As the name suggests, Gran Cenote is big and stretches a full 202 meters in diameter. Although the name indicates that the area is one giant sinkhole, in reality, it consists of several smaller cenotes that are linked together.
When experiencing the Cenote within the water swimmers can see the spectacular stalactites that hang from the overlying cavern, or even see stalagmites which rise from the cave floor below the surface.
In some places, these two naturally occurring features have grown so big that they converge together to form columns, which is a wonder and photogenic geological phenomenon.
The water itself is so clear, that fish can be seen without diving below, and you may even spot a turtle.
For those who like a bit of adventure, you can explore some darker parts of the cave underwater if you are brave enough. As you venture further into the cave, you will also likely experience quite a surprise, as there usually are bats hanging down from the cave ceiling!
Because of the diverse ecosystems and geological phenomena, scuba diving is incredibly popular at Gran Cenote, and it is not surprising with the plethora of life that lies below the surface. But for those who are on a tighter budget, you can still take in the marvels of the sinkhole simply by snorkeling or swimming.
Need to Know
The one downside to Gran Cenote is that it does get jam-packed due to its popularity, and many people like to go early. If you want to have the best chance of avoiding the crowds it may be worth visiting later in the day towards closing time.
Entrance fees into Gran Cenote are 180 pesos, and renting a snorkel costs 80 pesos.