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Riviera Maya: Turtles and Cenote Snorkeling Tour

1. Riviera Maya: Turtles and Cenote Snorkeling Tour

Enjoy a unique experience on a snorkeling tour dedicated to exploring the natural wonders found in the underwater world of the Riviera Maya. Spot sea turtles and swim through a jungle cenote as you explore several highlights of the Yucatan Peninsula. Start your tour by making your way to Akumal Bay. Get ready with your snorkeling gear and explore a Mesoamerican reef. Swim with sea turtles in their natural habitat and visit a cenote jungle pool. Explore the underground cave, a place known for its ancient formations of stalactites and stalagmites. The combined rays of light filtered through the small orifices of the cave make for an impressive sight.

Riviera Maya: Full-Day Whale Shark Encounter

2. Riviera Maya: Full-Day Whale Shark Encounter

Be picked up from your accommodation at 5 AM in Tulum, 6 AM in Playa del Carmen, or 7:45 AM in Cancun. During the drive, your guide will explain the itinerary and teach you about whale sharks and their habitat. Upon arriving at the marina, relax and eat breakfast. Depart to the whale shark area and start your search. Once you spot a whale shark, go snorkeling. There is a maximum of 1 ship per whale shark and 2 people per guide. During the trip, your guide will teach you about the fauna of this ecosystem.  Sandwiches, fruit, soft drinks, and water will be served. Then, you will return to Isla Mujeres for lunch: sandwiches and shrimp ceviche or fish with guacamole and fruit. After an hour of relaxing or swimming at the beach Playa Norte in Islas Mujeres, return to the marina at 3:30 PM.

From Cancun: Xcaret Park with Night Show and Transportation

3. From Cancun: Xcaret Park with Night Show and Transportation

The Xcaret Park Full-Day Tour is the best way to visit Xcaret Park with roundtrip transportation included and all the benefits of full-day entry. Enjoy a convenient pickup from your hotel and head straight to Xcaret, the top family theme park in Mexico. Your Xcaret tour includes: Roundtrip transportation in a bus with air conditioning and tour conductor. Access to Xcaret eco park from 8:30 to 21:30. Upon your arrival plan your day with more than 40 activities and attractions. Enjoy an unforgettable experience with free access to showers, dressing rooms, bags for belongings during the underground river journey, and life vests. Xcaret at Night begins with colorful cultural performances, aMayan Ball Game, and the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular celebration at 19:00. Water Activities: Underground River journey, Río del Paraíso journey, Beach, Inlet, and Natural Pools. Exhibitions: Coral Reef Aquarium, Marine Turtles Area, Manatee Lagoon, Bat Cave, Butterfly Pavilion, Deer Refuge, Jaguar Island, Spider Monkey Island, Mushroom Farm, Living Museum of Orchids, Tapir's Territory, Tropical Jungle Trail, Regional Wildlife Breeding Farm and Rotating Scenic Tower.Culture & Performances: Archaeological sites, House of Whispers, Mayan Village, St. Francis of Assisi Chapel, Hacienda Henequenera, Stained-glass Plaza, Nature and Culture tours, Papantla Flying Men, Pre-Hispanic Ball Game, and Fiesta Charra.

From Playa del Carmen: Whale Shark Tour

4. From Playa del Carmen: Whale Shark Tour

Get picked up from any hotel in Playa del Carmen. Get the ultimate adrenaline thrill in the Mexican Caribbean on a 6-hour whale shark snorkel tour. Swim and snorkel with the gentle giants in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Following pick-up, you'll be transferred to the marina to board a boat. Enjoy complimentary food and beverages on the way to the snorkel site, where you will put on your snorkeling gear and get a safety briefing on what to expect in the sea. Jump into the ocean to snorkel with the world’s biggest fish as you come face-to-face with the whale sharks. Some adult specimens can measure up to 13 meters in length, though accounts of individuals of up to 18 meters have been recorded. Swim with the whale sharks for about 2 hours for a truly unique experience. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch at Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres. Board your boat for the return transfer to the marina, where a vehicle will be waiting to take you back to your hotel. Note, that the whale shark encounter is a safe activity, and is available from May to September.

Mayan Adventure - 3 different snorkeling sites in one day!

5. Mayan Adventure - 3 different snorkeling sites in one day!

Experience the magic of snorkeling in one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, the Mexican Caribbean. Embark on a breathtaking snorkeling tour that allows you to feel nature all around you. A whole day of snorkeling in this magical environment will leave you with a new-found respect for nature. As you dive into the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean, surrounded by exotic marine life you will explore an underground river in the middle of the jungle, and discover the mystical wonders of the Mayan sinkholes (cenotes). You will be picked up and dropped off at your Hotel Lobby and you will be accompanied at all times by professional guides that will share the best snorkeling techniques and provide information regarding the flora and fauna that inhabits this unique ecosystem. Above all they will make sure you feel safe, allowing you to enjoy an unforgettable snorkeling experience.

Whale Shark Safari Snorkeling Tour

6. Whale Shark Safari Snorkeling Tour

On this tour, you can either snorkel with white whales or view them from our boat. Measuring up to 46 feet (14 meters) and weighing up to 15 tons, the whale shark is the largest fish in the world. They are very docile creatures, eating only plankton and enjoy the interaction with the people who come to swim with them. Your tour starts in the morning between 06:00 AM to 07:00 AM. You will be picked-up from your hotel and take you to Punta Sam in Cancun. Here you will take a high-speed boat to the whale sharks. En route, you will be shown the abundant sea and bird life found at Isla Contoy. On a typical day, see a School of Wild Dolphins, Flocks of Flamingos, Stingrays, Ibis, Egrets, Pelicans and the rare "Chimay Birds.” In small groups, enter the water to swim among the whale sharks. You will be provided with full snorkel gear, masks, flippers and life vests.

Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xcaret & Xplor Parks with Transport

7. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xcaret & Xplor Parks with Transport

Savor the thrill of Cancun’s wet and wild side with a combo ticket that includes access to Xcaret nature park. Here, you can discover wildlife, swim in underground rivers and learn about Mayan culture. At Xplor, enjoy all-inclusive access to the adventure park and its adrenaline-pumping activities. Get round-trip transport from your hotel to the two thrilling adventure parks by luxury coach. At Xcaret you can access more than 40 spectacular attractions, which include cultural performances, visiting a coral reef aquarium and learning about Cancun's historic culture in a recreated Mayan village.  Enjoy all-inclusive access to Xplor amusement park and its four adventure activities in the heart of the Riviera Maya. Choose from multiple zipline courses, driving an amphibious vehicle through jungle roads, rafting into incredible caverns and caves, swimming under stalactites and more. There is something for all the family with light refreshments included.

Cancún & Riviera Maya: Combo Xel-Ha & Xplor with Transport

8. Cancún & Riviera Maya: Combo Xel-Ha & Xplor with Transport

Feel the adrenaline rush on Xplor's 14 jungle ziplines and explore a wide variety of water activities at Xel-Há Park with an entire day for each activity-packed experience. Gear up for an action-infused day at Xplor Park. Get adventurous on 2 zipline circuits, drive an amphibious car to an underground river, explore verdant jungles, and meet your fill on lavish buffet spreads. Release your inner adrenaline junkie and head to the top of the natural jungle just to zoom down on one the tallest zipline courses in all of Latin America, with 14 different lines. Climb on an amphibious vehicle and ride around the jungle before going to the underground river. Float past astounding rock formations by raft or swim among the magnificent stalactites and stalagmites. Dive into an aquatic adventure at the waterfront oasis of Xel-Há Park. Experience 20 activities on land and water, including snorkeling with tropical fish. Embark on a tour into the Yucatán jungle, framed by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Listen to nature speak in this park completely dedicated to preserving the Riviera Maya's natural habitat. Snorkel in a picturesque lagoon among more than 90 species of marine life and try to spot an elusive sea turtle or yellow-striped angelfish.

Quintana Roo: Whale Shark Swim, Private Boat Trip, and Lunch

9. Quintana Roo: Whale Shark Swim, Private Boat Trip, and Lunch

Enjoy a private boat tour with plenty of time to swim with whale sharks. Try fresh local food for lunch. Following pickup from your hotel in Cancún, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, or Tulum, climb aboard the air-conditioned private van to be taken straight to the port. Enjoy a quick breakfast at the marina. Then, listen to your expert guide share the activity briefing and safety rules. Next, set sail to an area popular with whale sharks near Isla Contoy. Swim with these incredible fish. Enjoy the perks of a private tour: more chances to jump in and swim with the sharks and no waiting for other travelers. After your swim, sail to Playa Norte at Isla Mujeres for lunch. Taste fresh fish ceviche and relax on the top-rated beach. Finally, relax on the sail back to Punta Sam Port before taking your van transfer back to your hotel.

Playa del Carmen: Diving with Bull Sharks

10. Playa del Carmen: Diving with Bull Sharks

Don your scuba gear and enter the clear, warm water of the Caribbean Sea for a bull shark diving encounter to remember. Experience the thrill while sharing the water with mighty bull sharks. What we want to share with you during this incredible experience is the observation, in their natural environment, of these majestic predators, proving that they are intelligent wild animals that need our protection. Although known for their sometimes aggressive behavior, these bull sharks are accustomed to human visitors and face few threats from other predators. From November to march, the bull sharks visit the area off the coast of Mexico to spend the winter before heading north.

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4.1 / 5

based on 19 reviews

This trip definitely needs to be on your list of things to do! We were picked up & dropped off at our hotel & were contacted prior to the trip to advise where pick up would be from. Xcaret itself is an amazing place to go to with so many activities! We opted for the standard package which in my opinion for 2 of us was the best option - the only difference in the 2 packages was that we didn’t get a free locker (but could rent one for cheap) & didn’t have the buffet included (but the buffet is around $40 per person) we payed for 2 meals for lunch and dinner and spent less than $80. The evening show doesn’t start till 8pm which makes it a very long day but well worth staying and watching if you can last that long! Extra cost to factor in: 1) They have lots of activities you can pay extra for - we did the undersea trek 2) Photos: you can buy the photo package and scan your wristband at all photo stations where it collates your photos, worth the money if you take lots of photos!

Lovely tour guide Angie! Really fun experience visiting cenotes and swimming with turtles, many different fish & stingrays!! Best snorkelling we have ever done!

a must when visiting Mexico. xcaret has many parks to suit all. very enjoyable day. buffet meal i thought was expensive at $40usd but was very nice.

Great experience, Oto was a perfect guide. Despite the bus breakdown, it was a highlight for the whole group.

Great tour!! Our guide Cindy was very kind, respectful and very knowledgeable over everything.