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Cenote Kin Ha: A Scuba Diver’s Guide

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Cenotes, derived from the Mayan word “dzonot,” hold a revered place in the hearts and minds of the indigenous peoples of the Yucatan. These special sinkholes served as vital water sources, not only for drinking, but the also formed a great part of the culture, inspiring spiritual reverence.

While Cenote Kin Ha is a haven for adventurers of all kinds, its true allure lies beneath the surface, where an underwater adventure awaits those who dare to dive deep.

Let’s find out more about scuba diving at Cenote Kin Ha.


Cenote Kin Ha Location

Located on ‘Rutas de los Cenotes’, close to Puerto Morelos, you’ll find Cenote Kin Ha. Similarly to Dos Ojos, this area is home to a whole load of cenotes that you can visit. Some are open, some are closed and cavernous. Some are shallow and some are incredibly deep.

Kin Ha is just one of the cenotes here, but it is the one that the area is named after.


Origin and Name

The name, “Kin Ha,” meaning “Sun Water” in the Mayan language, hints at the sacred nature of this special place. It’s extra special on sunny, clear days, when the sunlight pierces through the azure depths, illuminating the water column below.

Kin Ha is a closed cenote and you enter via a wooden staircase. Inside you are enveloped by a large cavern, with the clear azure waters enticingly waiting for you. As you look around the domed space, you’ll see how nature has formed it, and spot the roots of the jungle as they poke through the soil. There is a small hole in the roof, from which the sunlight streams through, and seeing that from under the water is even more special!

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Cenote Kin Ha – Photo Credit: @lillianandrea69 on Instagram


Scuba Diving at Cenote Kin Ha

For scuba divers, Cenote Kin Ha offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore one of the world’s most unique underwater environments. As it is a deep dive,  going to depths of 30 meters, you’ll need to be an Advanced Open Water Diver, or have a Deep Diving Specialty to enter this cenote.

Guided by your experienced dive instructors, you’ll embark on a journey into the heart of Cenote Kin Ha. As you drift through a submerged deep cavern, illuminated by shafts of sunlight, you can marvel at the intricate rock formations that adorn the cenote’s walls, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of this dive site.

The dive starts deep, using the cenote walls as a reference, as there is not a guideline here to follow like in other shallow cenotes.

Your guide will then lead you to slowly spiral upwards, around the perimeter of the cenote, where you can see the rock formations and the geological footprints of this ancient site. You’ll also cross speleothems and see the water layers as they produce incredible effects.

But the special part of this cenote, is the light effects, caused by the beam of sunlight that rushes in, akin to other favorites, such as El Pit and Maravilla.

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Cenote Kin Ha – Photo Credit: @maubonilla on Instagram

Facilities and Amenities at Kin Ha Cenote

Upon arrival at Cenote Kin Ha, you’ll find a range of facilities and amenities to enhance your experience. From changing rooms and restroom facilities to picnic areas and shaded lounging areas, the cenote is well-equipped for its visitors.


Guided Tours and Activities

For non-divers, tours and other activities are available at Cenote Kin Ha. Join a knowledgeable guide as they lead you on a journey of discovery, sharing insights into the geological and cultural significance of the cenote. There are also ATVs to rent or even horse riding for the more adventurous!

Alternatively, try snorkeling to explore the Cenotes from the surface.


Responsible Tourism

As nature lovers, it’s important to practice responsible tourism when visiting any Cenote in the area. Respect the natural surroundings and wildlife, and refrain from littering or disturbing the delicate ecosystem. If swimming in the cenotes, it is asked that sunscreen be not used as it can damage the ecosystem.

When diving, use care and careful buoyancy to not bash against the underwater rock formations, and don’t touch the million-year-old rocks with your hands.

By leaving no trace, we can ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy the beauty of Cenote Kin Ha for years to come.


Go Diving at Cenote Kin Ha with DivePoint

At DivePoint we can take you on a cenote diving day at Kin Ha Cenote. This beautiful deep cenote is best planned as a 2-tank dive day, combining it with Cenote Zapote.

This combination isn’t on our website, but message us if it sounds like the option for you – or we can always add it as an extra dive day to one of our amazing scuba packages.

Contact us today to book your adventure! Happy Diving!



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