There are beautiful cenotes in Tulum that are easy to get to and will leave you in awe of their natural beauty. Perfect for a quick swim or an afternoon of relaxation, snorkeling, or cave diving, exploring the cenotes will take your time in Tulum to another level, here are some of the cenotes you can find:
Cenote Dos Ojos (two eyes)
One of the best cenotes in Tulum (and probably in Mexico), is cenote Dos Ojos. Its name is due to two 70-meter sinkholes, connected by a 400-meter passageway, which gives the appearance of two eyes.
Although you cannot enter the passageway, the "eyes" are a beautiful place to snorkel. You can see spectacular rock formations, play with schools of fish, and watch under the crystal clear waters as divers traverse the caves.
The popular Gran Cenote is a large crystal clear cenote located just outside of Tulum. It consists of a complex of caves, caverns, and an open-air cenote connected by winding wooden walkways and surrounded by lush vegetation.
The Gran Cenote attracts swimmers, divers, and snorkelers, and is very popular with the people of Tulum and those stopping along the way to explore the ruins of Cobá. The Gran Cenote consists of an open-air river flanked by two diving areas and it is often possible to see turtles swimming in its waters.
Casa Tortuga Cenotes
Visiting Casa Tortuga is a kind of cenotes tour in Tulum in a series of three cenotes in one park. A tour guide takes you to visit two cenotes, a cave, and an open cenote. In one of the cave cenotes, they take you inside where you can see bats and interesting blind cavefish.
Casa Tortuga's cenotes are perfect for novices who want an in-depth introduction to the cenotes in Tulum on a tour. They provide snorkeling equipment, life jackets, and a guide included in the price.
El Pit Cenote
El Pit is near Cenote Dos Ojos and Cenote Sac Actun. The name is appropriate, as it looks like a bottomless pit in the middle of the jungle. The oval-shaped sinkhole is a popular diving destination in Tulum.
However, the main attraction is the rays of sunlight shining on the water as you dive. The rays of light dance on the hydrogen sulfide layer on the bottom. The smoky layer looks like a cloud swaying underwater.
The caves and caverns contain crystal clear water and were an important source of water for the ancient Maya. Today, they are excellent places for diving, snorkeling, and swimming. These natural pools are a wonderful way to cool off.
From the Gran Cenote, with its mix of caves, caverns, and Cenote Dos Ojos, there are many other incredible cenotes in Tulum waiting to be explored.