Playa del Carmen
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Our most recommended Playa del Carmen Cruises & Boat Tours

  • Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Day Trip

    1. Cancun or Riviera Maya: Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres Day Trip

    The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in the Cancun area, passing through Playa del Carmen, and arriving at the new private marina, located at the Punta Sam Ferry Terminal. Benefit from fast check-in and enjoy a continental breakfast that includes sweet bread, fruit, cereal, coffee, and juice. At 09:45 AM after breakfast and check-in, you will board the boat and head toward the Ixlache Reef. The reef is located off the coast of Contoy and right at the beginning of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second-largest reef system in the world. Snorkeling gear is included and you will be accompanied by a bilingual guide (one for every 10 people). This activity will last around 45 minutes. Once the snorkeling is over, board the ship and head to Contoy Island. In the event of bad weather, you will do the snorkeling activity at the island in the safety of its shallow waters.  Conto...

    Fantastic. Need more times in Isla Mujeres instead of In Isla Contoy. Hope this will changed for future travelers.

  • Cancun/Riviera Maya: Isla Mujeres All-Inclusive Snorkel Trip

    2. Cancun/Riviera Maya: Isla Mujeres All-Inclusive Snorkel Trip

    Spend the day on an all-inclusive snorkeling tour to Isla Mujeres. See colorful marine life, stunning beaches, and vibrant downtown as you explore the island.

    Start your tour with a prompt air-conditioned van transfer to bring you safely from your hotel to the private marina inside Cancun's Punta Sam Ferry Terminal. Listen to a briefing about the day as you enjoy a quick morning snack of coffee, juices, water, fruit, and sweet rolls. Hop onto a boat and make your first snorkeling stop for 45 minutes en route to Isla Mujeres at the Punta Sam Reef. Then the boat will navigate around the island from South to North. Explore the hidden canals of Isla Mujeres, finding places that you cannot access on other tours. After this, head over to the Beach Club for a delicious buffet lunch served along with your favorite drink. Next, cross over to Playa Norte beach, considered one o...

    Crew was very helpful and entertaining. Pictures were nice but too expensive like most of these excursions.

  • Rio Lagartos, Las Coloradas, and Cenote Hubiku Day Trip

    3. Rio Lagartos, Las Coloradas, and Cenote Hubiku Day Trip

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or apartment in Playa del Carmen or Cancun, and then journey by air-conditioned vehicle to the city of Temozón. Stop for a coffee and to taste some delicious antojitos (street food) before going to Cenote Hubiku to explore one of the sacred sinkholes of the Maya civilization. Get some free time to explore the archaeological site at your own expense. Encounter crocodiles in their natural habitat with a visit to a crocodile sanctuary, and look for flamingoes in the salt ponds of Las Coloradas. Marvel at the different shades of pink in the lagoons of Rio Lagartos during a boat ride through the mangroves. Keep a look out for different birdlife, including cormorants, ospreys, herons and pelicans. Stop for lunch of salad, soft drinks and a main course of your choice from fresh fish, chicken or a vegetarian option. Get dropped off at your hotel at t...

    Very professionally organized, tours started and left on time. Be aware as other reviewers have said, we left the hotel at 7:15 Am and got back around 10:15 pm so it's a very long day, but a very fun way to spend it.

  • Holbox: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    4. Holbox: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    Wander the picturesque streets, take a swim in the clear water, and visit the Yalahau Cenote (lagoon) in this full-day excursion to the Island of Holbox.   The day begins with pick up 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.    

  • Sian Ka'an Safari with Transfer Options

    5. Sian Ka'an Safari with Transfer Options

    After pick-up from your hotel, arrive in Tulum for a quick briefing. Travel for about 25 kilometers before you board the boat in Paso Lagartos to start the 3-hour marine safari. On the way to Paso Lagartos, make a stop at the Boca Paila Bridge where the lagoon and Caribbean Sea meet to admire local species of crocodiles. During your marine safari, observe wild dolphins, sea turtles and different species of birds and manatees. You can even go snorkeling if the sea conditions are good. After snorkeling, head to a natural pool, Punta Allen, to swim and relax. Afterwards, enjoy lunch followed by some free time to explore the area. End with a transfer back to your hotel.

    Manuel was a great guide. Great experience overall and they even accommodate us for being vegan.

  • Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Encounter

    6. Riviera Maya: Whale Shark Encounter

    Be collected 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. Once you arrive at the marina, relax and have breakfast. Depart to the whale shark area and begin your search for these enchanting animals. Once a whale shark has been spotted you will be able to go snorkeling. There is a maximum of one ship per whale shark and two people per guide. During the trip, your guide will teach you about the fauna of this beautiful ecosystem.  Sandwiches, fruit, soft drinks, and water will be served. Then, you will return to Isla Mujeres for lunch of sandwiches and shrimp ceviche or fish with guacamole and fruit. After an hour of relaxing or swimming at the fantastic beach Playa Norte in Islas Mujeres, return to the marina for 3:30 PM.

    Super nice experience. Would defo recommend. Though we lucked out and there were soo many whale sharks. Apparently that can differ. Tour guide was super nice and explained lots.

  • Holbox Island Tour with Transfer Options

    7. Holbox Island Tour with Transfer Options

    Journey to the port of Chiquila on the mainland of the Yucatan Peninsula opposite Holbox Island just 15 minutes across the sea. Board a boat and get beautiful views of Holbox Island and its colorful houses. Look for wildlife in the protected area, including whales. Head for Yalahau Island to swim in the crystal clear waters and get in touch with nature. You will reach the port of Holbox in time for lunch. Then, take a tour of the island to capture stunning photos of all the landmarks you will see along the way. End with a visit to Isla Pasion (Passion Island) to enjoy its shallow waters and marvel at its white sand beach where the rays of the sun turn the water a stunning turquoise blue.

    The trip was very well organized from start to finish with all little details taken care off. Holbox is a magical place that everybody should visit at least once. This tour is highly recommended if you want to experience a Mexican paradise!

  • From Cancún: 1-day Snorkel Tour in Cozumel

    8. From Cancún: 1-day Snorkel Tour in Cozumel

    Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your hotel and then driven to Cozumel. Once there, enjoy an incredible 2-hour snorkeling tour in a glass bottom boat. See the colorful marine species that inhabit the reefs near the islands. Dine at one of the best traditional restaurants on the island. Explore the downtown Cozumel. Return to Quinta Avenida in Playa del Carmen for the best shopping in the Caribbean. Afterward, return to your hotel.

    Good Guide Luis. Yesterday I booked this tour. I was worried about today’s tour because only in English, but I can understood English word today because Luis’s English was very clear and he was very kind. The sea of Cosmel was very clear and beautiful, so we had a good time today. Thank you:)

  • 4-Hour Luxury Catamaran Cruise from Puerto Aventuras

    9. 4-Hour Luxury Catamaran Cruise from Puerto Aventuras

    This catamaran cruise and snorkel adventure begins with transportation by air-conditioned vehicle from your hotel to the marina in Puerto Aventuras. The professional and experienced crew will welcome you aboard and give you a safety briefing for all the activities of the tour and overview of the amenities of the luxury 65-foot catamaran. You set sail for approximately 1 hour as you head to the second largest barrier reef in the world which supports incredible coral heads and a breathtaking variety of sea life. While you enjoy your snorkel adventure under the supervision of the dive masters and snorkel guides, the chef will be busy preparing a delicious meal for you. Back on board you can enjoy lunch with the option of fresh grilled lobster, steak, or chicken kebab and a variety of side dishes and tropical drinks from the full open bar. This is truly a first class meal at sea! After lun...

    Catamaran tour itself was a blast, a lot of fun and the crew was fantastic. Everything else surrounding the catamaran tour (hotel pickup etc.) was extremely disorganized. I’m surprised there aren’t regularly people that get left behind by this tour provider. They also overhype the food… it’s very mediocre burgers, fish or chicken but not how it sometimes is described “lobster” and only one potato and some lettuce in addition.

  • From Cancún & Playa del Carmen: Holbox Island Discovery Tour

    10. From Cancún & Playa del Carmen: Holbox Island Discovery Tour

    Explore the marvels of Holbox, a bird lovers' paradise, on this day trip from Cancún or Puerto del Carmen. Start your journey with a trip to Chiquilá, where you will board a boat and head towards Isla de la Pasión and Isla Pájaros. During the boat ride, spot some native birds before stopping on the sandbanks of a beach with white sands and crystal-clear waters. Enjoy some free time to swim and snorkel before lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, hop on a golf buggy for a 30-minute guided tour of the island, followed by some more free time at one of the island's most renowned beaches. Before heading back to the port, visit the center of Holbox and soak up the culture with the chance to meet some local residents.

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What people are saying about Playa del Carmen

Overall rating

2.7 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Having Collin as a guide was already the first main prize that day. The guy does his job more than great, always trying and helpful. This experience to snorkel with the whale shark is a great feeling and luckily nobody can ever take it away from me. I am happy to have seen it !!!

Super nice experience. Would defo recommend. Though we lucked out and there were soo many whale sharks. Apparently that can differ. Tour guide was super nice and explained lots.

Very good from the timely pick up in front of your hotel, the kind and helpful guide, swimming with whale sharks is magical.

Crew was very helpful and entertaining. Pictures were nice but too expensive like most of these excursions.

The experience of 10. Enrique and Pedro treated us great