How to visit the spectacular Cenote Taak Bi Ha

Let me take you to the beautiful Cenote Taak Bi Ha

The Cenote Taak Bi Ha is one of the most beautiful cenotes of the Riviera Maya, and probably of the entire Yucatan Peninsula.

It’s a cave cenote with crystal clear water where you can swim, snorkel or dive as you please.

It’s so spectacular that I decided to dedicate an entire post to describe how to get there and how to make the most of your visit. But it was not the only reason.

I will also show off all the pictures that I could finally take on my second try.

But before getting to the point I need to tell you the story behind it.

underground lake with stalactite and stalagmites - cenote taak bi ha

The first time I went to visit the Taak Bi Ha cenote, I was super excited for all the amazing pictures I would have taken and the post I would share.

However, as soon as I reached home and insert the camera card in the computer, no picture showed, nada, zero!

I tried all I could but the pictures had disappeared. I realized then that my card was damaged and there was no way I could possible retrieve the photographs that I have so enthusiastically taken.

I felt rage frustration sadness at the same time, especially when I saw the pictures that my travel companion took when we were at the cenotes. It was not fair.

But oh well, what could I do.

underground lake with stalactite and stalagmites cave and blue water

Little did I know at that time that I eventually had the chance to go back to the Riviera maya a few months later (I have to say it, thanks to the COVID that had my travel plans all messed up).

As I am writing this post, I am actually in Tulum. I have rented a car and drove to the cenote just for the sake of the photos. I did it as a gift to myself for my birthday. 🙂 Obviously, I was on my own and I had a blast! 😉

This time the card was not damaged and I was so happy with the result that I decided to write this post and share my misadventure with you, and also the pictures. I hope you like them.

So all ends that ends well.

Map of the Riviera Maya Cenotes

map of the cenotes of the riviera maya
Click on the image to open the map – photo © google map

Now, without further ado, see below the instruction on how to visit the beautiful cenote Taak Bi Ha.

underground lake with stalactite and stalagmites and blue sinkhole water

Where is the Cenote Taak Bi Ha located

The Cenote Taak Bi Ha is located on the Riviera Maya at about 40 minutes drive from Playa Del Carmen and 20 minutes from Tulum, on the Caretera Federal.

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Photo © Google Map

How to get to Cenote Taak Bi Ha

Getting to the cenote is very easy but not so simple.

Let me explain.

Getting to the cenote Taak Bi Ha by car

From the Carretera Federal you must follow the entrance of the most popular Cenotes Dos Ojos.

However you don’t have to stop at the entrance for your tickets (that’s only for Dos Ojos), you just keep driving for about 3 km into the jungle on the dirt road. Worry not, it’s a good road, although not paved.

You will find a sign on the left, just about 50 minutes past Cenotes Dos Ojos entrance.

Renting a car in Mexico is the best way to discover this country. Read more in my post about driving in Mexico.

Getting to Cenote Taak Bi Ha by public transportation

If not you can either hire a taxi or get there by “colectivo”. Please note that the “colectivo” (MINI VAN) will drop you off on the highway. Then you have to walk about 3 km on the dirt road if you don’t find a ride.

Keep in mind that the road is for most part in the shade, but remember to bring some water with you. It’s hot!

underground lake with stalactite and stalagmites and stairs to access

Cenote Taak Bi Ha Entrance fee 2020

The Cenote is managed privately by the local community who ownes it.

When they realized that it became one of the most popular cenotes of the area they raised the fee to 350 MXN per person.

If you take a tour with a local guide it’s 400 MXN per person.

If you just swim in the main area of the cenote you don’t really need a guide, but there is one part that is like a river inside a cave and you will need a guide with a lamp to swim through. If you are up for the full experience I would suggest you go for the 400MXN package (it’s basically 3 USD more, not a big deal).

Diving in the cenote Taak Bi Ha

If you wish to dive in the cenote you will need to contact any diving center that does cenote diving and arrange it with them and their instructors. They will advise you about the inclusive costs and all details of the dive.

How to be a good tourist in a cenote

In order to preserve the beauty of the cenotes and the fragile eco-system, there are a few rules to follow:

  • don’t wear any sunscreen or repellent before bathing in the cenotes
  • don’t leave anything that doesn’t belong to the place
  • don’t hang on to stalactites or stalagmites or trees roots
  • don’t do anything that can damage the environment
underground lake with stalactite and stalagmites and blue water

What to bring in the cenote

Make sure you have your swimsuit, a towel.
If you want to bring your mask in some cenotes it will turn out useful. Dress light but I would recommend comfortable closed shoes to protect you from insects. They are not dangerous but certainly annoying.
Water is always a must, in such hot and humid weather.


underground lake with stalactite and stalagmites

For further reading

The best cenotes of the Riviera Maya
The best cenotes near Valladolid
The coolest cenotes to visit from Cancun
What is a cenote?
The best cenotes near Tulum
The best hotels of the Riviera Maya

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