Mexico » Cenote Jailhouse

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Many thanks to Lynne Flaherty for her overview of this system

Jailhouse, formally known as the Muknal's Remote Siphon on the QRSS maps, is reached through the same exit from the highway as Mayan Blue. The key must be obtained in Tulum at the house just past the Ejido Tulum home. Entry is currently 150 pesos per person.

Going up the Mayan Blue road past the Mayan Blue parking lot, you will pass a brand new road to the right. The next Y is at a house, and you go right. Be careful of the tethered bull! There is ample parking and a number of tables at the dive site. A caretaker will come and ask to see your key.

Entry is via a set of easy stone steps to the edge of the pond. There is about a 2' dropoff from the stone at the edge to the silty bottom. It's best to stay very close to the entry edge while gearing up and doing checks, to preserve the visibility along the mainline. The line is tied off to a branch in open water, just below the polypro rope. It descends through a duck-under, and then is tied off on about a 2 foot slab of rock, and makes a 90 degree turn. The bottom is mung, but if you keep your fins in the ceiling, you can get through the entry without damaging the viz for those behind you.

The cave really has two parts -- one section is fresh water, and very, very dark. The other portion is below the halocline, and very white and cobalt blue. Salt water passage exists on both sides of the T, but the biggest passage is to the downstream side.

Mosquitoes and other bugs are a menace here!
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Date Submitter Visbility Remarks
11/20/2011 Lynne Flaherty Fresh water 40; salt unlimited Lovely dive doing the left-right-right path into the big salt water hallway. Viz in the fresh water was lower than I have previously seen it, and flow was VERY noticeable.
11/21/2010 Don Six 100 This is just a little further down the road from Mayan Blue. This was a zero vis entrance in a heads down position. There is a 90 degree turn and gets a bit tight also. Not too tough, but if you don't like the dark or tight curvy spots this might make you cringe.

First dive we went left at the T and did a circuit. There was a point when I was ascending into a perfectly still and undisturbed halocline. It looked like a false ceiling. I went extremely slow and just got my eyes above and into the upper layer of water and back down again. It was simply amazing to me. At the end of the dive upon reacing the T, went went the other way to install the jump for the second dive.
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