Yal Ku Lagoon and Cenote

(8 customer reviews)

PRIVATE TOUR: From beginners to experts! Book this private tour and snorkel in the most peaceful and beautiful places of the Riviera Maya! With a lunch at a local mayan restaurant in the jungle.

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel with private air-conditioned transportation
  • Experienced certified private guide
  • All entrance fees
  • High quality snorkeling gear
  • Cool drinks in the van (waters, soda)
  • Lunch with one main course a la carte and one bottle of water

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Cenote and Yalku Lagoon Private Snorkeling Tour

If snorkeling in the ocean is a little intense for your skill set, try out our Yal Ku tour including a stop at a cenote. This Cenote Yal Ku lagoon tour is perfect for individuals that are new to snorkeling and those who have experience in the pastime.

Yal Ku Lagoon is a protected area allowing its swimmers to experience all of the benefits of snorkeling in Mexico without the stress of waves. One unique aspect of Yal Ku is its majestic mangrove landscape. The opening from the lagoon to the ocean allows for a mixture of fresh water and salt water. You will be able to get a glimpse of beautiful marine life with a lot of small colorful small fishes. The mangrove landscape of the area is something you will not want to miss.

After snorkeling at the lagoon, we will reach the jungle to discover one of the wonders of the Yucatan peninsula, a cenote. Swimming in the calm and clear waters of a cenote will make you live a very special experience.

We provide all snorkeling equipment and qualitative equipment! We do not want you to have to worry about anything, but having a stress-free, relaxing time in one of the most beautiful locations in Mexico. Our private transportation service will pick you up from the doorway of your hotel, and your guide will be with you all day. We do not want you to go hungry while on our watch, so this tour will also include a stop at a local Mexican restaurant.

If you want to experience snorkeling in Mexico no matter your skill level, Yal Ku Lagoon and cenote is the tour for you!

General info

  • Private Tour: Only you, the guide and the driver, nobody else!
  • Duration: 6 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 HaTaak bi Ha, or 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.
  • What’s on the menu? Selection of quesadillas, tacos, empanadas, salbutes, fajitas, grilled chicken, grilled fish, tortas (sandwiches), soup of day, … with vegetarian, fish, shrimp, chicken & meat options. With corn or flour tortillas. We can accommodate special diets and allergies, just let us know!
  • Mobility: We can adapt this tour for people with disability.

Price includes

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel with private air-conditioned transportation (Booster car seat and baby car seat available on request)
  • Experienced certified private guide
  • All entrance fees
  • High quality snorkeling gear (fins, mask, snorkel, wetsuits, life jackets)
  • Cool drinks in the van (waters, soda)
  • Lunch in a restaurant with one main course a la carte and one bottle of water

Price excludes

  • Extra drinks at the restaurant
  • Tips


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

08:15am: Private transportation from your hotel to Yal Ku Lagoon
09:00am – 10:30am: Snorkeling at Yal Ku Lagoon
10:30am – 11:00am: Transportation
11:00am – 12:00pm: Snorkeling in cenote
12:00pm – 01:00pm: Lunch at a local 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

  • Beach Towels
  • Swimsuit (We recommend wearing it in the morning and feel free to change after snorkeling activities)
  • Flip flops or sandals for water activities (Water shoes are optional but can be worn for added comfort)
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and we recommend wearing a rash-guard/UV-Shirt for water activities*
  • Mosquito repellent*
  • Camera/Underwater camera/Waterproof case for your phone
  • Cash (for tour payment, tips, souvenirs…)

* It is forbidden to apply sunblock and repellent before swimming or snorkeling activities to prevent water pollution in the cenotes and preserve the lagoon, even if they are biodegradable products. Compliance with this rule is essential for the protection of the environment.
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 Yal Ku Lagoon and Cenote

  1. Ali

    10/10 Tour Experience!!
    We visited 2 cenotes with Juan and both he and our driver, Omar, were wonderful! Juan had lots of great information to share about the animals/nature we were seeing and was patient in teaching my 5 year old how to snorkel. We enjoyed a great lunch after. This was by far a highlight of our trip to the Mayan Riviera!!! Thank you Juan & Omar!!

  2. Keith

    Great private tour with a helpful and knowledgeable tour guide. Had a great time snorkeling in the lagoon. They made sure we got there first before the large groups arrived and we finished as the crowds were arriving. Juan snorkeled with us pointing out some things but giving us freedom to explore reasonably on our own. The lagoon is beautiful. The turtle swim netted four turtles, a stingray and some starfish. All amazing to see in their natural habitat.
    The fact that it was private made it so much nicer and we enjoyed an truly delicious lunch before returning to our resort. Definitely recommend. And Juan, our tour guide, was excellent.

  3. Emalee

    Such an amazing experience! Our first private excursion couldn’t have been any better. Josh was a fantastic tour guide with so much knowledge of the area. Would absolutely recommend and book again!

  4. Ariel

    We had so much fun touring the cenote and snorkeling with Arturo! Rodrigo brought us to each place very safely as well. We saw so many fish and always felt so well taken care of. The cenote was the first one I ever saw and it’s beauty took my breath away! I’m so happy Arturo convinced us to jump in and to see the cave even though it was a little chilly. Lunch was also delicious and I found vegan lunch options and drank from a coconut. We loved our experience with Absolute Adventure! Thank you Arturo and Rodrigo!

  5. Sam

    This company is great for private tours. We like our experience to be our experience, so we go private. We had a full day of snorkeling. Yalku was pretty incredible and the Cenote just amazing. Claire and the driver were fantastic. We both had been snorkeling but going with Claire was perfect because we learned we hadn’t really been doing all the right things, game changer. She was so knowledgeable about the fish and what we were seeing. The Cenote was an complete adventure, unforgettable. The food fantastic, better than some of the food at our resort.

  6. Alicia

    We were picked up promptly for our private tour to snorkel in a cenote and Yal-Ku lagoon. Local knowledge and guidance at each stop, along with plentiful water, beer, and lunch, made this an easy, fun, carefree day. Recommended.

  7. Jim

    We had the most amazing experience! Our guide, Chris was extremely informative, funny, and helpful throughout our day! Our tour included a cenote and Yal-Ku lagoon. The cenote was unbelievable. The stalagmites/stalactites were so cool! It felt like a totally different world. Yal-Ku was really beautiful and very fishy. A delicious lunch of fajitas with guacamole was also included. Overall it was an amazing day, we highly recommend to everyone!

  8. Sara

    We had a difficult group with 2 toddlers, a 5 year old, a 9 year old and a 12 year old. The 2 year olds freaked out at Yal-Ku and were miserable. Our tour guide Juan was crazy helpful with my kids at Yalku and at the cenote. The lunch in the jungle was absolutely amazing and we crazy picky about food. It was one of the best meals we had while in Mexico and the service was great as well. Overall we had a fantastic day and Juan’s help and flexibility with my toddlers was invaluable.

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