If you’re looking for a hidden spot not known by many tourists and foreigners, then Kaan Luum Lagoon just south of Tulum is a place you must check out. It’s essentially a very large cenote or shallow lake in the shape of a large circle full of turquoise blue water where you can enjoy the day swimming or just relaxing in a hammock.
Kaan Luum Lagoon is located in the middle of the Mayan jungle about 15 minutes south of Tulum off of the main highway 307, also located just north of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.
About Kaan Luum Lagoon
Known as Tulum’s best-kept secret, locals have been trying to keep the crowds to a minimum here to avoid tourists from overcrowding and contaminating the beautiful blue and turquoise water.
In the very middle of the lagoon is a large cenote that is cordoned off from the rest of the swimmable area. This is because the cenote apparently has a strong undertow that will suck you to the bottom of the lagoon, so be careful not to cross this point. Everywhere else is fine to swim, however, it is quite shallow.
It is also recommended to avoid wearing sunscreen (unless it’s eco-friendly) as this will contaminate the lagoon and over time turn the color of the water to something other than the stunning color it is now, and also harm the natural ecosystem.
You are allowed to bring food and even beer (maximum 6 beers per family) but no pets are allowed. If you want to fly a drone in the Kaan Luum Lagoon it’s 150 pesos to do so, which is worth it as you’ll get many great shots of the lagoon. There are of course hammocks, swing,s and cabanas so you can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
How to get to Kaan Luum Lagoon
There are several options to get to this amazing lagoon, but the best way in our opinion is by renting a car. As you travel south on highway 307 from Tulum or Playa Del Carmen, look for a sign on the left side marking the entrance for Kaan Luum Lagoon. Or you can simply type in Kaan Luum Lagoon on Google Maps.
After leaving the highway where the sign directs you, you’ll be driving down a bumpy road until you reach the parking lot and main entrance.
The other option is of course public transportation from Tulum or Playa Del Carmen. If you’re coming from Playa del Carmen you can find the minivans or ‘colectivos’ near the McDonald’s under the overpass on highway 307. Simply ask for a colectivo to Tulum, it should only be around 30 pesos per person.
Once in Tulum transfer to a Felipe Carrillo colectivo which passes the lagoon. Once you pass by, ask the driver to stop and he’ll let you off. Once you get off, walk down the road for about 10 minutes and you’ll reach the main entrance. You can also take the colectivo from Tulum to the Muyil Ruins and stop on the way, the price is around 70 pesos.
Another alternative is simply renting a taxi from the city center which is only 15 minutes away. On the return back you may wave down a colectivo on the main highway or wait for a taxi.
The last option is, of course, a tour, which we don’t really recommend as it would be a little pricier and you would have basically the same experience. However, if you do it on your own you can go at your own pace and leave when you want. You’ll be able to find tours in the Tulum town center.
Kaan Luum Lagoon Cost
The entrance fee to Kaan Luum Lagoon is 300 pesos ($15 USD) for foreigners which may seem pricey compared to other cenotes and attractions in the area, but we feel it’s definitely worth it. For locals, it’s 200 pesos.
Kaan Luum Lagoon Opening Hours
Kaan Luum Lagoon is open every day from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm during the low season and 9:00 am to 6:00 pm during the high season. We recommend arriving in the morning around 9-10 am so you can beat the crowds and get some beautiful pictures without any tourists ruining the shot.