Water activity

Riviera Maya: Turtles and Cenote Snorkeling Tour

4.4 / 5

68 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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Covid-19 precautions
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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 68 reviews

Review summary

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Our guides were amazing! Cindy and Jorge are top notch and made sure my friend and I were comfortable the entire time. Cindy even gave me her snorkel when mine wasn't working. I would suggest that the description list is updated to include towel and water shoes (not just comfortable shoes).

August 12, 2022

Cindy and Jorge were the best!! I’m not sure what me and my friend had in mind for this excursion but we were NOT prepared. Cindy & Jorge took great care of us. They were attentive and helped us feel safe. A few updates to the ‘bring with you list’ — 2 towels, swimming/water shoes, your own snorkel mask and breathing tube (we’re still dealing with a pandemic inducing disease and another one seems to be on its way) and snacks! It’s a long day with heat, water and a good amount of physical activity. While a small snack is provided, doesn’t hurt to bring your own. And tip them! They work hard to make it a great experience. Saw tons of turtles, a sting ray and schools of fish along the reef. Will definitely do this activity again!

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August 9, 2022

The pickup from the hotel worked well. Our guide Karina spoke German and was very informative and entertaining. She also organized the trip very well in terms of time - first snorkeling with turtles, then we were partly alone in the cenote. From the snack there was a muffin and a sandwich - it's best to bring your own drinks. Can recommend the trip!

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May 28, 2022

Product ID: 379314