Cenote Carwash also has a Mayan name, “Aktun Ha” which means water cave.
This Cenote used to be the spot where the Taxi drivers from Tulum would wash their Taxis in the ’80s. It was one of the first Cenotes to be explored in the area. Aktun Ha is along the side of the road, 8 km out of Tulum on the way to Coba.
It is an excellent example of the natural collapse formation of sinkholes and looks like a giant pond, more than 150 ft (50 m) across with an average depth of 3 meters. With an easy access platform, it is excellent for both divers and snorkelers.
During the summer, in the open area, acid and algae form near the surface making it look like out of this world. At the same time, it makes it fantastic for underwater photography. The effect of the daylight reflecting on the green bottom, the water lilies and excellent viz make of Cenote carwash un unforgettable underwater site. Some parts of the cavern area are a bit deeper reaching a depth of 16 meters / 53 feet. There is very little water flow but enough to maintain the crystal clear visibility. Also, as you enter the underworld, you will see plants filled areas, eerie submerged trees, and schools of small fish. Turtles that inhabit these waters are small, and there is even a shy little crocodile.
To enter the cavern you pass under a curtain of trees and roots, leading into a large, beautiful, decorated room. The light falling through the algae layer above creates a fantastic show of varying hues. Tunnels of rock lead to underground and underwater rooms such as the Room of Tears and The Room of the Ancient available only to certified Cave Divers.