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“nice place - but get there early”
Review of Grand Cenote

Grand Cenote
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Cenote Triple Adventure Tour in Tulum
Ranked #6 of 85 things to do in Tulum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Grand Cenote has 140 square meter for swimming, there is one big cave, a cavern and 100 square of wooden platforms where you can walk, chill with the nature and take pictures .
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“nice place - but get there early”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

This is a great place to visit and swim but again its preferable to get there early and its only worth about a 30 minute visit unless you are diving. The facilties are pretty good, bathrooms are not the best but there are also changing rooms and access to the cenote is by wooden staircase and wooden floored area. In the main cenote entrance to the water from the left / right is easy and about 15 feet deep, at the centre point of access - there are many rocks and its very shallow - IMHO dont jump in there.

There is also a smaller cenote near the back on the right side that is linked by an open cave and its a nice place to swim into, there is a seperate access to this part within the grounds.

I also did a cavern dive here with MotMot diving from Tulum and that was amazing, not claustraphobic at all, and a very different experience from diving in the sea.

I snorkelled here and it was interesting, there are a couple of turtles and a few fish but its the rock formations that hold the most interest.

Visited January 2013
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Zurich, Switzerland
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“Fantastic colours”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

On the way back to the resort I stopped at the Gran Cenote which I will never regret.
Cristalbluegreen water waits for you. Its a amazing how many things you can discover
at this cenote. Even batts are flying around. Take your googles and flippers with you.
Swimsuite aswell. There are lockers and changingrooms on the groundlevel.
The entry fee is 100Pesos additional you can rent googles and diving equipements.
Its a nice area. Also a little restaurant which serves you coffee and food.
Have a nice time there.

Visited January 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“Don't waste your time”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

We went after reading several positive reviews on trip advisor but were sorely disappointed...The fish were underwhelming and the water was a little dirty. The best thing about this place was that we didn't have to drive far to get back to the beach. Just skip it.

Visited January 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

We stopped here on the way home from Chichen Itza and Coba, and it was our first experience of swimming in a cenote. We were not disappointed! Rented our snorkel gear and off we went. An underwater world that has to be seen to be believed. So many cenotes around this area, it would take a year to see them all. We were here in the late afternoon, and there were only about 4 other people already swimming. I actually don't think you could go wrong with whatever cenote you visit, as long as you add at least one to your itinerary.

Visited January 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“Good cave diving, nice area.”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

A fantastic underground river system to explore for days or even weeks. Decent set up areas and steps all the way to the water. Can get a little crowed when the tour vans show up, but plenty of room for everyone. OK restrooms as well.

Visited January 2013
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