The original explorers of this cave system named it Taj Mahal, as it’s beauty and intricacy brought to mind the famous Indian monument.
The name was then modified as a play on word to suit local dialect, as the word “ha” means “water” in Mayan language.
The Tajma Ha Cenote cavern dive has something of everything, which is why for me it is a favorite to bring divers too, as it gives a real sense of the unique magic of the Mexican cenotes.
You are brought past four different individual cenotes.
Entry and exit are through the horseshoe-shaped Tajma Ha, wherein you sink sharply down to 12m where you encounter an impressive halocline, and pass by one of the most recognizable features of this dive; the stunning room of Points of Light.
This air dome has two holes in the ceiling, that when the sun is just overhead, provide an access point to two sharp laser beams of light that would impress any sci-fi fanatic.
You then pass Cenote Sugarbowl, where you can surface to maybe catch a glimpse of cenote residents such as various fruit bats and bird species.
Finally, you turn back at Cenote Esmeralda, named for its green glow caused by the sunlight shining through fallen vegetation.
This dive gives a feeling like you’re traveling through time and space, it is a true adventure.
The Author: Sarah Pulitzer, dive instructor and cave diver in Tulum, Mexico.