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14 Best Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya Cenote Tours [2023]

Looking for the best Playa del Carmen & Riviera Maya cenote tours? You’re in the right place! Here you’ll find a list of the greatest cenote tours in the area.

Cenotes are the highlight of any trip to Riviera Maya or Playa del Carmen for most people…I know they are for me! No vacations in the Yucatan Peninsula are complete without at least one many cenotes.

Whether you decide to visit them on your own or on a guided tour, it’s one of the best things to do in Playa del Carmen, so you really can’t miss it!

Image of Casa Tortuga cenote inserted in a list of the best Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya cenote tours.

If you decide to book a Playa del Carmen or Riviera Maya cenote tour, it’s inevitable to ask yourself which one is the best.

Sadly, not all cenote tours are up to your expectations or offer the excursion you deserve, that’s why I have selected the very best cenote tours from Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya, so all you have to worry about is enjoying as much as possible!

I personally use (and trust) Get Your Guide and Viator to book tours around the world. Both companies offer a 24 hours cancellation policy, meaning you will receive a full refund if you cancel most tours/experiences at least 24 hours in advance. This is a great policy, especially at such a complicated time when travel plans can easily get disrupted!

These tours offer a great quality/price ratio and have excellent reviews from previous travelers. Let’s check them out!


▶ On this 4 Cenotes at Casa Tortuga tour, you’ll get to swim in these impressive and very different cenotes (open, semi-open, and cave cenotes). Most tours only visit one or two, so this is a great tour for cenote lovers, especially those who have little time or can’t decide on what type of cenote to settle for.

This tour also includes: water, snacks, round-trip transportation from your hotel and snorkeling equipment. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶ Rio Secreto (Secret River) is a hidden underground network of rivers and caves with stalactites and stalagmites. Equipped with a wetsuit, wet shoes, a lamp, and a helmet, in this Full-Day Rio Secreto Tour you’ll get to explore and swim in these beautiful caves with the supervision of your guide. The groups are of maximum 10 people. Once you’re cenoted out, you’ll get lunch before being taken back to your hotel.

This tour also includes: lunch, round-trip transportation from your hotel and all the equipment necessary. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

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If you like an active tour, you’ll love this one. The Playa del Carmen Jungle Tour combines cultural experiences with fun activities. You’ll start the tour by visiting the worldwide famous Mayan ruins in Tulum.

Then you’ll travel to a park where you’ll get to snorkel at 2 cenotes, rappel, zip-line, and go on a 4×4 ride; basically, the perfect ATV Cenote tour in Playa del Carmen. You’ll also visit a Mayan village and enjoy a buffet lunch.

This tour also includes: Buffet lunch, drinks, round-trip transportation from your hotel and all the necessary equipment, including towels and showers. ➥ BOOK IT HERE


This Xcaret Xperience from Playa del Carmen promises you an exhilarating day in the wonderful Xcaret eco-park. You’ll be able to explore its 50+ attractions; if you’re traveling with your family, it’s guaranteed that all of you will find exactly what you’re looking for in this gigantic park.

Exploring the caves of the underground river, snorkeling, meeting the wildlife that lives in Xcaret (hint: you’ll see from pink flamingos to manatees, sea turtles and even jaguars!) Access to the beaches, natural pools and all the facilities are included, and to finish the day on a high note, you’ll get to witness tha spectacular Xcaret Mexico Show, a true gem!

This tour also includes: Mexican buffet lunch, all necessary equipment for the activities, exclusive access to the “Plus Zone” facilities and round-trip transportation. ➥ BOOK IT HERE


With so many cenotes and so many ruins, it’s not easy to find a tour among the many combinations that are possible. Here are a few options.

Tulum Ruins & Cenote

Explore coral reefs, ancient history, and nature wonders with a Tulum Cenote tour from Playa del Carmen. On this 3 in 1 Discovery Combo Tour, you’ll get to enjoy a guided tour of the Tulum ruins before exploring the underwater world of the Caribbean sea. You’ll finish the tour by swimming in the Xtun cave cenote which boasts incredible stalactite and stalagmite formations; a really great Cenote tour in the Riviera Maya.

This tour also includes: Lunch, water, equipment for the activities and round-trip transportation from your hotel. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Chichen Itza & Cenote Tour

This highly affordable Chichén Itzá, Valladolid & Cenote Tour is the number 1 Chichen Itza tour on Get Your Guide and has thousands of great reviews. You’ll get to visit the incredible Chichén Itzá ruins, go for a swim to the beautiful Hubiku cenote, and do a quick stop in the super-charming Valladolid. It’s one of the classic Playa del Carmen cenote tours.

This tour also includes: Buffet lunch and round-trip transportation from your hotel. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Tulum & Coba + Cenotes

Visit Tulum and Coba in a single trip and make the most of your limited time by booking the Tulum, Coba and Cenote Tour from Riviera Maya. On top of exploring the incredible and very different Mayan sites, you’ll get to swim at the cenotes of Casa Tortuga.

This tour also includes: Buffet lunch and round-trip transportation from your hotel. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Chichen Itza & Ek Balam 

The Chichén Itzá, Ek Balam and Cenote Hubiku Tour is pretty packed, but worth it if you want to visit the most famous Mayan ruin in Mexico (Chichán Itzá) and some lesser-known ones (Ek Balam), plus swim at the beautiful Cenote Hubiku, a cave cenote.

This tour also includes: Breakfast, Lunch, water and round-trip transportation from your hotel. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

2-Day Combo Tour to Chichen Itza and Tulum + Cenotes

Can’t choose? Check out this super affordable 2-day combo tour to Chichén Itzá and Tulum, plus 2 cenotes. On the first day you’ll head to the Chichén Itzá ruins, the town of Valladolid and the beautiful Hubiku Cenote.

On day two you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the Tulum ruins and a swim at another cenote…All this for less than the cost of most single day tours!

This tour also includes: Lunch on day one, drinks, round-trip transportation from your hotel. ➥ BOOK IT HERE


If you prefer the privacy and the convenience of a private cenote tours in Riviera Maya, these are two great options.

▶ On the Dream Underground World private tour you’ll get to explore the cenotes at Sac Actun and an underwater cave system considered the longest underground system in the world, where you’ll get to swim and snorkel. You’ll then enjoy a  gourmet beachside lunch on the beach in Tulum!

This tour also includes: Private round-trip transportation from anywhere in the Riviera Maya, Lunch, snacks and drinks. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶ Climb the pyramid and explore the Coba ruins with a private guide on this full-day private tour to Coba and cenote, and swim at the Cenotes Tamcach-Ha & Choo-Ha, two incredible cave cenotes.

This tour also includes: Private round-trip transportation from your hotel, Lunch, drinks, bike or tricycle rental in Coba, use of snorkeling equipment and life jackets. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶ In this Private Tour Turtle Experience and Cenote Swim you’ll enjoy two of the best swimming experiences you can have in Mexico! You’ll start the day swimming with turtles at Akumal Beach, and then swim or snorkel at probably my favorite cenote of them all, Cenote Dos Ojos. You’ll finish the tour with lunch.

This tour also includes: private round-trip transportation from your hotel, lunch, drinks, use of snorkeling equipment including life jackets. ➥ BOOK IT HERE


Snorkeling is one of the most popular activities in the Quintana Roo’s cenotes, mainly because it allows you to enjoy the wonders of the underworld without any requisite. But if you’re a certified diver, going Cenote diving in Playa del Carmen or anywhere else in the Yucatan Peninsula surpasses all other experiences. Here are the best Cenote diving tours in Riviera Maya.

▶ The guided Cenotes Diving Zapote and Kin Ha takes you into the jungle and to the Cenote amongst it: Cenote Zapote, a natural sinkhole dozens of feet deep, is known for the unusual rock formations that resemble bells, and the large hydrogen sulfide cloud at around 25 meters from the surface. You’ll then be taken for a different dive in Cenote Kin Ha, notable for the light effects created by the sunlight illuminating the clear water.

This tour also includes: Water, snacks, tanks, weights, belt and round-trip transportation from your hotel. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶ For a different Cenote dive in Playa del Carmen, check out the Mini Cenotes Dive Excursion. In this tour you’ll enjoy two dives in a cenote with caverns, making your dive interesting and diverse. The knowledgeable divemaster will guide you to enjoy the mesmerizing underworld of the ancient Maya and the unique formations you’ll come across.

This tour also includes: Light lunch, water and round-trip transportation. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Cenotes are possibly the best part of Riviera Maya, so regardless of which cenote tour from Playa del Carmen you choose, you’re in for a fantastic experience. Enjoy!

  • Stefania Guglielmi

    Stefania Guglielmi is the founder of Every Steph. Originally from Bologna, Italy, she's been traveling full-time since 2016 and has visited over 50 countries across 6 continents. She believes sustainable travel and luxury travel can go hand in hand and has been advocating for responsible tourism since 2014. Stefania's advice and travel experiences have been featured in important publications such as Business Insider, Refinery29, and Yahoo Money.

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