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Playa del Carmen Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended Playa del Carmen Cruises & boat tours

From Tulum: Mayan ruins & Sian Kaan Nature Reserve Tour

1. From Tulum: Mayan ruins & Sian Kaan Nature Reserve Tour

Explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Muyil and the Sian Kaan Nature Reserve on a half-day tour from Tulum. You will encounter a variety of birds, plants, and animals before wandering through the ruins to discover the incredible history of this ancient civilization. After being picked up from Tulum you will be transferred to the Sian Kaan Nature Reserve. Walk through this inspiring eco-preserve to the highest point in the reserve and gaze out at an unblemished jungle filled with hundreds of species of birds, plants, and animal life. Enjoy a small hike before a boat ride through the trading canals of the ancient Maya civilization and visit the Maya temple of Xlapak. You will see the detailed facades of these old ruins, located at the bottom of the river valley. Next, float back down through the canals between mangroves and gently make your way back out into the crystal-clear waters around the peninsula. Onboard, enjoy an assortment of Mexican snacks and lunch as the sun sets over this beautiful landscape. Experience the very best of this region. The food, the culture, the nature, and a bit of relaxation make this a perfect day trip from your home base in Playa del Carmen.

From Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Mujeres Day Trip

2. From Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Mujeres Day Trip

Explore Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres on a day trip from Cancun or Riviera Maya. Experience rich cultural heritage and history, have fun snorkeling, relax on beautiful beaches, and enjoy a delicious lunch. Begin with pickup from your hotel in the Cancun area, passing through Playa del Carmen, and arriving at the new private marina, located at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal. Benefit from fast check-in and enjoy a light breakfast that includes sweet bread, fruit, cereal, coffee, and juice. After breakfast and check-in, board the boat and head toward the Ixlache Reef. The reef is located off the coast of Contoy and right at the beginning of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second-largest reef system in the world. Then, try snorkeling with your guide before boarding the ship and heading to Contoy Island. In the event of bad weather, you will do the snorkeling activity on the island in the safety of its shallow waters. Disembark on Contoy Island and have the chance to sightsee with a guide and visit the museum, observatory, and lagoon. Go to the dunes and learn about the flora and fauna species of the island. Alternatively, choose to relax on the beautiful beach or do some more snorkeling in the Caleta area. Next, enjoy a lunch of Pescado Tikinxic, a broiled fish with achiote and other local species as well as broiled chicken, rice, and salad, accompanied by your favorite drink with access to an open bar. Finally, enjoy free time on the beach before boarding the boat and heading to Isla Mujeres. Visit the fishermen’s village or do some shopping, then head back to Cancun.

Riviera Maya: Catamaran at Maroma Beach & Reef Snorkel

3. Riviera Maya: Catamaran at Maroma Beach & Reef Snorkel

Start this adventure by being picked up in either Cancun or Riviera Maya. Then, head to the Maroma Beach Club to board your catamaran and start navigating the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Sail toward the Great Mayan Reef of Riviera Maya for a snorkeling experience to admire its beauty. After snorkeling, enjoy another stop in front of the beach to take a dip and cool off in the sea from the catamaran. After you enjoy this beautiful beach, you will be taken back to Cancun or Riviera Maya.

Cancun/Riviera Maya: Isla Mujeres All-Inclusive Snorkel Trip

4. Cancun/Riviera Maya: Isla Mujeres All-Inclusive Snorkel Trip

Spend the day on an all-inclusive snorkeling tour to Isla Mujeres. See colorful marine life, stunning beaches, and vibrant downtown as you explore the island. Start your tour with a prompt air-conditioned van transfer to bring you safely from your hotel to the private marina inside Cancun's Punta Sam Ferry Terminal. Listen to a briefing about the day as you enjoy a quick morning snack of coffee, juices, water, fruit, and sweet rolls. Hop onto a boat and make your first snorkeling stop for 45 minutes en route to Isla Mujeres at the Punta Sam Reef. Then the boat will navigate around the island from South to North. Explore the hidden canals of Isla Mujeres, finding places that you cannot access on other tours. After this, head over to the Beach Club for a delicious buffet lunch served along with your favorite drink. Next, cross over to Playa Norte beach, considered one of the world's nicest beaches, and enjoy its crystal clear waters as you try some more snorkeling. Make your last stop in Isla Mujeres downtown for 1 hour of free time to walk around. The colorful town is considered a "Pueblo Magico" because of its natural beauty, cultural richness, traditions, folklore, historical relevance, cuisine, art crafts, and great hospitality. Head back and enjoy music, drinks, and dancing on the boat ride back to the Marina in Cancun. Return to the private facility at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal, and take a comfortable return transfer back to your hotel.

Riviera Maya: Luxury Catamaran Sailing Trip with Lunch

5. Riviera Maya: Luxury Catamaran Sailing Trip with Lunch

Climb aboard a luxury sailing catamaran to discover remarkable offshore locations along the Caribbean coastline.  Sail to one of the most impressive reefs in the Caribbean for an unforgettable snorkeling tour. Observe marine wildlife, including a number of fish species, stingrays, and sometimes even sea turtles.  Then, enjoy a light lunch on board before exploring the pristine beaches near Puerto Aventuras on the Riviera Maya. You will also have the chance to try out stand-up paddle boarding.

From Riviera Maya: Turtles & Cenotes Adventure Half-Day Tour

6. From Riviera Maya: Turtles & Cenotes Adventure Half-Day Tour

After pickup, on the way to Tulum, learn from your guides about the sea turtles and diverse marine life of the Great Mayan Reef, as well as the unique natural conditions of the cenotes. In Tulum, snorkeling equipment is provided and as you head out on the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, you get a rare view of the impressive Mayan city of Tulum. Swim with sea turtles, and admire the colorful Mesoamerican reef, full of fish and wonderful corals. After your scuba dive, it’s time for a snack and a drive to Chikin-ha. There, explore the fantastic underground world of caverns and natural sinkholes as you visit cenotes. In some of the cenotes, enjoy a refreshing swim in their crystal-clear waters, surrounded by natural scenery. Last, experience a guided tour by foot of the last cenote to discover stalactites, stalagmites, sacred plants, and learn about the rituals of the ancient Mayans.

4-Hour Luxury Catamaran Cruise from Puerto Aventuras

7. 4-Hour Luxury Catamaran Cruise from Puerto Aventuras

This catamaran cruise and snorkel adventure begins with transportation by air-conditioned vehicle from your hotel to the marina in Puerto Aventuras. The professional and experienced crew will welcome you aboard and give you a safety briefing for all the activities of the tour and overview of the amenities of the luxury 65-foot catamaran. You set sail for approximately 1 hour as you head to the second largest barrier reef in the world which supports incredible coral heads and a breathtaking variety of sea life. While you enjoy your snorkel adventure under the supervision of the dive masters and snorkel guides, the chef will be busy preparing a delicious meal for you. Back on board, you can enjoy lunch with a full BBQ, with 4 options: NY Steak, Fish Filet, Breast Chicken Filet, or Hamburger at the grill, along with drinks from the full open bar. This is truly a first-class meal at sea! After lunch enjoy a leisurely sail back along the beautiful Riviera Maya.

Riviera Maya or Cancun: Sian Ka'an Jeep Expedition

8. Riviera Maya or Cancun: Sian Ka'an Jeep Expedition

See the wilderness of Sian Ka’an from the driver’s seat of a Jeep. The wilderness roads will take you around the coast of the Caribbean Sea. The park is one of the largest eco reserves in the world at the Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an, protected by UNESCO. The tour starts at Boca Paila. Explore the estuary and take in its lovely views, then enjoy refreshments before starting out once more. Upon arrival in Punta Allen, you'll enjoy snacks and beverages and begin the boat ride into the Caribbean Sea. A swim in a tranquil, warm, natural spring pool will be your reward for the hike it took to get you out to the water! Later, arrive on Bird Island—a place to see cormorants, herons, pelicans, roseate spoonbills and osprey, to name just a few. Birders, get ready to check many species off your lists! If this isn’t enough, this tour includes snorkeling along the Mesoamerican Reef. More beautiful eco-system and marine life await underneath the clear, turquoise waters. You'll encounter starfish, sea turtles, dolphins and more! To finish, a buffet is provided, with views overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Drive back along wooded, coastal roads and return to Tulum and your hotel.

Whale Shark Safari Snorkeling Tour

9. 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.

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

10. 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.

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2.7 / 5

based on 4 reviews

The tour was great! The manageable group size (there were seven of us) was perfect, you get the feeling of being able to escape from mass tourism. First we went to the ruins of Muyil. Already on the way there we were able to learn a lot about the flora and fauna of Yucatán from our guide Luigi. Arrived on site we learned exciting things about the culture of the Maya. The highlight was the subsequent visit to Sian Ka'an and floating between the mangroves. If you are in Tulum, you simply have to experience it. In between we were provided with delicious biscuits and a fantastic lunch.

Alondra is an incredible guide! Friendly and knowledgeable. We had the best day with her and made friends with our fellow travelers. The float was incredible and we had a delicious vegetarian meal at the lagoon. A wonderful experience!!!

The tour was just great! The guide Ursula did a great job and it was very interesting and a lot of fun! Swimming in the mangroves was really unique! The tour is highly recommended :)

Palmarès is an excellent guide. I really appreciated his information on the site. Thanks for this trick.

Fantastic tour in the middle of nature, swimming in the lagoon was a great experience.