Cenote Chikin Ha is not the best cenote in the Yucatan, but it is certainly worth the trip. Its location makes it easily accessible if you are in the Riviera Maya. The ability to snorkel in two very different pools add to the value, and the play of light underwater is very memorable. For divers, it is a nice introduction to cave diving, although I am not a diver.

Cenote Chikin Ha, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Chikin Ha lightbeams

Cenote Chikin Ha is easily accessed by car, located about 26 km south of Playa del Carmen and 41 km north of Tulum on Hwy 307. Various vendors offer trips if you want to hire them to do so, but its location would make for a natural visit by car – in fact, there are so many good, easily reached cenotes between Playa del Carmen and Tulum that an enthusiast could easily spend 3 full days just on that (and it would be a great deal of fun!).

Map to Cenote Chikin Ha, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Google Maps 2017

The site itself is well maintained, with nice landscaping and pathways to each cenote. Steps lead into each cenote, but the final plunge in or climb out may be challenging for those who have mobility issues. Otherwise, it is easily accessed. The water is cool, but you can easily swim without a wetsuit (bring it if you have it!). The water here, as in all cenotes, is extremely clean. Food is available onsite if desired.

Cenote Chikin Ha, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
X-Tabay Cenote at same site

The cost to get in is about 200 pesos ($10) at the time of this writing, with some more to rent equipment (bring your own if you’ve got it – skip the flippers). A vest or float is helpful since since there are few places to stand.

To find out what you will experience at Cenote Chikin Ha, read the article here.

To see a gallery of pictures from our visit, click here.

Return to my ranked list of cenotes.


IT pro by day, avid traveler and photographer by night.

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