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Cancun: Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour with Lunch and Open Bar

1. Cancun: Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour with Lunch and Open Bar

Cruise from Cancun to Isla Mujeres aboard a catamaran. Relax on a picturesque beach and snorkel in tropical waters. Sip on drinks from the open bar. Taste local flavors with the option to select a tour that includes lunch buffet, or pick a tour that includes hotel transfers. Enjoy the views as you cruise along the sea, stopping at a coral reef park along the way for an hour of snorkeling. Swim in the crystal-clear waters while admiring beautiful coral formations, tropical fish, and other fascinating creatures of the sea. Your guide will sprinkle fish food into the water so that you’re surrounded by schools of colorful exotic fish. After snorkeling, head to the beach where you can relax and take in sweeping ocean views while savoring a delicious lunch buffet. Relax under palm trees with your favorite drink and marvel at the beauty of your surroundings.

Xcaret Park: Full-Day Ticket with Night Show

2. Xcaret Park: Full-Day Ticket with Night Show

Your full day admission to the Xcaret Park is your ticket to a wonderful paradise where you can enjoy more than 40 activities and attractions. During your visit to Xcaret be a special guest at an ancient Mayan ball game, and join the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular celebration! Access to Xcaret Park in the Riviera Maya from Cancun is from 08:30 to 21:30. Upon arrival plan your day of activities and attractions. Enjoy an unforgettable experience with free access to showers, dressing rooms, bags for belongings, life vests and parking. Xcaret at Night begins with colorful cultural performances and the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular celebration is at 19:00. Water activities include exploring the underground rivers, the Río del Paraíso journey, and lazing on the beach, inlet and natural pools. Explore the Coral Reef Aquarium, Marine Turtles Area, Manatee Lagoon, Bat Cave, Butterfly Pavilion, Deer Refuge, and Jaguar Island. See howler monkeys at Spider Monkey Island, and explore mushroom cultivation at the Mushroom Farm. Or visit the Living Museum of Orchids to discover Mayan orchids in full glory. Wander through the Tropical Jungle Trail, and visit the Regional Wildlife Breeding Farm. Take in the Rotating Scenic Tower for spectacular views. Experience cultural performances and see archaeological sites. Visit a Mayan Village. Discover colonial history at the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel and folk art at the Hacienda Henequenera. Watch the sky turn to a rainbow of colors at the Stained-Glass Plaza. And take nature and culture tours throughout the theme park on this 9-hour ticket.

Playa del Carmen: Xplor Park All-Inclusive Entry Ticket

3. Playa del Carmen: Xplor Park All-Inclusive Entry Ticket

Xplor is a paradise for thrill-seekers holidaying in the Riviera Maya. Zoom past to impressive rock formations as you take part in adrenaline pumping activities such as rafting, cave swimming and zip lining. This dynamic all-inclusive tour is located at the heart of a natural site in the jungle. With the latest safety equipment and the expertise of the professional staff, live out your Riviera Maya adventure and become at one with the beautiful nature of the area. Drive for 10 kilometers in our amphibious vehicles stretching 570 meters over crystal clear water. Receive panoramic views over the jungle as you glide down our zip lines – the 14 biggest in the whole of Latin America. See the famed stalagmite rock formations as you swim through the caves. The all-inclusive pass includes 2 circuits with 7 zip-lines each, 2 circuits to travel on the amphibious vehicles, 2 circuits of the river swim, and 1 circuit to go river rafting. You will also be treated to a complimentary lunch buffet and unlimited drinks throughout the day.

Riviera Maya: Xel-Há Park All-Inclusive 1-Day Pass

4. Riviera Maya: Xel-Há Park All-Inclusive 1-Day Pass

Explore Xel-Há Park with a full-day all-inclusive ticket. Enjoy a variety of land and water activities for the whole family. Discover a universe dedicated to ecology and the preservation of flora and fauna, it offers constantly developing environmental programs to protect and conserve the environment. Benefit from access to all the attractions and enjoy delicious Mexican and international cuisine with unlimited drinks and an open bar throughout the day. Dive into the waters of Xel-Há, the world's most beautiful natural aquarium, and snorkel next to a variety of plants and hundreds of tropical fish in the warm Caribbean waters. Slide down the Salpichanga and fly with a vine to drop yourself in the cool waters of a “cenote” or underground river. Test your balance on the Trepachanga and walk over the river between two loose strings. Hammock Island is an ideal place to relax and indulge with the whims of the Caribbean Sea. Fabulous cocktails are served just a few steps away, and you can enjoy them with all the tranquility of the world as your company. Discover historical vestiges of the Mayan culture while enjoying a mysterious landscape in the forest. Walk along the paths of the natural reserve, where you will find a selection of phrases and thoughts printed along the route. Be amazed by the Ixchel Grotto. Carved by underground rivers for thousands of years, it crosses a small, narrowed canyon until it emerges on the opposite side. See how the light is refracted beneath the waters of the Grotto El Dorado, and renew your spirit enjoying these historic and natural formations. Take your kids to the children’s playground to enjoy the magnificent amusement park, with swings, rails, wheels and slides for the kids to keep active and have fun at the same time. Admire the mangrove forest from the footpaths of the river, taking a small diversion that leads to a platform totally surrounded by the wonderful vegetation. Breathe in the harmonious atmosphere of the paradise park, filled with typical trees of the region.

Cancún: Dolphin Encounter on Isla Mujeres with Buffet

5. Cancún: Dolphin Encounter on Isla Mujeres with Buffet

Interact with friendly dolphins at the Dolphin Discovery center on Isla Mujeres, departing from Playa Langosta in Cancún. Suitable for all ages, this program is suitable for non-swimmers. After you spend some time with your new friend enjoy a hearty buffet lunch with open bar service. Board the ferry at Playa Langosta in Cancún and sail to Isla Mujeres. Upon arrival, proceed to the Dolphin Discovery center where you will meet your marine mammal specialist who will guide you through the experience. Next, proceed to the underwater platform, which you will be standing on at all times, so the dolphin can come and meet you. Your specialist instructor will teach you some interesting facts about dolphins, their diet, and their behavior. Also, hear about nursing programs taking place at the center. After your encounter, enjoy the rest of the day at the center by taking a dip in one of the pools, or with some sunbathing. Enjoy a delicious buffet and sip on some drinks from the open bar onsite. After relaxing in the afternoon, board the ferry back to Cancún in the late afternoon.

Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xel-Há All-Inclusive & Transportation

6. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xel-Há All-Inclusive & Transportation

Head out on a full-day excursion to a snorkeling paradise that features a dazzling inlet and lots of fun activities. You can snorkel, take in over 20 attractions and enjoy delicious Mexican and international cuisine, unlimited drinks and an open domestic bar. Xel-Há Park is dedicated to the preservation of the region’s flora and fauna, and constantly developing environmental education programs to protect and conserve the environment. Dive into the waters of Xel-Ha, the world's most beautiful natural aquarium, and snorkel next to a variety of plants and hundreds of fish in the lovely Caribbean waters. Slide down the Salpichanga and end up in the cool, clear waters of Xel-Ha. Fly with a vine and then drop into the cool waters of the cenote. Test your balance on the Trepachanga and walk over the river between 2 loose ropes. Hammock Island is an ideal place to relax and indulge in a fabulous cocktail from the open bar. Discover historical vestiges of the Mayan culture, while enjoying the mysterious forest landscape. Take a walk along the paths of the natural reserve, and read the phrases and thoughts that are printed on signs along the route. Admire Ixchel Grotto, carved by underground rivers over thousands of years. It crosses a small, narrowed canyon, with an exit on the opposite side. See how light is refracted beneath the waters of the Grotto El Dorado. Take your kids to the Children’s Playground, a natural amusement park with swings, rails, wheels and slides. Admire the mangrove forest from the footpath to the river, and take the path to a platform where you’ll be totally surrounded by the vegetation.

Cancun: Captain Hook Show and Dinner for the Family

7. Cancun: Captain Hook Show and Dinner for the Family

Come live a fantastic adventure onboard the Three 18th Century Spanish Galleon replicas. Experience a night full of surprises, games, excellent food, and an extraordinary pirate show while cruising the Mexican Caribbean waters. Feel like a real pirate. In addition to your dinner, get access to an open bar for alcoholic beverages throughout the journey. Enjoy sailing the Mexican Caribbean with a beautiful view of the hotel zone coastline.

Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xplor Park All-Inclusive & Transport

8. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Xplor Park All-Inclusive & Transport

Xplor offers some of the most amazing adventures in the Riviera Maya. This full-day ticket gets you access to all of the theme park’s attractions to make your Cancun vacation extra special. Fly over treetops, drive an amphibious vehicle through jungle trails, and explore the inside of caves as you swim in underground rivers. If you love adventure, Xplor is the top attraction in Cancun. Your entry to this unique adventure includes transportation in fully equipped coaches to make it easier to reach the park. A specialized on board guide will fill you in on all the attractions that await. Kick start your adventure by exploring the impressive rock formations, sculpted by mother-nature millions of years ago. Here you can marvel at the underground rivers filled with majestic stalactites and stalagmites. The park offers 4 different activities for adrenaline junkies: zip lines, amphibious vehicles, rafts, and swimming inside underground rivers. These activities are held outdoors providing fun-filled adventure in a natural environment. Drive the 6 miles (10 kilometers) of jungle trails in unique amphibious vehicles, navigate on board thrilling rafts on circuits that stretch over crystal clear water, get a bird’s eye view over the jungle from some of the biggest zip lines found in Latin America, and swim inside ancient caves. When you are ready to eat, you can stop at the El Troglodita restaurant, where you will find the perfect mixture of fresh, high quality food, including a great choice of salads, an international buffet, luscious desserts and a soda fountain complete with fresh fruit juices, coffee, and hot chocolate, as well as oatmeal and peanut cookies.

Cancun: Subsee Explorer Ride

9. Cancun: Subsee Explorer Ride

Come and enjoy an adventure in the SubSee Explorer, a mix between a yellow submarine and a glass-bottomed boat. Depart for Punta Nizuc Reef on a fast boat. Once you are there, board the SubSee. The air-conditioned ride is narrated in English and Spanish and points out the different coral reef species, marine life, and the exotic fish you'll see on the ride. You will also be able to see part of the Cancun Underwater Museum which combines art with nature in the form of incredible life-sized statues. This tour is a great choice for kids or non-swimmers who want to explore the underwater world.

Cancun: Aquabounce Water Park

10. Cancun: Aquabounce Water Park

The perfect activity for kids and adults, enjoy some bouncing fun as you jump, flip, and tumble from giant slides and trampolines. Go through slippery stairs, wobbly platforms, and moving tubes. When you check in, the staff will provide you with a bracelet which you can use for multiple visits to the Aquabounce area. Then, head off to the revolving floating ball or chill out at the top of the slides before making your dizzying descent to the water. If you want to relax on the dock while your kids exhaust themselves, this is the ideal spot for you.

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Swimming with the dolphins was great fantastic. You could also take the ferry afterwards to Graffion there we used the lunch buffet but that was very disappointing, cold and little choice and the sandwiches were very dry. After that, however, there was a bit of time left to snorkel because the boat left again. Back at the dolphin program we ordered our photos and you get them via a link. Tip before you go on the ferry you have to check in and you will be offered all kinds of pictures we paid for the pictures because the dolphin pictures are very expensive so this was not too bad. Graffion is very beautiful but far too little time for a pity because we wanted to snorkel we had paid for that too.

We had an amazing one-day tour to Isla Mujeres. The catamaran looks new, clean and very well-maintained, hosting around 50 guests. Activities included: snorkelling to see coral reefs & underwater sculptures, buffet lunch and 3-hour free time to swim and explore the island. All the staff were super friendly, attentive, energetic and knew how to excite & liven up guests with music, dancing & games. Highly recommend anyone visiting Cancun should book this tour to Isla Mujeres.

Great experience! I did decide to do the upgrade VIP and it was well worth it. Only thing that wasn’t amazing was the snorkeling. With the VIP option you have to swim a decent distance to see the under water museum. They can’t dock on top and I wasn’t prepared. Other than that it was amazing! Isla Mujeres is beautiful, the tour guides are very friendly!!!

They could have explained it a lot better and had guides to tell you what to do and where to go once you get to the island we missed our time to get in with the dolphins and we had to wait the next available time slot which caused us to not be able to take a ferry to the main part of the island

To do at least once in your life! It will remain engraved for life, a memorable moment.