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The 10 VERY Best Tulum Snorkeling Tours To Book in 2023

Looking for the absolute best Tulum snorkeling tours? You definitely should: the underwater world is one of the Mayan Riviera’s most beautiful gems! Check out this post and find the ultimate tour to join on your holidays. 

Tulum is the boho, laid-back town of Riviera Maya, boasting incredible charm, stunning beaches, and ancient ruins perched on a cliff. While Tulum offers a great number of activities to enjoy on land, the Caribbean sea by its doorstep features a whole world of underwater gems waiting to be discovered

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From coral reefs to whale sharks, sea turtles, and countless schools of fish of all and every color, the sea deserves a great amount of your holiday time (and you won’t regret it one bit)

Whether you travel religiously with your snorkel gear or have never used one, these snorkeling tours in Tulum will give you the ultimate experience of your trip. Check them out!  

I usually use Viator and Get Your Guide to book tours when I travel. I especially recommend both platforms for their incredible cancellation policy, which allows you to get a full refund on most activities if you cancel up to 24 hours in advance. 

The 3 Best Snorkeling Tours in Tulum

➤ This Snorkeling and Underground River Adventure aims to introduce you to the colorful Caribbean fish, as you embark on a 6-hour tour. You’ll head into the sea for some snorkeling, cool down in a cenote, and swim past limestone formations and stalactites in an underground river. 

A visit to a cavern, situated almost 2000 feet underground, is also part of the tour, and you’ll enjoy a Mayan lunch before going back to Tulum. 

This tour also includes: Hotel pick-up and drop-off, bottled water, life vest, snorkeling equipment, and a guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

➤ The Snorkeling Adventure Tour takes you to three different locations where you’ll get to use your snorkel tube and goggles: two cenotes, and the gorgeous Tulum Bay. You’ll be able to discover three very different ecosystems underwater in just half a day! 

You’ll explore an underground network of cenotes, go snorkeling along Tulum’s reef, and indulge in a delicious lunch.

This tour also includes: Use of equipment, a professional guide, and snacks. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

➤ The Xel-Há All Inclusive Experience offers a full day at Xel-Há, an aquatic park with loads of attractions and magnificent snorkeling opportunities.    

Besides diving among underwater plants and colorful fish, you can sip on cocktails on Hammock Island, hike the forest paths, swim in underground rivers, and enjoy over 20 other activities, as well as indulge in a buffet lunch and open bar. 

This tour also includes: Snacks, breakfast, roundtrip transportation, entry fees, and all equipment. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Sailing and Snorkeling Tour from Tulum 

You can enjoy two of the best water activities in one single tour with this Luxury Sailing Experience. You’ll set sail on a beautiful catamaran with an open bar, and enjoy stops to try your skills at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and go snorkeling in Tulum, Mexico’s gorgeous reef.  

You might get to swim with sea turtles and rays besides the guaranteed schools of fish, and get back on board to relish the all-inclusive lunch with drinks that are offered. 

This tour also includes: All equipment, life vest, and roundtrip transportation. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Snorkel in Cenotes in Tulum

In Tulum, cenote snorkeling is very popular, and one of the most sought-after activities. Where else in the world would you find such a great number of sinkholes to swim in, after all? Below you’ll find the ultimate Tulum snorkel tours to explore these stunning natural formations. 

Cenote Triple Adventure is the ideal tour for those eager to discover the wonders of cenotes. You’ll be equipped with snorkeling gear and visit three beautiful sinkholes, Casa Cenote, Grand Cenote, and Temple of Doom, to snorkel in them. 

GoPro pictures of your adventure will be given to you as a souvenir at the end of the tour. 

This Tulum snorkeling tour also includes: Bottled water, snacks, gear, and roundtrip transportation. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

➤ This Cenote Trail Jungle Bike Tour is a really fun option for outdoor lovers. You’ll cycle on beautiful trails surrounded by the Mayan jungle, and make your way to hidden cenotes, where you’ll exchange the bike for snorkel gear and get underwater. 

You’ll then refuel with lunch before cycling back, and learn about the importance of these natural sinkholes for the natives. 

This tour also includes: Hotel pick-up and drop-off, bottled water, snacks, a guide, and all equipment. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

➤ This Underground Cenotes Half-Day Tour is another fantastic option to snorkel in the famous natural pools. You’ll explore an underground limestone cenote, and also swim along the reef, meeting the vibrantly hued sea life and corals.           

The tour includes a hike down to a network of caves, and into a place that was reserved for god offerings, allowing you to immerse in the Mayan culture and history.   

This tour also includes: Soft drinks, snacks, equipment, a guide, fees, and hotel pick-up and drop-off. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Snorkel with Turtles in Akumal

➤ If your goal when visiting Tulum is swimming with turtles, you should check out the Tortugas and Cenotes Snorkel Tour. Tortugas means turtles, and hundreds of them live in the waters of Akumal, where this day trip will take you. 

You’ll get to snorkel side by side with the turtles, along with fish and the occasional ray if you’re lucky, and then relax in the fresh waters of a cenote filled with stalactites and incredible rock formations. It’s arguably the best snorkeling near Tulum!

Departing from Tulum, this Snorkeling with Turtles Tour also includes: Transportation, equipment, snacks, lunch, water, and a guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Snorkeling Tour to Sian Kaan 

Snorkeling in Sian Ka’an is probably the absolute best activity to do at this spectacular biosphere reserve. With this tour you’ll enjoy a full day at Sian Ka’an, with the chance to snorkel in its reef alongside turtles and dolphins. 

You’ll also take a boat trip to Punta Allen, and get to relax in a cenote surrounded by mangroves, before indulging in a scrumptious lunch by the beach. 

This tour also includes: Roundtrip transportation, use of equipment, and a guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Swim with Whale Sharks in Tulum 

➤ This Eco-Friendly Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour in Tulum is your chance to swim with the giants of the sea. You’ll set sail in search of the whale sharks to the islands of Contoy, Holbox and Isla Mujeres, and get into the water when you spot them. 

You’ll get to snorkel with these spectacular animals, and then relax in one of the beaches at Isla Mujeres, where you’ll feast on a Mexican lunch before heading back.  

This tour also includes: Use of equipment, water, soft drinks, and transportation. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Tulum Snorkeling Tours FAQ

What are the best snorkeling tours in Tulum? 

In our opinion, the best snorkeling tours in Tulum are: 
•  Snorkeling and Underground River Adventure
 Snorkeling Adventure Tour 
•  Xel-Há All Inclusive Experience

What are the best cenote snorkeling tours in Tulum?

We think that the best cenote snorkeling tours are the following: 
•   Cenote Triple Adventure
•  Cenote Trail Jungle Bike Tour
•  Underground Cenotes Half-Day Tour

Can you swim with turtles in Tulum?

You can swim with turtles in Akumal with the Cenotes and Turtle Snorkeling from Tulum.

What are the best Tulum reef snorkeling tours?

If you want to snorkel alongside Tulum’s stunning reef, the best tours to do so are the Snorkeling Adventure Tour, this Luxury Sailing Experience, or the Snorkeling in Sian Ka’an.  

  • Virginia Bello

    Virginia is a writer originally from Montevideo, Uruguay. She left her career as a TV Producer to gain more freedom and never looked back. She's been traveling the world full-time ever since! Virginia has traveled extensively through Latin America, Europe and Asia. You can currently find her gallivanting through Southeast Asia.