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Grand Cenote, Tulum
(4.3/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web)
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. To visit Grand Cenote and other attractions in Tulum, use our Tulum trip itinerary builder.
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  • Close to Tulum (10 to 15 minutes by bike), this cenote is really beautiful. You will have the opportunity to swim with the fish of the places and observe the turtles. Tip: bring masks and snorkels, this will save you from will pay rent; the region is full of places to snorkel so your purchase will pay for itself.
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  • Horrible staff. Artificial Cenote without interest and expensive! Small cenote is not well named
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  • We packed our snorkel gear(available for rent as well) and drove to Gran Cenote from Tulum, about 10 minutes away. For the price it is a must see(less than $10 USD). The water is pretty chilly so be p...  more »
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  • Very rude and incompetent staff! We tried to go for a cave dive and my friend had lost his wallet, and didn't have his cave certification. The staff told us that the dive shop could give him a provisional card and we could dive the next day. After getting a provisional card, we tried again only to be told by a different person that they don't accept provisional cards and the card needed to be the original plastic. After we explained all newly certified divers use provisional cards and that plastic cards take at least two weeks to be requested and to arrive by mail, they told us to come back next year. Avoid this place--they don't deserve your business! There are way better cenotes for diving and also snorkeling, and I won't be going there until they reeducate their staff.
  • We tried to go for a cave dive and my friend had lost his wallet, and didn't have his cave certification. The staff told us that the dive shop could give him a provisional card and we could dive the next day. After getting a provisional card, we tried again only to be told by a different person that they don't accept provisional cards and the card needed to be the original plastic. After we explained all newly certified divers use provisional cards and that plastic cards take at least two weeks to be requested and to arrive by mail, they told us to come back next year. Avoid this place--they don't deserve your business! There are way better cenotes for diving and also snorkeling, and I won't be going there until they reeducate their staff.
  • Good fun place to go for a cool swim or a snorkel. I can imagine it gets packed in high season, but right now (end of September) it was fine.
  • The Grand Cenote was recommended to me by the parking attendants grandfather who I met after my visit through Tulum. The Grand Cenote was amazing. The water was crystal clear. I made my visit during the middle of October and the cenote was quiet and pristine with two other couples there. This cenote is home to a lot of fish and turtles. After a hot visit to Tulum, this place is the perfect spot to cool down and relax. 5 Stars. I will post pictures soon.
  • It is a beautiful cave, and quite big, but a bit expensive (150mx$ Oct 2016) compared to other cenotes, and you have to pay extra for most services (shower, changing room and toilet is free, lifevest, snorkel gear and lockers are extra.). If you can swim comfortably for more than ten minutes, skip the lifevest. You can swim from one entrance to the next trough a cave, one end you can stand in. There is a cool underwater cave underneath but that's for divers. Turtle area is small and unimpressive. Staff is friendly.