Why You Should Visit Cenote Dos Ojos (Tulum)


The Definitive Guide to Dos Ojos Cenote (+ My Best Tips)

Cenote Dos Ojos is one of the most stunning cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula and a favorite spot for diving enthusiasts.

In this guide to Dos Ojos Cenote in Tulum, I will give you all the essential information you need to plan your visit.

You will find out about the prices, the best activities, how to get to the cenote on your own or with a tour, and my practical tips to enjoy it.

So, are you ready to visit Dos Ojos Cenote?

What to see and do at Dos Ojos Cenote?

It is called “Dos Ojos” because it consists of two cenotes connected by a 400m underwater passage.

It is part of the largest flooded cave in the world (347km!): Sac Actun.

With its clear water and many hidden spots to explore, it is the perfect place for snorkeling and diving in Yucatan.

In the semi-open part of the cenote, the light and colors are truly stunning.

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cenote dos ojos diving

There are 2 dive routes in Cenote Dos Ojos: Barbie (515 m), Bat Cave (312 m).

  • Barbie: many stalactites and stalagmites, fossils, beautiful with its play of light and quite accessible because it has a maximum depth of 6.5 m and no current (no need to have an advanced level).
  • Baticueva: the “Bat Cave” is a shorter but darker route, almost without natural light, with narrow passages, fossils and stalactites. There is sediment, so it is important to have good buoyancy control.

My advice
No matter what route you choose, it is very important to follow the guide line to get to the exit because it is easy to get lost.
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map dive routes cenote dos ojos

How much does it cost to enter Cenote Dos Ojos?

  • Entrance fee: 400 pesos, includes life jacket, or 800 pesos if you take the snorkel tour (which gives access to the Bat Cave).

Cenote Dos Ojos with kids: is it a good idea?

This is the perfect cenote for families with children because it has all the facilities: changing rooms, lockers (for rent), showers and bathrooms.

There is even a restaurant and picnic area if you prefer to bring your own food.

Where is Cenote Dos Ojos located?

Cenote Dos Ojos is located on the road between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, in the Dos Ojos Park Dos Ojos Park which also houses Cenote Jaguar, Cenote Nicte Ha, Cenote El Pit and Cenote Los Monos.

I really like Cenote Nicte-Ha because it’s not too crowded and it’s very natural. But they all have their own charm, it depends on what you prefer!

Dos Ojos Park is also very close to the Xel-Ha Park (5 min drive) and the beautiful white sandy beaches Xcacel and Chemuyil (10 min on Highway 307).

How to get to Cenote Dos Ojos?

To get there on your own:

  • By car: it’s a 20-minute drive from Tulum and a 40-minute drive from Playa del Carmen on Federal Highway 307. You can park for free.
  • By public transportation: you can take a colectivo between Tulum and Playa del Carmen. Just ask the driver to drop you off at Dos Ojos Park.
My advice
If you take a colectivo, keep in mind that the cenote is 1,55 miles from the entrance on a dirt road.

Walking there can take about 30 minutes and be very tiring in the hot and sunny Yucatan weather.

I suggest renting one of the bikes that are available at the entrance. It is a faster and easier way to get to the cenote. 

Is Cenote Dos Ojos worth visiting?

Cenote Dos Ojos is one of the most popular cenotes in the Riviera Maya, but I still think it’s worth visiting in Tulum because it’s amazing, especially if you like diving!

Plus, since it’s in the same park as the other cenotes I told you about, you can enjoy several cenotes without moving around.

When is the best time to visit Cenote Dos Ojos?

The best time to visit Cenote Dos Ojos is early in the morning, around 8am when it opens, because it gets crowded around 9:30-10am.

Another option is to go in the afternoon, around 3:30-4pm when the groups have left.

What to bring to Cenote Dos Ojos?

  • Cash (they don’t take cards)
  • A towel
  • Your snorkel gear (you can also rent it at the cenote, but it’s cheaper to bring your own!)
  • Repellent and biodegradable sunscreen only
  • Water shoes because they are very handy in the cenotes
Cenote Dos Ojos in Tulum

Where to stay in Tulum

A good place to stay for your visit to this cenote is Tulum. Here’s my list of hotels for every budget

  • Mayan Monkey Tulum: an excellent value for money. Nice modern hostel with a good atmosphere, a pool, bar and garden. Including fast wifi, kitchen access, yoga classes, coworking spaces, and bike and motorcycle rentals. Dorms and private rooms starting at only 24 $usd per night.
  • Casa Almendro: if you are looking for a little more comfort, you will like this small cheap hotel in the center of Tulum. It’s a green oasis with a rooftop terrace with chairs and hammocks. There are king size beds and breakfast is included, from only 50 $usd per night!
  • Diamante K: is a high-end hotel but at a very fair price, which is exceptional in Tulum, especially for a hotel with direct access to the beach in the hotel zone! Bohemian chic atmosphere, including a restaurant, hammocks and beds on the private beach, and a massage service. Bungalows are 207 $usd per night.
  • Our Habitas Tulum: this small eco-friendly hotel with a chic design is ideal for a romantic stay in Tulum. It is a true oasis of peace, hidden among the palm trees, with a magnificent swimming pool and a private beach. There are also yoga classes on the terrace at sunset. From 371 $usd per night!
  • Kanan Tulum- Adults Only: this is the ultimate option for a luxury stay in Tulum. It is an ecological hotel for adults only, located on a beautiful private beach with hammocks and beds. With a fantastic rooftop terrace with a bar; the hotel also has an excellent restaurant, great rooms and a very friendly welcome. From 566 $usd per night!

Rent a Car in Mexico

Renting a car is for sure the best way to explore Tulum and make the most of your stay!

While it’s not super useful to visit the city, having a car is a must to discover the rest of the country.

To rent a car, personnally, I always use Rentalcars.com, for a few reasons:

  • You can easily compare the rental cars prices between all the agencies: for sure the easiest way to find the best rate!
  • Cancellation is often offered free of charge: no need to worry if you change your mind
  • Rentalcars offers full insurance coverage at a lower price than the rental companies, so it’s an instant saving with no effort

Simply click on the green button to find your rental car at the best price:

Find a Cheap Flight to Cancun

Tulum doesn’t have an airport. The closest airport is in Cancun.

So, you need to fly to Cancun (ex: Iberia, Aeromexico, Interjet, KLM, etc.), and then get from Cancun to Tulum.

Dos Ojos Cenote Video

Here is a video that will surely convince you to go to Dos Ojos Cenote during your trip to Tulum 😉

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