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Cenote Dos Ojos

written in collaboration with Absolute Adventure (4 spots)


Cenote Dos Ojos (“Two Eyes” in English) is certainly the most filmed and photographed cenote of the Riviera Maya. These two neighboring cenotes, connected by a very large cavern zone, are part of one of the most famous underground river systems in the world. With its caverns full of crystal clear water, stalagmites and stalactites, Cenote Dos Ojos is a must do for any snorkeler looking for a singular experience.
How to get there?

The Cenote Dos Ojos (opened from 8am to 5pm, everyday) is located near Xel Ha Park, about 30 miles (50km) south of Playa del Carmen and 12 miles (20km) north of Tulum. All the group taxis (known locally “collectivos”) which travel non-stop along federal route 307 stop there (« Xel Ha » stop, under the bridge). If you’re coming by car (or by private taxi), you’ll have to park (or be dropped off) at the entrance. Buy your tickets at the main gate and walk 15 to 20 minutes through the jungle to reach the Cenote.



You can also book a day tour including a visit to Cenote Dos Ojos with a local tour operator. You’ll have a large choice of excursions, as tour organizers are particularly numerous along the Riviera Maya.

Water entrance

Given that several stairs have been installed on the wooden decks bordering the cenotes, water entrance is particularly easy.
Exploration

Cenote Dos Ojos is made of two sinkholes of approximately 70m in diameter, connected by a 400-meters long passageway. When the water level is high enough, you can swim through a narrow passage to reach the “Bat Cave”, much darker, and inhabited by hundreds of bats.

The visibility through the water is amazing and offers wonderful light effects. It is quite likely that you have never seen so crystal clear waters in your life. The cenotes are not full of fish, but the area, including the jungle, offers nice opportunities of wildlife sights (bat, motmot bird, snake, iguana, tarantula, fox and many other species).

Snorkeling at Cenote Dos Ojos Tulum Mexico
Snorkeling at Cenote Dos Ojos

The water temperature is perfect for snorkeling, at a constant 76-77°F (24-25°C) throughout the year. Stalactite and stalagmite are spectacular, but also highly fragile, and can be broken by a passing swimfin. Don’t touch anything, and watch where you are going, especially when your way lies through narrow passages.

Roof of the caves is very low in some places: e careful when you go back up to the surface. In any case, free diving should not be practiced in the cenote without a certified guide. Do not use chemical insect repellent or sunscreen lotion, which pollutes the water of the cenote and kill wildlife.

Restaurant and accommodation

Two restaurants (Restaurante Dos Ojos and Restaurante Juanita), serving local Mexican food, are located next to the main parking area (around 150/200 pesos per person for a meal and drink).

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

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Spot tips

  • Type of spot
  • Level of difficulty
    All levels
  • Maximum depth
    30ft/10m
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from stairs
  • Lifeguard
    Yes
  • Visitor numbers
    Medium to high
  • Access costs
    200 pesos pp. (approx. 14$)
  • Restaurants nearby
    Yes
  • Public toilets & showers
    Yes

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