Cave Diving, Cave Exploration and Cave Mapping in Yucatan, Mexico
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Cenote Xunaan Ha (Water Goddess)

Today, Allie and I finally got out cave diving.  It had been 15 days since my last dive and I felt really wonky!  The original plan was for Patrick, Katie, Allie and I to go to the Cenote off the dirt road past Chemuyil.  Unfortunately, Patrick came down with a bacterial infection, so that left just Allie and I, which turned out to be a real blessing.  I love to dive with my wife and it is nice to go some place new with her.

The site is called Cenote Xunaan Ha, which the Cenote keeper translated to Water Goddess.  To find it, take the first right down the dirt road after Chemuyil. You will pass what looks like a nuclear test site housing development gone wrong on the left and a fork in the road.  The turn in will be on your left.  Drive down the nicely maintained road to the parking area.  Don’t worry there are plenty of signs advertising it on the highway and on the road.

The fee for entrance is 40 Pesos per diver.  The walk from the car to the water is about 150feet.  The Cenote is gorgeous.  One side is all rock and the opposite side is a peat swamp.  The water is clear and the people are super nice.

It took us longer then normal to gear up and once I was in the water, I found that my HID didn’t ignite.  I was bummed, but we had additional lights in the car.  I got another light and we finally got the dive going.  The upstream entrance is pretty obvious.  The main cave line is in the day light zone.  At first I looks like it is going to be a challenge to find the line, but after a minute it appears in the open, plain as day.

The striking thing about this dive is the beauty and the number of options.  There were lines and line arrows everywhere.  It is just right to backmount and Allie and I really enjoyed it.  Max depth was 30 feet; average was around 25.  We turned the dive after 900psi and about 40 minutes.  There was definitely some flow exiting the cave which sped things up a little on exit.

The cave is in good shape.  It is sort of like Minotauro upstream.  I am going to make a couple of more trips back.

When we got back to open water Allie exited and I stayed in to take a look at down stream.  Down stream looks like it is going to be a serious challenge.  It starts out as a cave through the peat swamp.  The bottom and right hand wall are lime stone.  The ceiling and left wall are mud/peat.  There are roots everywhere and it is silty! Kind of scary, I kept wondering when it was going to collapse on me.  The cave looked like it terminates, but there is A LOT of water moving through there.  On my second inspection, I saw that it doubles back on itself and then drops down through a very serious restriction.  It is a siphon so all the percolation and my lack of skills blew it out pretty quick.  I stuck my head in the hole a couple of times and it looks like it is going.  I heard that it is a no-mount restriction but do-able.    We will see.  Maybe I will send the super skinny Patrick ahead of me to inspect it.

Overall it is a lovely new site that is cheap and will require a handful of trips.  It offers plenty of side-mount and backmount opportunities.


1 Patrick { 07.19.08 at 6:55 pm }

I cant wait to go there with you…monday I have to guard the shop, tuesday I will finally go to the PIT so what about wednesday?


2 Hans { 07.19.08 at 8:39 pm }

Lets see about getting to the Pit on Tuesday. Once that is out of the way, we can deal with the Water Goddess.

3 alex { 10.09.08 at 2:47 pm }

Don’t look for the down stream there into the peat swamp.
Down stream line begin left hand looking the upstream line. It goes immediately down into halocline wich is very thick. Then the cave goes up to 1 – 3 metres deep for very long time there are some restrictions where is better to use side-mount.

4 Hans { 10.09.08 at 4:02 pm }

Thanks for the heads up. About a week ago or so, we were there again and I talked Patrick into slithering into the hole at the end of the peat swamp. That was a no go. He said it got really small down there.

I think next week I am going to go back and give it another shot where you describe.

Keep reading and commenting.


5 alex { 10.13.08 at 1:24 pm }

Ok, go there. Place a primary tie off on the tree. Proceed towards the upstream line and place secondary tie off down into the cavern (around 7 metres deep). Rotate 90° left and look at the wall: line begin there and run parallel to that wall.

6 John K { 07.17.10 at 4:17 pm }

Mauro took us to Xunaan today. We did a 150min sidemount dive with a single stage. Very nice dive and Mauro is a great guide.

7 Hans Kaspersetz { 07.17.10 at 7:09 pm }

John that sounds awesome. Did you go up stream or down stream? Which entrance did you use? See any of my arrows?