Pet Cemetery - Mystic River

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Open every day except Sunday. The entrance fee for divers is 25 USD. Toilets and changing facilities are available. There is a parking area with tables to set up dive equipment. It is an easy 30m/100ft walk down a good wooden stairway to the water from the parking area. Permanent Cavern Line. Maximum depth 7m/23ft.
Pet Cemetery - Mystic River
Access is via the Dos Ojos entrance located 1km south of Xel Ha on Highway 307. From the turnoff a 3km dirt road leads out to Dos Ojos and Pet Cemetery is a further 20 minute drive into the jungle over quite a rough trail from there.

Pet Cemetery was given its name by the cave diving explorers who first discovered it because of the various animal skeletons found in the cenote and you can still see the lower jawbone of a tapir as well as the fossilized remains of an extinct prehistoric camel.

It is a very beautiful cenote in a natural unspoiled jungle setting. If you are lucky you may well see Spider monkeys in the surrounding jungle canopy.

Pet Cemetery is very shallow for the most part with average depths of only 3m/10ft and is probably the most decorate cavern of all which means that you have to have excellent buoyancy skills and awareness to avoid damaging any of the very fragile formations.

The dive winds around the Cavern zone past a solution chimney entrance with a platform that is used by snorkel groups. You are never far from an air surface although it can be quite dark in places as there is not much ambient light penetration. Offsetting this is the fact that the sediments, walls and formations are all white in color and this is enhanced by amazing reflections from the water’s surface in many places creating a mirror like effect where the reflections of the stalactites appear like a forest of spears in a crystal palace.
Key Data
Level 4 Open Water Scuba
Diver Certification
Level 3 Demanding - very shallow and the line is sometimes in the middle of formations. Good buoyancy control is a must.
Entry fee Entry fee:
25 USD
Entry Wooden steps going down to the water level
Depth Maximum depth of
7 meters / 23 feet
Video Only for experienced videographers.
Photo Only for experienced fotographers.
Toilets Good newly built toilets.
Map of the Caverns
Cavern Diving Standards