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Swim or Snorkel the Scenic Gran Cenote in Tulum

One of Mexico’s most famous and beautiful cenotes, this collection of crystal-clear underground sinkholes is a must-visit for aquatic adventurers while visiting Tulum. Located along scenic jungle greenery, the limestone caves and caverns that make up the Gran Cenote are connected by waterways and wooden walkways and home wildlife including fish, bats, and turtles. Rent snorkeling or diving gear to get up close to the caverns’ stunning depths or swim along the crystalline waters that are so clear, you can easily see the underwater marine life. 

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    • Admission: $25 USD
    • Equipment rental is subject to additional fees


  • Daily: 8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Major Structures

    • Restrooms
    • Lockers
    • Showers
    • Food Stalls (outside entrance)


    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Scuba Diving
    • Freediving
    • Sunbathing
    • Wildlife & Nature Viewing
    • Photography



How Do I Take A Diving Or Snorkeling Lesson At The Gran Cenote?

While you can rent equipment for snorkeling or diving the Gran Cenote on your own, divers and and swimmers who are inexperienced can take a guided tour that includes a lesson from one of several diving schools in Tulum. The costs of organized group dives and tours vary, but include all equipment rental, transportation, admission to the Gran Cenote, insurance, and GoPro / video light rentals.

When Is The Best Time To Visit The Gran Cenote?

Because of its immense popularity, the Gran Cenote can get crowded throughout the day. The best time to visit on your own is upon opening at 8:00 a.m., before the tourist buses and groups arrive mid-morning. Later in the afternoon, around 3:00 p.m., is also a great time to visit since the majority of visitors will have left by then. The Gran Cenote is open year-round and is least crowded during the rainier months between May and October.