One of the most popular cenote dives is the Dos Ojos cenote. Dos Ojos, which in Spanish translates to “Two Eyes” due to two sinkhole caverns connected. Dos Ojos cenote is not far from The Pit which is just a few km north of Tulum, Mexico. The Mayan world considered cenotes the entrance to the underworld called Xibalba and regarded them with reverence. I too hold these in reverence for their mystical charm.
The Pit is a top bucket list item for me and many other divers. Some of my friends think this cenote is dark and scary while I see it as mysterious and surreal. I was very giddy after first glance of the pit from the surface. While gearing up my anticipation grew steadily unlike other dives I have done, this one was unique.
In the Maori language, wai (water) and tomo (hole or shaft) name the small village of Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand. It has extensive underground cave systems famous for glow-worms that light up the caves. The tour operator in Waitomo, Black Water Rafting, has a variety of tour levels for the cave systems. I was privileged to discover and join the Blackwater River Rafting tour called the Black Abyss, the most extensive tour option (5hrs) they have featuring abseiling down a 35 meter hole, zip lining in the dark, rafting with inner tubes in the cave river, and finally climbing up water fall to get out of the cave. This was quite the magical, exciting and surreal experience. You just can’t believe you’re there doing these things.