Grand Cenote, Tulum

4.3
#2 of 13 in Nature in Tulum
Swim and snorkel in the crisp cold waters of Grand Cenote, a flooded cavern with a jetty, affording easy access to a wonderful subterranean pool. Scuba diving excursions are available, but you’ll be able to see a lot from the surface with your goggles, including strange rock formations and terrapins heading to the surface. The beautiful surroundings make a great place to have a picnic before returning to the pool. Keep your eyes peeled for the iguanas and peacocks that roam the surrounding area. Put Grand Cenote and other Tulum attractions into our Tulum trip builder app , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We visited this cenote to swim and relax. There's nice toilets and outdoor showers. I liked the way they asked people to shower before getting in, the cenote felt very clean. Water was beautiful, brin...  more »
  • It's just outside Tulum with room for 20 vehicles. It looked like many visitors used bicycles to travel from Tulum. We were by far older than the average swimmer, most being in their 20's. There is a ...  more »
  • The Grand Cenote was truly stunning. Clear clear cool refreshing water with two diving boards. Be careful though - the high dive launch pad is slippery, which can make it a long free fall down.  more »
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  • 100 pesos entry and you'll need a towel. It costs a little bit more to hire a locker and rent snorkelling gear if you don't have your own. Amazing place, crystal clear waters for snorkelling and for the more adventurous, scuba diving. Keep and eye out for the turtles!
  • It's nice but it's crowded. It costs $180 pesos I get in and $80p I rent mask and snorkel. If you have one bring a diving flash light so you can explore the dark depth a bit more. Lots of little fish and there was even a turtle there. Don't apply sunscreen before as you'll have to wash it off before you get in the cenote as to not leave a film on the water.
  • Cool Cenote, but not much else. The Cenote was wonderful and it was very exciting for me with a diving interest to snorkel there. But the Cenote is only so big. There is not much else to do on the premises. And it was crowded when we were there.
  • Great place! Has snack bar, bathrooms, and lockers. Entrance fee. Place to sunbath or lay in a hammock. Cenote is beautiful with large swim through open air caves. Ropes in the water help to make swimming easier. Smaller turtles and fish, rock formations, good snorkeling.
  • Beautiful place, caves to swim in and clear water so you can see what’s below. Entry fee is affordable as is the lockers and snorkeling gear. It’s a pretty magical place, though a bit crowded when we were there in the early afternoon.

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