Three popular cenotes are located along the access road leading from Hwy 307 to Dos Ojos. While they are still pleasantly remote and have fewer visitors than some of the other area cenotes, recent improvements in the road beyond Dos Ojos have made The Pit and Pet Cemetery far more accessible.

Dos Ojos

The name Dos Ojos or “two eyes” refers to two neighboring cenotes which appear as two eyes into the underworld. While the caverns start and end in the same location, they are very different from each other and connect through a very large, shared cavern zone between the two. Cenotes Dos Ojos are considered the world’s best cavern dives due to a large part to the lighting and formations which can be seen throughout. The dual entrances and accessibility of the “bat cave” also lend themselves spectacular snorkeling. The original exploration of the entire cave system began at these cenotes. Contact Dos Ojos Scuba Dive Shop for more information about diving these mesmerizing cenotes.

The Pit

The Pit is an amazing sinkhole deep inside the jungle, an upstream branch of the Sistema Dos Ojos. The Pit is the deepest cenote in the State of Quintana Roo, with a depth of 119 m, which makes diving in The Pit is an unforgettable experience.

Improvements to the dirt road leading to the entrance of The Pit and the newly built stairs down to the water at the beginning of 2012 have facilitated access to this dive site enormously. Walking from the main access road and lowering equipment with ropes is now unnecessary.

Amazing sun rays penetrate to 30 m cascading into a white, hydrogen sulfate cloud. Below, an animal skeleton, human jaw with four molars, and the remains of what appear to be an old fireplace with small burnt bones were removed at the end of 2011 by INAH.

Pet Cemetery

Pet Cemetery is a very beautiful cenote deep inside the jungle which is located farther along the same access road as cenotes Dos Ojos. Its name stems from the number of animal skeletons found in the cenote, one of which are the fossilized remains of an extinct prehistoric camel.

This cenote belongs to the second longest underwater cave system in the world, Cenotes Sac Aktun. Much of Pet Cemetery is very shallow with a depth of only about 3 m and a wide berth of daylight, which makes it an ideal site for snorkelers. It is one of the most decorated cenotes in the area containing delicate white stalactite, stalagmite and column formations in water of amazing clarity which creates the effect of a crystal palace. A visit to this cenote is memorable for both snorkelers and divers.

Nicte ha

Tucked along the road to Dos Ojos, cenote Nicte Ha is a quiet pool of crystalline water which leads into a cavernous overhanging area.  It is less crowded than the larger cenotes, and with several shaded seating areas, is a lovely spot for a swim and a picnic.  A short walk down a graveled path leads to a sister cenote, Motz Sai Ha, where a steep stairway leads into a cavernous expanse of azure water.

Cenote Jaguar

Located at the rear of Xel-Ha ruins, this cenote is now connected to the main access road leading to Dos Ojos.  This beauty boasts deep blue water, stone walkways, a jumping platform, zipline, and lovely landscaping identifying many native plants and trees.  A large palapa serves as a welcome center.  This gem is quickly becoming a favorite among visitors!

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Casa Cenote

On the opposite side of 307 from Dos Ojos lies one of the most unique cenotes in the area, Casa Cenote. Cenote Tankah connects one of the longest underwater cave systems, Nohoch Na Chich, with the ocean. Located in the middle of a mangrove field, the connection of fresh water with ocean water yields a diversity of fresh and saltwater fish, plant life, and stunning haloclines among the limestone. With large open surface areas and sprawling lagoons frequented by manatees, this site is perfect for snorkelers as well as novice divers alike, and certainly an unforgettable experience.

Discover the lovely,secluded Xunaan Ha cenote in nearby Chemuyil; ask your hosts for directions!

Discover the lovely,secluded Xunaan Ha cenote in nearby Chemuyil; ask your hosts for directions!

Make a day of Dos Ojos; pack a lunch and stretch out in a hammock between snorkeling and diving.

Make a day of Dos Ojos; pack a lunch and stretch out in a hammock between snorkeling and diving.

Tucked away along the road to Dos Ojos, a secluded spot for a dip

Tucked away along the road to Dos Ojos, a secluded spot for a dip

Stunning, sprawling Dos Ojos Cenotes welcomes you

Stunning, sprawling Dos Ojos Cenotes welcomes you

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