Tulum is a popular tourist destination, known for its stunning beaches, rich cultural history, and notorious nightlife scene. But one of the most popular thing to do in this beautiful beach town is explore the nearby cenotes.
If you’re looking to escape the crowds of busier cenotes and beaches and experience something truly unique and magical, then you won’t want to miss Cenote Taak Bi Ha.
What is a cenote, you ask? Cenotes are natural sinkholes that are formed when the limestone bedrock collapses, exposing the underground water that’s so abundant in this region.
The Yucatan Peninsula is home to over 6,000 cenotes, which are a vital source of fresh water for the local people and an important part of the area’s cultural heritage.
There are many types of cenotes such as open-air, underground, and semi-open cenotes. Cenote Taak Bi Ha is completely underground, making it quite unique from the other cenotes in the area.
Quick Tips & Advice for Cenote Taak Bi Ha
Entrance Fee: 350 pesos ($19 USD).
Opening Hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm every day
It’s important to note that visiting this cenote requires a certain level of mobility due to its steep stairs, uneven surfaces, and dim lighting.
Make sure to bring towels and snorkeling gear. Snorkel gear costs extra so make sure to bring your own!
All About Cenote Taak Bi Ha
Cenote Taak Bi Ha literally translates to “Hidden Route of Water” in the local language. The cenote is a part of the Sac Actun System (formerly known as the Dos Ojos System), which is the longest underwater river system in the world with over 369 km (229 miles) of explored passageways.
The water in Cenote Taak Bi Ha is crystal clear and refreshingly cool. You can swim, snorkel, or scuba dive in the water and explore the underground caves and rock formations. The water is so clear that you can see the fish swimming around you, and you might even spot some turtles or eels. It’s an otherworldly experience that will leave you feeling like you’re in a hidden paradise.
One of the unique features of Cenote Taak Bi Ha is that it’s partially open to the sky, which means that the sunlight shines down and creates beautiful reflections on the water. The sunbeams create a mesmerizing effect, and you’ll definitely want to take some photos to remember it by.
If you’re interested in the cultural history of the region, you might want to take a guided tour of the cenote, which is around 450 MXN pesos. The local guides are knowledgeable about the history and geology of the area and can give you a unique perspective on the cenote’s significance to the local people.
Where is Cenote Taak Bi Ha?
Cenote Taak Bi Ha is located about 30 minutes north of Tulum and is situated in the middle of the jungle. The entrance to the cenote is unassuming, and you might almost miss it if you weren’t looking for it. But once you descend the steep wooden stairs, you’ll be awestruck by the beauty of the cenote below.
How to get to Cenote Taak Bi Ha?
The best way to get to the cenote is by renting a car. You can rent a car at Cancun airport, or in the town of Tulmu itself. You must enter at the same entrance of the popular Dos Ojos Cenote, but keep driving for around 2 miles (3 km) down a dirt road through the jungle, and you’ll find the entrance on your left.
If you’re arriving by bus or colectivo, they will drop you off at the entrance on the highway and you’ll simply have to walk for around 2 miles. You can find a colectivo in Tulum town, just tell them where to drop you off. It will cost around 40-50 pesos.
Scuba Diving in Cenote Taak Bi Ha
Because it’s mostly underground, Cenote Taak Bi Ha is one of the most remarkable and fascinating cenotes to go cave diving in. This is not accessible to everyone, as you must be highly skilled and trained for cave diving.
The entrance to the cavern is small and leads down to an awe-inspiring underground area, which is illuminated for visitors. However, due to the shallow water and delicate nature of the decorations, excellent diving skills and buoyancy control are a must for those who want to explore this area via scuba diving.
You can find many diving operators in Tulum town and Playa Del Carmen, also surrounding the areas of the cenotes.
Cenote Taak Bi Ha Tour
There are not too many tours to Cenote Taak Bi Ha, due to being less popular than other cenotes, but for the ones available we recommend this tour from ITours Mexico.
Thye provide snorkeling gear, snacks, a guided tour, and transportation to and from the cenote. The entire tour is around 3 and half hours and definitely worth it if you’re looking for something easy and hassle-free
Overall, Cenote Taak Bi Ha is a breathtaking natural wonder that’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the Tulum area, and especially if you’re into cave diving.
With its crystal-clear waters, lush jungle surroundings, and thrilling jump spots, it’s a destination that’s sure to leave you with unforgettable memories. So pack your bags, grab your swimsuit and snorkel gear, and head on over to Cenote Taak Bi Ha for an adventure you won’t soon forget.