A cenote, pronounced see-no-tay, is a deep natural well or sinkhole, formed by the collapse of surface limestone that exposes ground water underneath. They are most commonly found in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and are a popular destination for scuba divers all over the world as many of them possess complex cave systems.
Last week I was fortunate enough to scuba dive in one of the world’s rarest, amazing and creepy dive spots – Mexico’s Cenote Angelita (Spanish for ‘Little Angel’. At the surface, Angelita looks like your average pond. However, after submerging about 40 feet, the water turns to a bright green tint and 10-20 feet below that you can begin to make out an underwater island or muddy bank, complete with leaves and broken branches – surrounded by a seemingly flowing underwater river. This “phenomenon is made possible thanks to a three-foot thick layer of hydrogen sulfide that separates the 100-feet of freshwater at the top from the 100-feet of saltwater on the bottom“. It was simply an incredible sight to see and it felt as if I was on another planet. Anyways, I’ll shut up now and let you guys check out some of the awesome photos/videos I was able to shoot with my GoPro, enjoy!