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Our most recommended Tulum Sailing Trips & Tours

Cancun & Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour + Playa Norte Beach

1. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour + Playa Norte Beach

Experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with the largest concentration of Whale Sharks in the world, just north of Isla Contoy.  Start your tour with early morning pickup from any hotel or Airbnb in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, and Tulum. Head towards the all-new private marina located at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal in Cancun for a quick check-in. Before boarding, enjoy pastries with coffee while listening to the instructions and safety briefing.  Once in the boat, get kitted out with mandatory life vests and full snorkeling gear. All boats depart at 8 AM and navigate for approximately 45 minutes to the whale shark area north of Contoy. Once you have found the sharks, begin the swimming and snorkeling. Enjoy 2 to 3 immersions per person always with 2 people and 1 guide in the water. Spend a full 2.5 hours in total with the Whale Sharks, also observing Manta Rays, Dolphins, and Turtles.  After swimming with the sharks, make a final stop in beautiful Playa Norte beach in Isla Mujeres, considered one of the 20 most beautiful beaches in the world. Here, the boats will remain for about 1 hour for you to relax on the beach or do some more snorkeling. Return to Cancun at around 1 PM where the transportation will take you back to your hotel or Airbnb.

Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Encounter

2. Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Encounter

Be picked up from your accommodation at 5:45 AM in Tulum, 6:45 AM in Playa del Carmen, or 7:45 AM in Cancun. During the drive, your guide will explain the itinerary and teach you about whale sharks and their habitat. Upon arriving at the marina, relax and eat breakfast. Depart to the whale shark area and start your search. Once you spot a whale shark, go snorkeling. There is a maximum of 1 ship per whale shark and 2 people per guide. During the trip, your guide will teach you about the fauna of this ecosystem.  Sandwiches, fruit, soft drinks, and water will be served. Then, you will return to Isla Mujeres for lunch: sandwiches and shrimp ceviche or fish with guacamole and fruit. After an hour of relaxing or swimming at the beach Playa Norte in Islas Mujeres, return to the marina at 3:30 PM.

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.

Holbox: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

4. Holbox: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Wander the picturesque streets, take a swim in the clear water, and visit the YalahauCenote (lagoon) in this full-day excursion to the Island of Holbox.   The day begins with pickup from select hotels in the Riviera Maya, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen, where guests will travel in an air-conditioned van to this secluded island on the north coast. Board a small boat that will take you to the island and spend the day exploring the small streets and pristine beaches.    

From Cozumel: Express Tour to Tulum Mayan Ruins

5. From Cozumel: Express Tour to Tulum Mayan Ruins

Start your adventure by meeting your tour guide right in front of the swallows’ statue so that you can take the ferry ride to playa del carmen and enjoy a scenic 45 minute ride in the blue waters of the Caribbean. After that, you will take an air conditioned van/bus to the walled city of Tulum, in which you’ll explore the magnificent and restored temples rising above the Caribbean Sea. Tulum is an archeological site that offers one of the most beautiful sceneries of the world. You will be guided by a local expert through the secrets, facts, myths and wonderful legends of the ancient Mayan civilization, getting the opportunity to admire the detailed carved figures and frescoes on the walls of prominent buildings such as “El Castillo” (The Castle), The Temple of the Descending God and The House of the Columns, in which you will be able to shoot amazing photos during approximately 2 hours. After this unforgettable experience, you will return to your transportation in which you will enjoy a delicious light snack while getting back to Playa del Carmen, where you will catch the ferry just in time to be back to Cozumel.

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.

Tulum: Private Snorkel and Sailing Experience

7. 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.

Tulum: Sailing and Underwater Scooter Snorkel

8. Tulum: Sailing and Underwater Scooter Snorkel

Enjoy a sailboat ride at the Tulum ruins before diving into the serene water for a snorkel using an underwater scooter. Explore the reef corals and fish in their natural habitat, and take plenty of photos during this exceptional experience. Start your trip at the Pocna Tulum Hotel beach, where the sailing crew will be waiting for you. After a short safety briefing, your sailing adventure will begin. Prepare to be amazed by the incredible view over the clear Caribbean waters! The captain will first show you the famous ruins of Tulum from a rare, up-close perspective and teach you about the ancient Mayan people who used this important city as a port. Next, you’ll stop near the reef and grab your snorkel equipment to start the incredible underwater snorkeling experience. For approximately 30 minutes of snorkeling with underwater electric scooters, you’ll marvel at the flora and fauna of Mesoamerican Reef, the second-largest reef in the world.  After your incredible sailing adventure, you’ll be taken back to the Pocna Tulum Hotel's beach club, free to purchase drinks and food or explore as you wish.

Tulum: Snorkeling Adventure in Cenote and Reef

9. Tulum: Snorkeling Adventure in Cenote and Reef

First natural ecosystem you'll visit in this adventure is the Tulum Reef Bay, which promises stunning views of the Tulum Ruins. Get up close and personal from the boat, with plenty of time to take photos. Then, get ready to immerse yourself in the beautiful Caribbean Reef and experience the marine life first hand, by snorkeling through it. Next spot is a spectacular underground cenote, a type of sinkhole, full of rock formations and of history. Its stalagmites and stalactites are sure to impress. You'll use a lifejacket during this part of the experience to ensure safety and enjoyment. Head back to the meeting point after an amazing day in and on the water.

From Cancun: Bacalar Lake of Seven Colors Tour

10. From Cancun: Bacalar Lake of Seven Colors Tour

A Cancun tour to Bacalar is a grand adventure, a day full of exploration and fun in the southern end of Quintana Roo. You'll enjoy round trip transportation to Bacalar from Cancun with a packed snack on board the modern, air conditioned transport, passing famous destinations like Playa del Carmen and Tulum as you make your way south. Once you arrive in Bacalar, you'll board a small boat for a guided tour of the lagoon. You'll visit three different cenotes and swim in the crystalline waters and discover why Bacalar is called "The Lake of Seven Colors". After a tasty grilled lunch to refuel, you'll explore the San Felipe Fort of Bacalar and its pirate musuem, argh! You'll return to Cancun full of stories to share and incredible photos to make all your friends and family envious.

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What people are saying about Tulum

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 58 reviews

A recommendable and well-organized tour for people who don't want to be on the road all day: Within 6 hours you can visit Tulum and be back at the Cozumel ferry port at 2:30 p.m. or spend some time in Playa del Carmen (then you get the ferry ticket) for the return journey already in Playa del Carmen. In Tulum, the tour group will be accompanied by a local guide for 45 minutes and then there will be enough time to explore Tulum on your own. At the end of the tour, the van driver is already waiting for the guests with a bag of provisions and a cold drink. All in all: TOP! If you want to get to know Tulum in a nutshell, this is the place for you.

We must wear a vest but that does not interfere with the observation. There were 3 tours with the whale sharks so no observation of the barrier afterwards. It's a pity it would have to pass even quickly. The Island of Women is surprising for its tourism. The set is worth it but it is very expensive. Some had obtained a group rate of 120€. It would be nicer. Ditto if we were sent a photo with the whale sharks. Considering the price and that it costs them nothing... We fully exploit the tourist. The meal was good.

Amazing experience with these beautiful animals. Guide was top notch. Lunch delicious and swimming at playa norte a great wrap to the trip. We took our younger kids (8 and 10) who despite getting sea sick gave the experience two thumbs up. It was that memorable! Take a dramamine if you're prone as you are going to open waters.

I happen to be the only guest for time frame. My guide was wonderful❣️the entire time. Never left me alonethe ferry ride was clean //chofer was a great driver even lent me an umbrella//the ruins tour guide was also wonderful. Ground at the ruins are well kept. Everyone respectful-made it an u forgettable even! -mjm

It was wonderful and had a great time. Saw some sea turtles also And beautiful sights