Riviera Maya
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Riviera Maya: Turtles and Cenote Snorkeling Tour

1. Riviera Maya: Turtles and Cenote Snorkeling Tour

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.

Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Swim with Manatee Meet and Lunch

2. Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Swim with Manatee Meet and Lunch

Learn about dolphins and catch a ride on a dolphin's fin with this attraction ticket for Puerto Aventuras. Spend some time getting to meet some playful manatees. Eat your fill at a buffet lunch and cool down with a couple of refreshing soft drinks.  Start with a short briefing on your dolphin program. Hop in the water to meet and interact with these facinating animals. Watch as the dolphin waves hello with its fin. See a dolphin dance and hear it sing for you. Hold onto the dolphin's fin as the it swims backwards.  Work up an appetite and have some lunch. Head over to see the manatees and hear about these gentle sea cows. Get access to the Puerto Aventuras marina where you can use the shower facilities to clean up and the locker facilities to store items.  

Puerto Aventuras: Sea Lion Discovery Ticket

3. Puerto Aventuras: Sea Lion Discovery Ticket

Spend some time getting up close and personal with some of Puerto Aventuras' cutest sea lions with this experience. Start your tour hanging out and interacting with some friendly sea lions. Find out interesting facts about them and their habitat as you make some new friends. Watch as the sea lions jump out of the water, sing, and dance to impress you. You'll even have the chance to get a hug and kiss from them at the end of your experience.

Swim with Whale Sharks from Playa del Carmen or Cancun

4. Swim with Whale Sharks from Playa del Carmen or Cancun

From early June to mid-September whale shark sighting is guaranteed or you’ll get a refund! Hundreds of whale sharks visit the coastal area near Cancun to feed on plankton. Travel by powerboat from Cancun to a sighting area between Isla Mujeres and Isla Holbox. Swim with the whale sharks as many times as you wish during a 3-hour stay in the area. Professional guides will make sure you feel safe and you have the best possible views of the whale sharks – even if you are not an experienced snorkeler. Be on the lookout for dolphins, turtles and manta rays on the way. You can stop to snorkel with manta rays as well.

Riviera Maya: Contoy & Isla Mujeres Full-Day Tour w/ Lunch

5. Riviera Maya: Contoy & Isla Mujeres Full-Day Tour w/ Lunch

After pickup from your hotel lobby, head to the marine in Puerto Juarez and savor a small breakfast to prepare you for your trip. Depart from the private marina at about 9:00 AM by speedboat. Before arriving at Contoy, make a stop to snorkel in the reef Parque Nacional Isla Contoy. Admire the natural beauty of the island and go for a walk, visiting the museum to observe the typical flora and fauna, then move on to the viewpoint to take some pictures of the island and its beaches, visit the lagoon, and appreciate different bird species. After the eco-tour, lunch will be served at the beach. Then, take some time to relax at the beach, where you can swim and sunbathe at your own leisure. After visiting the island, visit Isla Mujeres and spend some free time in the scenic downtown of the island, before heading back to your hotel at about 4:30 PM.

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What people are saying about Riviera Maya

The excursion was great… we were picked up at our hotel (Mahekal Beach Resort) at 7:40 am sharp. Then more people were picked up on the way... Then we went to snuggle with the turtles, it was great. After snorkeling it was back to the bus for water, sandwich and muffins. After the short break we went to a cenote. The whole excursion was accompanied by a guide, just great... I can only recommend it because it was half the price of what the hotel offered.

I could not recommend this trip highly enough. We saw around 10 turtles really close up. We also saw Eagle Ray, puffer fish, lion fish and barracuda. The Cenotes were really interesting and swimming in them was a great experience. The guide, Arty, was knowledgable and welcoming. We felt safe throughout and he paid special attention to ensure a 7 year old in our group was every bit as involved as the adults.

Kathi was a fun, laidback, and knowledgeable tour guide who was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with. Martin was an awesome driver, managing the busy traffic and the remote drive to the cenote with equal skill. This was an amazing day of adventure. We saw multiple sea turtles, amazing Mayan ruins, and swam in an underground river. What more could you ask for?!

Cenotes are interesting… small and easily explored The sea turtles are amazing to see … Best part of the trip Very authentic and environmentally responsible…

We loved this excursion. It was so interesting and fun. Our tour guide Arturo was excellent. Tequila boom boom!