Tulum Water sports

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Tulum: Scuba Diving in Cenotes

1. Tulum: Scuba Diving in Cenotes

Embark on your first underwater scuba-diving experience in a beautiful Cenote. This open lagoon is surrounded by mangroves, and its crystal-clear water and sparkling light makes it a unique site – perfect for your first dive.  First, take a 30-minute class to understand the basic theory and safety of diving. Then, get set with the right equipment and immerse yourself in the water to practice some basic skills. Once you feel comfortable and have successfully completed this practice session, you'll be ready for your first experience! Plunge into the gorgeous waters of the Cenote and discover its majestic underwater world. Your expert instructor will always be there to supervise you. The dive lasts between 30 and 50 minutes, and you can enjoy complimentary refreshments and snacks at any point. 

Cancun: Go City Explorer Pass for 3 to 10 Attractions

2. Cancun: Go City Explorer Pass for 3 to 10 Attractions

Choose 3, 4, 5, 7, or 10 Cancun attractions to explore with a digital pass. Visit them at your own pace within 60 days. Tick a few firm favorites off your bucket list and save up to 55% compared to buying separate attraction tickets. Embark on an adventure at Royal Garrafon Park in Isla Mujeres, enjoy a romantic dinner cruise, snorkel around reefs, or explore the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itzá or Tulum. Included attractions and tours to choose from with your Explorer Pass: • Columbus Romantic Dinner Cruise with Steak or Vegetarian Food • Parasailing Adventure in Cancun • La Gran Rueda Cancun "The Wheel" • Reef, Turtle, and Shipwreck Snorkeling Tour • Royal Garrafon Natural Reef Park Adventure in Isla Mujeres • Dancer Cruise Cancun with Snorkeling • Ventura Pass at Ventura Park • Tulum Express Tour with Hotel Pickup • Relaxing Massage by Adore MediSpa Cancun • Extreme Adventure Puerto Morelos Snorkel • 'Glow on the Go' Facial by Adore MediSpa Cancun • Photo Session on the Beach • Textures of Mexico: Cancun Street Food & Art plus Local Market Day Tour • Isla Mujeres Discovery Sail • Albatros Sailing "Plus" Package (Luxury Catamaran Tours) • Coba and Cenote Swim with Lunch Tour • Flowrider "Ride the Wave" Experience at Aquaworld • Dolphin Encounter with Lunch and Maroma Beach Club Access • Colors of Mexico Taco Tour and Local Beer Tasting • Shopping Tour in Playa del Carmen • Dolphin Encounter at Akumal • Shopping Tour in Cancun • $20 Included Credit for Drinks at Fred's House • Paradise SubSee Excursion at Paraiso Nizuc • Open Bar at Congo Bar Cancun • Snorkeling in Musa Nizuc plus Subsee Experience • Jungle Maya Native Park Tour with Lunch and Hotel Pickup • Underwater Museum Snorkel at Paraiso Nizuc • Emotions Native Park Tour with Lunch and Hotel Pickup • AquaTwister Speedboat Thrill Ride at AquaWorld • 30 Minute Waverunner Rental Lagoonside • Snorkel Native Park Tour with Food & Drinks • Sunrise Wildlife Stand-Up Paddleboard or Kayak Tour • Emotions Jungle Night Tour with Dinner and Hotel Pickup • Frida Kahlo Museum Riviera Maya • Moonlight Bioluminescence Snorkeling Tour • Jungle Tour Speedboat plus Aquabounce Tour • Aquabounce • Aquarium Trek & Cancun Interactive Aquarium • Chichen Itza & Valladolid Roundtrip Transportation Check the included digital guide for the most up-to-date list of attractions and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass.

Riviera Maya Full Day Tour: Tulum Ruins, Snorkeling & Cenote

3. Riviera Maya Full Day Tour: Tulum Ruins, Snorkeling & Cenote

Start your day with a stop at the world-famous ruins of Tulum, a pre-Columbian Mayan walled city which is right by the coast. Follow a guide around the site, enjoy the breathtaking views, and learn more about Mayan culture. The next stop is Playa Maya, the location of one of the largest coral reefs in the world and an ideal spot for snorkeling. Glide through the water and look out for colorful fish of all types, beautiful coral, stingrays, and perhaps even sea turtles. For the last stop of the day, you’ll be taken on a 20-minute drive through the jungle to a cenote. Once there, enjoy a delicious Mexican lunch of cochinita pibil (pulled pork), chicken, rice, beans, and tortillas (vegetarian options also available). Once you’re energized, see both ‘dry’ and ‘wet’ cenotes. Walk through the dry cenote and take in the incredible geological formations. At the wet cenote, jump in for a swim and a snorkeling session. After the cenotes, you’ll have time for a Cafe Olla (Mexican-style coffee) before returning to your hotel.

Tulum: Snorkeling Adventure in Cenote and Reef

4. 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.

Tulum: Sailing and Underwater Scooter Snorkel

5. 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.

Cancun: Private Underwater Cenote Photo Shoot Experience

6. Cancun: Private Underwater Cenote Photo Shoot Experience

Get picked up or head to the meeting point in Cancun and prepare for a special private experience you're sure to remember. Learn some breathing techniques at the cenote and then start posing for underwater shots, as directed by your professional photographer. Receive the collection of amazing photos a week later. Before you begin the photo shoot experience, listen to a briefing and learn some breathing techniques to help you hold your breath longer underwater as well as some tips and tricks to help you relax in the water. Not a confident swimmer? Don’t worry, there are many areas you can hold on to or stand on. Your photographer will be a professional diving instructor who will help guide you through poses as he takes amazing photos of you in the water. This is great for individuals and couples who are looking for unique, Instagram-worthy mementos. Besides getting amazing photos, this unique experience will allow you to connect with nature in a magical cenote. Cenotes were highly sacred to the Mayan people as they were believed to be the gateway to the underworld. There will be a quick break in between the photoshoot where you can rest a little bit before diving back into the water to add more photos to your camera roll. Return to the meeting point or to your hotel.

3-Hour Beach Kiteboarding Lesson

7. 3-Hour Beach Kiteboarding Lesson

Learn how to kitesurf in the calm waters with this 3-hour course. You will get an introduction to kiteboarding with a complete explanation of the principles of the “wind window.” Start with a trainer kite on land and then learn how to set the equipment, the bar, and its safety mechanisms for a 4-line inflatable kite. By the end of the course you will know techniques for piloting a kite on the beach with our unique short line method. This method allows you to learn how to pilot the kite without full power. It is the safest and fastest way to learn.

Tulum: eFoil Electric Surfing in Nopalitos Lagoon

8. Tulum: eFoil Electric Surfing in Nopalitos Lagoon

Hop on board and get ready to try out eFoiling, the latest trend in the world of watersports activities. Fly over the spectacular lagoon of Nopalitos in Tulum region. Relax on the hammocks, swim in the pristine lake, or take a kayak out in the water on this fun-filled excursion. Start your day of adventure with a hotel pickup. After 30 minutes on the road, arrive at Nopalitos Club, home to one of the most stunning lagoons in Tulum. Besides eFoiling, enjoy access to all facilities like sunbathing on the hammocks, swimming in the lake, kayaking around the lagoon, or snorkeling. Surrounded by towering palm trees, get ready to hover over the clear and flat waters for your 1-hour eFoil surfing session. With a professional instructor by your side at all times for your safety and training, improve your eFoiling skills rapidly to get flying above the water. On request, your instructor can also make videos of your watersport experience so you can relive the thrill and share the moment with your friends. Make the most of a premium eFoil for an amazing experience on the waters of Tulum. Guests who choose the full-day experience can savor the bright flavors of Mexican cuisine over a traditional lunch. Once the session is over, be taken back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Tulum

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It is best to see what is possible before each trip in order to plan accordingly. In retrospect, we would have booked even more activities than 3 out of 10. But it was new to us and we are super satisfied with the experiences included! We especially recommend the jungle tour, which takes you through the mangroves in a speedboat, and the flow ride! Not a problem even for beginners like me, as Jonathan (great guy) explains everything and shows how it works

We had an amazing discovery dive that felt safe and fun. The four of us were all diving beginners, but our instructor Leo made sure we all knew what we were doing. I have some issues with anxiety which can impact my breathing at times. Leo really took the time to make sure I was OK and managed to calm me down under water which is not a small feat. Really an amazing experience which I can only recommend!

Amazing tour guide, the denotes were beautiful. Our guide gave us the best experience ever!

It was a terrific day. Our guide was super nice. It was a perfect experience.

Really good, so many choices of tours. A lot cheaper than buying in cancun