Water activity

Riviera Maya: Turtles and Cenote Snorkeling Tour

4.4 / 5

55 reviews

Activity provider: Wisest Travel

Riviera Maya: Turtles and Cenote Snorkeling Tour

Activity provider: Wisest Travel

From US$ 99 per person

Explore the incredible underground rivers (cenotes) of the Mayan civilization on this Riviera Maya snorkeling tour. See the colorful coral reef and swim with 3 different species of sea turtles.

About this activity

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
The pickup time may change depending on your hotel's location. The activity provider will contact you by email to confirm the exact pickup time and location. If your hotel is not on the pickup route, the activity provider will assign the closest pickup point.
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • Encounter turtles in their natural environment
  • Snorkel in the world's 2nd largest reef system
  • Explore a sacred cenote, an underground river
Full description

Discover the beauty of cenotes typical of the state of Quintana Roo on a guided snorkeling tour. Explore these underground rivers and cave systems, followed by a visit to a picturesque bay to see sea turtles in their native environment.

Start the tour with pickup from the lobby of your hotel then set off on your cenote discovery tour.

Learn how these impressive underground rivers were sacred places for the Mayan civilization and are the habitat for an array of marine and wildlife. Explore a beautiful cenote, where you can swim and snorkel. First, head over to the most beautiful cenote of the area just outside Riviera Maya. Observe eagle rays and find colorful fish amongst the world's 2nd-largest reef system.

Full snorkeling gear will be provided and a professional guide will be there with you at all times to ensure you feel safe and take pictures.  Then, travel to a designated bay to admire sea turtles in their natural environment. Spend approximately 1-hour swimming and snorkeling. Enjoy this incredible opportunity to get up close to these spectacular creatures with sightings guaranteed. During the tour, enjoy a buffet snack of fruit, pastries, homemade "empanadas" (stuffed pastries), and refreshments. Finally, get dropped off back at your hotel where your memorable experience concludes.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Cenote tour with snorkeling
  • Guaranteed snorkeling with turtles
  • Coral reef snorkeling
  • All necessary gear and equipment
  • Snacks and water
  • Turtle conservation fee ($13 per person, including children)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • Non-swimmers
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • Children from 0 to 4 years old cannot occupy a seat in the bus; child price is for children between 5 and 11 years old
  • Please bring comfortable lightweight clothing, walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a swimsuit, and an extra change of clothes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 55 reviews

Review summary

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I could not recommend this trip highly enough. We saw around 10 turtles really close up. We also saw Eagle Ray, puffer fish, lion fish and barracuda. The Cenotes were really interesting and swimming in them was a great experience. The guide, Arty, was knowledgable and welcoming. We felt safe throughout and he paid special attention to ensure a 7 year old in our group was every bit as involved as the adults.

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April 22, 2022

The excursion was great… we were picked up at our hotel (Mahekal Beach Resort) at 7:40 am sharp. Then more people were picked up on the way... Then we went to snuggle with the turtles, it was great. After snorkeling it was back to the bus for water, sandwich and muffins. After the short break we went to a cenote. The whole excursion was accompanied by a guide, just great... I can only recommend it because it was half the price of what the hotel offered.

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April 17, 2022

All in all a nice trip. We visited several turtles and a cave cenote. A lot of time was taken and there was no stress. Everything was well organized and very friendly people. However, I had already read in the comments that several cenotes were visited. With us it was unfortunately only one but otherwise a nice trip

January 26, 2022

Product ID: 379314