Cenote Kukulkan

Cenote Kukulkan is one of over 6,000 cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. This cenote is an underwater photographer’s dream, thanks to its delicate rock formations and awe-inspiring light display. It is also located close to another popular cenote in the region – Chac Mool. These two cenotes are visited as one by tourists who visit the area.

Cenote Kukulkan

Cenote Kukulkan is one of many cenotes in Yucatan Peninsula known for the sun light effect. Located close to the Cenote Chac Mool, these two are often visited together, providing a wonderful natural treat for tourists seeking beautiful cenotes in the area.

Cenote Kukulkan is an open area cenote that comes with a depth of 10 meters or 32 feet. This open area gets a sun light beam that penetrates into the water, along with the surrounding areas of the cenote. It is part of the Chac Mool System with the entrance about 200 feet away from the entrance to the cenote.

To access the cenote, you must go through a beautiful pond that is located on one side of the cenote. The cenote is also the halocline when you reach the 10-meter zone. This halocline is where the salt water and fresh water meet. This area results in the light being reflected back to the walls of the cavern. The light effects look amazing against the darkness within the cave.

Cenote Kukulkan is a popular dive destination in Mexico. During your dive, you will make your way through a large cavern that encompasses the cenote. This is a picturesque dive that reach a maximum depth of 15 meters. The water visibility is good up to the 25-30 meter range. Blurry vision is an issue with this dive due to the low ceiling.

The cavern that houses Cenote Kukulkan is composed of white limestone. This creates a beautiful illumination during the dive when light comes in. Aside from the beautiful light effect, there are stalactites and fossils that are visible on the site.


  • Opening hours: 8 AM to 5 PM
  • Entrance fee: 250 pesos 
  • Good for Scuba diving: Yes
  • Good for swimming: Yes
  • Facilities: Yes 
  • Car parking: Yes


Cenote Kukulkan is one of the most beautiful cenotes in Mexico. Since this cenote is open daily, there are plenty of tourists who come here. However, the restaurant is closed during Sundays.

One of the things that make this cenote stand out is the easy entrance. It is an accessible cenote for tourists of all ages. Aside from the restaurant, there are solid tables available for those who wants to have a picnic.

If you are looking to embark on a cave diving excursion, Cenote Kukulkan is a good cenote to start with. The wipe open area that allows you to dive in fresh water before you proceed to the overhead environment. Since it is close to Chac Mool, many diving operators in the area also include dives to this other cenote.

Aside from being perfect for beginners, Cenote Kukulkan is also popular with underwater photographers.


If you are traveling from Playa del Carmen, you need to travel via the Tulum-Cancun Highway (Highway 307). This drive is a 23.7 kilometer-distance and will run for approximately 23 minutes.

If you are from Tulum, the travel time is about 40 minutes. Those who are visiting the cenote from Cancun must travel for over an hour.


If you would like to visit Cenote Kukulkan, you must stay in Playa del Carmen. You can also find accommodation in Cancun and Tulum as these provide easy access to the cenote, which makes it a suitable destination for day trips.


Half-Day Caves Expedition Daily Adventure

This half-day tour departs from Cancun and is a suitable tour for those who would like to experience the wild side of Mexico. An expert nature guide will accompany the tour that will take you through the historic Mayan jungle. You will be exploring caves to see beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations.

This tour is perfect for tourists who wanted to see a different side to the Yucatan Peninsula. You can find underground caves and cenotes like Cenote Kukulkan to learn about the sacred cenotes.

Chichen Itza Deluxe with Buffet Lunch & Cenote from Merida

This tour is a must for those who are new to Yucatan Peninsula as it takes you to the most important archaeological ruin for the Mayans – Chichen Itza. You will be exploring the ancient temples located in the middle of the jungle. You can also visit the sacred cenotes for the Mayans in the area and the tour is capped off with a hearty lunch!

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