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Gran Cenote – One of the Best Places for Cave Diving & Snorkeling

The crystal clear Mayan waters of Gran Cenote are delightful and impressive sight for snorkelers and scuba divers from all over the world. Gran Cenote is considered one of the best places in the world for cavern and cave diving, as well as for snorkelling. As its name implies, it is a very large cenote set amongst the jungle greenery. Gran Cenote is the main entrance of Sistema Sac Actun (The White Cave), which is a labyrinth of rivers that are all connected and which lies deep within the heart of Riviera Mаya. Sac Actun system is currently the longest underwater cave system in the world with over 346 km of passages and over 130 cenotes connected within the system.

Gran Cenote is located on the highway to the Mayan ruins in Coba just 4 km outside the city of Tulum. Once you reach the site, you will find a huge parking area and a staircase leading to this large Cenote. This impressive formation is easily accessed through a beautiful and well-maintained garden area. There are lockers, changing rooms, showers and restrooms on the premises. For a nice finish of this exciting cenote tour, there are chairs and area to relax.

Snorkelers can enjoy spending time in the sandy area to the bottom of the stairs. Explore some of the formations in the shallow waters of the cave structure or spend time with fish and turtles swimming among the lily pads.

Divers will be amazed by the geological marvels hidden in the caverns – hundreds of beautiful stalactites hanging from the ceiling and stalagmites directed upwards in a remarkable way. The Cavern zone is widely open with good light penetration and spectacular views. The formations and walls of the cavern are very light in color and visibility is outstanding throughout the whole year. The cavern dive leads to the edge of the circular shaped Cenote, which has a maximum depth of 10m. Perfect buoyancy is required as the Cavern Dive and Cave Dive passages are highly decorated. Cave divers can explore various routes within the stunningly decorated caves, passageways and chambers.

Gran Cenote Detailed Information

  • Why visit: very decorated cavern, sandy bottom, full of plants: lirios, home to turtles and bats
  • Suitable for: snorkeling, cavern & cave diving
  • Accessibility: all year long
  • Average water temperature: 20C (68F)
  • Average air temperature: 25-30C (77-86F)
  • Water visibility: 10-30m
  • Water depth: 9m (30ft)
  • Dive duration: 40 minutes
  • Tanks: 1
  • Certification required for diving: Cavern or cave diving
  • Very good buoyancy required for diving

Check the prices for Gran Cenote adventures

Gran Cenote toursPrices USDDuration
1 dive in Gran cenote$1598 – 11:30am / 1 – 4:30pm
2 dives in different locations (we recommend: Gran Cenote & Dos Ojos)$1898am – 12:30pm / 1 – 5:30pm
3 dives in different locations (we recommend: El Pit & Dos Ojos & Gran cenote)$2398am – 4pm
1 cave dive in Gran Cenote$1898am – 1pm / 1 – 6pm
2 cave dives in Gran Cenote’s Cuzana Loop & Paso del Lagarto$2499am – 2pm
2 cave dives in different cenotes: Gran Cenote & Dos Ojos or Calavera

$2499am – 2pm
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2-4 people small group visits – every day, meeting points available: Tulum, Playa Del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras
Open water certification or equivalent is required for scuba diving.
Cavern & Cave diving certification is required for cavern & cave diving.
For private tours, please contact us, so we can provide an exclusive offer for you.
Prices include:
Transportation to and from the meeting point
High quality dive equipment rental: full dive gear set, tanks, air, 5mm wetsuit, boots, fins, bcd, dive computer and torches
Free GoPro & video lights rental
Insurance for you and your belongings
Prices are fixed, regardless of the number of people in the group.