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Naharon is known as the dark cave.” Unlike other caves in the area, most of its walls and formations are stained a deep black. Naharon is part of Sistema Naranjal, which includes Cenote Mayan Blue. Recently, explorers discovered that Sistema Naranjal is most likely part of the much larger Sistema Ox Bel Ha, the world’s largest underwater cave.

Naharon is located three kilometers south of Tulum on Highway 307. The entrance is one the right-hand side of the road. The sign says Cenote Cristal.

The main line at Naharon is a considerable distance from the entrance. It will take you to Choc's Room and beyond. The first jump to the left takes you to Desconocido Doom, the Double Dooms and beyond. There are numerous jumps off both lines.

A particularly interesting dive is the Southwestern Sacbe. This jump off the Desconocido Dome line will take you down into the saltwater layer, where the walls again turn white, and you will find a number of formations. There is also a point at which you could once see the remains of an ancient Mayan who died some 1,200 feet from the entrance. (These remains have since been removed by archeologists.)

A professional guide will help make finding these sites easy. He or she can also help you set up a traverse to Mayan Blue. Depths in the saltwater zone can approach 80 feet. If you go there, expect deco at the end of the dive.
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Latitude: 20.20049
Longitude: -87.49995
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Date Submitter Visbility Remarks
12/31/2008 Vlada Dekina 10 to 100 Very cloudy/tannic at the entrance, but clears further into the cave. Did Sacbe passage - beautiful formations and unlimited vis
10/20/2008 phillip lehman good Cenote Cristal, we did a dive there to film, the viz ranged from okay (a bit cloudy) at the entrance and about 200 ft past the sign to very good further into the system. There was no noticeable flow and the water temp was 25°Celsius.
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System Depth Cave Cavern OW Last Report Distance (mi)
 Overview Information Available for Nahoch Nah Chich  Nahoch Nah Chich 235 True True True 8/3/2023 9.2
 Overview Information Available for Vaca Ha  Vaca Ha True False False 7/5/2023 5
 Overview Information Available for Escondido  Escondido 86 True True True 7/14/2021 0.5
 Overview Information Available for Gran Cenote  Gran Cenote 50 True True True 9/13/2014 3.9
 Overview Information Available for Car Wash  Car Wash 70 True True True 5/6/2014 5.2
 Overview Information Available for Kolimba  Kolimba True False False 12/4/2011 4.1
   Muchachos 70 True False False 11/21/2011 4.5
   Xunaan Ha 45 True False False 11/14/2010 13.4
 Overview Information Available for Dos Ojos  Dos Ojos 391 True True True 11/13/2010 11.1
   Caracol 55 True True True 3/15/2009 8.6
 Overview Information Available for Temple Of Doom  Temple Of Doom True True True 3/13/2009 3.4
   Uchben Na Illod 35 True False False 3/2/2007 7.9
   Paanah True False False 12/7/2006 8.7
   Luk Dzonot True False False 12/5/2006 8.1
   Cenote Don Polo True False False 12/5/2006 7.9
   Mol Balam True False False 12/4/2006 8.1
   Chamzizil True False False 12/4/2006 8.1
 Overview Information Available for Cenote Dzulo  Cenote Dzulo True False False 12.7