Do you want to visit Cenote Taak Bi Ha near Tulum Mexico? You’ve come to the right guide!
As a travel blogger that lives in Playa del Carmen, I’ve personally been to Cenote Taak Bi Ha and am here to share all the details!
With its stunning cave-like setting and bright turquoise waters, Taak Bi Ha Cenote is honestly one of the best cenotes I’ve visited in Riviera Maya.
In this post, I’m sharing everything you need to know about visiting Cenote Taak Bi Ha including how to get there, opening hours, entrance fees, what to expect, things to do, and top tips for visiting.
Ready to learn how to visit Cenote Taak Bi Ha for yourself? Let’s dive in!
Why visit Cenote Taak Bi Ha?
Taak Bi Ha Cenote is an incredible hidden gem located near the popular Dos Ojos Cenote Park but with far fewer crowds.
It’s an extremely beautiful underground cenote with bright turquoise water and stunning stalactites and stalagmites, creating a picturesque spot for swimming and snorkeling.
As one of the best cenotes near Playa del Carmen and Tulum, Cenote Taak Bi Ha makes a fun day trip where you can really experience the natural beauty of the region.
And with lots of picture perfect photo spots, it’s basically a paradise for Instagrammers and photography lovers!
Plus, it’s connected to an underground cave system which makes it a popular cenote for scuba diving too.
What is Cenote Taak Bi Ha like?
Cenote Taak Bi Ha is an incredible underground cave cenote hidden in the jungle.
It’s accessible by climbing down a very steep stairway through a large hole in the ground.
Its bright turquoise water creates an almost surreal atmosphere, with incredible stalactites and stalagmites decorating its walls.
It’s a huge cave that’s much bigger than it looks in pictures! Plus, Taak Bi Ha’s iconic tree roots hang down from the ceiling just skimming the surface of the water.
There are several large natural pools for swimming and snorkeling with both deep and shallow areas, as well as a main platform where you can jump from into the water below.
On both sides of this main pool are more secluded pools that are perfect for exploring on your own or with friends.
Cenote Taak Bi Ha is also connected to an underground cave system, so you’ll see some entry points for scuba divers too!
Where is Cenote Taak Bi Ha?
Cenote Taak Bi Ha is located in Riviera Maya, Mexico just north of Tulum and very close to the Dos Ojos Cenote Park.
The entrance can be found just past the entrance to Parque Dos Ojos. From the main highway 307 (Carretera Federal), it’s located about 1.5 miles (2.5 km) down a dirt road.
While the cenote is closer to Tulum, it can still easily be visiting from Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya.
Driving times from nearby destinations are as follows:
- Tulum to Cenote Taak Bi Ha: 30 minutes
- Playa del Carmen to Cenote Taak Bi Ha: 50 minutes
- Cancun to Cenote Taak Bi Ha: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cenote Taak Bi Ha Map
How to Get to Cenote Taak Bi Ha
There are a few different ways to get to Taak Bi Ha Cenote depending on your car situation and where you’re coming from.
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Drive to Cenote Taak Bi Ha
The easiest way to get to Cenote Taak Bi Ha is by driving or renting a car, as the cenote is located a bit of a ways from the main highway.
A rental car also gives you the freedom to explore the cenote at your own pace and you can even check out the many other cenotes that are located in the same area.
Follow the Cenote Taak Bi Ha directions on your GPS and from the main highway 307, you’ll turn into the entrance of the Cenotes Dos Ojos Park.
From there, continue straight past the security gate at the visitor center on a dirt road for about 1.5 miles (2.5 km).
You’ll see signs for Cenote Taak Bi Ha, where you’ll make a left just past Dos Ojos to get to the entrance of the cenote.
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Cenote Taak Bi Ha Parking
Once you arrive at the cenote entrance, free parking is available on-site.
Take a Taxi to Cenote Taak Bi Ha
If you don’t have a car, you can also easily hail a taxi from Playa del Carmen or Tulum but it will be more expensive.
You can expect a Playa del Carmen to Cenote Taak Bi Ha taxi to cost around $800-$1000 pesos ($40-$50 USD) each way. From Tulum, it might be around half that price.
But keep in mind that securing a taxi for the return trip will be much more difficult so it’s best to try and pre-arrange pickup with the same taxi driver that dropped you off.
Take a Colectivo to Cenote Taak Bi Ha
By public transportation, you can also take a colectivo (shared van) to Cenote Taak Bi Ha from Playa del Carmen or Tulum.
Colectivo from Playa del Carmen
The cheapest way to get to Cenote Taak Bi Ha from Playa del Carmen is to take a colectivo. I personally did this and it’s very easy.
The main colectivo station in Playa del Carmen is located just in front of the Chedraui grocery store on Avenida 2 Sur and Highway 307 (📍 Google Maps Location).
There are separate lineups for Tulum colectivos and Cancun colectivos so make sure to get in the line for the colectivos going from Playa del Carmen to Tulum.
Once you get on, you’ll want to tell the driver/attendant that you’re going to Cenote Dos Ojos (this is the closest major landmark).
It’s best to track the GPS on your phone so you know when you’re getting close. It takes about 50 minutes and the stop is past Puerto Aventuras.
When you’re getting close, you’ll need to shout “En Dos Ojos” or “Dos Ojos, por favor” and the driver will stop and let you off on the side of the highway.
The cost should be around $50 pesos (~$2.50 USD) each way and you’ll pay the driver upon exiting.
Make sure you have small bills on hand (pesos are best) as most drivers don’t have much change.
Note for the return trip, you’ll have to cross to the other side of the highway and flag down a colectivo headed towards Playa del Carmen.
Colectivo from Tulum
From Tulum, the process is the same but you’ll want to get on a colectivo headed north from Tulum to Playa del Carmen. You can simply go the main highway 307 and flag one down.
Once you get off the colectivo, you’ll need to carefully cross the highway to get to the main Dos Ojos entrance.
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Getting from the Highway to Cenote Taak Bi Ha
From the Dos Ojos entrance, it’s about a 35 minute walk to Taak Bi Ha. While it’s a bit of a long walk, it’s doable and is what I did.
There are some areas of shade along the way but you’ll want to be prepared for the sun and heat so be sure to pack a water bottle!
Your cell service should still work so you can use Google Maps to make sure you’re headed in the right direction. And there are signs to direct you as well.
And if you’re not up for the long walk, I believe you can also hire a taxi from the visitor center near the highway for a fee.
I didn’t see any taxis at the entrance so this is something you may need to request from the attendants once you get there.
Book a Tour to Cenote Taak Bi Ha
If you don’t want to deal with driving or renting a car, then the most hassle-free way to visit Cenote Taak Bi Ha is by booking a tour with transportation included.
Plus, you’ll have a knowledgeable guide who can provide you with more information about the history of the cenotes, as well as other benefits like food, drinks, and professional photography.
Cenote Taak Bi Ha Opening Hours
Cenote Taak Bi Ha hours are every day from 9AM–5PM.
You’ll want to arrive as early as possible to beat the crowds and get to experience the cenote undisturbed.
Best Time to Visit Cenote Taak Bi Ha
The best time to visit Taak Bi Ha Cenote is on a weekday. Cenotes are generally much more crowded on weekends (especially Sundays) when local families have the day off.
Also, if you’re visiting during the winter months (December–February), the water will likely feel much colder. Consider bringing a rash guard for added warmth.
Cenote Taak Bi Ha Entrance Fee
The general entrance fee for Cenote Taak Bi Ha is $350 pesos (~$18 USD) and includes a life jacket rental. Make sure to bring cash as credit cards are not accepted.
Here’s a breakdown of the Cenote Taak Bi Ha prices:
- General Entrance: $350 MXN
- Divers: $300 MXN
ℹ️ Note: They do not offer a discount for locals.
Rules for Visiting Cenote Taak Bi Ha
These are the rules you must abide by when visiting Taak Bi Ha:
- People under the influence of alcohol or toxic substances are not allowed
- Use of a life jacket is mandatory use
- No sunscreen allowed
- Shower before entering
- Do not touch the stalactites
- Do not remove fallen formations
- Tour guides must show identification
🧴 The most important rule is that sunscreen is not allowed (even biodegradable) so you are required to shower before entering the cenote.
Things to Do at Cenote Taak Bi Ha
Aside from swimming and hanging out, here are the top things to do at Cenote Taak Bi Ha:
Cenote Taak Bi Ha has crystal clear waters which makes it a beautiful place to go snorkeling.
I would recommend bringing your own snorkel set so you don’t have to pay for the guided snorkel tour.
What’s cool about Taak Bi Ha is that it’s connected to an underground cave system so there’s a lot more to see underwater than what you can see from the surface!
Under the water, you can see incredible stalagmites and there are also a lot of small fish. Plus, there’s hidden caves, rocks, and unique formations to explore.
You can snorkel at your own pace and the area is pretty well lit so you can still see quite a bit underwater.
Go scuba diving
At about 7 meters (23 feet) deep and part of the Sac Actun system, Cenote Taak Bi Ha is also a popular spot for scuba diving and cave diving.
There’s a lot of scuba divers that come through there and you’ll likely see them lowering the air tanks from a well down into the cenote.
You need to be an advanced diver for cave diving at Cenote Taak Bi Ha with excellent buoyancy control due to the fragile rock formations.
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With its clear turquoise water and incredible rock formations, Cenote Taak Bi Ha is one of the most photogenic cenotes in Riviera Maya.
There’s tons of great spots for taking Cenote Taak Bi Ha photos. And there’s just enough light in the cenote to actually be able to get some good shots.
It was pretty funny to see how many different photoshoots were going on when I first arrived!
How Long to Spend at Cenote Taak Bi Ha
Depending on how much you want to swim, expect to spend anywhere from 1-3 hours in total exploring Cenote Taak Bi Ha Mexico.
The great thing about Cenote Taak Bi Ha is that it’s located next to a bunch of other cenotes so you can go cenote hopping and check out some other ones in the area after your visit.
Amenities at Cenote Taak Bi Ha
These are the amenities available at Taak Bi Ha Cenote:
Restrooms, Showers, & Changing Rooms
Bathrooms, changing rooms, and showers are available at Cenote Taak Bi Ha with no additional cost.
It is required to shower first before entering the water to remove any sunscreen or residue that may be harmful to the cenote.
There are no lockers for rent at Cenote Taak Bi Ha. Most people just leave their personal items on the sides and keep an eye on them.
I would recommend bringing as little valuables as possible just to be safe.
Food & Drink
There isn’t any food and drink available for purchase at Cenote Taak Bi Ha but there are restaurants at the Dos Ojos cenote park, which is just a short walk away.
And there are a couple of convenience stores along the main road to the cenote where you can buy drinks and snacks. Or you can just bring your own food and enjoy it at the cenote.
We packed a lunch and ate it at the tables outside of the lobby area in the parking lot.
Life jackets are available and are included in the entrance fee. They are optional and not required but I would recommend wearing one because the cenote is pretty deep.
Free wifi is available around the lobby area and you can even get a bit of a signal down in the cenote.
This is a nice perk because the cell service is pretty spotty in the more remote areas around Tulum.
Guided snorkeling tours are also available and can be arranged at the reception desk.
These include a local guide to take you snorkeling through some of the more remote cave areas, as well as snorkel gear.
There are also a few souvenir stands near the entrance to the cenote where you can buy hats, handicrafts, and other Riviera Maya souvenirs.
What to Bring to Cenote Taak Bi Ha
Tips for Visiting Cenote Taak Bi Ha
Follow these tips to make the most of your Cenote Taak Bi Ha experience:
- Don’t get it confused with Cenote Tak Be Ha or Cenote Taak Bil Ha: When you look up Cenote Taak Bi Ha on Google Maps, you might get a search result for Cenote Tak Be Ha (notice the different spelling). That is not the right location and that cenote is not even open so don’t go there! You might also see Cenote Taak Bil Ha, which is a completely different cenote located at Cenote Chikin Ha near Playa del Carmen.
- Get there early: Cenote Taak Bi Ha can get a bit crowded when tour groups come through so I would recommend getting there as early as possible to beat the crowds. We had a point in between tour groups that we had the whole cenote to ourselves!
- Wear water shoes: The cenote is very rocky and can be extremely uncomfortable on bare feet. Definitely wear water shoes to protect your feet–you’ll have a much more enjoyable time!
- Bring snorkel gear: If you want to snorkel, bring your own snorkel gear as otherwise you have to pay for the guided tour. It’s also not a bad idea to bring an underwater flashlight if you have one to see some of the deeper areas of the cenote.
- Bring a rash guard for extra warmth: The cenote water can be very cold depending on the time of year so it’s not a bad idea to bring a rash guard for extra warmth. I visited in the summer and my teeth were chattering after snorkeling for a bit!
- Stand under the lights for the best photos: Cenote Taak Bi Ha is illuminated with a few different spotlights. These areas are the best spots for taking photos so you’ll want to stand in front of them to help eliminate shadows.
- Pack a lunch: There isn’t any food available at Cenote Taak Bi Ha so you’ll want to bring a packed lunch if you plan on spending the whole day there. And don’t forget to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.
Visiting Cenote Taak Bi Ha: FAQs
Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about visiting Taak Bi Ha Cenote Riviera Maya:
Taak Bi Ha means “hidden water” in the Mayan language.
The Cenote Taak Bi Ha price for entrance is $350 MXN (~$18 USD) and includes a life jacket rental.
Yes, you can visit Cenote Taak Bi Ha easily without a tour. You’ll need to make your own way there and pay the entrance fee at the reception desk.
There are many other cenotes that you’ll see on the road to Cenote Taak Bi Ha including Dos Ojos Cenote, Nicte Ha Cenote, Cenote Dos Palmas, Cenote Jaguar, and Cenote Sac Actun. Note they all have separate entrance fees.
No, Cenote Taak Bi Ha is located very close to Dos Ojos but is not part of the Dos Ojos Cenote Park. It is managed by a separate company.
Yes, it is possible to walk from the main highway to Taak Bi Ha Cenote but it takes about 35 minutes.
Final Thoughts: Taak Bi Ha Cenote Guide
Are you ready to visit Taak Bi Ha Cenote? I hope this guide was helpful in planning your visit!
It’s the perfect cenote to visit if you’re looking for a picturesque, secluded spot to cool off and enjoy the beauty of the Riviera Maya.
I was so impressed with how pristine and untouched the cenote was—it’s definitely one of my favorite Riviera Maya cenotes.
You will definitely be blown away by incredible rock formations and unforgettable experience of swimming in this hidden gem!
If you want to visit some even more incredible cenotes in the region, check out my complete guide to the best cenotes in Playa del Carmen and the surrounding Yucatan peninsula.