The Gran Cenote really does live up to its name and if you only have time to see one cenote this one should be high on your list. It is both impressive in size and visually stunning with many intricate stalactites and stalagmites.
Grand Cenote is the main entrance of Sistema Sac Actun (The White Cave) which is presently the 2nd longest underwater cave system in the world spanning 176km/110miles of mapped passageways and with over 130 interconnected cenotes within the system.
The Cavern Zone is large and open with very good light source, offering spectacular views of the entrance from the rear of the Cavern. The formations and walls of the cavern are very light in colour and visibility is good all year round.
There are areas for swimmers, snorkelers and scuba divers where you can see fish and even turtles if you’re lucky but be careful not to hit your head on the stalactites! There is a small sandy beach area for people who prefer to observe and shallow areas for apprehensive swimmers and snorkelling beginners. Swim fins, life jackets, masks and snorkels are available for rent at for Grand Cenote though you should consider renting snorkling equipment at your resort beforehand as it will be cheaper, especially if you intend on doing a lot of snorkelling. There are washrooms and changing facilities on site.
This attraction provides a short but very enjoyable excursion that the whole family can experience together and you can always combine it with a visit to the nearby ruins of Tulum or even a bit further on to the fascinating archaeological site at Coba.
Tip: Remember to bring an underwater camera to get some dramatic photographs of your day. Also please don’t apply sun cream before your visit as it contaminates the natural water and environment.
Off Highway 307, when you get to the second set of traffic lights in Tulum. Head towards the Coba ruins about 3 kilometres where you will see a sign for Gran Cenote on your right.
Snorkelers-$120 pesos. Scuba Divers-$200 pesos.