Tulum ruins, Snorkeling in Cenote and Reef

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PRIVATE TOUR: A unique tour combining a private visit of Tulum ruins, reef snorkeling in front of the ruins and a swim in a cenote. With a delicious Mexican lunch.

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Tulum ruins, Snorkeling in Cenote and Coral Reef Private Tour

The private Tulum Snorkeling Tour will not disappoint you, it is one of the top of the line excursion. This tour combines one of the best ruin sites on the Caribbean Coast and two different snorkeling experiences. Our guides absolutely love taking patrons on this tour because the smiles on customers’ faces never stop growing.

You’ll begin with private transportation from your hotel at 7:00AM. Trust us, you’ll want to beat the crowds and the heat to Tulum. Because we provide private transportation, you will not be bothered by picking up other guests along the way. This allows you to make the most of your Tulum experience, complete with a private archaeological guide showing you the ins and outs of the site. Our staff has mapped out the perfect hours of the day in which to visit Tulum to maximize your time there.

After Tulum, you’ll hop on a boat for a one-hour tour complete with snorkeling on the 2nd biggest reef in the world. There’s a chance you may see sea turtles, but we can’t guarantee this as sometimes they are shy to the crowd. Also, you’ll be able to get another great view of the ruins and two additional hidden temples. You will be engaged in the same views the original Mayan settlers had when they colonized the area. Can’t get more historical that than!

We’ll stop for an authentic lunch in the jungle and then head to the cenote where you will be able to calmly snorkel with your guide. Your guide will be there every flip of the fin to point out unique sights underwater. The cenote houses amazing rock formations such as stalactites, stalagmites, but also wildlife (bats, small fishes, MotMot bird…)!

Finally, we’ll have you back to your hotel by 4:00PM. Just like that, you would have experienced one of the best excursions this area has to offer.

General info

  • Duration: 6/7 hours
  • Physicality: Easy
  • Age: all ages
  • Snorkeling: Basic swimming skills required. This excursion suits everyone from novices to experts.
  • Which cenote will you visit? The day of your tour, you can choose one cenote between Nicte Ha, Taak bi Ha, Jaguar or Dos Ojos. If you prefer to go 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
  • High quality snorkel equipment (fins, 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
  • Your guide will show you where to take the best pictures and will be happy to help to take you in photo with your camera or phone!

Price excludes

  • Ruins: In case you bring a go pro camera, a video camera or a phone with a selfie stick, there is a 45 pesos (less than 3USD) per device charged at the entrance of each
    archeological site, to be paid in pesos (INAH tax) – Drones and Tripods for video/cameras are forbidden.
  • Tips


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

07:00am: Private ransportation from your hotel to Tulum
08:00am – 10:00am: Visit of Tulum ruins
10:00am – 10:15am: Transportation
10:15am – 11:30am: Reef Snorkeling in Tulum
11:30am – 12:00pm: Transportation
12:00pm – 01:00pm: Lunch in a restaurant
01:00pm – 02:00pm: Snorkeling in cenote
02:00pm – 03:00pm: 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
  • Comfortable shoes and light clothes to visit the ruins
  • 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!

8 reviews for Tulum ruins, Snorkeling in Cenote and Reef

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  1. Gilles

    Nous avions rendez vous à notre hotel et le van était pile à l’heure. C’était une très belle journée : Tulum est un lieu très intéressant et les sites de plongée sont magnifiques avec de l’eau claire. Notre guide avait des gilets de sauvetage à notre taille et des masques tout neufs. Le déjeuner était délicieux. C’était une sortie très complète mais qui nous a permis de voir beaucoup de choses, sans nous presser!

  2. Etienne

    Nous sommes allés à Tulum avec notre guide Manuel et ce fut une expérience géniale. Nous avons commencé par visiter les ruines de Tulum, puis nous avons nagé sur le récif. La journée s’est achevée par une baignade dans un cenote peu connu et le déjeuner. Tout se visite en une journée, mais le rythme est adapté et tout est bien planifié. Le guide a rendu l’expérience inoubliable ! Je recommande vivement cette excursion à tous ceux qui recherchent une excursion, vous ne le regretterez pas.

  3. Manon

    Nous avons visité les ruines de Tulum, fait un tour en bateau juste en face et ensuite nagé dans un cénote. Cyril était notre guide : il était très sympathique et nous a donné des informations intéressantes sur chaque endroit. Nous avons eu une expérience très agréable, et tout a été très facile ! Je recommande Absolute Adventure à 100%.

  4. Pauline

    Nous avons choisi Absolute Adventure pour faire une visite privée des ruines de Tulum, nager sur le récif après les ruines de Tulum et nager dans la cenote Tak Be Ha. Notre guide, Manuel nous a amenés aux ruines de Tulum juste pour l’ouverture. Notre guide nous a montré différents coraux et poissons. Nous avons fini la journée par la cénote, où nous étions les seuls ! Nous avons apprécié le choix de ce cénote très calme, à l’écart des lieux surpeuplés. Nous avons mangé dans un restaurant maya près de Tak Be Ha la nourriture était très bonne. Merci pour la chouette excursion.

  5. Stephan

    We were picked up on time from our hotel. A great day out! The visit of Tulum was very interesting and the snorkelling sites are lovely with clear water and they provided life jackets. Lunch was great. It was a full-on day but a great way to see lot! Thoroughly enjoyed it.

  6. Savannah

    We took a tour of the Tulum Ruins, snorkeled on a reef, and snorkeled in a cenote. Chris was our guide and he was amazing! He was so friendly and gave us such interesting information on the city and the history. We had such a great experience, and they made everything so easy! I 100% recommend booking with them.

  7. Shirley

    Claire and Chris were very easy to work with. We booked the tour to Tulum, snorkeling at reef and snorkeling cenote and our guide took care of everything. Claire was easy to work with. We would go for another tour in a heartbeat.

  8. Mike

    We set out for the private tour to Tulum ruins with the reefs and a cenote. We started visiting Tulum ruins right after the opening. We enjoyed the view for a while and our guide Juan explained us a lot about the ruins. Snorkeling was amazing, we encountered many different fishes and turtles in the reef. The cenote was very peaceful and relaxing. Everything was perfect.

  9. Teresa

    We chose Absolute Adventure to do a private tour of the Tulum ruins with two snorkeling trips, one to the reefs below the Tulum ruins and another to the cenote Tak Be Ha. Our tour guide, Juan, brought us to the Tulum ruins right after it opened, and we had about an hour to ourselves and our own Tulum guide before the tour buses rolled in. Our snorkeling trip to the reef was great — our snorkeling guide and Juan pointed out different types of coral and sea creatures (including a hawksbill turtle and a ray) while making sure we were safe on the reef. The final stop was to cenote Tak Be Ha, where we were the only people snorkeling around the cenote. We appreciated the fact that we were taken to a cenote that was not overcrowded. At the end of our trip, we were taken to a restaurant near Tak Be Ha, where the food was very good, and then we were driven back to our hotel.
    Absolute Adventure offers a variety of tours, customizable to your interests. They are a little more pricey compared to package tours, but for the price you get a much better quality experience (and the more people in your group, the more affordable it is). We think they are worth the price and would certainly book with them again.

  10. Tijana

    We did the Tulum / cenote / reed with Juan as our private guide. First, we went to Tulum followed by snorkeling in the reef, and ended with a cenote swim. It was well planned and Juan made everything easy. We had a great day, the experience was personalized.

  11. Jay

    The staff was amazing and the van was confortable and full of drinks. We started with Tulum ruins. Our guide was knwoledgable and we spent lot taking pictures there. Reef and cenote were incredible. Our guide had wetsuits for us in the van and we enjoyed the cenote how much time we wanted!We had a great traditional lunch in a small restaurant in the jungle before driving bakc to the hotel. Would definitly hire AAM again!

  12. Melissa

    We set out for our first Tulum adventure with Juan-Jose as a guide and it was a wonderful experience. We toured the ruins of Tulum to start, followed by snorkeling in the reef, and ended with a swim in a lesser known (and lesser crowded) cenote and lunch. It sounds like a lot packed into one day, but the pace was well-planned and JJ’s knowledge of the landscape made the experience unique. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who is looking for a more bespoke and personalized tour – you will not regret it. I can’t say enough about Juan-Jose; he made an already fabulous tour just amazing.

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