Tulum ruins and Swim with Turtles

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PRIVATE TOUR: Early access private tour! Private guided tour of Tulum ruins, followed by a swim with turtles at the Akumal bay and a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.

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Tulum ruins and Swim with Turtles Private Tour

Swim with turtles tour … with Tulum ruins! When it comes to making the most of your trip to the Riviera Maya, there are two things you should definitely do: visit a Mayan archaeological site and enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the Caribbean Sea while snorkeling. This all-inclusive package, which combines a guided tour of Tulum with the chance to go snorkeling with sea turtles, will check both of those activities off your list. Better still, this private tour is ideal for families and those who are new to snorkeling!

We’ll start the day by visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum, a key trading post that was used by the famous civilization during their Post Classic period.

They traded all kinds of items here, from honey and textiles to precious stones and coffee beans. Your professional guide will lead you to all of Tulum’s most popular attractions, including the main temple El Castillo and the fascinating artwork in the Temple of the Frescoes. You’ll also have plenty of time to soak in the amazing views of the nearby Caribbean Sea, and of course take as many photos as you like.

Once your group is finished enjoying the wonders of Tulum, we’ll visit Akumal, a protected bay nearby where you can go for a swim with turtles! We’ll provide all of the equipment you need, and a professional certified guide will accompany you to ensure that everyone has a fun, safe time while snorkeling with these majestic creatures.

After a morning packed with exploring ruins on foot and swimming with turtles, you’ll undoubtedly be a bit hungry. That’s why our final stop is a local restaurant, where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a traditional Mexican lunch with your friends and family.

General info

  • Duration: 6/7 hours
  • Physicality: Easy
  • Age: 4+
  • 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.
  • 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,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 transportation from your hotel to Tulum
08:00am – 10:00am: Visit of Tulum
10:00am – 10:30am: Transportation
10:30am – 11:30pm: Swim with turtles
12:00pm – 01:30pm: Lunch in a restaurant
01:30pm – 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
  • 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!

7 reviews for Tulum ruins and Swim with Turtles

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  1. Philippe

    Mon mari et moi avons fait l’excursion Tulum et nager avec des tortues avec Nicolas comme guide et Ervin comme conducteur. Ils étaient super ! Ce sont des gens amusants et faciles à vivre, qui rendent les visites faciles! Je recommande fortement Absolute Adventures à tout le monde! Ils sont bien organisés, faciles à contacter et leur personnel est incroyable ! J’aime aussi beaucoup le fait qu’ils vous emmènent manger dans de vrais restaurants mexicains, chez les gens du coin. Avoir une visite privée fait toute la différence !

  2. Sophie

    “Excellente excursion, conformes a nos attentes : visite de Tulum + nage avec les tortues en couple avec un guide 100% Francophone.
    Pour Tulum, départ matinal afin d’arriver tôt sur le site (vers 8h30 max) pour éviter la foule et les gros groupes : niquel. Cyril notre guide nous a délivré quelques explications et théories sur les Maya ainsi que toute l’histoire du site de Tulum. Il nous a guidé dans les bon coins du site permettant ainsi de faire des photos digne des brochures touristiques. Nous avons continué ensuite vers la baie d’Akumal ( boissons a disposition dans le van , très appréciable) pour nager avec les tortues. Le site est protégé et le nombre de “”nageurs”” limités. Snorkeling de rêve, plusieurs tortues vues mais aussi raies, calamars, banc de petits poissons !
    Enfin pour terminer repas dans un restaurant local, très bon . Conseil, ne faites pas les malins en demandant de la sauce picante . Je vous recommande de passer par Absolute Aventure Mexico pour vos excursions”

  3. Cathy

    Nous avons réservé une excursion privée à Tulum et Akumal fin octobre. Aucune mauvaise surprise: Chauffeur et guide bien à temps devant notre hôtel, voiture très confortable pour les déplacements ( boissons à volonté dans la glaciere), visite à notre rythme sans empressement, explications complètes et intéressantes, snorkeling magnifique avec les tortues et sans trop de monde et pour finir un succulent repas dans un petit resto local très sympa pour échanger nos impressions et idées. Si nous avons la chance de retourner au Mexique, nous ferons appel à Absolute Adventure pour d’autres excursions.

  4. Michelle

    Our family of 4 had an amazing day. We booked the Tulum and turtle tour with Absolute Adventure and it was perfect. We visited Tulum early in the morning and then went to snorkel with turtles afterwards. It was awesome from beginning to end, we all loved it!

  5. Oliver

    The tour guide was energetic and very informative. We enjoyed snorkeling, drinks, and relaxing on the beach! One of the best adventures every!

  6. Michelle

    We went first to Tulum. It was still early so we avoided crowds and heat. Then, Nicolas choosed the best cenote. It was beautiful and we were the only ones there! Finaly we went to swim with turtles. We had such a great time, the lunch was delicious. We could choose anything we wanted at the Mexican restaurant! Can’t recommend them enough

  7. Natasha

    We booked last minute for a Tulum/snorkel with turtles tour. It was to be or last adventure before leaving PDC the next day. Claire responded immediately and we were set to go. It was a private tour and well worth it! We also ate at a local restaurant in Akumal and it was wonderful.

  8. James

    Everything was well timed and organised by our guide Juan. We went at out own pace and took a lot of pictures. Juan was knowledgable and fun. It couldn’t have been better. Thanks Absolute Adventure Mexico!

  9. Brittany

    We did the Tulum and Turtles tour. It was fantastic! Tulum was beautiful and we were there before it was too busy. Our tour guide had a lot of interesting facts to share with us. Snorkeling with the sea turtles was so cool. We saw about 6 or so which was totally rad. We loved having the van to ourselves and getting to take as much time as we needed everywhere.

  10. Vic

    We highly recommend Absolute Adventure Mexico. Chris and Claire run an amazing tour. Safe, professional and most of all FUN!!! We will definitely be visiting again!!!!

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