Cenote Dos Ojos
Cenote Dos Ojos is known as one of the most extravagant diving sites in Mexico, specifically in the Yucatan region. It is also among the country’s largest underwater cave systems. Whether you seek a great diving experience or simply want to marvel at the beauty of this natural formation, you won’t be disappointed by adding the cenote to your itinerary.
Cenote Dos Ojos
Cenote Dos Ojos is best known as a diving site – a go-to for divers in search of something a little different. The term ‘Dos Ojos’ literally translates to “two eyes”. Before you can enter into the cenote, you must walk for a short distance through a lush jungle until you reach a cenote that is perfectly hidden away.
This cenote is part of a flooded cave system that is located north of Tulum in Quintana Roo. The first record of exploration in this cenote was in 1986. Since then, it has become a popular destination for those who are fascinated by caves and cenotes. It is part of the top 10 list of longest underwater cave systems in the world.
Cenote Dos Ojos boasts of the deepest known cave passage in the state of Quintana Roo. This cave passage measures at 118 meters in depth. This cave passage can be found at the Cenote Pit.
The water temperature in this cenote is ideal all year round. This makes it a suitable destination for cave diving, no matter what time of year you go. The average water temperature can range from 25 to 25 degrees Celsius.
The water is also exceptionally clear, which makes it suitable for diving and snorkeling.
There are several varieties of fishes that live in the cenote. There are two types of freshwater shrimp that can be found here.
- Opening hours: 9 AM to 5 PM
- Entrance fee: 200 pesos
- Good for Scuba diving: Yes
- Good for swimming: Yes
- Facilities: Yes
- Car parking: Yes
When you visit Cenote Dos Ojos, you will have the chance to explore a world of underwater cave and caverns like no other. Experience for yourself the tranquil beauty of the pristine waters and underwater world.
Aside from the crystal clear waters, you can also marvel at the stalactite and stalagmite formations inside the caves.
The cenote also has basic facilities available for those who would like to visit. There are bathrooms and changing rooms for those who want to go for a swim. There are two types of diving options here: cavern dives and cave dives.
Cavern dives offer a maximum depth of 10 meters while cave dives are better suited for certified divers.
When entering the cenote for a swim, there is a shallow part on one side of the cenote. There is also a large wooden deck area that you can use as access to the water. This makes the cenote a suitable destination for people of all ages.
HOW TO GET THERE
Cenote Dos Ojos is located in Dos Ojos National Park, which is about 22 kilometers to the north of Tulum. From Tulum, you must take the road that will lead you to Playa del Carmen.
This is a 54-kilometer road so make sure to keep following this road until you reach Tulum. When you are in Tulum, look for the signposts that will provide direction to the park.
Once at the entrance, go to the registry office to pay the entrance fee to the cenote.
WHERE TO STAY
Tulum is the closest major tourist hub from Cenote Dos Ojos. For those who would like to tour the cenote and the surrounding park, staying in Tulum is a great idea.
To get to the cenote from Tulum is only about 30 minutes of drive, which makes it accessible for a day trip.
There are also many types of accommodations from hotels, hostels, and backpacker lodges – you can find it!
This full-day tour starts off from Cancun and towards Tulum wherein you can explore many popular sights in the region. A professional guide will accompany you in this tour to provide background and historical information about the archaeological sites in Tulum.
You will also get to enjoy a refreshing swim at the Cenote Dos Ojos in the Dos Ojos National Park.
Travel back in time as you get to explore the impressive archaeological sites in Tulum. As one of the most beautiful parts of Quintana Roo, you can explore centuries-old ruins and breathtaking cliff-top castles that have been left in ruins, too.
You can also visit some of the best white-sand beaches in Tulum, or take a dip at the breathtaking Cenote Dos Ojos.