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Riviera Maya Safaris & wildlife activities

Our most recommended Riviera Maya Safaris & wildlife activities

Akumal Bay: Cenotes And Snorkeling with Turtles

1. 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. 

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

2. 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.

Cenote Trail: Caves Visit and Bike Tour

3. 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.

Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Encounter with Buffet Lunch

4. 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. 

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

5. 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.

Tulum: Cenote Adventure with Lunch

6. Tulum: Cenote Adventure with Lunch

You will arrive at the Gran Cenote early before the crowds, where you will be able to do some snorkeling and enjoy the beauty of this place. Then, you will head to Taak Bi Ha Cenote. Finally, you will get a vegetarian picnic lunch in the jungle before exploring the last cenote which is an underground private cenote. This is an experience packed with adventure and eye-opening exploration. You will snorkel among fish and turtles and observe by lamplight the amazing rock formations of the underground caves. A must-do cenote experience while in Tulum!

Tulum: Horseback Riding in the Jungle w/ Transfers and Lunch

7. Tulum: Horseback Riding in the Jungle w/ Transfers and Lunch

Riding on horseback is a great way to explore the picturesque Mayan jungle. Discover idyllic cenotes and connect with nature in Tulum National Park on this guided horseback adventure that includes lunch as well as transportation from Tulum or Playa Del Carmen. To begin, receive instructions about the best riding techniques and get fitted for a helmet. Then, make your way to a dry cenote. Keep your eyes peeled to spot different types of wildlife in the area including birds and maybe monkeys too. Then, head to another cenote and cool off as you take a refreshing swim. Along the way, admire all of the different trees and plants of the Mayan jungle. Enjoy a Mexican lunch, before you return to the starting point.

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

8. 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.

Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Swim, Manatee Meet, and Lunch

9. Puerto Aventuras: Dolphin Swim, 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.  

Cancun/Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins, Sea Turtle Swim & Cenotes

10. Cancun/Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins, Sea Turtle Swim & Cenotes

After pickup from your hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya, visit the Ruins of Tulum. Embark on a 45-minute tour with a professional archeologist guide and learn about Mayan history. Explore the site at your own pace.  Next, board your coach and travel to the Xtun Cenote. The drive includes off-roading since the cenote is located in the jungle. Once arriving, enjoy a Mexican buffet-style lunch including Cochinita Pibil ´the pulled pork of Mexico,´ chicken, rice, beans, tortillas, and tortilla chips. Vegetarian options are available upon advance notice. Visit two types of cenotes, stage 1 and stage 2. First, wander through the dry stage 2 cenote and admire the beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations. Following a swim in the wet stage 1 cenote, snorkel, and explore the colorful sea life. After your cenote adventure, enjoy a Mexican-style coffee called Café Olla. Next, head to Akumal Bay, a perfect place for swimming with sea turtles that feed on the seagrass in the bay near you. Put on your provided snorkeling gear — or your own, if you prefer — and enjoy a snorkeling tour of these amazing creatures. Your instructor will guide you through each step of the process to ensure a unique and fun-filled swim experience. A professional photographer will accompany you throughout the day and capture your beautiful moments. Look over the photos at the end and purchase your USB with the guide. Finally, return to the van for transportation back to your hotel.

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Overall rating

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!