Among scuba divers, the Riviera Maya - that part of Mexico that stretches
from Punta Bete in the state of Quintana Roo all the way down to the border
with Belize in the south - has long been known for cenotes and cave diving.
Stretching roughly from the small town of Punta Bete in the north and
extending some 75 miles southward to Tulúm and the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
at Sian Ka'an, the Riviera Maya encompasses a long arc of lovely white-sand
beaches pocked with upscale resorts, small villages, dense greenery and, in
many places, largely unexplored diving.
The jungle floor of the Riviera Maya is like Swiss cheese full of holes.
One of the wildest experiences for a diver is suiting up in the steamy jungle
and giant-striding into these cool freshwater pools known locally by the
Mayas as cenotes.