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Riviera Maya Safaris & wildlife activities

Our most recommended Riviera Maya Safaris & wildlife activities

Akumal Beach: Swimming with Turtles Tour with Beach Time

1. Akumal Beach: Swimming with Turtles Tour with Beach Time

This tour includes transportation service from your hotel or meeting point to Akumal Beach. Enjoy a snorkeling activity with all the equipment included. Akumal Beach gives to you the oportunity to swim in the sea surrounded by turtles in their natural environment accompanied by an expert local guide. After the snorkeling guided tour is time to snacks and drinks on the beach and later you have 2 hours free time to enjoy the Akumal views or relax under a palm.

Cenote Trail: Caves Visit and Bike Tour

2. Cenote Trail: Caves Visit and Bike Tour

Head out to discover the variety of caverns and caves that fill the Mayan forest. Cenotes were considered by the ancients as portals into the underworld, allowing us entry into another realm of the earth. You will ride through a quiet forested road to explore 3 different cenotes. Explore the wonderful Grand Cenote just as it opens, avoiding the crowds of tourists, followed by a delicious brunch in the forest, located in a beautiful environment along a jungle trail. This leads us to other cenotes where you can swim, snorkel, and jump in crystal clear sinkholes and underground rivers, while learning about the prehistoric past of the Yucatan peninsula on this great bike tour from Tulum. Surrounded by lush vegetation, you will enjoy riding a quiet jungle path surrounded by the sounds and colors of nature.

Akumal Bay: Cenotes And Snorkeling with Turtles

3. Akumal Bay: Cenotes And Snorkeling with Turtles

Uncover a rich and biodiverse world beneath the waves on this guided snorkeling day trip in Akumal Bay. Enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off from locations Riviera Maya, Cancun, and Tulum. Stay hydrated during your tour with the included bottle of water.  Start with pickup from your doorstep and travel to Akumal Bay in a climate-controlled van. Be equipped with high-quality snorkeling gear and begin your swim along the beach as you search for 3 different turtle species.  Expereince an hour of swimming alongside these majestic animals in their natural habitat. Feel the warm waters of the bay and spot other marine life as you admire the vibrant colors of various coral species.   Head to 2 different naturally-formed cenotes that are located amid a tropical rainforest. Take a leisurely guided walk through the huge caverns and observe fantastic rock formations that date back millions of years. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like bright birds.  Swim in the crystal clear blue waters of these unique cenotes and relax amongst the thousands of white stalactites and stalagmites that surround you at every turn. Return to your accommodation by van at the end of your cenote adventure. 

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

4. 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.

Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Swim, Sea Lions, Manatees, & Lunch

5. Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Swim, Sea Lions, Manatees, & Lunch

Spend time in the water and interact with sea life during the Royal Swim Plus program at Dolphin Discovery Puerto Aventuras, lunch and drinks included. Swim with dolphins for 1 hour and get up close to manatees and sea lions during two separate 30-minute interactions. Start with a quick briefing, then hop in the water. The Royal Swim Plus program includes the famous foot push, playtime with the gentle dolphins, and more. Professional photos of your experience are available to purchase on-site if you’d like to capture this special memory.  After your program, unwind and relax while enjoying the area. The habitat is located in the pristine environment of Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Maya, just a few minutes from Playa del Carmen. During your visit, enjoy convenient on-site access to lockers, showers, and restrooms.

Playa del Carmen: Riviera Maya Buggy Tour with Cenote Swim

6. Playa del Carmen: Riviera Maya Buggy Tour with Cenote Swim

Get a friendly welcome from your guide on arrival, and gear up with all the necessary equipment and goggles to protect you from the dust. Drive into the heart of the jungle at the wheel of one of the amazing 4WD vehicles. Feel the breeze on your face as you zip along 18 miles (29 kilometers) of pristine jungle trails in the rugged terrain of the beautiful Riviera Maya. Take a moment to admire the stunning surroundings with a stop at a traditional ranch. Then, cool down with a refreshing swim at one of the sacred sinkholes of the Maya people. Dive into the crystal-clear waters of an underground cenote and marvel at the rock formations of a buried river in the middle of the jungle.

Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Encounter with Buffet Lunch

7. Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Encounter with Buffet Lunch

Learn about dolphins and have the opportunity to shake hands with a dolphin with this attraction ticket for Puerto Aventuras. Spend some time getting to meet some playful dolphins. 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 encounter program. Jump in the water to meet and interact with these facinating animals. Watch as the dolphin waves hello with its fin. Get a peck on the cheek from a dolphin and hear it sing for you.  Participate in a number of safe and fun activities that are especially designed for kids big and small. Let the staff teach you and your family what they know about these tender sea creatures. Work up an appetite and have some lunch. 

Puerto Morelos: Snorkel Trip with Lunch

8. Puerto Morelos: Snorkel Trip with Lunch

Located just a 15 minute drive from Cancun, Puerto Morelos is a paradise for snorkelers, with the second largest barrier reef in the world located right off the beach. The reef is home to many different species of fish and colorful corals waiting to be explored. We pick you up from your hotel in the Cancun and Riviera May areas, and drive you to the reef location. Then, you’ll have 80 minutes to explore the underwater world around you with our snorkeling gear. After snorkeling, you can take some time to wander the charming town of Puerto Morelos or just relax on the beach. You can also enjoy lunch at Boquinete, one of Puerto Morelos’ top rated restaurants, located right by the beach.

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

9. 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.

From Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Full-Day Tour

10. From Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Full-Day Tour

Head out to sea and visit two of the most beautiful islands off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Enjoy a 1-hour snorkel and see the vibrant underwater world of the reef. Stop at Isla Contoy, a nature reserve known for its variety of tropical bird species. Wander the colorful streets of Isla Mujeres and see its world-famous beaches. After being picked up from your hotel, transfer to the jetty in Cancún, where you will board a comfortable speedboat to travel about 40 minutes to Isla Contoy. Your first stop is a guided 1-hour reef snorkel tour where you will enjoy spotting brightly colored corals and the plentiful tropical fish. Next, visit the protected nature reserve of Contoy Island which boasts an incredible population of bird species, and clear shallow water perfect for snorkeling, swimming, or just relaxing Caribbean-style. After a delicious lunch on the beach, you will have some free time on the island before we leave for Isla Mujeres. Once at Isla Mujeres, enjoy one hour of free time on this charming Caribbean island to wander the colorful streets and see the postcard beaches. Then, take the boat back to the pier in Cancún and upon arrival on the mainland, you will be dropped back at your hotel.

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4.3 / 5

based on 254 reviews

The tour we went one was amazing. Our guide’s name was Fernando and he was the best. He was very knowledgeable about all the cenotes we saw and really made the experience amazing. We went to the Gran Cenote, Cenote Dos Ojos, and Santa Cruz Cenote. All 3 were amazing but the third was the best and was like an underground cave walk with not too much swimming. I would highly recommend this tour. I would recommend bringing water shoes but it is definitely manageable without.

We had a great time. Turtles and rays were there. Very nice memories, the impeccable organization, very pleasant small group, our guide was attentive and showed kindness, we thank him by the way….. You can go there with your eyes closed!

1000% recommended, our guide Carlos, super friendly and good, as well as the entire OT team, everything was perfectly planned and on time. We really enjoyed each activity and we all love it

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

Amazing tour guides and both the underground Cenote and the K’aan Laguna were incredible! Speechless!