45+ Cancun Cenotes To Swim, Snorkel & Scuba Dive
Discover the cenotes & lagoons located within 300 miles of Cancun inside the territories of the Yucatan, Campeche & Quintana Roo.
In this YouTube Video Playlist you can find the most popular cenote sites as this collection is sorted by popularity. Your likes & dislikes cause the playlist to move videos up and down inside the collection. You can view this playlist on YouTube here. Below is a more detailed breakdown of these cenotes by area. Each cenote has its own YouTube Playlist and blog post where you can see all the videos for just that cenote destination.
Water Activities North Of Cancun:
(Snorkeling, Scuba and Swimming near Isla Holbox)
Looking for a real taste of nature? Have you heard about Holbox Island aka Isla Holbox? Its an island at the top of the Yucatan and its almost untouched by big tourism and tourists. There are whale sharks, cenotes, fly fishing and a monkey sanctuary! Have a look at the Punta laguna (Lagoon) here.
Water Activities Closest To Cancun Mexico:
(Snorkeling, Scuba and Swimming near the city of Cancun)
Nichupte Lagoon is the large piece of water located west of the Cancun hotel zone strip. Nichupte is salt water and not the best for swimming. Many marinas offer jet skiing, sailing, kayaking, parasailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, and jungle tours. There are about 25 alligators that live in the wild in Nichupte Lagoon!
There is an amazing amount of things that Aquaworld offers! You can find excursions and extreme sports like fly boarding and every variation of it. There is paragliding, catamarans, jet skis and even a submarine. They have snubs which is helmet diving and you can swim with dolphins. Other experience are with a monster truck, zip lines, ATV’s and Cenote Zapote.
Ventura is a water and adventure park that offers things like laser tag, Wet-n-Wild water park, Fun World, zip lines, grand prix go carts and dolphin swims at Dolphanrius. Can be as cheap as $30 bucks or as expensive as $150 which includes a dolphin experience. You can get unlimited food, water and non alcoholic beverages included too.
Water Activities Close To Puerto Morelos & Playa Del Carmen:
(Snorkeling, Scuba and Swimming about 40 minutes south of Cancun)
The following cenotes are a part of the Ruta De Cenote strip located off the main highway rt 307 on Leona Vicario road. These are the closest cenotes to Cancun and Playa Del Carmen. List: Cenote Siete Bocas (7 Bocas), Cenote Las Mojarras, Cenote Verde Lucero, Cenote Boca del Puma, Chilam Balam, Kin Ha, Zapote and La Noria.
Selvatica offers a more Eco adventure in Puerto Morelos. They have 10 zip lines offering regular and advanced zip lining like the Superman or human roller coaster feature. I think they have the longest zip line in the area. They have a cenote, ATV’s and food. They offer a deal for you to get a 50% off deal that includes Ventura Park above.
Las Mojarras is an open cenote with a 7 circuit zip line. They have ATV’s, picnic area and bathrooms. This cenote is highly rated on TripAdvisor and is popular. There is a really bumpy road apparently leading into this cenote location.
There are two cenotes here that are close together. Cenote Kin Ha is a closed cenote and Flora Blanca is an open cenote. You can Scuba, dive, swim and snorkel here. The 2 cenote package is recommend. There are restrooms, lockers and other services available like ATV & horseback riding.
Listed as an Eco park, you get a buffet taco lunch included with this cenote. There are three cenotes to see and the third has a low medium and high jump. This site is also diver accessible. Reviews say the food is delicious!
Have you heard of Xenotes by Xcaret? Cenote Kaak is one of 4 cenotes here offering snorkeling, hidden passageways, kayaking, zip lining and a high dive. Admission can be $100 USD but is a highly organized all day even with food.
Like its name implies this cenote has 7 openings that go into an underground cave like river. There are no tour buses here so it has less traffic and many people claim it is there favorite cenote. This excursion is off the beaten path so bring lunch and expect more nature and less people traffic.
This is another highly recommended by TripAdvisor Cenote with a zip line and a 40 foot cliff jump! Many say the grounds are well kept and that it’s on of their favorite in the area. There is a temazcal or Sweat tent with Shaman onsite.
Cenote La Noria is a cave or closed cenote hidden underground. Platform dive, rope swing or just zip line into the water. Located off the tourist path and down a bumpy long road. La Noria is an incredibly beautiful cenote! No restaurants or service stuff besides admissions. You could have the place to yourself!
Cenote Boca Del Puma offers 2 cenotes and a more organized place to have a blast. They have ATV’s, cave cenote and open cenote. There are 5+ zip lines in the woods and one into the open cenote. They have the highest zip line in the Cancun area. There are great reviews for this cenote attraction.
Water Activities Close To Puerto Aventuras Mexico:
(Snorkeling, Scuba and Swimming about 1 hour & 15 minutes south of Cancun)
Cenote Tajma Ha is an intermediate to advanced dive & scuba center. The water is brackish and about 15 meters or 50 feet deep. There are amazing stalactite, stalagmite and fossils to be seen. The tunnels leads to open air caverns.
You get all three cenotes under admission fee. Chikin-Ha is popular with divers, Tak-Bil-Ha is more remote and is a dry cenote where you can explore nature and see local bird life. Xtabay is kid swim friendly with a cave to explore.
Cenote Azul is a more friendly choice for those with children. There are more access points and shallower water here. There is a jump area and a lot of this cenote is under tree cover. Some people call this Blue Cenote. The area is non smoking and there are those fish that eat dead skin.
Cenote Cristalino is an open cenote with a snorkel area where you can see rock formations and fish. There is an attached cave area you can explore and jump area. Cenote Azul is one of 3 cenotes here. The other two are Azul and Jardin De Eden.
Jardin Del Eden is an open air cenote with a snorkeling, dive and cliff jumping areas. This cenote is highly recommended and many peoples favorite. Next to Cenote Azul. Very clear water, snorkel and enjoy nature. Free fish spa! There are 2 sister cenotes, Azul and Cristalino.
Are you a beginner to snorkeling and want an easy to learn spot? Check out Yal-Ku Lagoon. They have a large area where you can swim, a snack shop and restaurants nearby. Lagoon is 5 to 15 feet deep, rent what you need.
Water Activities Close To Tulum Mexico:
(Snorkeling, Scuba and Swimming about 1 hour & 45 minutes south of Cancun)
The Sian Kaan Biosphere is over 100000 acres of preserved Caribbean and the second hottest place to visit when in Tulum. There are 23 archaeological sites including Muyil. See dolphins, crocodiles, turtles, rays and manatees in the wild!
Aktun Ha is a freshwater dive and snorkel site also known as the Car Wash. In years past this cenote was used to wash taxis. There is a popular dive area where divers can see vaulted arches, fish, turtles and moss. There are underwater dive rooms such as the Room of Tears and Adriana´s Room. This site is famous for its rock formations.
Cenote Tak Be Ha
This is a lesser known spot in fact I believe its wrong on Google Maps. It is an open cenote with Lilly pads growing on the surface. The site has almost no commercialization so bring what you need to survive. There are reports of people having the place to themselves!
Called the best kept secret in Tulum, Kaan Luum Lagoon has a cenote in the middle of it! This amazing place is just beautiful. The water color is incredible and the cenote is 240 feet deep. There is a huge shallow area to explore and to wade around in. The cenote is off limits if you are not a diver due to strong currents. Apparently there is a rope around that area which is in the middle.
Casa Cenote is a large cenote that offers kayaks, snorkeling and scuba. It connects for divers to the ocean which is 500 yards away. There are mangroves and you can see many types of fish among the roots of the trees.