Cenote Dos Ojos Tulum: The Ultimate Visitor’s Guide for 2024

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Then let me officially welcome you to the Ultimate Guide to Cenote Dos Ojos! I’ve been living in Mexico since 2018, with countless trips to Tulum and the best Tulum cenotes — and if there’s one cenote I know will be a crowd-pleaser, it’s Dos Ojos.

Put simply, Cenote Dos Ojos is one of the best cenotes near Tulum for diving enthusiasts and snorkelers. A remarkable destination, this beautiful place also ranks high on my list of must-visit cenotes in the area, even if you just want to swim and lounge around.

From things to do at Cenote Dos Ojos and tips on avoiding the crowds, to how much the Cenote Dos Ojos entrance fee is and how to get to the cenote — all the info you need is right here. Without further ado, let’s get to it!

Cenote Dos Ojos Tulum: The Complete Visitor’s Guide

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The water is crystal clear in Cenote Dos Ojos, which makes it one of the most Instagrammable spots in Tulum. (Photo: Roberto Nickson, via Unsplash)

What is Cenote Dos Ojos?

Cénote Dos Ojos is renowned as one of the most beautiful and largest cenotes in the country. In Spanish, the name Dos Ojos means “Two Eyes Cenote,” which perfectly describes this natural wonder.

There are two cenotes here, and these two neighboring sinkholes (or, “eyes”) are connected by a 400-meter-long corridor boardwalk. These go by a few names, like the West Eye and East Eye, or the Ojo Azul (Blue Eye) and Ojo Negro (Black Eye).

These two sinkholes are flooded with crystal clear blue water, creating a stunning underground landscape for divers and snorkelers. ⚠️ Note: You must be with a guide to enter the Ojo Negro, and it’s open to divers only.

It’s a part of the Sistema Dos Ojos, one of the longest underground cave systems in the world. Its neighboring cave system, Sistema Ox Bel Ha, is the longest explored underwater cave in the world at about 168-miles-long (270 km).

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Where is Dos Ojos located?

Cenote Dos Ojos is located at 77774 Quintana Roo, Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula. It is located between Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

The Cenote Dos Ojos location is just under 14 miles north of Tulum (22 kilometers), and 31 miles south of Playa del Carmen (58 kilometers).

Though between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, it’s closer to Tulum. When you visit Cenote Dos Ojos, plan for about a 20 minute drive from Tulum Town (AKA Downtown Tulum) in your rental car, and closer to 45 minutes from Playa del Carmen.


📲 Note: I highly recommend anyone visiting to get a Mexico SIM Card. Your signal will likely go in and out in the more rural parts of the Yucatan Peninsula, where many Mexican cenotes near Tulum are located.

You can also download an offline map from Google Maps or Maps.Me before you drive to Cenote Dos Ojos. This offline map will come in handy for a Yucatan road trip for a Yucatan road trip.

🤿 Dos Ojos Cenote Park

Part of Cenote Dos Ojos Park (which is called Parque Dos Ojos in Spanish), you’ll be able to find other cenotes in this same complex. These Dos Ojos cenotes Tulum include: Cenote Nicte Ha, Cenote El Pit, Cenote Los Monos, and Cenote Jaguar.

Whether you’re based in the heart of Tulum, often referred to as Tulum Town or Tulum Pueblo, or soaking up the sun on the picturesque Tulum Beach (Tulum Playa), reaching Dos Ojos Cenote is a hassle-free experience.

Its proximity to other popular sites in the Riviera Maya further enhances its appeal as a must-visit natural attraction.

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What are the Cenote Dos Ojos hours?

Dos Ojos Cenote hours are from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, seven days a week. The last entry is typically allowed an hour before closing, so plan your visit accordingly.

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If you arrive within 1-2 hours of opening, or 1-2 hours of closing, you’ll get to enjoy this cenote in peace and without the crowds.

Still, Dos Ojos Cenote is open daily so this schedule allows visitors plenty of time to enjoy the natural beauty and activities offered here.

⚠️ Note: Timing is everything if you want to avoid the crowds. Getting there early not only helps you beat the crowds but also allows you to experience the cenote’s tranquil morning vibes. 

Since Tulum is in the Eastern Time Zone (UTC -05:00), you can easily align your visit with other activities planned in the area. However, if you cross into Yucatan state to visit these cenotes, that is the Central Standard Time Zone (CST -06:00).

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What’s the best time to visit Cenote Dos Ojos?

To avoid the crowds, the best time to visit Cenote Dos Ojos is early in the morning, preferably right after opening.

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Though Cenote 2 Ojos is the most famous cenote here, you can visit other cenotes in Parque Dos Ojos to see more Tulum cenotes.

Of course, weekdays are generally less busy compared to weekends, providing a more tranquil experience. 

Visiting during these times allows you to better enjoy the cenote’s natural beauty and clearer water for activities like snorkeling or diving.

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How much time do I need at Cenote Dos Ojos?

Generally, a visit lasts 2 to 3 hours. However, the amount of time you need at Cenote Dos Ojos can vary depending on your interests and activities.

While 2-3 hours allows enough time for a relaxed swim, snorkeling, and taking in the cenote’s natural beauty, if you plan to scuba dive or explore the Bat Cave and the Barbie Line, allocate more time.

Remember, your experience can be influenced by how crowded it is, so visiting early might allow a more leisurely exploration.

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What’s the Cenote Dos Ojos admission cost?

There are two main admission options at Cenote Dos Ojos, 1) the basic admission, and 2) the tour package.

There’s no specific time limit for either Cenote Dos Ojos tickets option, allowing visitors to spend as much time as they wish during the day of their visit. 

The ticket office is located off the main road, where you can choose between these options depending on your interests and how you’d like to experience the cenote.

1️⃣ Basic Admission to Cenote Dos Ojos

Priced at 350 MXN (approximately $21 USD), this includes life jacket rental, parking, and access to the non-restricted swimming areas known as “Zonas Claras” (or, clear zones). There’s no time limit for your visit with this option.

2️⃣ Cenote Dos Ojos Tour Package

This package offers a guided tour, life jacket, locker rental, snorkel gear, parking, unlimited time in many of the cenotes at Dos Ojos Park, and access to the Bat Cave Cenote (Baticueva). It costs 700 MXN (about $35 USD).

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Note: Dos Ojos is Cash-Only

Though they sometimes accept U.S. dollars, you’ll want to bring pesos because you end up getting a low exchange rate. In short: It’s cheaper if you pay in pesos, and I’ll explain that here.

For example, Tulum Cenotes Dos Ojos’s entry fee is $350 MXN pesos, which is about $21 USD.

However, if you pay in dollars, you’ll likely end up paying $25-30 USD because the staff has to take your dollars to a currency exchange so they can get pesos — and you’ll end up paying that cost.

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Are there facilities at Cenote Dos Ojos?

Yes — Compared to many other cenotes in the region, Cenote Dos Ojos offers a large variety of facilities to enhance the visitor experience.

Tulum Cenote Dos Ojos has restrooms, equipment rentals, tours, lifeguards, dining options, and even massage services.

In short, the cenote pretty much has EVERYTHING you’d need (and then some), but let’s do a deeper dive on the facilities so you’re prepared for your visit.


At Cenote Dos Ojos, visitors will find conveniently located bathrooms and changing rooms. These facilities are essential for those spending time swimming or diving in the cenote, allowing for a comfortable change of clothes before and after water activities. 

As with nearly all Tulum cenotes, you must shower to preserve and protect ecosystems before entering. Note: If you plan to wear sunscreen, insect repellent, or lotion to cenote car wash, don’t bother because you’ll have to rinse it off before swimming.


Cenote Dos Ojos has lifeguards on site. Their presence is an important safety feature, especially considering the cenote’s popularity for swimming and diving. 

Lifeguards ensure that all visitors, whether they are experienced swimmers or not, can enjoy the cenote’s waters safely. Having lifeguards on duty adds an extra layer of security, providing peace of mind for visitors as they explore and enjoy this natural wonder.


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Life jackets are mandatory for all visitors at Cenote Dos Ojos and are included in the entrance ticket price. This rule ensures the safety of swimmers in the cenote’s waters. 

While the life jackets are provided as part of the entry fee, there is an additional cost if you wish to rent snorkeling gear. Of course, it’s better to pack your own snorkel gear, as the rentals aren’t always the best quality.

🔐 cenote Dos Ojos Lockers

At Cenote Dos Ojos, lockers are available for rent at the same place you pay your cenote admission. However, if you opt for the tour package, the price of the locker is automatically added to the price of the ticket.


If you want to snorkel at Cenote Dos Ojos, snorkeling gear is available for rent. The cost for snorkeling gear rental is approximately 200 MXN ($12 USD). However, I always recommend you bring your own snorkeling equipment.

The rental package typically includes a mask, snorkel, and fins. It’s important to note that you should pay for the snorkeling gear in advance at the ticket booth, as the booth and the cenote are located quite a distance from each other. 

If you choose the tour package at Cenote Dos Ojos, the snorkeling equipment is already included, and so is your snorkeling tour — so get ready for a journey into amazing caves.


At Cenote Dos Ojos, you can get massages — which is a very uncommon cenote amenity. Many people say these massages are really good, and I’ve heard some people say these are the best massages they’ve ever had.

There are a few places around the cenote where you can get massages, though they’re usually only available on weekends. Still, this makes the cenote a great place not just for swimming and exploring, but also for relaxing and enjoying a day out.


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Both scuba divers and swimmers can use this wooden platform to access the cenote entrance.

Cenote Dos Ojos features a well-constructed staircase and platform area. This infrastructure is designed to provide easy and safe access to the water for visitors. 

  • The staircase leads down to a large wooden deck, which serves as the main entry point into the water of both cenotes.
  • The platform and stairs are crucial for ensuring that visitors can comfortably and safely enter and exit the cenote’s waters. 

This setup is especially helpful for those who might not be comfortable with less structured or natural entry points into the water.

The presence of these facilities adds to the overall visitor-friendly nature of Cenote Dos Ojos, making it accessible to a wide range of people, including families with children. 


Ticket counter where you pay the Cenote Dos Ojos Tulum ticket.

It’s important to note that the ticket counter is located some distance from the cenote itself, so it’s a good idea to make all necessary payments for entry and any additional rentals, like snorkeling gear, while you’re buying your tickets here.

At the counter, you can choose between basic entrance tickets or tour packages, depending on your preference for a self-guided or a more structured experience with a guide. (In case you missed it, there was info on the prices above).

⚠️ Remember: Dos Ojos is cash only, and the cenote doesn’t accept credit cards. It’s advisable to carry local currency (Mexican pesos), although USD is also accepted, but usually at a lower exchange rate.

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Are there restaurants at Cenote Dos Ojos?

Yes — At Cenote Dos Ojos, there are two restaurants available for visitors. These are Restaurante Dos Ojos and Restaurante Juanita, located near the parking lot area.

These restaurants provide options for visitors to have a meal without having to leave the vicinity of the cenote, adding to the convenience of the experience at Dos Ojos.

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Best Cenote Dos Ojos Tours

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Going on a Tulum cenote tour is a convenient way of enjoying not just Cenote Dos Ojos, but many more.

If you’re planning a trip to Tulum and want to explore the surrounding areas — but dread the logistics of transportation and navigating around unfamiliar cities, these Dos Ojos Tours are the perfect solution. 

My recommendation? A private tour to really explore everything the cenote has to offer, like this VIP Private Dos Ojos Cenote Tour with Mayan Lunch. It has a near-perfect 5 Star rating, so you know you’ll love it.

There are also many full-day adventures that offer stops at more than just Cenote Ojos (because one cenote in Mexico is simply not enough). These provide a convenient and stress-free way to explore the beautiful sights around Tulum, including the cenotes in Tulum, Mexico. 

You can choose to make pit stops at any cenote near Tulum — some open air cenote, like Casa Cenote or Cenote Cristal, and some hidden in caves amidst the jungle, like Cenote Calavera, Cenote Carwash, Cenote Chaak Tun or Cenote Zacil Ha.

What better way to experience Mexico than with local guides who know Tulum and the surrounding attractions best?!

How to Get to Cenote Dos Ojos On Your Own

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Prefer exploring the Cenote Dos Ojos on your own? No problem! Cenote Dos Ojos is located about 20-30 minutes from Tulum Town (AKA Downtown Tulum Pueblo), so you have several options for getting to Cenote Dos Ojos.

The easiest way is to rent a car and head there on your own time. 🚘 Want to rent a car in Tulum Mexico? I book all my Mexico rental cars with Discover Cars because they have free cancellation and great rates.

You can also catch a ride with a taxi, or rent a bike and pedal your way there. While it will be a long ride of about an hour, you’ll enjoy the scenery as you make your way through the Yucatan jungle. ⚠️ Note: There’s not Uber in Tulum.

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Can you visit Cenote Dos Ojos on your own from Tulum?

Yes — Those coming from Tulum, Mexico have the most travel options for how to get to Cenote Dos Ojos (all listed below).

Keep reading for the 4 best ways to get to Cenote Dos Ojos from Tulum on your own.

The one thing you won’t want to do is walk, as it’s very hot for most of the year and the roads going to the cenote aren’t very walkable because there aren’t sidewalks.

1. Drive your Tulum rental car

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It is super easy to get to Dos Ojos in your rental car.

The best way to get to Cenote Dos Ojos is via rental car, allowing you to travel the whole Yucatan Peninsula! For more info on Mexico car rentals, head to Renting a Car in Tulum: Everything You Need to Know.

As someone who lives in Mexico and travels often, I personally use and recommend Discover Cars for all my rentals.

This company’s search feature will check prices at both local Mexico companies and large international companies so you get the best rates.

2. Cenote Dos Ojos Bus or Colectivo

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You can catch the colectivo to Cenote Dos Ojos Tulum Mexico on the main road in downtown.

Colectivos are popular, affordable Tulum transportation options — great for getting to the top attractions in Tulum. While it’s not usually described as comfortable, the colectivo is inexpensive, so if you’re traveling to Tulum on a budget, this is the way to go.

To use it, head to the main road in Downtown Tulum, and make sure you’re on the north side of the street. Look for a colectivo on Highway 307 going north towards Playa del Carmen.

These Playa del Carmen Tulum shuttles don’t have a fixed schedule but usually pass every few minutes. ⚠️ Note: My best pro tip is to ask a friendly local for help, as colectivos tend to be a bit of an adventure for visitors.

The ride to the entrance of Parque Dos Ojos typically costs around $40 MXN pesos ($2.33 USD)  from Tulum Town. However, be prepared for a bit of a walk once you get off the colectivo. 

The entrance and ticket booth are about a 30-minute walk (approximately 2 km) from Cenote Dos Ojos. This path is a dirt road, and there’s no transportation available for this stretch, so comfortable walking shoes are a must.

Also, consider the time of day when planning your trip. Avoid midday travel when it’s hottest. On your way to Cenote Dos Ojos, you’ll pass by Cenote Jaguar and Cenote Nicte Ha. 🚲 Note: You can rent bikes from the ticket booth to cycle to the cenote.

3. Hire a private driver or take a taxi

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While there’s no Tulum Uber service, there are plenty of taxis in Tulum.

If you’re not renting a car, taking a taxi or hiring a private taxi driver is the next best option.

Expect to pay roughly $500 MXN pesos (about $28 USD) each way from downtown Tulum to Cenote Dos Ojos. If you’re staying at a Tulum Beach hotel, that’s a little further away, so plan for an extra 100 pesos.

If you’re hiring a private driver, they’ll wait for you at the cenote. If you’re taking a taxi, see if you can work out a deal where they wait for you, or try to schedule a pickup ahead of time.

⚠️ Cenote Dos Ojos Pro Tip: This cenote in Tulum is located on a major road; it’s not quite a highway, but is a busy street where cars often go much faster than they should! For safety, plan your return trip home to avoid waiting for a taxi on this busy roadway.

Also keep in mind that there’s a bit of a Cenote Dos Ojos hike, as the parking lot is about a half-mile (1 km) from the entrance to Dos Ojos cenote.

If you don’t want to walk the distance to the cenote, you can request the taxi driver to wait while you purchase your entry ticket, and then have them drive you directly to the cenote. Of course, this might cost extra.

4. Tulum Scooter Rentals & ATV Rentals

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Enjoy the wind in your hair as you breeze to Cenote Dos Ojos Tulum with a scooter rental or ATV rental. Rates vary, but plan for about $25-35 per day for a scooter and $85-100 per day for an ATV.

Not only do these provide a fun way to get around in Tulum, and a nice alternative to renting a car or taking a taxi, they are also a bit safer than walking or biking on the highway.

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How to get from Cancun to Cenote Dos Ojos

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Cancún is a popular tourist destination located on the northeastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, known for its beaches and cenotes, like Cenote Nicte-Ha.

Cenote Dos Ojos is about 72 miles (117 kilometers) from Cancun. Driving there is straightforward and typically takes 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on traffic and route conditions.

For a more relaxed journey, taxis and private shuttles can take you from Cancun to Cenote Dos Ojos, but the cost may be higher due to the distance.

Public transportation is a budget-friendly option, and ADO buses regularly travel from Cancun to Tulum.

Once in Tulum, you can take a taxi or a colectivo (shared van) to Cenote Dos Ojos. This option is cheaper, but takes longer and requires a transfer.

  • Cancun to Cenote Dos Ojos Distance: Approximately 72 miles (117 kilometers)
  • Travel Time: Roughly 1.5 to 2 hours by car
  • View the route on Google Maps
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How to get from Playa del Carmen to Cenote Dos Ojos

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Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue Playa del Carmen, is the main pedestrian street and a hub of activity.

Cenote Dos Ojos is approximately 31 miles (50 kilometers) from Playa del Carmen, and the drive typically takes around 1 hour.

For those preferring a hassle-free journey, taxis and private shuttles offer services from Playa del Carmen, but note that prices may be higher due to the distance. Prices vary, but it should be about $500-750 MXN pesos ($30-45 USD) each way.

Public transportation is a much more economical choice, but will take you a lot longer.

For this, you can take an ADO bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum. From Tulum, a taxi or colectivo will get you to 2 Ojos Cenote. This option is less expensive, but involves a change in Tulum Town where you go from bus to colectivo or taxi.

  • Playa del Carmen to Cenote Dos Ojos Distance: Approximately 31 miles (58 kilometers)
  • Travel Time: About 45 minutes by car
  • View the route on Google Maps
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How to get from Valladolid to Cenote Dos Ojos

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Valladolid has several significant landmarks, including the Valladolid Cathedral, Plaza Mayor, and the National Sculpture Museum.

The distance from Valladolid to Cenote Dos Ojos is approximately 76 miles (about 122 kilometers). The drive in your rental car typically takes 2 hours, depending on traffic and road conditions.

If you aren’t driving, there isn’t a direct public transportation option to Cenote Dos Ojos from Valladolid.

You can take a bus to Tulum, and then switch to a taxi or colectivo to reach the cenote. This option is more budget-friendly but will take longer due to the transfer to Tulum.

  • Valladolid to Cenote Dos Ojos Distance: Approximately 76 miles (about 122 kilometers)
  • Travel Time: 2 hours
  • View the route on Google Maps
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How to get from Merida to Cenote Dos Ojos

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Mérida has a well-preserved historic center with numerous buildings dating back to the colonial period.

To get from Merida to Cenote Dos Ojos, renting a car is the most straightforward option. The journey is about 173 miles (278 kilometers) and takes about 3.5 to 4 hours under normal traffic conditions.

Alternatively, you can take an ADO bus from Merida to Tulum, and then catch a taxi or bike to Cenote Dos Ojos. This method is less direct and will take longer, but it’s a viable option if you prefer not to drive. 

Taxis direct from Merida to Tulum may not be readily available, so the bus could be a more reliable choice for public transportation.

  • Merida to Cenote Dos Ojos Distance: 173 miles (278 kilometers)
  • Travel Time: Around 3.5 hours, or more
  • View the route on Google Maps

What to Bring to Cenote Dos Ojos

Wondering, What do I bring to Cenote Dos Ojos? Unsure what to pack for Tulum cenotes in general? You’re not alone!

Since this will likely be your first cenote experience and/or your first visit to any of the best Mexico cenotes, you might be unsure what to take and what to leave home. Don’t worry — I’m here to help you plan for your visit to Cenote Dos Ojos.

Below, you’ll find a list of eight things you need to consider when making your Tulum cenotes packing list.

This list will come in handy for other places too, beyond just Cenote Dos Ojos. If you’re visiting any cenotes in Tulum (or cenotes near Tulum), like Cenote Calavera, Laguna Kaan Luum & Cenote, Cenote Sac Actun, don’t forget the things below.

1. Go Pro Waterproof Camera

If you’ve been considering getting a GoPro Hero, the photogenic Yucatan cenotes make for the perfect place to put the camera to good use.

📸 Looking for an inexpensive GoPro alternative? I recommend this Akaso EK7000, an Amazon Best Seller.

2. Long Sleeve Bathing Suit (AKA Rash guard or Swim shirt)

🚨 In case you didn’t know: Sunscreen is prohibited in ALL cenotes!

That’s right: You’re not allowed to wear sunscreen of any kind in any cenote in Mexico. Yes, this also includes eco-friendly sunscreens and reef safe sunscreens because they can harm the natural environment.

However, you will want sun protection, so opt for these long sleeve bathing suits and even these waterproof sun hats so you don’t end up with a bad sunburn on your Tulum vacation.

3. Mask and Snorkel

This is one of the best snorkeling cenotes in Tulum, and they do rent equipment to snorkel in Cenote Dos Ojos. However, it’s not always the best, and who wants water in their eyes when trying to see the rocks underneath, and all the little fish!?

For those who want to conserve luggage space, these small goggles and this roll up snorkel are a great option, but this combo mask and snorkel is the best option for snorkeling in Cenote Dos Ojos.

4. Water Shoes

Here’s one of the best Cenote Dos Ojos travel tips: Don’t forget to buy and bring your water shoes! As cenotes are natural pools, most have slippery rocks, muddy ground, etc.

Water shoes also help you not slip in general, especially when walking down any staircase entryways.

5. Waterproof Phone Holder

If you’re planning to take Instagrammable Cenote Dos Ojos photos, this inexpensive waterproof phone holder that goes around your neck really comes in handy.

With a waterproof phone case, you can take your phone in water and capture the Tulum cenotes from all angles — including those cool underwater shots.

6. Waterproof Fanny Pack

This waterproof fanny pack is another great option. Not only are they cute, but it will also hold all your valuables, not just your phone.

Wondering about lockers at Cenote Dos Ojos? Sadly, the lockers in Cenote Dos Ojos are small, so one of the best options is to keep all your belongings on you with a waterproof waist bag.

7. Quick Dry Towel

This quick dry towel is one of the best things to throw in your suitcase when packing for Tulum, and will definitely come in handy when you visit the cenotes and Yucatan beaches.

8. Bring Cash (Pesos; not USD)

If there’s one thing to know before you go, it’s this 🤑 The cost to enter Tulum Dos Ojos Cenote is 350 pesos, and it’s cash only!

In Tulum, many places are cash only, particularly things like taxis, street taco shops and cenotes. For the most part, Tulum cenotes are cash-only — including Gran Cenote Tulum.

While some cenotes take credit cards for your admission price, they won’t take cards for things like life vest rentals, locker rentals, food and drinks at the snack bar and/or convenience store shops on the premises. These have an extra cost.

Best Things to Do at Cenote Dos Ojos

Can you go swimming at Cenote Dos Ojos?

Yes — You can go swimming at Cenote Dos Ojos, and in fact, it’s one of the main reasons people visit.

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Dos Ojos Cenote Tulum Mexico is one of the most popular cenotes, as it’s great for swimming, snorkeling and diving. (Photo: Roberto Nickson, via Unsplash)

Renowned for its stunningly clear blue waters, this cenote creates a surreal and beautiful environment for swimmers. The beauty of the cenote’s rock formations and the play of light through the water create a unique atmosphere.

The waters are calm and inviting and the depth of Cenotes Dos Ojos Tulum varies. It has areas that are accessible for experienced swimmers, casual swimming and non-swimmers who just want to relax and splash around in the shallows.

⚠️ Note: Life jackets are mandatory for all visitors at Cenote Dos Ojos. The life vest rental is included in the price entrance to the cenote.

The cenote’s unique structure, with its two connected sinkholes, only adds to the magic of swimming here. It’s easy to see why this is one of the best things to do in Tulum Mexico.

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Can you go snorkeling at Cenote Dos Ojos?

Yes — You can definitely go snorkeling at Dos Ojos Cenote Tulum. In fact, many say it is the best snorkeling cenote in Tulum Mexico, and this tends to be the #1 reason people visit.

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With clear water in the cenotes, those who love to snorkel get incredible visibility.

Known for its stunning clarity and unique underwater formations, it offers an excellent experience for snorkeling enthusiasts. The crystal-clear blue waters of the cenote provide excellent visibility, enhancing the overall snorkeling experience.

Of course, snorkeling gear is available for rent at Cenote Dos Ojos. The rental cost for snorkel equipment is about 200 MXN (approximately $12 USD), which includes a mask, snorkel, and fins.

If you already own snorkel gear, bringing it along can be a cost-saving option. Personally, I always encourage people to do this because you don’t always get quality equipment when you rent.

Trust me: With its two interconnected sinkholes and the mesmerizing play of light underwater, you’re in for a unique and memorable snorkeling adventure — and a leaky mask will ruin your experience.

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Can you go scuba diving at Cenote Dos Ojos?

Yes — Scuba diving at Cenote Dos Ojos is not only possible, but also highly regarded among diving enthusiasts.

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If you’re a diver who wants to explore cave cenotes, Cenote Dos Ojos is a perfect spot.

There are several reasons why Dos Ojos is considered one of the best cenotes for diving, like these:

  1. Unique Underwater Landscapes: The cenote is part of the Sac Actun system, the world’s longest underwater cave system. In its crystal-clear waters, divers can explore a variety of stunning underwater formations, including stalactites and stalagmites.
  2. Exceptional Visibility: The fresh water in Dos Ojos is known for its clarity, allowing divers to have excellent visibility, which enhances the exploration experience.
  3. Suitability for Different Experience Levels: While the cenote is friendly for beginners, offering routes that are wider and easier to navigate, it also presents challenges for more experienced divers seeking a thrilling experience.
  4. Protected Natural Area: Dos Ojos is part of a protected park, ensuring the preservation of its natural beauty and cultural significance, which adds to the allure of diving here.
  5. Warm Water Temperatures: The water in Dos Ojos remains at a comfortable temperature year-round, making diving pleasant without the need for thick wetsuits.

🤿 The Bat Cave and the Barbie Line

Dos Ojos comprises two main areas for diving. The Bat Cave is a bit darker and features a section with bats on top of the cave, while the Barbie Line is known for its stunning rock formations, light effects, stalactite and stalagmite.

Despite being a popular dive site, don’t expect to see many fish or sea creatures in the cenote itself. However, the surrounding jungle is rich in wildlife.

⚠️ Note: Before you pack your gear, diving at Cenote Dos Ojos in Mexico requires certification and must be done with a professional guide.

Luckily, dive shops in Tulum can help you plan your dive or get certified quickly. Trust me, Mexico cenote diving is worth every penny.

Cenote Dos Ojos Tulum Mexico: FAQ & Travel Guide

What’s the closest city to Cenote Dos Ojos?

The closest city to Cenote Dos Ojos is Tulum, located approximately 13.6 miles (22 kilometers) to the south.

While Tulum is a popular tourist destination and culturally rich hub with trendy street vendors, co-working hostels, beautiful beaches, Tulum ancient ruins and Instagrammable locations — don’t forget to add Gran Cenote to your Tulum itinerary.

Even with so many amazing Tulum things to do, Cenote Dos Ojos Tulum Mexico is still well worth a visit. In fact, Cenote Dos Ojos would make for a great Tulum day trip, because you can easily spend the whole day there.

🚗 Tulum to Los Dos Ojos Cenote

  • Tulum to Cenote Dos Ojos Distance: 13.6 miles (22 km)
  • Tulum to Cenote Dos Ojos Travel Time: About 20-30 minutes in normal traffic
  • View route on Google Maps
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Can you swim in Dos Ojos?

Yes — Swimming is permitted in Cenote Dos Ojos. The cenote’s clear, calm waters are suitable for swimmers of all levels.

How warm is the water temperature?

Cenote Dos Ojos water temperature remains consistent at about 75-77°F (24-25°C) year-round. While it might feel cool when you jump in, you’ll warm up quickly.

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Is there parking at Cenote Dos Ojos?

Yes — There is parking at Cenote Dos Ojos, and it’s FREE to park at this cenote.

You’ll find Cenote Dos Ojos is also very secure, with guards patrolling in the parking lot.

That’s right: There is a large parking area close to the entrance of the cenote, which visitors can use without any additional charge. 

It is easy to find, as there is a large sign in front directing you to the cenote and parking lot. This adds to the convenience for those traveling by car, making it easier to access the cenote and enjoy its natural beauty.

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Is Cenote Dos Ojos free?

No Cenote Dos Ojos is not free. There are two main entrance fee options for visitors; one at 350 pesos, and one at 700 pesos.

The basic admission is priced at 350 MXN (approximately $21 USD), which includes the rental of a life jacket, parking, and access to swimming in the non-restricted areas known as “Zonas Claras.”

This fee allows visitors to stay as long as they wish on the day of their visit. 

The second option is the tour package, costing 700 MXN (about $35 USD) and offering a more comprehensive experience.

This package includes a guided tour, life jacket, locker rental, snorkel gear, parking, unlimited time in the cenotes, and access to the Bat Cave Cenote (Baticueva). 

These options provide flexibility for visitors to choose their preferred experience at Cenotes Tulum Dos Ojos.

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How deep is Cenote Dos Ojos?

The main snorkeling area has a maximum depth of about 33 feet (10 meters), and the diving area has a maximum depth of about 396 feet (118 meters).

underwater cave system of cenote dos ojos
Because of its depth, it’s easy to see why Cenote Dos Ojos is one of the most popular cenotes for divers.

Cenote Dos Ojos is part of Sistema Sac Actun, one of the world’s longest and largest underwater cave systems. This extensive system includes the deepest known cave passage in Quintana Roo, found at Cenote El Pit (The Cenote Pit), reaching a depth of 396 feet (118 m).

However, it’s important to note that this depth is specific to El Pit Cenote. This is an area for divers only, and a different part of the larger cave system that Dos Ojos is just one small part of.

🤿 Diving in El Pit Cenote Dos Ojos

The Two Eyes Cenote is widely popular for cavern diving. Most cavern dives in Dos Ojos are conducted at depths of around 16 to 23 feet (5 to 7 meters), making them accessible to a wide range of divers, including beginners. 

The cenotes’ crystal clear water provides excellent visibility, often up to 100 meters (330 feet), enhancing the diving experience.

This clarity, combined with the variety of cave formations, makes Dos Ojos a particularly fascinating place for underwater exploration.

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What are some interesting Cenote Dos Ojos facts?

Cenote Dos Ojos, meaning “Two Eyes” in Spanish, is a part of the Sac Actun System — one of the world’s largest underwater cave systems located in Quintana Roo, Mexico.

crystal clear waters of cenote dos ojos
The link system was discovered by the Gran Maya Aquifer Project in 2018.

This cenote is famous for its two connected sinkholes, resembling a pair of eyes, with a 1,312-foot-long passageway (400 m) linking them.

The crystal-clear blue waters of Dos Ojos offer exceptional visibility, making it a popular spot for snorkeling and diving. In fact, some say this is one of the best Tulum snorkeling cenotes.

Dos Ojos is not only a natural wonder but also holds cultural significance, as cenotes were considered sacred by the ancient Mayans, who believed them to be gateways to the underworld.

The cenote’s water temperature remains consistent at about 75-77°F (24-25°C) year-round.

What NOT to Do: 3 Cenote Dos Ojos Tips

1. Sunscreen is not allowed at Cenote Dos Ojos

The oils and chemicals in lotion and sunscreen (even eco-friendly sunscreens) will harm the cenote. Please do your part to practice sustainable tourism in Mexico by not applying lotion, insect spray and/or sunscreen on the day you plan to visit Cenote Dos Ojos.

When you are out of the lagoon, then you’re free to apply sunscreen, and this Bullfrog Anti-Bug SPF 50 Sunscreen is great for both sun protection and mosquito protection.

2. Don’t visit Cenote Dos Ojos on weekends (If you can help it)

There have been quite a few mentions throughout this article about this being one of the most Instagram-worthy cenotes in Mexico. On that note, remember the Instagram vs. Reality factor when you’re planning to visit.

If you want those people-less Instagram photos, try to visit Cenote Dos Ojos on a Tuesday morning at 9am when they open because there will likely be no one else there. If you visit during peak times, expect large crowds at this small cenote.

3. Don’t Forget to Pack Your Own Food

Unlike other Tulum Mexico cenotes, Cenote Dos Ojos is the perfect place for a picnic! You can pack your own snacks, food, and drinks to enjoy on the hammocks and chairs scattered around the jungle.

Remember to stay hydrated by packing plenty of water, especially on hot afternoons in any of the cenotes Tulum Mexico you visit. 

No worries if you don’t want to haul anything to the cenote, though! As Cenote Dos Ojos grows in popularity, they’ve made it more convenient by adding a few small food stands with vendors offering food and drinks for guests to enjoy.

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What are cenotes?

A cenote is a deep sinkhole in the natural limestone floor, which exposes the freshwater underground. This sunken-in area forms a natural pool (or cenote), and these cenotes are found especially in Yucatan Mexico.

man jumping into cenote calavera tulum
Wondering, What are some different cenotes in Tulum? Cenote Calavera Tulum is a semi-open cave cenote shaped like a skull.

The word “sinkhole” describes the process of how the cenotes came to be. At one time, all cenotes were encased in the Yucatan Peninsula’s native limestone rock.

Over time, some rock has eroded, collapsed, and “sunk in” to reveal the water beneath — which is the cenote water we can now swim in.

🛑 TL;DR: Just want a short answer to, What is a cenote? Mexico’s cenotes are natural freshwater pools located primarily in the Yucatan Mayan jungle.

The cenotes aren’t individual pools, but rather the same water that comes from massive freshwater rivers flowing beneath the Yucatan Peninsula. In fact, some cenote water comes from one of the largest underground rivers on Earth, the Sistema Sac Actun.

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How many cenotes are there?

There are about 6,000 cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula — the largest concentration of cenotes found anywhere on Earth. 

How do you pronounce cenote?

Cenote is one of the most mispronounced words, so let’s clear this up! Cenote pronunciation is sen-no-tay in singular. It’s sen-no-tays in plural, as in the word “cenotes.”

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How many cenotes are in Tulum?

Depending on who you ask, some sources say there are exactly 226 cenotes in Tulum, though others say differently.

When you visit any cenote, it’s essential to respect the rules and guidelines provided by the cenote management.

Of the approx. 200 cenotes in Tulum, not all of them are accessible to the public, which is why it’s not easy to get an accurate number.

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What are the 4 types of cenotes?

Of the (approx.) 6,000 cenotes in Yucatan, there are four distinct types of cenotes: open, semi-open, cave, and diving cenotes.

Each type is unique and beautiful in its own way, so make sure to visit as many types of Mexican cenotes as you can.

1. Open Cenotes (Swimming Pool cenotes)

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Open cenotes are cenote pools, ideal for working on your tan and a relaxing cenote swim.

You may see these called “swimming pool cenotes,” as they are completely open and look like a natural swimming pool — like Cenote Azul, Cenote Zacil-Ha and El Gran Cenote (sometimes spelled as Grand Cenote Tulum).

2. Semi-Open Cenotes

people swimming in cenote ik-kil mexico
Ik-Kil Cenote is located only a few minutes from Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins.

These cenotes are semi-encased in their native limestone rock. Semi-open cenotes have large walls surrounding the pool itself, and a large hole in the top of it so some sunlight gets in — like Cenote Ik-Kil.

3. Closed Cenotes in Caves

woman in cenote suytun circular platform

Cave cenotes are exactly as the name says. These are located underground in a cave, and you’ll have to access them by going down some stairs — like Cenote Suytun. They are completely enclosed within the cave.

4. Dive Cenotes for Diving

diver diving in cenote el pit mexico
For divers, this Cenotes Scuba Diving Tour with a visit to Cenote El Pit, is a must. (Photo: Airbnb, Visiting Cenote Dos Ojos Mexico)

The final type is also located inside a deep cave. The water in these cenotes is much deeper so they are sought out for diving — like Cenote El Pit (for diving only), Cenote Calavera and Cenote Dos Ojos (a great cenote for diving and snorkeling).

🤿 Note: You must be certified for cenote diving! For those who are, check out these tours: Cenotes Scuba Diving Tulum Tour and Go Dive Cenotes in Tulum Tour — both of which have great reviews on Tripadvisor.

If you aren’t, please only book with a reputable diving school instead of simply the cheapest option.

Final Thoughts: Visiting Cenote Dos Ojos Tulum Mexico

Cenote Dos Ojos in Tulum offers an unparalleled experience for those seeking a unique blend of natural beauty and adventure. This renowned cenote stands out for its crystal-clear waters and fascinating underwater caves, making it a prime spot for snorkeling and diving. 

With comprehensive amenities like equipment rentals, parking, and the presence of lifeguards, it ensures a safe and enjoyable visit. ⭐️ Prefer to visit with a local guide? Book this VIP Private Dos Ojos Cenote Tour with Mayan Lunch (Rated 5 Stars).

While the entrance fee might be higher compared to some other cenotes, the captivating experience and well-maintained facilities at Dos Ojos justify the cost. It’s an ideal destination for a memorable day of exploration and relaxation.

This stunning retreat promises an experience that you’ll cherish long after your visit ends. Once you go, you’ll soon see why this always ranks among the must see Tulum sites.

Additional Tulum Cenote Blogs

guests snorkeling in Yal Ku Lagoon
Tulum is home to more than 200 cenotes, so there’s more to explore — like the snorkeling cenote Yal Ku Lagoon.

Looking for more info on Tulum cenotes? Smart choice, as the cenotes are some of the top sites you can’t miss when you visit Tulum. Check out these additional Tulum cenote guides:

The Best Cenotes Near Tulum Mexico

Tulum Travel Planning Guide

1. Should I buy Mexico travel insurance?

100% YES! — With basic coverage averaging just $5-10 USD per day, enjoy peace of mind with a plan from Travel Insurance Master, one of the biggest names in travel insurance. (Read more)

2. Can you drink the water in Tulum?

No — You’ll want to buy this Water-To-Go Bottle, which filters your drinking water so you don’t get sick from drinking water in Mexico, and helps keep you hydrated while traveling Mexico. (Read more)

3. Is it safe to rent a car in Tulum?

Yes — Renting a car in Mexico is one of the best ways to see the country! I always rent with Discover Cars, which checks both international companies and local Mexican companies, so you get the best rates. (Read more)

4. Will my phone work in Tulum?

Maybe — It depends on your company, so check with your provider. If you don’t have free Mexico service, buy this Telcel SIM Card. As Mexico’s largest carrier, Telcel has the best coverage of any Mexico SIM Cards. (Read more)

5. What’s the best way to book my Tulum accommodations?

For Tulum hotels, Booking.com is the best site, but for hostels, use Hostel World. If you’re considering a Mexico Airbnb, don’t forget to also check VRBO, which is often cheaper than Airbnb.

6. What do I pack for Tulum?

Head to the Ultimate Tulum Packing List to get all the info you need on packing for Mexico.

7. What’s the best site to buy Mexico flights?

For finding cheap Mexico flights, I recommend Skyscanner.

8. Do I need a visa for Mexico?

Likely Not — U.S., Canadian and most European Passport holders don’t need a visa for Mexico; but check here to see if you do a Mexico travel visa. The majority of travelers will receive a 180-Day FMM Tourist Visa or passport stamp upon arrival.