Cenote Dos Ojos: Ultimate Guide + Unique Experiences (2024)

Cenote Dos Ojos invites travelers with its crystal-clear waters and mesmerizing underwater caverns in the lush landscapes near Tulum. 

Josh and I were captivated by our first visit, and now, it’s a place we return to every time we stay in Tulum for an extended period. 

Perfect for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts, this cenote offers an aquatic adventure you won’t forget. 

Why add Cenote Dos Ojos to your Tulum itinerary? Let’s unpack what makes this cenote a must-visit!

Swimming in a cenote in Tulum

The Natural Beauty of Cenote Dos Ojos

Cenote Dos Ojos, or ‘Two Eyes Cenote,’ earns its name from two neighboring circular cenotes that look like a pair of wide, staring eyes into the underworld.

 These natural pools are linked by a massive cavern zone, famed for some of the clearest waters on the planet—a visibility dream come true for underwater explorers!

Historical Significance and Formation

These cenotes, formed over thousands of years, were revered by the ancient Maya as sacred portals to the underworld

The spiritual and historical presence is tangible as you float in waters that have hosted Mayan rituals and culture.

Planning Your Visit to Parque Dos Ojos

Here’s everything you need to know to plan your trip to Cenote Dos Ojos which is just one of the cenotes at Parque Dos Ojos

While you’re there, don’t miss the chance to explore Cenote Jaguar, an open-air cenote that’s just as breathtaking. 

Since you’re already planning a trip to the park, why not maximize your adventure and experience with another one of these enchanting cenotes?

Now, let’s jump into the details, shall we? 

Swimming at Dos Ojos Cenote

CENOTE DOS OJOS DETAILS

  • ENTRANCE FEE: 350 MXN per person [$18 USD]. Payment in CASH ONLY at the Parque Dos Ojos Visitor Center entrance.
  • HOURS: 9 am – 5 pm.
  • BEST TIMES TO VISIT: Early mornings or weekdays to avoid crowds.
  • CENOTE TYPES: Both are semi-open cenotes
  • CENOTE DEPTH: 118 meters (396 ft) – deepest known cave passage in Quintana Roo!
  • LOCATION: A 15-20  minute drive from Tulum Centro, accessible by car, scooter, or taxi just off Highway 307 that connects Tulum to Cancun.

FACILITIES AND SERVICES AVAILABLE At Cenote Dos Ojos

  • FACILITIES: Bathrooms, changing rooms, and showers are available on-site.
  • AVAILABLE RENTALS:
    • Snorkel and Mask: $70 MXN | $4 USD
    • Locker: $50 MXN | $3 USD
  • PARKING: This cenote offers free parking
  • SNACK STAND: Inside there is a snack stand with packaged goods and refreshments to purchase. 

Parque Dos Ojos

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES at Cenote Dos Ojos – That You’ll Love!

  • SWIMMING: Jump into the cool waters for a relaxing swim. Life jackets are provided free of charge.
  • SNORKELING: Snorkeling here is accessible for beginners and offers a thrilling visual treat for all skill levels.
  • SCUBA DIVING: Dive beneath the surface of the cave to see a lively underwater scene filled with colorful fish and marine life.

SNORKELING EXPERIENCES

Equip yourself with a snorkel and mask, and glide over rock formations and schools of fish that navigate the clear waters. Great for beginners too!

🔷 TULUM PRIVATE TOUR WITH TURTLES AND CENOTE SNORKELING (I Highly Recommend!!)

  • Details: In this private guided tour you will visit Tulum Ruins (Tulum Archaeological Site), Cenote Dos Ojos, and Akumal Beach. This tour includes snorkeling gear, transportation, and lunch. 
  • Price Range: Around USD $193+ 
  • Duration: 6 – 7 hours
  • ➡️ Booking: Private Cenote Snorkeling Adventure 

🔷 TULUM AREA GUIDED E-BIKE + SNORKELING JUNGLE TOUR

  • Details: This experience includes Dos Ojos, Tak Bae Ha, and Tak Bae Lum cenotes, E-bike transportation, snorkeling gear, and lunch.
  • Price Range: Approximately USD $180+
  • Duration: 8 hours – A full-day experience
  • ➡️ Booking: Dos Ojos & 2 Cenotes + Lunch Experience

Experiences at Cenote Dos Ojos in Tulum

SCUBA DIVING EXPERIENCES

For those looking for more depth, scuba diving in Dos Ojos lets you explore the famed Bat Cave and Barbie Line. 

Diving through these caverns filled with stalactites and stalagmites feels like entering another world – No wonder it’s one of the most highly recommended cenotes to scuba dive!

🔷 CENOTE DIVING WITH – THE CENOTE GUY

Important Note: You must be a certified diver to do this!! A minimum certification required to be able to dive in Cenotes is OPEN WATER or equivalent

You’ll need to fill out paperwork — Here’s the (description of the day). 

  • Details: If you are looking for an amazing experience, look no further than The Cenote Guy! –This experience includes scuba gear, transportation, water, snacks, and sharing a meal in a typical Mexican restaurant. 
  • Price Range: 160 USD + 600 Pesos –  you can pay with a Credit/Debit card 
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Dives: 2 cenotes (45 minutes each)
  • ➡️ Booking: Scuba Diving Cenote Dos Ojos
  • ➡️ Contact: WhatsApp [+ 52 984 100 78 65]

Scuba Diving at Cenote Dos Ojos

HOW TO GET to Cenote Dos Ojos

Cenote Dos Ojos is 11 miles (19 km) away from Tulum Centro (Downtown Tulum). About 20 minutes driving straightforward from Highway 307

Even with so many things to do in Tulum, Cenote Dos Ojos is well worth a visit!

  • DISTANCE: 11 miles (19 km)
  • TRAVEL TIME: About 20 minutes in normal traffic from Tulum Centro
  • ➡️ GOOGLE MAPS LOCATION: 📍 Cenote Dos Ojos

BY TAXI:

Cost: Approximately $300 MXN each way from Tulum Centro.

Pro Tip: Taxis may not be readily available at the cenote for the return journey. It’s advisable to save your driver’s WhatsApp number on your phone for convenience.

BY SCOOTER:

Scooter Rental: Available for $30- $40 USD at many rental shops in Tulum.

BY CAR:

➡️ Renting a car in Tulum turned out to be the perfect choice for us, offering the freedom to explore Mayan ruins like Chichen Itza (Seven New Wonders of the World) and magical cenotes such as Zazil Tunich Cenote + Museo at our own pace. 

Parque Dos Ojos in Tulum

Tips for Visiting Cenote Dos Ojos

Here are some suggestions to ensure a smooth visit:

SAFETY GUIDELINES – [Cenote Preparation Guide]

  • Adhere strictly to marked paths and heed all local safety instructions.
  • If you decide to dive,  you must be a certified diver and go with a certified guide. 
  • Shower before you jump into the cenotes – It’s mandatory!

WHAT TO BRING

  • SWIMMING ESSENTIALS: Bring swimwear, towels, goggles, and water shoes for a comfortable experience.
  • SUN PROTECTION: Opt for long-sleeve swimwear and hats, as sunscreen is prohibited inside the cenote to protect the ecosystem.
  • MOSQUITO REPELLENT: For after your swim. The use of mosquito repellent is not permitted before swimming to protect the water quality and aquatic life. You’ll have to shower before entering the cenote.
  • SNACKS AND WATER: Pack your own so you won’t need to buy anything at the snack stand. 
  • LEAVE NO TRACE BEHIND – Make sure not to leave any garbage in the cenote or surrounding jungle.
  • A WATERPROOF CAMERA or PHONE CASE (is a must!) —you’ll definitely want to capture the beauty of this place.

Taking a photo at a cenote in Tulum

FAQs About Cenote Dos Ojos

WHAT ARE THE OPENING HOURS FOR CENOTE DOS OJOS?

It’s open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO VISIT CENOTE DOS OJOS? 

250 MXN per person. Payment in CASH ONLY at the Parque Dos Ojos Visitor Center entrance.

WHAT ACTIVITIES CAN YOU DO AT CENOTE DOS OJOS?

Visitors can enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming.

IS SNORKELING GEAR AVAILABLE FOR RENT AT CENOTE DOS OJOS?

Yes! You can rent all the necessary equipment on-site.

HOW DEEP IS DOS OJOS CENOTE?

Dos Ojos contains the deepest known cave passage in Quintana Roo with 118 meters (396 ft). 

WHERE IS CENOTE DOS OJOS?

The two cenotes are located within Parque Dos Ojos. After entering the park, a 5-minute drive full of bumpy roads due to potholes will get you to the cenote’s parking lot. 

ARE THERE CENOTES NEAR CENOTE DOS OJOS?

Yes! – I highly recommend not just sticking to Cenote Dos Ojos but, exploring Cenote Jaguar. It’s a fun open-air cenote with a zipline across the water and jumping platforms! 

ARE THERE FOOD AND DRINK OPTIONS AT CENOTE DOS OJOS?

There is a snack stand where you can find refreshments and packaged snacks, although the options are somewhat limited. 

Since there aren’t any full-service restaurants on-site, it’s wise to bring along your own snacks and (filtered) water to stay fueled throughout your visit. 

Snorkeling in a cenote

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Concluding Thoughts

For more activities in the area and free things to enjoy in Tulum, check out Best Free Things to Do in Tulum and Top 10 Activities in Tulum.

Josh and I hold Cenote Dos Ojos in high regard—it remains our favorite among the many cenotes near Tulum

Whether you seek a serene swim or an exhilarating dive, Cenote Dos Ojos promises a memorable adventure that taps into the mystical allure of Tulum.

Drop a comment below if you have any questions or want to share your experiences with us! Stay tuned for more Tulum adventures with Aqua Apple!

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