Cenote Akumal

Cenote Akumal, also called Cenote Yal Ku, is located north of Tulum and south of Playa del Carmen. This cenote is frequently visited by tourists who like to see the top tourist attractions in the area. It’s one of those that are located close to the ocean, specifically near the Yal Ku Lagoon,  therefore providing a mixture of fresh and salt water, which gives a unique swimming and diving experience.

Cenote Akumal

Cenote Akumal is part of a system of underground caves and sinkholes that tourists can swim in, or dive. The underground reservoirs also boast of limestone caves that

Cenote Akumal is rich in a variety of marine life species. Among those that you will get to encounter in this cenote are manta rays, tropical fishes, and sea turtles. Whether you want to go swimming or snorkeling, an encounter with these species will be the highlight of your visit to the cenote.

This cenote, which is connected to an underground limestone chamber, is believed to be over 50 million years old. Like many other cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, they all have sacred value to the Mayan civilization.

You will be able to enjoy not just crystal clear waters and an impressive array of rock formations, the underwater atmosphere is also worthy of exploration.


  • Opening hours: 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Entrance fee: 200 pesos
  • Good for Scuba diving: Yes, very good
  • Good for swimming: Yes
  • Facilities: Yes
  • Car parking: Yes

Cenote Akumal is one of the stops for tourists who like to enjoy and experience the best cenotes in Tulum, Mexico. This is a little inlet that is made up of a mixture of fresh water and some ocean water (due to its proximity to the ocean). This has resulted in a unique and diverse ecosystem.

For those who choose to dive this cenote, you will feel that as you go deeper into the water, the water temperature also increases as there is a higher concentration of salt water. Many of those that have dived this cenote also describe it as a natural and giant aquarium due to the abundance of tropical fish species that you will encounter.

There are a few facilities available on the site of the cenote, but they are limited to the very basic ones such as changing rooms and toilets. If you plan to dive or snorkel, it is recommended that you bring your own gear.

You will not be able to find rental facilities for diving or snorkeling gear near the cenote. If you are visiting as part of a tour, they will provide life jackets for those who would swim or snorkel.

Compared to other cenotes in Tulum, Cenote Akumal is a bit shallow. But for those who come here without any plans to swim, you will find many relaxation areas outside of the lagoon area. There are benches and shaded areas that you can relax in.

There are a set of shallow pools available in this lagoon so it never feels crowded even during the peak season.


If you are traveling from Tulum to Cenote Akumal, you must travel via the Carr. Cancun-Tulum road. Once you reach the main entrance, you must walk towards Akumal.

You can also take your vehicle or ride a taxi to get to the lagoon as it can be a long walk to get there. Simply follow the signposts so you know when you’ve reached the cenote.


If you want to visit Cenote Akumal, it is recommended that you use Tulum as a hub. There are several accommodation options in the area so you can easily find a place to stay that is within your budget.

From hotels, to hostels, and backpacker’s lodge, you can find your ideal accommodation in Tulum.


Marine Turtle Observation

The sea turtles are one of the must-see attractions when visiting the cenote in Akumal. The Yal ku Lagoon even earned the nickname “Place of the Turtles” because of their rich abundance in the area. If you are looking for a unique type of cenote to explore, make sure you check out this tour.

Your tour will be accompanied by a guide who will take you to the Cenote Akumal for a chance to snorkel with sea turtles in the world’s second largest coral reef. You can also choose to go swimming or diving in the cenote to make the most of the crystal clear waters.

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