Snorkeling in Cenote and Swim with Turtles

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PRIVATE TOUR: For snorkeling lovers: Swim in a cenote and with sea turtles at Akumal bay. This private tour includes a delicious meal a la carte at a local Mexican restaurant.

Swim with turtles: this activity is not available on Mondays, and during the months of September and February. (Consult the Akumal bay regulation)

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Snorkeling in Cenote and Swim with Turtles

The ideal snorkeling tour gathering swimming in the ocean and in a cenote! This private snorkeling tour offers an amazing experience that is perfect for families, kids and group of friends. With this private tour, you will receive the opportunity to snorkel right alongside the gentle giant of the ocean, the green sea turtle. After a dip in the ocean, our guides will transport you to the cenote you have chosen for a different snorkeling experience. You have the luxury of picking any cenote on our list. We have a variety of spots that embody a cave experience or that of a natural, open cenote.

While snorkeling alongside a sea turtle may seem extreme, they are some of the gentlest creatures in the ocean. They are truly majestic creatures that guide through the water with ease. Also, if you get lucky, you will be able to see a few stingrays swimming just above the ocean floor. Again, don’t worry, these animals are harmless.

Moving from the ocean to a smaller body of water in the jungle, the cenote. No matter what cenote you choose, you are sure to experience a fun-filled day. Every cenote is unique. As you snorkel through the water, you will see beautiful formations and landscapes you have likely never before seen.

This tour is completely adaptable for snorkelers of all ages and skill level. Our guides will play to your strengths and are happy to provide snorkeling tips. Any and all equipment you need will be provided by your guides. We will end the tour with a great lunch at a local Mexican restaurant before bringing you back to your hotel.

We hope that you will join us on our swim with turtle tour partnered with snorkeling in a cenote. We know you will have a memorable experience!

General info

  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Physicality: Easy
  • Age: All ages
  • Snorkeling: Basic swimming skills required. This excursion suits everyone from novices to experts.
  • Absolute Adventure is working with a local cooperative according to the Mexican law. This tour is not available during the months of September and February, as well as on Mondays.(Consult Akumal Swim with Turtles regulation.)
  • Which cenote will you visit? The day of your tour, you can choose one cenote between Nicte Ha, Takbe Ha, Jaguar or Casa cenote. If you prefer to go to Dos Ojos or to Pet Cemetery, we will add 15 USD per person on your balance. Your guide will be happy to help you to select the best cenote for you and your party according to your expectations and snorkeling skills.
  • Mobility: We can adapt this tour for people with disability.

This is an exclusive private tour to better meet your expectations.

Price includes

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel with private air-conditioned transportation
  • Experienced certified private guide all day long
  • All entrance fees
  • Akumal bay cooperative fee and CONAP fee (mandatory)
  • High quality snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel, wetsuits, life jackets)
  • Cool drinks in the van (waters, soda, beer)
  • Lunch in a restaurant with one main course a la carte and one drink (water, soda or beer) per person

Price excludes

  • Tips

Itinerary


Our tours are scheduled at the best hours to avoid high traffic and heat on the sites.

08:15am: Transportation from your hotel to Akumal
09:00am – 10:00am: Snorkeling with turtles
10:00am – 10:30am: Transportation
10:30am – 12:00pm: Snorkeling in cenote
12:00pm – 01:00pm: Lunch in a restaurant
01:00pm – 02:00pm: Transportation to your hotel

Itinerary is based on a departure from Playa del Carmen.
Pick up time is recommended time to avoid the crowds. We can leave later if you want to.

What to bring

  • Swimsuit and beach towel
  • Flip flops or water shoes for swimming activities
  • Hat or cap and sunglasses
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Biodegradable mosquito repellent
  • Camera/Underwater camera
  • Cash for souvenirs/tips

You can bring personal belongings you require during the tour (phone, camera, extra set of clothes…). While you are visiting or snorkeling you can leave the things you don’t need in the van. Our driver will always be in the van, so keeping your things safe!

17 reviews for Snorkeling in Cenote and Swim with Turtles

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jeanna

    We used Absolute Adventure for a private snorkeling trip. Our family had never snorkeled, but Absolute Adventure took great care of us. The best part is that it was private. It was just us, not a big tourist group. We were picked up at our resort. Not only were they on time, but early. The turtles and fish were amazing. We highly recommend Absolute Adventure.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amy

    My friend and I booked this tour on a girls weekend in Tulum and we had the best time! We were the only ones on the bus and Arturo spent so much time sharing the history of the area and answering all of our questions about Tulum and the surrounding areas. I would highly recommend booking a tour with Absolute Adventure.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paola

    My boyfriend and I did the turtle and cenote swim trip. The private tour was on point as went early morning so we could enjoy both locations for ourselves. It was very peaceful and private! Thanks AAM

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    We had a four person private tour and it was just what we were looking for. We went early in the morning to Akumal to snorkel with the sea turtles. Then we had an amazing time in a cenote snorkeling around. It was quiet and informative. Thank you very much for the wonderful time and I would definitely recommend this company!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Both Akumal and Nic Te Ha cenote are fabulous snorkeling places. They provided Everything was included from transportation to and from Cancun, private guide, snorkeling equipment, drinks and lunch. Was had a blast, it was a perfect day!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Danny

    We went snorkeling in a cenote and then snorkeling in the ocean with turtles. It was a great combination and a very satisfying day. The whole time, Chris and Marianna were wonderful guides, explaining everything along the way and making sure all our needs were met. They were also great with the kids.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steeve

    Excellent guide; good English and very friendly. It was nice to avoid the very large group excursions that are sold out of the resorts and get a personalized one of a kind Experience.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jaqueline

    The tour was absolutely wonderful! We had such a great time. I really appreciated that they encouraged going earlier since we were staying in Tulum. It was like we had the ruins all to ourselves! The cenote was also a great experience and I felt safe to leave my stuff in the car during the swim. Arturo took great photos of us and the sites that were emailed to us within one day! I would highly recommend it to others!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Arturo made this day unforgettable. He was knowledgable and answereed each and every question of ours! I am very happy about this private tour experience, it’s a real plus.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lydia

    My brother and I had the most amazing time with Juan He was a perfect host that provided us with geological and historical facts. The cenote was beautiful and the lunch was absolutely delicious. Snorkeling with the turtles will forever be one of our favorite memories of our trip to Mexico. Thanks for the awesome experience!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Noah

    Well organized, safe, and fun! We did the snorkeling with sea turtles and a cenote adventure. I’d recommend this to anyone. This was the best day of our vacation.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alex

    My boyfriend and I did the turtle and cenote swim trip. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly (and spoke great English!). I’m so glad we booked a private tour and went first thing in the morning – we had both swimming locations all to ourselves, which is so nice in “touristy” locations. It was our favorite activity of the trip! The booking, transportation, and overall customer service experience were great.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Susan

    We snorkled in a bay with green turtles and Chris was wonderful, patient with our group of all levels of experience. Then on to the cenotes, which was definitely a highlight!! Crystal clear water, formations overhead and bats hunkered down or ting around!! It was awesome!! So fun and Chris added his humor, knowledge and even with some more tentative in our group he made everyone feel comfortable and safe.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dave

    My family and I did the turtle and cenote snorkeling tour over the holidays and it was one of the highlights of our trip. Arturo was our guide and he was friendly, upbeat and knowledgeable. Misael was our driver and we felt safe with him behind the wheel. We would definitely take another tour with Absolute Adventure!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Murphy

    Went swimming with the turtles at Akumal Beach followed by a swim in a Cenote. What a great day. Came within 5 feet of several turtles. Cenote and lunch was great also. I highly recommend Absolute Adventures.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    My family and I did the turtle and cenote snorkeling tour over the holidays and it was one of the highlights of our trip. Arturo was our guide and he was friendly, upbeat and knowledgeable. We would definitely take another tour with Absolute Adventure!

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brent

    Top notch service – the tour took us to Akumal to swim with Sea Turtles and our choice of cenotes for a swimming experience. Claire was a very a warm, friendly and informative guide and provided only quality gear and wetsuits. Highly recommend Absolute Adventure and the entire Tulum area.

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