Cenote Taak Bi Ha — Diving and Snorkeling among Astonishing Formations

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Mexico, Diving, North America

Cenote Taak Bi Ha is incredibly beautiful and one of the best cenotes near Tulum.
Find out everything you need to know about diving and snorkeling in this cenote.

With its crystal clear water and white formations, Cenote Taak Bi Ha is the place to visit if you want to see intricated stalactites, stalagmites, and columns. Walking down the steps to the cenote feels like entering a new world. Suddenly, it is easy to understand why the Maya believe that cenotes are entrances to Xibalba, the underworld.

I first heard of this cenote when inquiring about divable cenotes that are known for their geological structures at my favorite dive center. And upon seeing photos of it, I just knew I had to dive the cavern line of Cenote Taak Bi Ha. And I can only say that I am more than glad that I got the chance to do so, as it turned out to be my favorite dive of the trip.

Given how beautiful this cenote is, I recommend visiting it even if only want to see geological structures. However, I can only encourage you to enter the water with a mask and snorkel once you are there, as the beauty of Cenote Taak Bi Ha continues below the surface and in the cavern zone.

It is both an amazing dive site and snorkeling spot, and given how different it is from other cenotes in the area, it is more than worth a visit.

main cave of Cenote Taak Bi Ha

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What are cenotes?

Cenotes [seh-‘no-tays] are water-filled sinkholes, that are formed when water dissolves limestone bedrock. This leads to the existence of an underground chamber, and at one point the roof collapses. The term ‘cenote’ means ‘cave filled with water’ and derives from the Mayan word ‘dzonot‘ (‘ts’onot‘). There are more than 6.000 cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula.

The classification of cenotes is connected to the age of the cenote. Closed cenotes, also known as cave cenotes, are the youngest ones and their ceiling is still mostly intact. Usually, there are small holes in the ceiling through which light enters the cave. Cenote Taak Bi Ha is one of them.

About Cenote Taak Bi Ha

‘Taak Bi Ha’ is Mayan for ‘hidden water’, a name that is very descriptive, as it is a closed cenote that can only be accessed through small holes in the ceiling of the cenote. You have to walk down some steps that lead you down a small hole to reach it.

It is located inside Parque Dos Ojos, but you do not pay at the main gate as this cenote is owned by a Mayan cooperative. It was opened to the public in 2018 and is therefore not yet among the most commonly known cenotes.

As it is a closed cenote, the water temperature lies between 25°C (77°F) and 26°C (78.8°F) year-round regardless of the depth. It is part of the Systema Sac Actun, the longest currently known underwater cave system in the world.

The dry area is lit up by artificial lights, and it is done in a tasteful way that gives the dry cave a natural appearance. It allows you to see the impressive stalactites and tree roots that reach into the water. There are some small holes in the roof of the cenote, but ultimately, very little light enters through them.

It is a spectacular cenote dive and one of the best cenotes near Tulum. One could even say that it is one of Mexico’s most instagrammable cenotes.

stalactites in Cenote Taak Bi Ha

You have to walk down a steep staircase to get to the cenote, which means this cenote is not accessible if you are disabled or have limited mobility in any way.

Things to know about Cenote Taak Bi Ha

Cenote Taak Bi Ha Price

The Cenote Taak Bi Ha entry fee for snorkelers and swimmers is 350 MXN (17.50 USD) and 250 MXN (12 USD) for divers.

Getting a guide for the snorkeling tour in addition to the entry fee costs 400 MXN (20 USD), so it is only 50 MXN (2.50 USD) more than without a guide. It is definitely worth it if you do not have a waterproof torch or even if you do not feel like exploring the cenote beyond the dry cave area on your own.

You can only pay in cash (USD or MXN). Hereby, MXN is better due to the exchange rate applied by the cenote owners.

Camera Fees

Cenote Taak Bi Ha Columns

The camera fee at Cenote Taak Bi Ha is 200 MXN (10 USD) for small cameras and 300 MXN (15 USD) for large cameras.

However, you can use your phone to take photos of the dry cavern zone free of charge.

Consider getting an underwater housing for your phone so you can use it while snorkeling and diving.

Opening Hours & the Best Time to visit

This cenote is open daily from 8 AM to 5 PM. As this cenote a no longer a secret spot, it is best to come early or in the late afternoon. If you are planning to snorkel here, you will easily spend two hours at Cenote Taak Bi Ha, so plan the rest of your day accordingly.

Facilities

In terms of facilities, Cenote Taak Bi Ha is rather simple. There are bathrooms at the surface and an open shower where you have to rinse off before entering the water. If you want a souvenir, you can buy something at the souvenir booth.

Surprisingly, there is wifi inside the dry cave. Check out the sign near the staircase for the wifi-name and password. However, I personally believe that you do not really need an internet connection while you enjoy this astonishing cenote.

If you are a scuba diver, you can use a pulley to let down your tank. There are tables where you can assemble your diving equipment.

Cenote Taak Bi Ha Entrance
Cenote Taak Bi Ha Pulley
Cenote Taak Bi Ha Holes

Cenote Taak Bi Ha Dive

Cenote Taak Bi Ha is an incredible dive site, but only for divers that have excellent buoyancy skills. With its shallow areas, mild restrictions, and fragile formations, it is among the most challenging cenote dives for non-cave divers. Being able to use the frog kick is essential.

The cavern line is said to be a ‘short line’ that can be completed in 20 minutes, but if you are a photographer or just want to marvel at the structures, the dive can easily be twice as long. If you do not rush and just slow down a little, the dive should take around 30 minutes.

My own Cenote Taak Bi Ha dive lasted 56 minutes and the maximum depth was 7.62 meters (25 ft).

Cenote Taak Bi Ha Dive
Cenote Taak Bi Ha Diver
Cenote Taak Bi Ha Arch

The average depth of this dive is 4 meters, and there are two areas that are so shallow your tank will surface. It is in these shallow parts where you will see the light of the lit-up area mirroring the movement of the surface on the ground.

At times, everything around you is pitch black, and other times you see the soft light of the dry cave area. Bring a bright light that lights up the surrounding area, so you can enjoy the full beauty of this cenote dive. As you dive, there are stalactites and stalagmites all around you, and at one point, you will also see a bigger fossilized snail cone.

Do not forget to look up as you dive, or you will miss out. In some parts of the cavern zone, the surface acts as a mirror which makes the formations look even more impressive.

Like the dives in Cenote Dos Ojos and Cenote Tajma Ha, nearly the entire dive is in an enclosed space. Therefore, it is not a dive site if you are claustrophobic or even feel remotely uncomfortable diving in closed spaces.

Cenote Taak Bi Ha Dive Cavern Line
Cenote Taak Bi Ha Light Plays

If there is one thing I know, it is that diving in Cenote Taak Bi Ha reaffirmed my plans to eventually become a certified cave diver.

How to choose the right dive center?

If a dive center agrees to take you to this cenote as your first cenote dive with them, the only smart thing to do is to walk away and look for a better and more responsible dive center.

After all, it is our duty as divers to preserve the dive sites and cenotes we are fortunate enough to explore.

And no trustworthy dive center would allow you to dive in Cenote Taak Bi Ha without knowing for sure that you will be able to do this dive without destroying the fragile structures.

My dive center of choice: Ko’ox Diving

Cenote Taak Bi Ha Shallow Area

Many dive centers do not list this dive on their website, likely, as it is one of the cenotes dives accessible to non-cave divers that require the highest skill level. Ask the dive center of your choice if they offer dives here even if the cenote is not listed on their website.

Cenote Taak Bi Ha Dive Rules

If you are a regular diver, you have to be accompanied by a guide that will ensure you follow the rules. However, it is good to keep the basic rules of cavern diving in mind.

  • You reach the turning point at 2/3 of the tank volume (2000 PSI / 140 bar) and exit the water with at least 1000 PSI / 70 bar.
  • Do not dive past cave diving warning signs.
  • Never be more than 1 meter away from the line.
  • Do not touch any of the structures.
  • Do not stir up silt.
  • Only dive through restrictions where two divers can pass at the same time.
  • No dragging hoses or other things below you. This rule is especially important when diving in Cenote Taak Bi Ha.
  • It is not allowed to bring a snorkel, gloves, or knives.
  • There are not allowed to be more than four divers per guide, with the guide being in the first position. The guide has to be a certified full cave diver and at least a dive master

More Things to Do at Cenote Taak Bi Ha

Snorkeling

Thanks to its intricate formations, Cenote Taak Bi Ha is an amazing place to snorkel. It is quite different from other snorkeling spots in the area, so be sure to add it to your list of things to do in Tulum.

I highly recommend getting a guide if you want to snorkel here, as he or she will be able to point out particularly intriguing formations.

What do you need to snorkel in Cenote Taak Bi Ha?

If you want to snorkel at Cenote Taak Bi Ha, you need a lifejacket that you can rent on location, a mask, a snorkel, and a waterproof torch.

Photography

Cenote Taak Bi Ha is one of the most picturesque cenotes in Mexico and a real photographer’s dream. You will find beauty everywhere you look, which can make it hard to put down your camera. Ensure that you have enough time to take plenty of photos and actually enjoy this location afterward.

The dry area was under construction when I visited this cenote, but it was beautiful nonetheless.

Cenote Taak Bi Ha Swimming Area
Cenote Taak Bi Ha near Tulum
Cenote Taak Bi Ha Stalactites

Swimming

If you want to cool off on a hot day, you can go for a swim in the refreshing water. Hereby, the best swimming area is in the main cave. Be careful while getting in and out of the water as there are sharp edges.

Is it worth it to swim in Cenote Taak Bi Ha?

While it is possible to swim in Cenote Taak Bi Ha, the real highlights are snorkeling and scuba diving. It is not the best cenote for a relaxing swim.

Rules

  • Wearing a lifejacket is mandatory when snorkeling in Cenote Taak Bi Ha.
  • You are not allowed to use sunscreen or mosquito repellent prior to entering the cenote.
  • Do not touch formations or hanging tree roots.
  • Consuming alcohol prior to visiting or while at Cenote Taak Bi Ha is not allowed.
  • It is forbidden to remove anything.
  • Smoking is prohibited.

How to get there

Driving to this Cenote & Parking

Cenote Taak Bi Ha Sign

If you do not mind driving in Mexico, renting a car is a good option if you want to visit several cenotes in the area. Hereby, it is usually less expensive to rent a car in Playa del Carmen than in Tulum.

Check out the current rental car prices here.

Ensure that you enter ‘Cenote Taak Bi Ha’ and not ‘Cenote Tak Be Ha’ in Google Maps.

  • driving time from Tulum: 30 min – 23 km (14.3 miles)
  • driving time from Playa del Carmen: 48 min – 51 km (31.7 miles)

Tell the guide at the Dos Ojos gate that you are going to Cenote Taak Bi Ha and you will be able to drive through the gate. The last part of the drive is on an unpaved gravel road that has some bigger potholes, so do not drive too fast.

Get there by Colectivo

There are no colectivos that will take you all the way to this cenote, but you can ask to be dropped off at the entrance of the Dos Ojos Park if you catch a colectivo driving from Tulum to Playa del Carmen or the other way around.

From this point, you would have to walk 3.1 km (1.93 miles) to get to Cenote Taak Bi Ha. Given that there is no separate walking path, I would not recommend doing so. Therefore, I recommend catching a taxi from the entrance area to the cenote. While I do not know the exact price, it will definitely be money well spent.

Take a Taxi

If you are already in Tulum, you could also opt to take a taxi to Cenote Taak Bi Ha. Agree on a price in advance and ensure that the driver also picks you up once you want to leave. Otherwise, you will have to walk down the gravel road to Cenote Dos Ojos, where you will hopefully find a taxi that could take you back to Tulum.

Tour to Cenote Taak Bi Ha

If you are staying elsewhere on the Rivera Maya, or do not want to visit this cenote on your own, you could also join a group tour there.

Most if not all tours that take you to Cenote Taak Bi Ha, also include a stop at least one other cenote. A mask, a snorkel, and a waterproof torch, as well as the entry fee, are usually included in the tour price. However, it is always best to double-check the list of what is included to avoid an unpleasant surprise.

What to bring

If you visit this cenote, you should bring a towel, water in an insulated stainless steel bottle that will keep your drink cool while you explore Cenote Taak Bi Ha, and a swimsuit.

While rental gear is available, it is best to bring your own snorkeling gear.

It is also good to bring water shoes or diving boots as there are sharp edges. Should you own one, you should also bring your waterproof flashlight or a diving torch.

There are no lockers at this cenote, so do not bring any valuables.

Cenote Taak Bi Ha Lifejackets

Where to stay near Cenote Taak Bi Ha

There are several accommodations close to Cenote Taak Ba Hi, and staying there is ideal if you plan to spend at least two days at the cenotes of Parque Dos Ojos. The Yellow Nest is a top-rated villa that even has a pool.

If you do not want to stay in the jungle, the small cabins of Luhme in Tulum are good. The Dos Ceibas Eco Retreat is a nice beach-front hotel.

Alternatively, you can also stay in Playa del Carmen. I recommend the Fives Downtown Hotel and the Luxury Condo Boutique.

Booking.com

Nearby Locations

Cenote Dos Ojos — Cenote Dos Ojos is likely one of the most famous cenotes and a great place to spend a few hours. Go here to go snorkeling or to scuba dive.

Cenote El Pit — If you are a scuba diver and want to dive in Cenote Taak Bi Ha, then Cenote El Pit is the ideal first dive of the day. Known among divers for its light beams, it is a spectacular dive site for advanced divers.

Restaurants — If you want to grab a bite after swimming in this cenote, you will find several restaurants a few hundred meters away near Cenote Dos Ojos. I recommend Restaurante Juanita.

Planning a trip?

Check out these useful websites and resources I use to plan my own adventures.

Flights: Kiwi

Accommodation: Booking.com

Rental Car: RentalCars.com

Day Trips & Tours: Get Your Guide —or— Klook

Travel Insurance: World Nomads —or— SafetyWing

Airport Lounge Access: Priority Pass

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Roundup: Visiting Cenote Taak Bi Ha

While there are many beautiful cenotes in the Rivera Maya, there are few that have structures as intricate as Cenote Taak Bi Ha and that are accessible to regular divers and snorkelers. Therefore, visiting it is a must if you are interested in geological features. I, for one, loved this cenote and can only encourage you to visit it.

More about Mexico

If you are interested in cenotes, you might also be interested in these Mexico travel guides:

Cenotes near Valladolid
Diving Cenote Angelita

Which is your favorite cenote?

Let me know in the comments down below!

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I am the founder of A Nomad's Passport and a solo traveling digital nomad, photographer, and writer. Originally from Germany, I have lived in several countries around the world. My goal is to explore every country in the world while promoting ethical and sustainable traveling. And of course to write as many destination guides, itineraries, road trip guides, and content about scuba diving.

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