Exploring Cozumel’s hidden Cenotes

Jade Cavern Cozumel (Cenote Chempita) 

Welcome to Cozumel, a beautiful island located off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula! While we know Cozumel for its stunning beaches and vibrant marine life, it’s also home to a hidden gem that few tourists know about – the privately owned Jade Cavern.

Tucked away in the lush jungles of Cozumel, Jade Cavern is a mesmerizing cenote that offers an unforgettable experience for adventurous travelers. As a tour guide, I’ve had the privilege of exploring this natural wonder, and let me tell you, it’s a sight to behold.

Getting to Jade Cavern is an Adventure

After a short drive from the main tourist areas of Cozumel, we hike through the dense jungle, following a narrow trail that leads us deeper into the heart of the island. The air is thick with tropical flower aromas. The sounds of exotic birds and insects fill the air, creating a sense of excitement and anticipation.

As we approach Jade Cavern, the first thing that catches our eye is the vibrant emerald color of the water. The cenote gets its name from the striking jade-green hue of its crystal-clear waters, which is breathtaking. The water is so clear that we can see to the bottom, revealing the intricate limestone formations and submerged tree roots that add to the cenote’s otherworldly beauty.

View of the Jade Cavern

Arriving at the Cenote Chempita

The owner of Jade Cavern, a friendly and knowledgeable local guide, welcomes us and shares the fascinating history of this privately owned cenote. Generations of his family have preserved Jade Cavern in its natural state, allowing visitors to experience its pristine beauty while maintaining its ecological integrity.

After a brief safety orientation, we are ready to explore the cenote. We put on our snorkeling gear and descend into the water, immersing ourselves in the surreal underwater world of Jade Cavern. The water was cool, and an array of colorful fish greeted us around the intriguing rock formations.

One highlight of exploring Jade Cavern is snorkeling through its extensive underwater cave system. We follow our guide as he leads us through a maze of limestone passages adorned with stalactites and stalagmites, creating a surreal and otherworldly atmosphere. The play of light and shadows in the cave, combined with the mesmerizing color of the water, creates a magical experience.

Jade Cavern residents

The Importance of These Cenotes

As we continue our exploration, we come across hidden chambers and small openings that reveal more of Jade Cavern’s hidden treasures. Our guide points out unique geological formations, such as the “chandelier”. This is a stunning stalactite formation hanging from the ceiling of the cave. We also spot small blind fish that have adapted to living in the cenote’s darkness, a testament to the cenote’s pristine ecosystem.

We take our time to appreciate the natural beauty of Jade Cavern, swimming in its crystal-clear waters, marveling at the limestone formations, and taking in the serene ambiance of this hidden gem. It’s a surreal and awe-inspiring experience that leaves us with a deep appreciation for the wonders of nature.

After our exploration, we relaxed at the cenote’s shore, enjoying the peaceful surroundings and reflecting on the beauty of Jade Cavern. Our guide informed us of the cenote’s past and how it affects the environment, emphasizing the need to maintain its pristine state for future generations.

Entering Jade Cavern


As our visit to Jade Cavern ends, we feel grateful for this unique and unforgettable experience. It’s a true privilege to have been able to explore this privately owned cenote and witness its pristine beauty up close. If you’re ever in Cozumel and looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure, we recommend this HERE.

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