It's easy to see why cenotes hold people in awe. These oases of the jungle inspire adventure lovers, snorkelers, scuba divers, and individuals who wish to experience nature's true beauty. Due to the giant tropical trees, vines and the delicate sunbeams, swimming in the fresh waters feels like stepping back in time. The pristine clear waters and the old formations are beyond flawless.
What is a Cenote?
Cenotes are natural swimming holes formed by the collapse of porous limestone bedrock, which has revealed a secret subterranean world of underground pools. Most cenotes have fresh water that has been carefully filtered by the earth, making them clear and pure enough for you to see straight through to fish frolicking in the plant life below. Most in Tulum have places to soak some sun and relax after a cold, fresh dip in the natural pool. They also have ledges where you can jump from – an amazing rush of adrenaline for adventure lovers!
Diving in a World Underwater
Diving in is the best way to experience the cenotes. Each cenote is different and most aren't just a single sinkhole, but connect to a vast underwater cave system full of chambers and swim-throughs. Snorkeling in a cenote is as beautiful as scuba diving, in fact, both are very unique experiences you don't want to miss. You'll be shifting constantly from one dimension to another as you snorkel around these wonders.
Snorkeling in a cenote is already a fun experience, but there are more activities you can enjoy like kayaking or night scuba diving. The world that lives under these calm, crystal clear waters is beyond belief. You'll see bat caves, rock formations filled with flora and colorful fish swimming close to you depending on the type of cenote you visit. Underwater photographers will be excited with the waters, which allow for clear aquatic-playground shots.
It’s important to note that it is a requirement to take a shower before entering the cenote to keep the water clean. The fragile ecosystem can be damaged by lotions and sunscreens. Most cenotes have facilities where you can change, flashlights, life vests, and snorkeling equipment for rent due to their popularity. Stay tuned for our list of the best cenotes in Tulum!