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Cancun or Playa del Carmen: Turtles & Cenote Snorkeling Tour

4.4 / 5

12 reviews

Cancun or Playa del Carmen: Turtles & Cenote Snorkeling Tour

From US$ 89 per person

Explore the incredible underground rivers, or "cenotes" of the Mayan civilization. Take a swim with 3 different species of sea turtles in their own natural environment and at a spectacular coral reef with transfers from Cancun or Playa del Carmen.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 6 hours
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Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Pickup starts at 7:00 AM. Depending on your hotel location, the pickup time may change. The local parter will contact you by email to confirm the exact pickup time and location. Pickup is offered from major hotels in Cancun and Riviera Maya, if your hotel in not on the pickup route, the local partner 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
Start the tour with pickup from the lobby of your hotel then set off on your 3-hour cenote discovery tour. Find out about 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 12 reviews

Review summary

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Everything was well organized and it was fun! What is not in the description: Another 10 USD or 200 Pesos have to be paid for snorkeling with the turtles (for annual visits to the vet, etc.)

October 8, 2021

Judging by what you would have got according to the description, we would have to give it 2 *. We give it a 3 * for that it was still fun and a nice day, our guide tried hard. What did NOT exist, as the description promises: 6 hours excursion (45 min. Snorkeling, 90 min. Cenote park), a reef (only seaweed, no corals), fruits, empanadas, explanations and interesting information. The absolute disturbance factor were the crowds while snorkeling (approx. 100 people) - you quickly lost your group and had to be very careful not to swim with someone. We saw two turtles (from 30 m distance, you weren't allowed to get closer). As soon as these were visible, everyone started swimming and kicked up the dirt in the water. The time in the Cenote Park was great and too short for us. We would have liked to have spent more time there and got some information, especially about the importance for the Mayas. Everything went really well with the transfer

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September 29, 2021

We had our tour today. Everything went smoothly, our guide Beata was very competent. Snorkeling with the turtles was fantastic, and there were also small rays to be seen. Again any time!

September 26, 2021

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