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.

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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. Consult Akumal Swim with Turtles regulation.
  • Which cenote will you visit? The day of your tour, you can choose one cenote between Nicte HaTaak Bi Ha and Jaguar. If you prefer to go to Dos Ojos or Pet Cemetery we will add 10 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!

38 reviews for Snorkeling in Cenote and Swim with Turtles

  1. Nicole

    I can not say enough good about Absolute Adventure. We had one free morning on our vacation where we wanted to book an excursion to swim with turtles and see a cenote. Everything from initially booking online to day of excursion was top notch, professional and convenient. They even confirmed via text day before to confirm hotel, pick up time, etc. Day of our guide was Arturo and he was right on time waiting for us, very professional, polite and accommodating. Between him and our driver we felt safe at all times which is very important. Both the turtles and cenote Arturo recommended were incredible. Exactly what we were hoping to see. We even got to do this crazy zip line which was totally unexpected and so fun. We unfortunately had to skip the lunch to head back to our hotel for another engagement but definitely next time! Thank you Arturo and Absolute Adventure for an incredible morning we will never forget! -Nicole and Chuck from Boston

  2. Erica

    What an incredible experience with our wonderful guide Arturo!!! Every detail was perfect, professional and informative. Lunch was delicious as well!

  3. 609mya

    Amazing experience! We had a great guide (Arturo) and just had a wonderful day overall. Great lunch at the end too! The cenote visit was even more of a highlight than the turtles, which is hard to beat!

  4. Chiara

    We booked the Turtles and Cenote tour with “absolute adventure” and we had such a great time! Arturo was very kind and a perfect guide! He gave us very good recommendations and make our time the most enjoyable. We will recommend this experience with everyone.

  5. Water_

    This day trip was AMAZING. Arturo was a kind and informative guide, herding our unfocused group of 8 with apparent ease. We loved swimming with the sea turtles, which was peaceful and magical despite many other tourists there at the same time. Somehow Arturo arranged for us to spend a little extra time at the reef so that we saw sting rays and colorful fish in addition to the turtles. In all, it was a really memorable, lovely outing.
    We then went to the Pet Cemetery cenote. I wasn’t thrilled about swimming in a cave and I was wrong: it was incredible. The water was crystal clear and fresh, the cave, the rock formations fascinating. I can understand why these were considered sacred spaces – they were special places we felt lucky to see.
    In all, this outing was something we will remember as a highlight of our trip. Thank you, Arturo!

  6. Tude W

    Excellent! Arturo was a wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable guide. Definitely recommend and loved the entire experience.

  7. Lisa

    Highlight of our trip!
    Amazing! Arturo, our guide was fantastic. We swam with turtles, visited a lush and quiet Cenote (basically has it all to ourselves) and finished off the day with a cold drink and a hearty meal. It is a must do while visiting Mexico!

  8. Donnie C

    Swam with the turtles at Akumal beach and the Pet Cemetary Cenote. Best experience ever. Have been on many tours and by far the best. Guides were very personable and knowledgeable and did all they could to ensure the best experience. Saw turtles, stingray and the most amazing underground cave. Included lunch was amazing. Would highly recommend.

  9. Diana

    We absolutely loved our experience! Swimming with the sea turtles was incredible, I didn’t want to leave! We chose to visit Nicte-ha Cenote and it was all to ourselves. The most beautiful, quiet and calming spot! Arturo was the best guide! We are very grateful to have him on our wonderful adventure! 🙂 Highly recommend Absolute Adventure!

  10. Jenni

    Our group of 9 people booked a day with sea turtles and a cenote. Manuel, our tour guide spoke excellent English and had a great sense of humor. We were able to be the first group in the water when we were at Akumel to see the sea turtles and there was hardly anyone in the Dos Ojos Cenote. We felt very well taken care of and learned quite a bit from Manuel during our time with him. Would highly recommend!

  11. Maria

    We really enjoyed the trip and doing this tour with 2 kids one being only 5, I got all the help I could wish for to make it a Nice trip for both the little one, the bigger teenager and myself ❤️🙏🏼 was really Word the Money ❤️
    Thanks a lot! MARIA

  12. P3005SMjasonc

    We had a fantastic time! Saw 3 turtles, a stingray, and many fish as we snorkeled and swam. Arturo was a great guide. Took us to a great senote where my kids jumped off a ledge dozens of times and we finished with an excellent lunch. Perfect day and very professional and fun tour!

  13. Jay

    It was excellent. We had a blast. In fact, the cenote was a favorite by two of us and a close second with the others.

  14. Josh

    The day we spent with this company exceeded all expectations despite our expectations been very high. From the moment we were greeted by artur to getting back to our hotel we were looked after with the highest level of professionalism. We can’t speak highly enough of either of the experiences we took part in (turtle tour and cenote swim) as they both blew our mind. The turtle swim was an incredible experience that is a memory that will stay with us for life and when it came to the cenote, the knowledge artur had of the cenotes was incredible and he really educated whilst leaving it to be private also. We then headed for a traditional Mexican meal which artur again advised us on the most local delicacies which we absolutely loved. From start to finish, fantastic trip. 5*
    Really great trip and thank you again
    Josh

  15. Crystal

    AMAZING DAY…. having a private tour is worth every penny!
    Started early to beat the crowds (& heat) at ruins- learned a ton of history, then swam with sea turtles (huge ones + babies) in the ocean & even saw a Eagle ray; we then swam in a beautiful cenote- we chose the least crowded option & there was hardly anyone around, which was wonderful, & to finish the tour we had a delicious lunch in the jungle!
    I would absolutely choose this company again!

  16. Renee

    We had a wonderful experience snorkeling with turtles, swimming in a cenote plus a Mayan lunch in the jungle. Arturo and Claire are excellent hosts. Great idea to go as a private party. Snorkeling equipment and life jackets, new and sanitised. No rush, felt relaxed and safe the entire time even though you’re driving into the jungle in Mexico. A worthwhile experience.

  17. Lisa

    Absolutely perfect day!! First stop was Akumal for Turtle swim.. just beautiful. We were there early and beat the crowds! Next stop Dos Ojos cenote. This was such an amazing experience! Then an authentic Mexican lunch! Delicious. Arturo is the best guide, thank you for a great day.

  18. Lawanda

    Juan “JJ” was an excellent tour guide. Informative, organized, and kind. We went to three places. The ruins, sea turtle excursion, and cenote swim. The cenote was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. After we went for a delicious lunch. This tour is a must do and with JJ! My friend and I had a wonderful time!

  19. Any

    My family and I had an amazing time on the swimming with turtles and cenote tour! Our guide Chris and our driver Juan Manuel were the best! They were both so nice and accommodating. Chris was very knowledgable and fun. My niece left her hat in the van and Juan Manual drove all the way back to our hotel to return it for us. They arranged for us to visit the cenote when it was less crowded, which was great. We visited Taak Bi Ha cenote and it was so stunning. We loved the fact that this was a private tour and we would totally recommend Absolute Adventure Mexico!

  20. Diane

    We loved the whole experience! Snorkeling with the sea turtles was awesome and definitely a highlight. The cenote was absolutely beautiful! I’m so glad we did the tour. Our tour guide Dulce and driver Pascual were very professional and accomodating. With so many tour companies to choose from, it was important for us to find the right one. We chose Absolute Adventure based on their positive reviews and were not disappointed. The experience was exactly what we hoped it would be and we felt safe and secure. We would definitely use them again!

  21. Ben

    Perfect organization, easy communication, competent and super pleasant driver and guide.

  22. Thomas

    We first started with swimming with the turtles which truly was a remarkable experience for my family. We came within 5 feet of this amazing creature and followed it as it rose its head out of the water for air and descended back to the sea grass. We were lucky enough as well to see some rays but to witness the giant sea turtles that close was a must do by anyone. We then grabbed our stuff and headed to a magnificent Cenote that will leave you speechless. Our guide Claire was an absolute book of knowledge and the best company and guide we could ask for on our day adventure. I would recommend this to one and all you will not be disappointed. Thank you Claire you truly were the best!! Hope to see you again.

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

  31. 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!

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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!

  35. 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!

  36. 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

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

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