Sandy beach
Cliff jumping
Hike-in Required
Sensitive Habitat
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Cenote Saamal is part of a newer commercial complex called Hacienda Selva Maya with vendors and a buffet. Visitors pay at the reception office next to the parking lot, and then are directed through a collection of small buildings and past the restaurant to the cenote area.

Cenote Saamal is a large open-aired sinkhole, with swallows and bats living beneath the limestone shelf above. There are jumping platforms and a low deck, while the water is dark and cold. Life jackets are mandatory, and included in the admission price. Cenote Saamal and Hacienda Selva Maya are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is MX$80.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Adjacent buffet.


Less scenic than other nearby cenotes.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed


Flushing toilets
Family friendly
Picnic tables



Why punish people who are excellent swimmers and don't need life jackets??? You can simple have people sign a waiver. For this reason, I would not want to go to this cenote. I have noticed that a higher percentage of Mexicans are somewhat afraid of cenotes and can not swim, but these restrictions for those of us in the U.S, for example, who began to swim at the age of seven and who lived near the forcing them to wear life jackets, takes all the fun out of the experience. What swimmer who is competent, wants to wear a life jacket??? This is ridiculous. The Mexicans should simple have, as I have said, have those who are competent swimmers, sign a waiver and assume are responsibility. I want to explore this cenote but when I found out about the life jacket requirement...decided not to go. Pathetic.
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