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Many thanks to Lynne Flaherty for her overview of this system

Access to the system is through a gate just a few hundred yards past the Grand Cenote entrance, but on the other side of the road. The key can be obtained at Xibalba; entrance was 150 pesos per person. There is a caretaker at the site who was present much of the day.

There is one table, but no restrooms. Entry is via a set of stone steps leading to a clay slope, which gets a little slippery when wet, but not bad. The open water area is small. The main line comes out to open water, and is tied off on a stalactite somewhat on the right of the cave opening.

The cave is small and winding and has a lot of minor restrictions, and a LOT of straight up and straight down. It's very decorated and very pretty. Although we didn't swim them, it is my understanding that most of the offshoot lines are sidemount only. It is a very doable dive on one stage, to reach the Box Chen cenote and return.
QROO 109, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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Longitude: -87.46696
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Date Submitter Visbility Remarks
12/4/2011 Steve Mann unlimited Beautiful formations throughout. 2 dives in this system. For the first dive we jumped Box Chen line then for the second we dove to past the "T" to Grand Cenote (staying right) then jumped (I don't know the name of this line!), stayed on the line 4 minutes before turning on gas. the first dive had a run time of 81 minutes and the second 83 minutes. Average depths of 43' and 44'. Lots of visible damage to the cave :( ...still a beautiful dive.
12/3/2011 Steve Mann unlimited Beautiful formations throughout. 2 dives in this system. For the first dive we jumped Box Chen line then for the second we dove to past the "T" to Grand Cenote (staying right) then jumped (I don't know the name of this line!), stayed on the line 4 minutes before turning on gas. the first dive had a run time of 81 minutes and the second 83 minutes. Average depths of 43' and 44'. Lots of visible damage to the cave :( ...still a beautiful dive.
11/22/2011 Tony Flaris 100' Great Vis and beautiful formations. Swan from Kolimba to Gran Cenote and back.
11/20/2011 Lynne Flaherty unlimited Gorgeous dive! Small, technical cave for us backmounters, very heavily decorated and very, very pretty. The Box Chen jump was only a minute or so past the T, much closer than I had been led to believe.
3/12/2009 Don Currie 100' Beautiful dive. The system is beautifully decorated. We dove up the mainline and got to see lots of wonderful passage. A few sections were a challenge with the camera, but it was well worth it! Photos at Don Currie Photos
3/12/2009 Walter Pickel 100' An absolutely beautiful dive. We dove up to Bo Chen. Overall, the visibility was crystal clear -- much better than the cloudy visibility we had last time (caused by the collapse).
10/8/2007 Walter Pickel 60-100' the viz has improved since the collapse. First dive we did the Boh Shin side and the second dive we explored down the Chicklet Highway.
12/9/2004 Admin Unknown 2 divers expired in this system. IUCRR Report
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