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Private Snorkel Tour: Swimming with Turtles + The Underground Cenotes

My Private Snorkel Tour

The perfect private half-day tour for snorkel lovers like you! You decide where to go!

This wet & wild tour combines two of the most impressive snorkeling destinations around the Mayan Riviera which are Turtle Bay and The Underground Cenotes. You may add snorkeling in Yal-Ku Lagoon and/or an authentic lunch at one of our favorite local spots.


Swim right next to the most beautiful sea turtles in their natural habitat. One of the most beautiful beaches in Akumal is home of the Green Sea Turtles and many other species of fish. The Turtles are feeding freely in their habitat. There are no cages or tricks. This unique marine sanctuary is located in the heart of the Mayan Riviera, between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. We will swim from the shore, with a life jacket and a snorkel mask on. No need for a boat ride. 


You will be able to enjoy a snorkel tour at one of the most impressive Underground Cenotes of the Mayan Riviera located between Tulum and Playa del Carmen. The crystalline rain water helped carving fragile stone formations while flooding the caves throughout the ages. During this tour you will learn how the Yucatan Peninsula was formed thousands of years ago, while discovering these stunning locations with us. There are stone steps and handrails, that make getting into the water easily accessible to everyone.


(optional add-on +$35 USD pp): This hidden lagoon is surrounded by huge mangroves and tropical vegetation. A unique limestone inlet that is connected to the Caribbean sea and also to the fresh water of the underground rivers. Yal-Ku is home to different species of tropical fish like colorful parrot fish, angel fish, damsel fish, blue tangs, needle fish, and many more! Many times we also spot exotic birds like ospreys, herons, pelicans, frigates and cormorants. There are wooden steps and handrails, that make getting into the water easily accessible to everyone.


(add-on +$50 USD pp + 60 USD Round-trip): Snorkel surrounded by colorful fish and healthy coral reefs in shallow waters. Lobsters, Groupers, Permits, Barracudas, and many other fish species. Sometimes we spot juvenile sea Turtles and harmless stingrays.  Located south of Cancun this quiet town is home of the Coral Reef National Park. Closes on Mondays. A 5 minute boat ride is required to reach the coral reef. This add-on is recommended only if you’re staying in Cancun or Puerto Morelos.

Let’s wrap this up!

We highly recommend this half-day tour if you are looking for a nice morning of peaceful, unique and stress-free snorkeling. This private snorkel excursion will provide you with unique memories of your special vacation!

Your personal tour guide will pick you up right from your hotel and accompany you throughout the day to offer you an unforgettable snorkeling experience. Going at your own pace, this will be a private tour just for you!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need previous swimming experience? Yes. You must be able to swim and float comfortably with a life jacket on.

Is it easy to access these snorkeling locations? Yes! We swim from the shore at Turtle Bay. Yal-Ku Lagoon and the Underground Cenotes have wooden or stone steps that make getting into the water easily accessible to almost everyone.

Is sunscreen allowed at the snorkeling locations? We must rinse before entering these places to remove any sunscreen or skin products, in order to keep the water as pristine and chemical-free as possible. Therefore we recommend you wearing a long sleeve UV/SPF snorkel shirt in order to avoid sunburns. Life Jackets are provided. 

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Private Tour Highlights
  • Private Tour Guide & Private A/C Transportation.
  • Discover the underwater world through these fascinating natural encounters.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of one the most famous Cenotes of the Mayan Riviera.
  • Relaxed snorkeling experience at Yal-Ku Lagoon, observing the colorful fish.
  • You may encounter exotic birds, tropical fish, iguanas and other interesting marine life.
Private Tour Rates
  • $130 USD pp (party of 10)
  • $135 USD pp (9 participants)
  • $145 USD pp (8 participants)
  • $155 USD pp (7 participants)
  • $165 USD pp (6 participants)
  • $180 USD pp (5 participants)
  • $190 USD pp (4 participants)
  • $220 USD pp (3 participants)
  • $245 USD pp (2 participants)
  • $485 USD pp (1 participant)

Rates are per person in US Dollars. Hotel pick-ups in Playa del Carmen Dowtown area are included. Additional transportation charges may apply per vehicle, depending on hotel location: Corasol/Mayakoba (+$25) Maroma/Paraiso (+$50), Puerto Morelos/Petempich (+$60), Royalton/Moon Palace (+$75), Cancun (+$95), Playa Mujeres/Puerto Juarez (+$120). Tulum: Hotel Zone, Aldea Zama, Veleta (+$50).

What's Included?
  • All entry fees.
  • Sanitized snorkel gear and flotation devices.
  • Experienced tour guide passionate about nature, photography, history and culture.
  • Snorkeling assistance if needed. We are great snorkeling instructors!
  • Comfortable A/C transportation and licensed driver.
  • Cooler with welcome snacks and ice-cold bottled water.
  • Shaded resting areas for non swimmers.
  • Changing rooms available.
  • BONUS! Free Photos of your tour in a digital album.
Customize Your Trip!
The Tour You Want, As You Want It!
Add a 3rd Snorkel Stop: Yal-Ku Lagoon for just $35 USD P.P.
Private Tours Cancun Tulum Riviera Maya Mexico
Add Lunch at our favorite local spot for just $25 USD P.P.
Private Tours Cancun Tulum Riviera Maya Mexico

One main course per person is included; beverages and extras are paid for by clients.


7:15 AM – Exclusive pick up from your hotel.

7:45 AM – Turtle Swimming.

9:45 AM – Snorkeling the Underground Cenotes.

12:00 PM – Estimated time of arrival at your hotel.

*The tour schedule is an example and will be customized according to the location of your hotel and group size (we recommend a maximum amount of 12 people for this tour). The exact pick-up time will be confirmed by email during the booking process.

What to bring?
  • Adventurous spirit and your best mood.
  • Swimsuit under comfortable clothing.
  • A towel for each person.
  • Hats and sunglasses.
  • Long-sleeve swimming shirt (rash-guard).
  • Organic sunscreen only.
  • Comfortable flip-flops or water shoes.
  • Cash for souvenirs and tips (optional).
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