6 cenotes to visit in Tulum

The Riviera Maya welcomes thousands of tourists looking to enjoy the Caribbean, with its beautiful beaches and warm weather, with Tulum being the favorite destination among many. Home to one of the best beaches in the world and the captivating Mayan culture, Tulum offers a relaxed lifestyle.

If you don’t know what to do in Tulum, we share with you other options to enjoy outside of its beaches. A series of underground caves of crystalline waters that extends along the Yucatan Peninsula, the well known cenotes.

There are plenty of cenotes in the area, practically endless options, so we decided to make it easy for you and we select 6 cenotes to visit in Tulum:

1. Gran Cenote

It is located between the town of Tulum and the ruins of Cobá, being one of the most famous in the area. With its crystal clear waters it is ideal for snorkeling or diving, it has a great variety of caves and impressive stalagmites and stalactites to explore. If you are an observer you can find small turtles taking a good bath. It is perfect for swimming and relaxing with shallow and deep areas.

Location: 4 km to the west of Tulum, highway 109 to Cobá

Open: From 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

2. Cenote Dos Ojos

Its name comes from its two holes, which makes it seem as if the cenote was divided, however it is a unique cavern connected by an impressive passage of 400 meters. This place is perfect for snorkeling and is probably the most visited cenote in Tulum.

Location: 22 km to the north of Tulum with direction to Playa del Carmen.

Open: From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

3. Casa Cenote or Manatí

A very nice open cenote that allows you to swim among the vegetation of its mangroves, its river form creates a simply unique experience surrounded by crystal clear waters. While there is usually a large flow of tourists, you can also enjoy a nearby beach. It has affordable prices and rental of items such as kayaks, ideal for snorkeling and observing the mangrove, as well as the marine fauna that takes refuge in its roots.

Location: 9 km to the north of Tulum with direction to Playa del Carmen

Open: From 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

4. Cenote Calavera

The name comes from its shape that resembles a skull, but that don’t let it intimidate you since this cenote is the most peaceful. This cenote is deeper than others in the area, perfect for diving. You can easily reach it by car or even by bicycle as it is near the town of Tulum, and the best thing is that you can enjoy it without so many people in the area.

Location: Approximately 2 km with direction to Cobá’s highway

Open: From 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

5. Cenote Nicte-Há

Although this cenote is not so popular, it will allow you to enjoy nature with fewer groups of tourists. It is a cenote on the surface of the ground, with a rocky ledge where you can appreciate from a different perspective the beautiful surroundings. Its crystal clear water is accompanied by beautiful lilies and diversity of aquatic plants.

Location: 22 km to the north of Tulum

Open: From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

6. Cenote Zacil-Ha

If you’re looking for a cenote near the town of Tulum, this cenote is ideal, located next to the well-known Car Wash cenote. Its almost perfect natural formation could make you doubt if it is a man’s creation, since it resembles a pool on stone, however it is part of an extensive system of caves in the region.

Location: Km 8 with direction to Cobá’s highway

Open: From 10:00 am to 6:00 pm


Now all you have to do is reunite your friends and organize the perfect roadtrip to these natural wonders. If you visit the Riviera Maya, you can not miss the unique experience that means to immerse yourself in the fresh and crystalline waters of its cenotes.