Saturday, September 27, 2014
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.
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
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.
Your friend and fellow cave diver
Daniel González Cardona
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.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.
Friday, September 05, 2014
Four die after panic set in during scuba dive at popular Italian resort
A British scuba diver was one of four to die after becoming trapped in a submerged cave near the tourist Italian port of Palinuro at the weekend the coastguard revealed.
Efforts will resume today to recover the body of a diver who died exploring a cave in Co Galway.
The alarm was raised when Artur Kozlowski, (34), a Polish man who was one ofIreland’s most experienced cave divers, failed to resurface from a diving trip in a flooded inland cave on Monday night.
Members of the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation located his body last night, nearly 24 hours later, about 52 metres down in the deepest section of the cave.
They plan to bring it to the surface during the day.
Mr Kozlowski had been living in Ireland for a number of years and held several records in Ireland and Britain, including one for the longest and deepest cave traverse of 103 metres.
He had enough oxygen to last more than six hours when he went into the water at Pollonora cave, Kiltartan about two and a half miles north of Gort at 3pm on Monday.
His close friend and experienced diver Jim Warney found the Polish national's body in an underwater passage at around 6pm yesterday.
It took Mr Warney an hour to dive to the narrow passage where the victim lay with his oxygen tanks and guide rope fully attached.
The location where he was found is almost a kilometre from the access point to the cave and is 52 metres deep.
The family of the diving training instructor in Poland were informed of his death shortly after the search diver returned to the surface.
The rescue team has now requested the assistance of a UK dive rescue unit to assist in the recovery of Mr Kozlowski's body.
Mr Kozlowski was on the final day of an underground expedition when he vanished.
The Polish national was regarded as the most prominent cave diver in the country -- and it was hoped that he had sought sanctuary in an air pocket in the extensive underground cave network.
Originally from Poznan in Poland, Mr Kozlowski lived in Shankill, Dublin, and was known to his Irish friends as Artur Conrad.
He arrived at the rural location in Co Galway on Saturday, and spent Sunday diving, before going underground for a final exploration on Monday.
Mr Warney's search last night was his second dive in less than 24 hours, having spent Monday night searching after the alarm was raised.
After two divers searched an initial 350 metres to no avail, Mr Warney examined an un- searched area of the 800 metre-wide cave which is 52 metres deep.
Conor McGrath of the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation said a considerable air space had been discovered halfway into the underground cave and that they had hoped to uncover more. "The air space is near the surface so that gives us hope that the cave may have more similar air spaces and that he is in one of them," Mr McGrath said before the discovery of the diver's body.
"He is very experienced. He has very good equipment, very good training and very good knowledge. He is the only one who has been into this cave to its known limits,"
All five divers involved in yesterday's search were friends of Mr Kozlowski. A quantity surveyor by trade, he had been living in Dublin since 2006 and began cave diving in 2007.
Friends said he quickly became involved in all aspects of cave diving and soon opened his own training company.
In 2008, he recorded the deepest underwater cave dive in Ireland and the UK at Pollatoomary, Co Mayo.
For the past two years he had extensively explored the vast underground cave network in south Galway.
Tom Nolan (86) of Croker House in Kiltartan, Co Galway, had known Mr Kozlowski since he first explored the cave at the rear of the family home in 2007.
Mr Kozlowski became a familiar face at the the bed and breakfast. "He'd come and ask: 'What room am I in? I'll dress the bed myself'.
"He arrived on Saturday night and was diving Sunday and Monday.
"On Monday he told my son, John, that he was going for the last stage. He wanted to see if he could connect this with the caves in the Burren. If so, it would be the biggest underground cave network in Europe.
Artur was underground there one day and he could hear this noise," said Mr Nolan.
"He checked all his gear to see if there was something wrong and couldn't figure out where the noise was coming from.
"He kept listening though and eventually figured out it that the noise was from the traffic on the road above him. That is how big it is underground here."