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13 BEST Playa del Carmen Snorkeling Tours [2024]

Looking for Playa del Carmen snorkeling tours? I’ve carefully researched all of them and compiled a list of the very best ones, so you’re assured that whatever your choice, it will be a great one!

Situated on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico is the beautiful coastal town of Playa del Carmen. It is known for its stunning white sand beaches and translucent waters that offer some of the best snorkeling opportunities in the world. 

If you’re looking for an adventure in the underwater world, you’re in luck. Going snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea is one of the best excursions from Playa del Carmen.

But the ocean is not the only option when it comes to snorkeling! You can also explore cenotes, underground rivers, and lagoons… all a stone’s throw from Playa del Carmen.

On this list, we’ve compiled the 13 best snorkeling tours in Playa del Carmen. Each offers a unique experience with breathtaking views of diverse marine creatures.

Girl with mask and snorkel swimming during a snorkeling tour in Playa del Carmen.

⚠️ We’d like to highlight that here at Every Steph we don’t support snorkeling with turtles in Akumal anymore. This decision was made due to concerns about the sustainability of the experience and the animals’ welfare. Thus, you won’t find any tours that include this activity in our list. Our goal is to promote responsible and sustainable tourism practices that focus on the preservation of the natural environment and the welfare of the animals that inhabit it.

We hope that this list of Playa del Carmen snorkeling tours will inspire you to explore the beauty of the Caribbean Sea while promoting responsible tourism practices. So, put on your mask, take a deep breath, and let’s dive into these amazing snorkeling tours.

👉 Why can you trust me with your snorkeling experience? With over 6 months of exploring Mexico and 7 years of full-time travel under my belt, I know what sets a good snorkeling tour apart from the rest.

It’s not just the colorful fish and coral. It’s about safety, knowledgeable guides, and respect for marine life. All the tours on this post were carefully selected to offer you just that.

I use and recommend Viator when booking tours around the world. I particularly love their cancelation policy, which allows you to cancel most activities up to 24 hours in advance and get a full refund. 

Limited time? These are the best tours 👇

THE BEST TOUR Mayan Adventure Snorkeling Tour
REEF SNORKELINGLuxury Catamaran and Snorkeling
CENOTE SNORKELINGTour 4 Cenotes + Zipline
SNORKEL AT ADVENTURE PARK Priority Access: Xcaret Day Trip
SIAN KA’AN TOURSian Ka’an Adventure

OUR PICK: The Most Comprehensive Playa del Carmen Snorkeling Tour

Dive into three different aquatic worlds on this Mayan Adventure Snorkeling Tour from Playa del Carmen. From ocean inlets to underground rivers and Mayan cenotes, you’ll explore the best of the Riviera Maya’s marine life. 

You’ll swim in the Yal Ku Lagoon, an ocean inlet that boasts tropical fish and vegetation. Take a dip in an open cenote in the heart of the jungle, and explore a striking underground river. You’ll always have your snorkeling gear on hand to explore the wonders underwater.

Not a snorkeling pro? No worries, the tour is beginner-friendly, and you’ll also get a break between swims to indulge in a hearty buffet lunch. Plus, hotel transport is included.

👉 Why is this the best snorkeling tour? One of the unique details about this Playa del Carmen snorkeling tour is that it allows you to gain insight into three different ecosystems, accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. If you can’t choose between reefs, cenotes, or lagoons, well, here you can have it all!

Read what the reviews say 👇

”My girlfriend and I loved this excursion. We saw a lot of fish as well as a sea turtle just casually swimming past us. We loved the open cenote where we could zipline into the water multiple times. Our tour guide/DJ/Comedian Ignacio was by far the best tour guide we ever had.”

Nick_R – Read more reviews

📝 This tour includes: Hotel pick-up and drop-off, lunch, snorkel equipment, a guide, and beverages. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Best Snorkeling Tours in Playa del Carmen Reef

▶️ Join the Riviera Maya Luxury Catamaran and Snorkeling, Lunch & Drinks Included to spend half a day sailing in the Caribbean Sea. You’ll set sail toward Inah Reef in a spectacular vessel, and snorkel with colorful schools of fish and stunning coral formations. 

Then, try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding, and enjoy a gourmet lunch with unlimited drinks aboard. You can choose a morning or afternoon departure, and let the rest of the planning to the amicable crew. 

📝 This tour includes: Hotel pick-up and drop-off, an open bar, lunch, snorkeling gear, paddle boards, and the sailing experience. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ Experience the best of Yucatán with this all-inclusive Viator Exclusive: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling, Cenote, and Caves. The tour departs from Playa del Carmen and heads to Tulum, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the famous Mayan ruins. 

You’ll then sail to a coral reef to snorkel among colorful reef fish and impressive formations. Finally, visit a local cenote for a relaxing dip. Lunch and water are included, and you’ll be accompanied by a friendly bilingual guide. 

📝 This tour includes: Hotel pick-up and drop-off, entrance fee to the Tulum Ruins, lunch, bottled water, a guide, and snorkeling gear. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ Sail away into paradise with this breathtaking Riviera Maya: Catamaran at Maroma Beach & Reef Snorkel. You’ll be transferred to Maroma Beach Club in an air-conditioned vehicle. There, board a catamaran to discover the Great Mayan Reef from up close.

You’ll get to snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, witness underwater life near the reef, and then swim near the beach. 

This ultimate escape from city life ends with a return trip to your hotel in Playa del Carmen (or to Cancun/ Riviera Maya).

📝 This tour includes: Hotel pick-up and drop-off, admission to Maroma Beach Club, snorkel gear, drinks, a guide, and insurance. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Playa del Carmen Snorkeling Tours in Cenotes

▶️ On this Tour 4 Cenotes + Zipline (Optional) with Pick Up Service you’ll join a small group to explore amazing cenotes in the Riviera Maya Region. You’ll get to swim, snorkel, and have a blast in four different types of cenote.

You’ll be led by a bilingual guide and provided snorkel equipment, as well as time to enjoy each cenote at your leisure. Lunch is provided, so you don’t need to take anything except your swimming suit and enthusiasm. You’ll also have the chance to include ziplining in your tour. 

📝 This Playa del Carmen cenote snorkeling tour includes: Transfers, lunch, bottled water, snorkel gear, and a guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ Explore the world’s third-longest underground river system on this Magical Cenote and Paradise Lagoon Snorkeling Adventure. Swim in crystal-clear cenotes and snorkel in Yal Ku lagoon. This is where seawater and freshwater merge to create a unique underwater world with caves and passages – a real treat!

You’ll marvel at stunning rock formations, and learn about said formations from your informative guide. Cenotes are usually great spots for cave scuba diving, but snorkeling in a sinkhole is a fascinating experience.

📝 This tour includes: Round trip transportation, snorkel gear, bottled water, and a professional guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ This Rio Secreto Plus Admission Ticket with Transportation from Riviera Maya Hotels provides everything you could possibly need for a remarkable experience. This includes transportation, equipment, and a buffet lunch…besides all the activities!

You’ll be taken to the Rio Secreto Nature Reserve to explore the underground caverns by bike and foot. Enjoy rappelling after a safety briefing, and snorkel in the underground river.

Finally, visit the Room of Peace, to witness an incredible light and sound show on the stalagmites and stalactites. You’ll learn about the impressive geological formations while enjoying a spectacular day out. 

📝 This tour includes: Round trip transportation from selected hotels in Riviera Maya, admission to Rio Secreto, lunch, refreshments, equipment, and a guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Snorkel at Xel Ha and Xcaret 

▶️ Ready to dive into a world of wonder? Xel-Ha has got you covered – all you need to do is join the Priority Access: Xel-Ha All-Inclusive Day Trip with Transportation. You’ll have access to all the attractions!

Besides snorkeling in a beautiful lagoon, you’ll glide down a river, cliff-jump and swim in a cenote, explore caves, and walk on hanging bridges. Relax on Hammock Island with a cocktail in hand, or chill by the beach in between adventures.

You’ll also discover Mayan culture and take advantage of unlimited food and an open bar. There’s also plenty of fun for the little ones, and there’s a children’s playground with swings and slides.

📝 This Playa del Carmen snorkel tour includes: Transfers, Xel-Ha entrance fee, access to all the activities plus equipment, and lunch with unlimited drinks. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ Looking for a modern-day Garden of Eden? With over 40 attractions, Xcaret Park is the perfect option. And the best way to enjoy this terrific park is with the Priority Access: Xcaret Day trip + Night Show + Transportation *Official Product*.

On a full-day excursion, you’ll get to enjoy everything from jungle walks to underground river swims, beach time, and culture. Swim in a lagoon, and go snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea, getting close to the reef’s colorful inhabitants.

You shouldn’t miss the Xcaret Night Show – Mexico Espectacular – for a fabulously educational journey through Mayan history. A delicious buffet lunch with coffee and beer is included with your ticket.

📝 This tour includes: Transportation, access to Xcaret Park, all activities, a buffet lunch, equipment, and the use of showers and lockers. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Join a Snorkeling Tour to Sian Kaan

Explore the wonders of Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve on this thrilling Sian Ka’an Adventure Full Day Trip to Punta Allen. It’s one of the best snorkeling tours from Playa del Carmen. Sian Ka’an is one of the most pristine, unique ecosystems in the country, and among my absolute favorites. 

Drone photo of the reef at Sian Kaan with 4 boats.
The reef at Sian Kaan from above.

Your knowledgeable guide will introduce you to the area’s abundant biodiversity and rich marine life. With some luck, you’ll be able to spot the elusive manatees!

Snorkel on the Mesoamerican reef, which is the world’s second-longest barrier reef, and discover the beautiful creatures that live in it. You’ll cap off the tour with a tasty Caribbean lunch in Punta Allen.

The trip departs from Tulum, and there’s an extra charge if you want to be picked up at Playa del Carmen. 

📝 This tour includes: Transfers, a local guide, snorkeling activities, gear, lunch, water, and snacks. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Snorkel in Playa del Carmen with Whale Sharks

Book this Small-Group Eco-Friendly: Whale Sharks Tour in Riviera Mya for an absolutely unforgettable Playa del Carmen snorkeling excursion. You’ll sail off the Yucatan Coast and get to snorkel, under the guidance of an expert, with the ocean giants.

As a bonus, learn about the area’s wildlife from a biologist, and get all your whale shark-related questions answered. Be on the lookout for other marine creatures along the way, such as turtles, sting rays, and dolphins!

After a few hours of snorkeling, cap off the adventure with a delicious lunch at Isla Mujeres.

📝 This tour includes: Hotel pick-up and drop-off, lunch, soft drinks, snorkel gear, and an expert guide.  ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Isla Mujeres & Isla Contoy Snorkeling Tour from Playa del Carmen

Check out this Beach Escape: Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres with Snorkeling, Breakfast, and Lunch. It’s a full day of adventure and relaxation that starts with a tasty breakfast and a trip to Isla Contoy.

You’ll snorkel in its crystal waters, and discover the island’s natural sanctuary with a bit of birdwatching. You’ll also enjoy a guided reef snorkel tour to admire the coral reef and swim with plenty of colorful fish.

Refuel with lunch on a Mexican palapa, and then set sail toward Isla Mujeres. There, you can explore the shops and attractions at your own pace, or lie down to sunbathe on the beach until it’s time to get back.

📝 This tour includes: Round trip transportation, a professional guide, breakfast, lunch with beer and soft drinks, a life jacket, and snorkel equipment. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Snorkeling & ATV Combo: For Adrenaline Lovers

Get ready for the ultimate adventure-packed day trip in Puerto Morelos with this ATV Combo Challenge (Reef Snorkel, ATV, Ziplines, Cenote, Lunch, and Transport). First, you’ll enjoy prime Playa del Carmen reef snorkeling, swimming among the most colorful fish and corals. A true delight for snorkel lovers!

The water session is followed by a beach club meal to refuel, and then you’re off to the jungle for some serious ATVing through dirt tracks and off-roads. Soar above the treetops on an exhilarating zipline course, and relax in a gorgeous cenote.

Then it’s off to the jungle for some serious ATV-ing through dirt tracks and ziplining above the treetops. Finally, take a dip in a gorgeous cenote to cool off.

📝 This tour includes: Hotel pick-up and drop-off, admission to Natural Reef Park, all activities, a meal, bottled water, and all equipment. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Playa del Carmen Snorkeling Tours FAQs

What are the best snorkeling tours in Playa del Carmen?

In my opinion, these are the ultimate snorkeling experiences from Playa del Carmen:
Mayan Adventure Snorkeling Tour from Playa del Carmen
Riviera Maya Luxury Catamaran and Snorkeling, Lunch & Drinks Included
Tour 4 Cenotes + Zipline (Optional) with Pick Up Service

Is Playa del Carmen good for snorkeling?

Playa del Carmen is an amazing destination for underwater activities, including snorkeling!

What is the best time of year to snorkel in Playa del Carmen?

November to March is the high season in Playa del Carmen and the best time to enjoy great visibility when snorkeling!

Are there any private snorkeling tours in Playa del Carmen?

Snorkeling tours are usually group activities, but you can certainly enjoy snorkeling and other water activities on a private tour. This Private Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour from Cancun is a great example.

  • 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.