive ½ kilometer and take the first cleared road heading north.  Follow this trail as short distance and you will come upon a huge cenote with the entire circumference rim is eight feet/2.4 meters above the wáter.  Drive to the north end and you will find a huge tree.  You can carefully jump into the wáter as it is eight feet/2.4 meters deep.  However, getting out of the cenote is the biggest challenge.  Bring proper climbing ropes and pulleys for the easiest method.   Better yet, bring a twelve foot ladder.  If you are strong and limber, you can climb the tree out of the wáter and use your ropes and pulley to pull the equipment out of the cenote.

The main line begins left of the tree facing north.  The visibility in the cenote will be very poor.  It is best to use a primary reel and find your way into the cave as the visibility will improve greatly at 20 feet/6.1 meters.  The main line heads upstream.  An offshoot line to the right heads downstream.  This cave is connected with the Caribbean Sea located slightly more a kilometer away.

This cave system contains thousands of remipedia and one other amphipod   Located 8,000 feet/2438 meters+ or a kilometer north on Highway 307 is a ranch on the west side named Rancho Rastro. For years this ranch has been a Hog Butchery.  After the animal is killed and cleaned, all materials are flushed down a white pipe into a hole at the bottom of a dry cenote located right next to Highway 307.  This feeds the cave system with a daily supply of nutrients (food) thus allowing a population explosión of these two species of cave dwellers. 
It is a very unique environmental situation. 

Obtaining permission from the land owner who owns the grocery story at the town square in Puerto Morelos would be nice.


There are no bathroom facilities.

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This is a rare PHOTO of Marike Jasper at Cenote Crustecea in 2000.  She died in 2004.

The phone #: (998) 871 0037   Extension 101.

The first explorers were Steve Gerrard, Marike Jasper and Kate Lewis.  Other explorers were Jeronimo Aviles, Victor Fito, Sergio Grannucia,  Dan Lins,  Mike Madden, Rogelio Mier, Alex Reato, and R. Rendondo.







Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CENOTE ANGELITA   “Little Angel”





16Q 439555 UTM 2226701
N°20 08.157' W°87 34.395'

The land owner is Ricardo Canche.  The maximum depth is 199 feet/60.6 meters.
Cenote Angelita (Little Angel) is an advanced scuba diving cenote located 17 km southwest of Tulum pueblo on Hwy 307. Guides are available and recommended at local dive shops, as this mystical experience requires a careful and knowledgeable approach.    After walking 150 meters through thick jungle you will reach this picturesque circular cenote. This dive site is for advanced divers looking for something a little different, although snorkeling is also available. To describe it simply, this cenote does nothing else but go straight down.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

HELP PROTECT THE BEAUTIFUL CENOTES!



To all the cave diving community, recreational divers, explorers and friends of the Cenotes;

I write this to all of you in order to create conscience and to put all EGOS behind and start working together, because we are facing one of the biggest treats in cave diving history which is the massive destruction of some of the most beautiful cave systems around the world and one of the largest and cleanest fresh water sources on earth, the rich, complex, sometime even endemic and endangered biodiversity and the invaluable historical discoveries made on NAHARON AND THE BLACK HOLE, among other to be found and jet to be discovered, the archaeology and anthropology, and the conservation of the main fresh water source in the estate of Quintana Roo and the Yucatan Peninsula, please this is the time to work as a unit and sell the idea that conservation is a better business, lets rise our voices together and if they don´t listen to us here then let´s do all around the world, let´s make the international community to look this way and since many of you are from different countries this should be easier tell all your friends about México and it´s beauty and why it should be preserved and not destroyed or transform in to a RESORT, let´s prove to all land owners, hotel builders, construction companies and the government that the tourist want to come to México to enjoy all the beautiful and natural heritage that we have and if they are taken away eventually they won’t have a reason for the tourist to come…

I hope I can get this letter to most of you and that you make it travel all around the world, tell your friends about the Mayan Culture and their advances on mathematics, astronomy, ocean navigation and architecture, tell them how they considered the CENOTES SACRED because among other things they knew it was the source of fresh water so important to sustain life and that we all give for granted because we can buy it in any convenience store but we forget that in the Yucatan peninsula it comes primarily from the CENOTES.

Sincerely,

Your friend and fellow cave diver
Daniel González Cardona
Email daniel@divezone.mx, danielgc@hotmail.com
Phone # +52 9982152897


Friday, September 12, 2014

CENOTE JAILHOUSE “The Muknal Siphon Area”


16Q 0448796 UMT 2232419
N°20 18.832” W° 87 48.985”

The land owner is Jose Ismael Poot Cahuich.    The maximum depth is 124 feet/37.5 meters.

This cenote is located in a surface drainage area that was once surrounded by barb wire to keep cows from falling in.  The land owner has cleared most of the jungle surrounding the cenote and has constructed a stone wall on the south side.  There are two equipment tables available along with QRSS map on display under a glass frame underneath a papala roof to protect it from the rain.  There are stone steps along the pathway to the water.

                                               

The basin is clear water from late October to early April and usually brown algae water the rest of the year.  Once a group of cave divers enter the water the basin will usually turn to muck.  The permanent line begins tied to a log at the surface on the left side from where you enter the water.   Follow the string into a small opening (not a restriction) and immediately the line turns right down a steep slope of organic slit debris.  If not gentle with your buoyancy you will make a mess. At a depth of 40 feet/12.2 meters there will be a permanent “T” intersection with two white arrows pointing back to the surface.  To the right is the upstream section of the area.  To the left is the downstream area.  Swim about 250 feet/76 meters and you find two offshoot lines on the right side.  The offshoot line that heads to the right is a shortcut to the incredible deep saltwater line.  The offshoot line to the left is another shortcut line and will take you to the beginning of the saltwater area.  Jump across and swim right about 100 feet/30.5 meters and then jump left 50 feet/15.2 meters and you enter the beautiful Swiss Siphon passage.
                                         

There are no bathroom facilities.








This cave was connected into the massive Ox Bel Ha cave system by Steve Bogearts on March 28th, 2011 with the help of Bil Philips.  (Read story in the Exploration Chapter)

There is a beautiful cartography map of this cenote and the surrounding area drawn by Jim Coke and is available through the Quintana Roo Speleological Survey.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

SISTEMA CHI KEEN

16Q 0442844 UMT 2231653
16Q 0442932 UMT 2231628  (at Cenote)
N°20 17.814” W°87 54.507”

The land owner is Delfino May.  The total distance explored and surveyed is 16,377 feet/4992 meters.  The maximum depth is 57 feet/17 meters.  There are three cenotes located within this cave system.

It is located 4.5 kilometers south of Tulum on the west side of Tulum.  Look for the Rancho 3 Reyes sign.  Open the gate, drive through, close the gate and drive to the general parking area.  Delfino will usually greet you and organize the transportation of your diving cylinders.   It is a short hike on a well groomed path to a stairway leading down to the water.   There is a map of the cave system posted at the beginning of the path
                                                                   
There are no bathroom facilities.





The dive site fee is 200 pesos that includes carrying your tanks to the cenote.


The explorers were Victoria Alexandrova, Mauro Bordignon, Henrik Danielzon, Kim Davidsson, Henrik Farnbo, John Faulds, Sebastian Kister, Phillip Lehman, Pierre Montes, and Alvaro Roldan.