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Our most recommended Tulum Sailing Trips & Tours

Cancun & Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour + Playa Norte Beach

1. Cancun & Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Tour + Playa Norte Beach

Experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with the largest concentration of Whale Sharks in the world, just north of Isla Contoy.  Start your tour with early morning pickup from any hotel or Airbnb in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, and Tulum. Head towards the all-new private marina located at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal in Cancun for a quick check-in. Before boarding, enjoy pastries with coffee while listening to the instructions and safety briefing.  Once in the boat, get kitted out with mandatory life vests and full snorkeling gear. All boats depart at 8 AM and navigate for approximately 45 minutes to the whale shark area north of Contoy. Once you have found the sharks, begin the swimming and snorkeling. Enjoy 2 to 3 immersions per person always with 2 people and 1 guide in the water. Spend a full 2.5 hours in total with the Whale Sharks, also observing Manta Rays, Dolphins, and Turtles.  After swimming with the sharks, make a final stop in beautiful Playa Norte beach in Isla Mujeres, considered one of the 20 most beautiful beaches in the world. Here, the boats will remain for about 1 hour for you to relax on the beach or do some more snorkeling. Return to Cancun at around 1 PM where the transportation will take you back to your hotel or Airbnb.

Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Encounter

2. Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Encounter

Be picked up from your accommodation at 5:45 AM in Tulum, 6:45 AM in Playa del Carmen, or 7:45 AM in Cancun. During the drive, your guide will explain the itinerary and teach you about whale sharks and their habitat. Upon arriving at the marina, relax and eat breakfast. Depart to the whale shark area and start your search. Once you spot a whale shark, go snorkeling. There is a maximum of 1 ship per whale shark and 2 people per guide. During the trip, your guide will teach you about the fauna of this ecosystem.  Sandwiches, fruit, soft drinks, and water will be served. Then, you will return to Isla Mujeres for lunch: sandwiches and shrimp ceviche or fish with guacamole and fruit. After an hour of relaxing or swimming at the beach Playa Norte in Islas Mujeres, return to the marina at 3:30 PM.

Holbox: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

3. Holbox: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Wander the picturesque streets, take a swim in the clear water, and visit the YalahauCenote (lagoon) in this full-day excursion to the Island of Holbox.   The day begins with pickup from select hotels in the Riviera Maya, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen, where guests will travel in an air-conditioned van to this secluded island on the north coast. Board a small boat that will take you to the island and spend the day exploring the small streets and pristine beaches.    

Tulum: Private Snorkel and Sailing Experience

4. Tulum: Private Snorkel and Sailing Experience

Enjoy a sailboat ride in front of the Tulum ruins before dipping into the water to snorkel and explore the reef to see corals and fishes in their natural habitat. Enjoy plenty of photo opportunities to remember your experience. The experience starts at the Pocna Tulum Hotel beach, where your crew for the day will be waiting for you. After meeting the staff, seeing the boat, and getting a short safety introduction briefing, set off on your sailing adventure. Once on the water, immediately start taking in views of the clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean. During the tour, the captain will show you the famous ruins of the Castle in Tulum. See the ruins from a rare up-close perspective on the water. Learn about ancient Mayan people who used this important city as a port. Stop near the reed and grab your snorkel equipment to start the snorkel activity. Marvel at the flora and fauna of Mesoamerican Reef, the second-largest reef in the world. Enjoy approximately 45 minutes of snorkeling. After your sailing adventure, get taken back to the Pocna Tulum Hotel beach, after which you are free to stay at the beach club to purchase drinks and food and explore at your own pace.

From Cozumel: Express Tour to Tulum Mayan Ruins

5. From Cozumel: Express Tour to Tulum Mayan Ruins

Start your adventure by meeting your tour guide right in front of the swallows’ statue so that you can take the ferry ride to playa del carmen and enjoy a scenic 45 minute ride in the blue waters of the Caribbean. After that, you will take an air conditioned van/bus to the walled city of Tulum, in which you’ll explore the magnificent and restored temples rising above the Caribbean Sea. Tulum is an archeological site that offers one of the most beautiful sceneries of the world. You will be guided by a local expert through the secrets, facts, myths and wonderful legends of the ancient Mayan civilization, getting the opportunity to admire the detailed carved figures and frescoes on the walls of prominent buildings such as “El Castillo” (The Castle), The Temple of the Descending God and The House of the Columns, in which you will be able to shoot amazing photos during approximately 2 hours. After this unforgettable experience, you will return to your transportation in which you will enjoy a delicious light snack while getting back to Playa del Carmen, where you will catch the ferry just in time to be back to Cozumel.

From Cancun: Bacalar Lake of Seven Colors Tour

6. From Cancun: Bacalar Lake of Seven Colors Tour

A Cancun tour to Bacalar is a grand adventure, a day full of exploration and fun in the southern end of Quintana Roo. You'll enjoy round trip transportation to Bacalar from Cancun with a packed snack on board the modern, air conditioned transport, passing famous destinations like Playa del Carmen and Tulum as you make your way south. Once you arrive in Bacalar, you'll board a small boat for a guided tour of the lagoon. You'll visit three different cenotes and swim in the crystalline waters and discover why Bacalar is called "The Lake of Seven Colors". After a tasty grilled lunch to refuel, you'll explore the San Felipe Fort of Bacalar and its pirate musuem, argh! You'll return to Cancun full of stories to share and incredible photos to make all your friends and family envious.

From Riviera Maya: Turtles & Cenotes Adventure Half-Day Tour

7. From Riviera Maya: Turtles & Cenotes Adventure Half-Day Tour

After pickup, on the way to Tulum, learn from your guides about the sea turtles and diverse marine life of the Great Mayan Reef, as well as the unique natural conditions of the cenotes. In Tulum, snorkeling equipment is provided and as you head out on the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, you get a rare view of the impressive Mayan city of Tulum. Swim with sea turtles, and admire the colorful Mesoamerican reef, full of fish and wonderful corals. After your scuba dive, it’s time for a snack and a drive to Chikin-ha. There, explore the fantastic underground world of caverns and natural sinkholes as you visit cenotes. In some of the cenotes, enjoy a refreshing swim in their crystal-clear waters, surrounded by natural scenery. Last, experience a guided tour by foot of the last cenote to discover stalactites, stalagmites, sacred plants, and learn about the rituals of the ancient Mayans.

Tulum: Snorkeling Adventure in Cenote and Reef

8. Tulum: Snorkeling Adventure in Cenote and Reef

First natural ecosystem you'll visit in this adventure is the Tulum Reef Bay, which promises stunning views of the Tulum Ruins. Get up close and personal from the boat, with plenty of time to take photos. Then, get ready to immerse yourself in the beautiful Caribbean Reef and experience the marine life first hand, by snorkeling through it. Next spot is a spectacular underground cenote, a type of sinkhole, full of rock formations and of history. Its stalagmites and stalactites are sure to impress. You'll use a lifejacket during this part of the experience to ensure safety and enjoyment. Head back to the meeting point after an amazing day in and on the water.

Quintana Roo: Whale Shark Swim, Private Boat Trip, and Lunch

9. Quintana Roo: Whale Shark Swim, Private Boat Trip, and Lunch

Enjoy a private boat tour with plenty of time to swim with whale sharks. Try fresh local food for lunch. Following pickup from your hotel in Cancún, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, or Tulum, climb aboard the air-conditioned private van to be taken straight to the port. Enjoy a quick breakfast at the marina. Then, listen to your expert guide share the activity briefing and safety rules. Next, set sail to an area popular with whale sharks near Isla Contoy. Swim with these incredible fish. Enjoy the perks of a private tour: more chances to jump in and swim with the sharks and no waiting for other travelers. After your swim, sail to Playa Norte at Isla Mujeres for lunch. Taste fresh fish ceviche and relax on the top-rated beach. Finally, relax on the sail back to Punta Sam Port before taking your van transfer back to your hotel.

From Riviera Maya: Sian Ka'an Discovery Tour with Lunch

10. From Riviera Maya: Sian Ka'an Discovery Tour with Lunch

Get picked up from your accommodation in Riviera Maya or Tulum and head to Sian Ka’an, a rich and diverse nature reserve south of Tulum. Board a small boat to visit Boca Paila lagoon and spot the local wildlife. Head out a short distance on open water to snorkel, if weather permits, on the Mesoamerican Barrier reef and be delighted by the healthy corals and abundance of fish. If the weather does not permit you to snorkel, visit an open cenote instead. See tropical saltwater canals, mangrove islands, and flooded sinkholes.  Return to the beach where your homemade lunch awaits you. Relax amongst the coconut groves or go for a swim in the sea before going back on the road. Get dropped off at your accommodation and reflect on the unique landscapes you just encountered.

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What people are saying about Tulum

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 58 reviews

Wow. What an experience. Truly one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done. Our guide was informative, fun and really friendly. We found the sharks (between 3-5) so quickly when we arrived in the area different ones. When we first arrived there were around 20 boats but within 5 minutes they’ve all disappeared and we were the only boat - we had the sharks to ourselves! I would recommend requesting a late morning trip to avoid all the other boats! The food was great and the crew were all helpful. HIGHLY recommend taking travel sickness medicine beforehand as the sea is really rocky even on a clear day! They also provide this on the tour. The sharks were MUCH faster than expected and you really need to swim FAST to even try to keep up with them. What an amazing experience.

Fantastic trip. The group was big, but we got divided into smaller groups on the boats Schicht made the experience more familiar. Holbox is a lovely island, and the cenote was a nice ending. Would definitely recommend!

We were consistently satisfied. We were picked up on time. Transfer and actually the entire trip was well timed. We can only recommend it to everyone. Big thanks also to Mili and Jamie!

Great Tour! Gabriel really took care of us from beginning to end. We even had a chance after the Tulum tour to spend a little extra time at Playa del Carmen. Loved it!!

This trip was absolutely fabulous made all the better by our guide (Toro) and our brilliant captain (Lobo). Many thanks for helping us achieve a lifelong ambition.