Cenote Zacil-Ha: Your Ultimate Guide

Have you ever experienced the serene beauty of a cenote? Cenote Zacil-Ha, located in Tulum, is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a fun escape. As someone who’s lived in Tulum, I can assure you, it’s an experience you won’t forget.

A cenote near Tulum

Why Visit Cenote Zacil-Ha?

Cenote Zacil-Ha stands out with its crystal-clear waters and serene ambiance. It’s perfect for a refreshing swim or just lounging by the water’s edge.

The cenote’s natural beauty is a photographer’s dream! And let’s not forget the amenities– They have a restaurant, regular swimming pools, and even cabanas if you want to spend the night. Whether you want to snorkel, zipline, or simply admire its natural beauty, Cenote Zacil Ha is sure to take your breath away.

Getting to Cenote Zacil-Ha

Cenote Zacil-Ha is conveniently located a short 15-minute drive from Tulum Centro. Whether you rent a car, or scooter, or take a taxi, the journey is straightforward. 

Experiencing Cenote Zacil-Ha

  • Swimming and Snorkeling: The cenote’s clear waters are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Don’t forget to bring your snorkel gear to explore the underwater world. There are no snorkeling rentals on site. 
  • 2 Man-Made Swimming Pools: Sometimes the cenote gets a bit crowded, so there is one pool for adults and one for kids to enjoy. 
  • Ziplining: You can zipline above the cenote and even jump in.
  • Eating: There is one restaurant available on-site that serves great food. They serve alcoholic beverages too. Just remember it’s cash-only
  • Relaxing: The cenote has lounge chairs where you can just relax and soak in the natural beauty.

Planning Your Visit

  • Entrance Fee: The entry to Cenote Zacil-Ha is $300 MXN per person (about $17 USD)- Cash Only!
  • Hours: Opening hours are from 10 am – 6 pm
  • Best Times to Visit: I recommend visiting early in the morning or on weekdays to avoid the crowds. 

The sign for cenote Zacil-Ha in Tulum

Essential Rules & What To Bring to Cenote Zacil-Ha

  • Swim Gear: Bring swimwear, 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.
  • Food & Alcohol Policy: Bringing alcoholic beverages or snacks to Cenote Zazil-Ha is prohibited.
  • Mosquito Repellent: To protect the cenote’s delicate ecosystem, the use of mosquito repellent is not permitted before swimming. This rule helps preserve the water quality for all visitors and the aquatic life within. Shower off before swimming into the cenote.
  • Leave no trace behind – Don’t leave any trash behind or in the jungle.

Facilities and Amenities

Cenote Zacil-Ha is well-equipped with amenities. You’ll find changing rooms, restrooms, showers, a restaurant, two regular swimming pools, and places to relax, and stay the night if you wish. Remember, it’s all about enjoying the natural setting in comfort. 

  • Locker Rental: $20 pesos (about $1.50 USD)
  • Zipline Cenote Ride: $10 MXN pesos (about 50¢) per person, per ride.
  • Jumping Platforms: You’ll find several platforms to jump from as well as a rope to hold onto for safety in the cenote.
  • Restaurant: Delicious food from tacos, beer, snacks, and refreshing non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Lifeguards: Making this cenote an ideal spot for families.
  • Parking: This cenote offers free parking.

Cenote Zacil-Ha in Tulum

Preserving the Beauty of Cenote Zacil-Ha

It’s important to respect the natural environment. Please use eco-friendly products and avoid littering to keep the cenote pristine for future visitors.


How Deep is Cenote Zacil-Ha?

Depth: has a depth of 3 meters (10 feet), Ideal for both casual swimmers and divers. There is a rope across the cenote to hold onto.

How Much is the Entrance Fee at Cenote Zacil-Ha?

300 MXN per person- cash only! So bring your pesos.

Is the Cenote Water Safe?

This cenote is ideal for both casual swimmers and snorkelers. While most cenotes, including Cenote Zacil-Ha, are safe, some cenotes in the Tulum area including: (Cenote Cristal, Calavera, and Casa Cenote) have been known to have contaminants. 

The statue at the cenote

Is Cenote Zacil-Ha Cash Only?

Yes! –  Cenote Zacil-Ha is a cash-only place. This includes entry fees snacks, drinks, and other services. 

Are there Facilities at Cenote Zacil-Ha?

Yes! – Cenote Zacil-Ha is equipped with various amenities including restaurants, restrooms, showers, life jacket rentals, locker rentals, lounge chairs, 2 swimming pools, and cabin rentals. 

➡️ My recommended Cabin Rental

  • Single cabin: About $1,500 pesos per night (about $90 USD) 
  • Large cabin: About $4,000 pesos per night (about $235 USD)

A cabana you can stay at in Tulum

How Far is Cenote Zacil-Ha from Tulum?

Cenote Zacil Ha is 5 miles (9 km) away from Tulum Centro (Downtown Tulum). About 15 minutes. Don’t forget to add Cenote Zacil Ha to your Tulum itinerary.

Even with so many things to do in Tulum, Cenote Zacil-Ha is still well worth a visit.

  • Distance: 5 miles (9 km)
  • Travel Time: About 15 minutes in normal traffic from Tulum Centro
  • Google Maps Location: 📍 Cenote Zacil-Ha

Is Cenote Zacil-Ha Family Friendly?

Yes! – With lifeguards on duty and shallow waters, it’s a great spot for families, including those with non-swimmers.

One of the pools at the cenote

What to Bring to Cenote Zacil Ha?

Bring swim gear, water shoes, a quick-dry towel, and a waterproof camera for an enjoyable visit. Remember, sunscreen and mosquito repellent are not allowed inside the cenote. You’ll need to rinse off before jumping in the water. 

Are There Cenotes Near Cenote Zacil-Ha?

Yes!Cenote Car Wash is within walking distance and there is also Gran Cenote, Dos Ojos Cenote, Cenote Atik, and Cenote Zemway Park nearby. 

➡️ Looking for more cenotes near Tulum, check out our favorites! 

The wooded walkway to Laguna Kaan Luum in Tulum
Laguna Kaan Luum

Can You Snorkle at Cenote Zacil-Ha?

 Yes – You can snorkel, but you’ll need to bring your gear

Tulum has several shops where you can find snorkeling gear:

  • Acuatic Tulum Dive Center: This shop caters to all your snorkeling needs, offering a range of masks, fins, snorkels, wetsuits, and life vests. Plus, you can rent underwater cameras to capture your cenote adventures. The staff here are not only friendly but also knowledgeable, providing valuable tips on the best snorkeling spots.
  • Akumal Dive Shop: Renowned for its high-quality gear and camera rentals, they also offer guided snorkeling tours in the most picturesque cenotes, ensuring a safe and memorable experience.
  • Google Maps Location: 📍Akumal Dive Shop

Are There Cenote Zahil-Ha Tours?

Yes! – There are many tours you can book. Here are some of our recommended tours to enjoy Cenote Zahil-Ha and others nearby. 

🔷 Kaan Luum Lagoon, Cenote Zacil Ha & Cenote Kuxtal Tour from Tulum | ➡️ Booking Link Here

🔷 Cenote Kuxtal & Zacil Ha with Lagoon! Transportation from Tulum | ➡️ Booking Link Here

🔷 Kaan Luum Lagoon with Cenote Kuxtal & Zacil Ha + Playa Paraiso | ➡️ Booking Link Here

An image of Cenote Zacil-Ha in Tulum


Cenote Zacil-Ha is a beautiful, accessible, and affordable destination in Tulum. Whether you’re looking to relax, swim, or simply escape the hustle and bustle, this cenote offers a perfect retreat.

Remember to check out Cenote Snorkeling in Tulum for more adventures and explore Best Things to Do in Tulum for a comprehensive travel guide.

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The ultimate guide to Cenote Zacil-Ha in Tulum, Mexico

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