Turtles & Cenotes Tour: Swim with turtles and inside amazing underground rivers
SNORKEL DISCOVERY is a half-day tour where we will go swimming with 3 different species of Sea Turtles in their natural environment. Turtle-Sighting is not guaranteed, we will also get a chance to see a great variety of tropical fish and Eagle Stingrays, all of this at the World's second-largest coral reef barrier.
Tour DescriptionSwimming with sea turtles and coral reef - After picking you up at your hotel, we will approach the shore in full snorkeling gear to go into the water, and we will swim out from the beach in search of the beautiful turtles. We will remain in the water for approximately one hour. Every day we get the chance to see around 8 different turtles.
Swimming in 2 different cenotes (underground rivers) - After snorkeling with the turtles, we will enter the bodies of water that serve as access to the underground rivers, the famous "CENOTES". We will see 2 different cenotes, each one represents a different type of Cenote that exist in the Yucatan Peninsula.
Very safe trips and excellent service - Our professional guides will make sure you feel safe and ensure you have the most fascinating experience. Even if you are not such an experienced snorkeler or if you are not so comfortable swimming the guide will make your swim with turtles & cenotes experience unforgettable, they will make you feel safe, secure and adapt to your level.
Coral reef and great chance to swim with eagle rays - In the same bay where we snorkel with turtles we will also have a look to the second largest reef in the world where we have the chance to see eagle rays, grouper and more colorful fish.
Get a picture and video gallery to remember this unique day - During the whole day HD Videos and pictures will be taken of you while your snorkeling experience. At the end of the day you can buy a 8GB USB with all your Photos and Videos for $35USD.
We provide high quality equipment - Full snorkeling gear will be given to you, You can have also for free the wet suit. The gear is disinfected and wash carefully every day.
Transport is included in the price - The transportation from and to any hotel in the Riviera Maya except Cancun is included. Transportation to and from hotels in the Cancun Hotel Zone has an additional cost of $10 USD per person.
Snack at the Cenote - After the cenote snorkeling activity, we will have a buffet snack that includes: Fruits, pastries, home-made empanadas, and refreshments.
Small groups - A comfortable van with AC will pick you up at your hotel. Groups are of 12 passengers maximum, which helps us provide a more customized experience.
8: 00 We pick you up at your hotel in Playa del Carmen, 9:00 near Tulum and 6:30 in Cancun
9:15 Arrival in Tulum
9:30 We go in the water with the turtles
10:45 Free time to drink some water and use the bathrooms
11:00 Back in the van to go to the cenotes
11:20 Arrival at the cenotes
12:45 snack Time
13:00 Review of the pictures taken during the tour by our photographer.
13:30 Back in the van to return to your hotel.
14:00 Back at the hotels near Tulum, 14:30 Playa del Carmen, 15:30 Cancún
* Depending on weather and other conditions, we may visit the cenotes first and then Tulum.
** Turtle watching is not guaranteed.
Turtles and Cenotes tour includes:
- Air-Conditioned Transportation
- Tour of 2 Cenotes (underground rivers) + snorkeling
- Snorkeling with Turtles
- Coral Reef Snorkeling
- All necessary gear & equipment
- Wetsuit at the Cenotes
- Snack of Fruits, pastries, empanadas, and drinks.
- Guide in Spanish, English, French, Italian, Dutch, German, and Russian.
What to Bring:
- Sunglasses / Hat / Shirt (Sun protection in general)
- Biodegradable sun lotion
- Extra cash for tips / souvenirs
- Picture and HD video collection of the day on a 8GB USB or memory stick for $35 USD
- Turtles & Cenotes swimmer t-shirt ($20 USD)
Our team guarantees an excellent high-quality service, and 100% customer satisfaction is our ultimate goal.
Our experienced team of guides and nature lovers will come with you on this wonderful tour and our photographers will get some great shots of you at these incredible locations.
Some of our Guides:
- We have an excellent rating on Tripadvisor
We operate the tour
Every service and every part of the tour is directly operated by Ocean Tours. We guarantee an excellent high quality service to ensure the total satisfaction of our clients.
We are experienced
We have over 10 years of experience in operating tours as Ocean Tours started in year 2005.
We are proffesional
Our guides are enthusiastic, experienced and knowledgeable. The whole team will make your tour unforgettable.
We are dedicated
Working with small groups of clients, max. 12 people per van ensures you a familiar private tour feeling.
We want you to remember your tour forever
One professional photographer per group!
We are safe
Our professional guides are certified in First-Aid
Our transportation is very safe and comfortable, and our drivers are very experienced.
Professional Photographers Team
Our professional photographers team will come with you on the tour and get the best shots at these fantastic locations.
About the Turtles
They are in danger
Unfortunately, all 7 species of Sea Turtles are endangered. This is due to illegal poaching and pollution. In Mexico, turtles are protected since 1990. Fishing, hunting, or poaching turtles is now a Federal offense.
Most species visit Mexico
Out of the 7 species of Sea Turtles that remain, 6 of them nest in Mexico.
They are thousands of miles
Whether it is for migrational reasons, for mating, or feeding, Sea Turtles can travel hundreds or thousands of kilometers before reaching their destination.
The temperature of the nest defines the gender of the Turtles
Warmer temperatures produce mostly females, while lower temperatures produce mostly males. A tempered climate usually yields a similar amount of males and females.
Baby turtles use the moon as guidance
Sea Turtles are photo-tactical, which means they are attracted by the light. They use the brightest light as guidance, which is usually the reflection of the moon on the water. They avoid the shade, including the vegetation at the top of the dunes, where danger may lurk.
About the Cenotes
The Yucatan Peninsula is an ancient coral reef
During the last ice age, the Yucatan Peninsula was a huge coral reef covered by water. When the sea levels lowered, the dry air formed our limestone soil (the Yucatan Penbinsula).
How were the Cenotes formed?
Limestone is very porous, allowing water particles to flow through it, forming underground rivers. As the water erosions the underwater caves, their roofs collapse giving birth to cenotes.
Cenotes: Access to the Mayan Underworld
The Mayans believed that Cenotes were sacred doors to the Underworld, where several of their deities lived. In Mayan Mythology, the center of the Earth is a place filled with life, from where plants, trees and water come.
To the Mayan, the depths of the Earth were full of life. Trees, plants and water came from there. In the western muind, the depths are associated with evil and punishment, but to the Mayan, it was the origin of all life.
Because cenotes are filled with rainwater that was filtered by the limestone, cenote water is one of the clearest in the world, with over 150 feet of underwater visibility.
Cenotes are part of the longest underground river system in the world
A group of divers recently discovered the connection between both underground river systems in the Riviera Maya area, so adding up to a whopping total 153.6 Km, the Sac Actún System (white cave in Mayan) became the longest in the World as far as we know. Eleven cenotes serve as entrances to this system.
There are over 7 thousand Cenotes in the peninsula
Each of them is uniquely decorated by Nature