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Friday, September 18, 2015

CENOTE PET CEMETARY

CENOTE PET CEMETARY   
16Q 0457252 UMT 2246664


The land owners are Felipe and Irma Fernandez.    The maximum depth for the Blue Abyss Room is 225 feet/68.6 meters.

Cenote Pet Cemetery got its name from cave explorers Mike Madden and Eric Hutchinson who when finding and surfacing in the cenote for the first time during a cave exploration dive on October 12, 1994.  They were searching for a connection between cave systems Dos Ojos and Nohoch Nachich where they found many animal bones laying in the cenote, thus Mike named it Cenote Pet Cemetary.  In addition, the cenote was first discovered in 1985 after Hurricane Elena as the Mexican Army was accessing the damage by air and came upon it.  The landowners have renamed area the Cenotes Sac Actun. 
     
The most popular dive is to the Blue Abyss from Cenote Pet Cemetary.  This room was first discovered during exploration dives of Christmas week of 1992 by Mike Madden and Bill Main.  They found the top of the room as they had reached their air turnaround on their final day of diving.  Returning on Tuesday, February 2, 1993 using Mako DPV’s from Cenote Nohoch Nah Chich, Mike Madden and Steve Gerrard explored the room to a depth of 225 feet/68.6 meters stopped by breakdown rock.  Several attempts were made during the years since by a variety of cave explorers. It is currently being pushed by Polish cave diver Krzysztof Starnaweski.

During recent years.

Drive to the entrance road to Cenote Dos Ojos (The Ejido Jacinto Pat) located ½ kilometer south of the Xel Ha Highway 307 Bridge.  Drive west on the Ejido Pet Cemetery sascab road. Follow the road past Cenote Dos Ojos and continue for three more kilometers. When the road turns left follow it south ad continue.  Along the way you will see several huge concrete block signs with Sac Actun painted on them. Continue on road until the very end. You will find a large parking area marked by a cave diver sign and several long wooden tables for setting up your equipment. Park your vehicle.
             
Behind this area is a short sandy path leading to a large cenote that is naturally impossible to enter. The land owner has constructed a quality set of wooden stairs leading down to the water. There is an area with benches to place tanks.

It is highly recommended to do this dive to the Blue Abyss Room with a stage bottle. Why? For most folks, when you reach the Blue Abyss you will be close if not at THIRDS with your air or gas supply. The stage bottle insures that you have plenty of air or gas to enjoy the Blue Abyss Room, particularly if you plan to swim deep into the bottom of the room.  Enter the water and perform the pre-dive rituals. Face the cave opposite from the wooden steps and deck and swim underwater into the cave. You are looking for a yellow braided nylon guideline. This line is set up as an irregular circular path that winds around a huge cavern and snorkeling area. There is a huge air space with two wooden decks and a ladder leading to the surface through a small shaft. Electrical lights have been installed for snorkeling groups.

You will probably find two parallel yellow braided nylon lines. Choose one and swim clockwise or counter clockwise (left or right). Either way you will be swimming and following the yellow line for about 7 or 8 minutes. You are looking for two large quality directional arrows. There is a stalagmite nearby where the yellow line is anchored.  From this point you will tie off a reel or spool and swim into a huge cave passage. The permanent line is about 25 feet/7.6 meters away tied to a stalagmite.  Follow this string for 200 feet/60.1 meters and your find two directional line arrows pointing back to the Cenote Pet Cemetary. There will be a slate tied to the permanent line pointing towardsCenote I-Hop, which is 400 feet/122 meters. There will be another string one foot away. This line leads into the Dark Side of the Moon area. To your left, 40 feet/12.2 meters away is another string. This is the line to the Blue Abyss. Tie off a reel or spool and connect into this guideline.  Swim approximately 300 feet/91 meters and you will encounter the King Pong restriction. It zig zags through a forest of columns. Yes, you can swim through this minor restriction with your stage bottle. There is NO silt! Continue swimming and eventually you will drop off your stage bottle when appropriate for your team. When you reach a 90 degree turn of the permanent guideline to the left there should be two large quality directional arrows. You are now at the jump for the final 300 feet to the Blue Abyss. It is a 15 foot/4.6 meters distance, down to the right. Tie in the connection with a spool or reel. This passage is highly decorated. Halfway to the Blue Abyss you encounter one more minor restriction. It is crack that slopes downward. Be gentle. You should reach the Blue Abyss in 45 minutes or less.
                                 
For side mount divers, a popular route is follow the cavern line clockwise (left side) for about 4 – 5 minutes and there should be a quality large arrow pointing back at 6 feet/1.8 meters depth .  To your left you are looking for a white string tie to rock 20 feet/6.1 meters away.  Follow this line for 300 feet/91.4 meters and you will encounter the No Mount restriction.  Detach one tank (one bottom clip) and carefully push the bottle ahead easily through the restriction.  Follow this string for approximately 22 – 25 minutes and the line will end.  Jump 8 feet/2.4 meters across with a gap reel or spool and turn left and swim 40 feet/12.2 meters to the 90 degree turn of the permanent guideline and jump right to the Blue Abyss line.

The dive site fee is 500 pesos.

The bathrooms are the BEST in the Riviera Maya.














Thursday, September 10, 2015

CENOTE GARDEN of EDEN

As of this week of September 7th, 2015, new professional decks have been constructed and completed at CENOTE GARDEN of EDEN considered the main entrance to SISTEMA PONDEROSA, located two kilometers south of Puerto Aventuras, Q. Roo, Mexico. This site has become a madhouse with scuba, snorkeling and swimming activities during the past few years. $$$$$$$$$$$$$

Photos by Michel Vazquez