Home to seemingly endless miles of mysterious subterranean cenote systems, Mexico’s Riviera Maya is one the world’s leading cave-diving destinations. The region, which stretches along the Yucatan Peninsula from Playa del Carmen south to Tulum, offers a wide variety of prime DPV diving for properly trained adventurers.
“Nohoch and Ox Bel Ha are probably the best cave systems to use a DPV,” says Alessandra Figari of Cave Training Mexico. “Considering the highly decorated and fragile systems we have in this area, only very experienced and well-trained cave divers are suggested to use a DPV in our caves.”
For those with the advanced training, well-honed skills and guts to match, a vast network of mind-expanding overhead environments filled with delicate limestone stalagmites and stalactites and other ancient formations awaits. Adding the propulsive capability of a DPV will not only extend your range, but also increase your chances of pushing the boundaries of this system to reach undiscovered rooms. And for divers who fantasize about this kind of next-level scooter action, Figari has simple advice: “Train in an open-water area, and build your skills to master buoyancy and trim,” she says. “Using a DPV requires being able to maneuver it without damaging the surrounding environment.”
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