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Riviera Maya Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended Riviera Maya 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.

From Riviera Maya: Sian Ka'an Discovery Tour with Lunch

3. From Riviera Maya: Sian Ka'an Discovery Tour with Lunch

Get picked up from your accommodation in Riviera Maya or Tulum and head to Sian Ka’an, a rich and diverse nature reserve south of Tulum. Board a small boat to visit Boca Paila lagoon and spot the local wildlife. Head out a short distance on open water to snorkel, if weather permits, on the Mesoamerican Barrier reef and be delighted by the healthy corals and abundance of fish. If the weather does not permit you to snorkel, visit an open cenote instead. See tropical saltwater canals, mangrove islands, and flooded sinkholes.  Return to the beach where your homemade lunch awaits you. Relax amongst the coconut groves or go for a swim in the sea before going back on the road. Get dropped off at your accommodation and reflect on the unique landscapes you just encountered.

Tulum: Private Snorkel and Sailing Experience

4. Tulum: Private Snorkel and Sailing Experience

Enjoy a sailboat ride in front of the Tulum ruins before dipping into the water to snorkel and explore the reef to see corals and fishes in their natural habitat. Enjoy plenty of photo opportunities to remember your experience. The experience starts at the Pocna Tulum Hotel beach, where your crew for the day will be waiting for you. After meeting the staff, seeing the boat, and getting a short safety introduction briefing, set off on your sailing adventure. Once on the water, immediately start taking in views of the clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean. During the tour, the captain will show you the famous ruins of the Castle in Tulum. See the ruins from a rare up-close perspective on the water. Learn about ancient Mayan people who used this important city as a port. Stop near the reed and grab your snorkel equipment to start the snorkel activity. Marvel at the flora and fauna of Mesoamerican Reef, the second-largest reef in the world. Enjoy approximately 45 minutes of snorkeling. After your sailing adventure, get taken back to the Pocna Tulum Hotel beach, after which you are free to stay at the beach club to purchase drinks and food and explore at your own pace.

Riviera Maya: Catamaran at Maroma Beach & Reef Snorkel

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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.

From Cancún & Riviera Maya: Xoximilco Park With Transport

9. From Cancún & Riviera Maya: Xoximilco Park With Transport

Explore the canals of Xoximilco Park in Cancún aboard the colorful barges known as trajineras. Take part in a traditional Mexican fiesta and listen to live music as you enjoy dinner with the distinct flavors of Mexican cuisine.   Sing along to the sounds of mariachi bands and other music and marvel as the Golden Age of Mexico is brought to life before your eyes. Mingle with the locals and other guests as they celebrate the romance and flavors that make Mexico unique. Decorated with motifs from the nation's 32 states, the trajineras were used to transport flowers, fruits and vegetables grown in the floating gardens. Experience magical moments as you take part in a real Mexican party surrounded by the lush scenery of Xoximilco Park.

4-Hour Luxury Catamaran Cruise from Puerto Aventuras

10. 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.

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Overall rating

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.

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 :)

Had an amazing time. Everyone was very helpful and polite. Alexis was a great tour guide and was super friendly!

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.