Viator Exclusive: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling, Cenote and Caves

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore coral reefs, ancient history, and nature in the Riviera Maya on an combination tour that features some of the best of Yucatan in a single day. Snorkel through the coral reef in the Caribbean Sea, visit the Tulum archeological site, and swim in a cenote, then explore a limestone cave and take a jungle walk. This tour includes entrance fees, a buffet lunch, and door-to-door transport from hotels in Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
  • Tulum Ruins, Caribbean Sea snorkeling, and cenote combo tour
  • Explore the Mayan Ruins in Tulum
  • Snorkel through a coral reef in the Caribbean Sea
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off are included

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

The popular Maya ruins and cenote swim tour is expanded here with a third stop for snorkeling.

What's Included

  • Bilingual guide
  • Round Transportation with AC
  • Equipment required for water activities
  • Lunch
  • Drinks: Bottle of water
  • The Natural Marine Reserve Fee 15 USD per person is payable upon pick-up in cash
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

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Pickup details

Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are on a Private Residence, Hostel or B&B accommodation, we will do our best to collect you there or by a nearest meetingpoint. Once your purchase is complete we will organize the pick-up arrangements. Pick ups from Cancun from 06:00 am-07:00 am, Pick ups from Playa del Carmen 07:00 am -08:00 am, Pick ups from Tulum round 09:00 am

What To Expect

Start with pickup at your hotel, then begin the trip to the Tulum Archeological Site, among the most dramatic ancient cities on the Yucatan Peninsula, with stone fortifications overlooking a white sand beach. Learn about the history and culture of the Mayan people, with free time to photograph the ruins before leaving the site.

Continue to the Mexican Caribbean in an air-conditioned vehicle. Get fitted with snorkeling gear, and slip into the water to swim over the coral reef (the fee for Conservation of the Marine Fauna is not included in this tour, and must be paid during the tour).

The afternoon is all about the natural world: follow your guide into a cave that’s bristling with stalagmites and stalactites, then take a walk through the jungle, listening to a forest chorus of tropical birds and animals. Visit the nearby Cenote Xtun to cool off with a swim in the fresh, limestone-filtered water.

This tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.

Tulum Archaeological Site

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Mayan Beach

1 hour Admission Ticket Included


3 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Bring a towel, change of clothes, wear a swimsuit and a hat, sunglasses and comfortable sandals
  • Note: Biodegradable sunblock (should be applied at your hotel before boarding the transportation and when wáter activities ends)
  • It is not permitted to touch the coral or marine life
  • Money for souvenirs, pictures and tips (cash only)
  • Not recommended for people who are physically challenged, those who suffer with cardiac, respiratory or back problems, ailments that lead to loss of consciousness, hydrophobics, pregnant women, children under 4 years nor people who do not have basic swimming skills (for aquatic activities)
  • People under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to participate
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Remember to bring cash for the Marine Wildlife Conservation Bracelet. $15Usd per person, Payable in cash at the pickup time
  • Children age 0-11 year can be asked an ID as proof of age.
  • Tour is subject to change due to weather and sea conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:How can I let you know where to pick me up for the 3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling + Cenote/Caves?

A:We offer pick ups from most hotels. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.

Mar. 2021

Q:What time can we expect to be picked up for the 3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling + Cenote and Caves?

A:We will contact you to arrange pickup after making your reservation. Approximate pickup times range from 7:30 am to 8:30 am depending on the hotel location.

Mar. 2021

Q:Is the 3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves appropriate for children?

A:Yes! Our 3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour is child-friendly and elderly-friendly. Everyone's invited to join!

Mar. 2021

Q:What should I bring with me on the 3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves?

A:We recommend bringing a towel, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a change of clothing, and money for souvenirs, photos, and the required Natural Reserve Fee ($13 USD per person).

Mar. 2021

Q:What should I wear on the 3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves?

A:Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. We recommend wearing your bathing suit under your regular clothes and bringing sandals or water shoes and an extra set of dry clothes.

Mar. 2021

Q:Is there a vegetarian option available during the 3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling + Cenote & Caves?

A:Yes, vegetarian options are available, however, they must be requested in advance. Feel free to let us know of any dietary restrictions in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.

Mar. 2021

Q:How long do we spend at Tulum Ruins during the 3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote & Caves?

A:Our archeologist guide will show you the best of the Tulum Ruins & explain the mystical Mayan history behind them during a 45 minute guided tour of the ruins. Afterward, you’ll have 25 minutes to explore the Tulum Ruins by yourself and take pictures.

Mar. 2021

Q:Where do we snorkel during the 3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves?

A:We board a boat that will take us just 5 minutes away from the shore to a Coral Reef. Our guide will be in the water with you the entire time, ensuring you’re in the best locations to see the colorful fish, stingrays, and often sea turtles!

Mar. 2021

Q:What is a cenote?

A:A cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole, usually filled with water. Snorkeling inside the cenotes in the Riviera Maya is one of the most requested aquatic activities since it is such a unique experience in this area of the world.

Mar. 2021

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Traveller Tips

Make sure to have an extra pair of clothes, so you can change once you are done with the water activities.
Keep in mind that the though the tour itself was 6 hours, transportation to and from added another couple hours.


2,938 reviews
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This is a must!
Sharman_H, June 2023
We were a family of 10 (extended family) and we chose the private tour since our group was big. Aaron our guide and Fabian our driver were amazing! Tulum was great, snorkeling was a must. We saw lots of turtles and sting ray. They had a great snack and plenty of water while we drove to the cave and cenote. The lunch was yummy with 3kinds if tacos and sides. Everything was yummy and well planned. Communication was perfect. We came home in a horrible rain storm and our driver was safe and attentive. I would do this tour again! I highly recommend it!
Best day trip!!
Amber_H, June 2023
This tour far exceeded my expectations. Our driver, guide (Jorge) and photographer were great. Ending the day at the cenote was amazing! I highly recommend.
Absolutely incredible
DavidMeehan, June 2023
The Tulum ruins and surrounding views were incredible. We then went snorkelling in crystal clear water. We saw lots of turtles and sting rays. It was amazing. We then went to the xtun cavernas for a cave swim, which was breathtaking. Our tour guide Hamlet was amazing. He was so informative and funny throughout the tour. Couldn’t recommend the tour more if you are staying in Tulum or want to visit
Response from Host, June 2023
That sounds like an incredible experience! It's great to hear that your tour guide, Hamlet, made the tour even more enjoyable with his informative and humorous approach. A knowledgeable and entertaining guide can truly enhance the overall experience. Thank you for sharing your recommendation for the tour. It's always helpful to hear about positive experiences and the individuals who made them memorable. It sounds like a fantastic way to explore the Tulum area and create lasting memories. Saul, Ocean Tours Team
Snorkeling was very cool!
Christopher_H, June 2023
It was amazing swimming with the sea turtles. The Tulum Ruins were very cool as well. We really enjoyed the Cenotes.
Swimming with the turtles
Elaine_C, June 2023
We had 3 wonderful tour persons Maryna, Fabian, Alfredo. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. I was comfortable and felt safe while driving around. I was able to contact with What's App and had a very pleasant tour. I was also able to purchase a photo package. I actually appreciated this because my phone was a pain to utilize in water.
Must Do!
Elizabeth_S, June 2023
We had Boaz as our guide and Niko as our driver. Both were great. The amount of time you get in each activity is just right. I’d 100% recommend this excursion!
Response from Host, June 2023
Hi , Thanks for coming with us for this adventure and your words . We are happy to know about your experience with our team . We hope to see you again . Best regards Laura Ocean Tours
9 hours without a seat on a hot van with morbidly obese pssengers
jasmine_n, May 2023
There. Were. Not. Enough. Seats. There was not enough food. There were 12 passengers on the van, some of which were morbidly obese and I had to sit in the front of the van in between the driver and the guide, while my husband was sandwiched between whales who ate the entire time. The experience was absolutely horrible. I won’t recommend it. If you guys cannot get bigger vans because of access to the ruins, then don’t have too many ppl on the vans so that paying customers are miserable for 9 hours. MISERABLE. If you can’t get a bigger bus, why are you overselling tickets?? Why are paying customers riding on bumpy roads on a console ?? Why were there only 10 sets of snacks for 12 ppl?? Miserable. Worst experience ever. I won’t recommend
Response from Host, June 2023
Dear Jasmine, We are deeply sorry for the bad time you had on one of our excursions, your comments have already been shared with the relevant areas to ensure that it does not happen again. We managed a compensation for the bad time she had with us and we contacted her from the first moment we knew she was not having a good time, the well-being of each of our passengers is of the utmost importance to us. We hope that in the future you can visit us again to demonstrate the improvements in the areas of opportunity that you mention in your review, we will be happy to receive you again. kind regards. Diana Ocean Tours Mexico.
Amazing tour guide and photos with ocean tour
Luisa_K, May 2023
It was easy to book and ocean tours personnel was amazing . We had an amazing experience I highly recommended.
Response from Host, May 2023
Dear customer, That's fantastic to hear! Easy booking and exceptional customer service can really enhance the overall travel experience. It's great to know that Ocean Tours provided such outstanding service and contributed to making your trip to Centone a memorable one. Recommending them speaks volumes about the quality of their services. Thank you for sharing your positive feedback, and I'm sure other travelers will find it helpful when planning their own adventures. If you have any more details or stories you'd like to share about your experience with Ocean Tours or Centone, I'd be happy to hear them! kind regards. Diana Ocean Tours Mexico
Amazing trip. I had the...
Roshni_A, May 2023
Amazing trip. I had the best time at the Centone. It’s much better than what you see in the photos. Great tour
Response from Host, May 2023
Dear customer, I'm glad to hear that you had an amazing trip to Centone! It's always a wonderful feeling when a destination exceeds your expectations. Centone must be a truly remarkable place if it managed to surpass what you saw in the photos. Exploring new destinations and going on great tours can be incredibly fulfilling experiences. If you have any specific highlights or memorable moments from your trip that you'd like to share, feel free to let me know! kind regards. Diana Ocean Tours Mexico
Cenote was the highlight
Alex_C, May 2023
My review does not reflect on our tour guides. Hamlet was fun and the driver did a great job. Tulum was ok-very hot but informative. Snorkeling was the least favorite activity based on the huge volume of other snorkelers. Cenote got the highest votes but I do think more flashlights would have helped. What really ruined the tour for us was the transportation. The van was extremely cramped and hot. My family got stuck in the back row by the wheel wells and we could barely move and got no air. You couldn't pay me to get back in that van for another tour.
Response from Host, May 2023
Dear Alex, Thank you for sharing your feedback on the tour. It's great to hear that you enjoyed the performance of Hamlet and that the driver did a great job. It's also good to know that Tulum provided informative insights, despite the hot weather. However, I understand that the snorkeling experience was not enjoyable due to the large number of other snorkelers present. Additionally, while the Cenote received high votes, you felt that more flashlights would have improved the experience. I apologize for the inconvenience you experienced with the transportation. It sounds like the van was cramped, hot, and uncomfortable, especially for your family seated in the back row near the wheel wells. I understand how this could have significantly impacted your overall enjoyment of the tour. Thank you for taking the time to provide your review, and I hope that your feedback will contribute to the enhancement of future tours. Kind regards. Diana Ocean Tours Team.
3 experiences in 1 awesome excursion
Justin_M, May 2023
Very professional and friendly staff! We really enjoyed each part of this trip! The pick up and drop off from the hotel was smooth, the tour was organized, fun, and safe. We were in good hands
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you for your review, we are glad you felt in good hands, we hope to see you again in the future. Friendly regards, Pamela, Ocean Tours
Excellent experience.
Kim_P, May 2023
We had a great tour guide, Aaron and a wonderfully entertaining photographer, Laura. Aaron gave great history and education about all of the stops on the tour. Bring a snack and water shoes. Definitely recommend!
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you for your kind words and recommendation, we hope to see you again in the future! Cordially, Pamela, Ocean Tours
The most memorable part...
Parker_H, May 2023
The most memorable part of the trip was seeing a sea turtle and eating at delicious meal at an authentic restaurant.
Response from Host, May 2023
hello Parker we are delighted to hear you enjoy your experience with us, that you could enjoy the marine life of the Mexican Caribbean reef, and the tasty regional food as well. see you on your next visit to the Riviera Maya! Mariana Ocean Tours
It was amazing!
JanetandKeith_N, May 2023
The guide and photographer were wonderful and made the trip fun. Everything we saw and did was worth it.
Response from Host, May 2023
Hi , Thanks for coming with us for this adventure . We are glad to know that you had an amazing trip with your tour guide . We hope to see you again . Best regards Laura Ocean Tours
Amazing excursion!
mark_m, May 2023
Aaron was our guide and he was very knowledgeable and fun. We paid extra for the photography with Luiza! Her photos were amazing! Highly recommended!
Response from Host, May 2023
It's wonderful to hear that Aaron, your guide, provided both knowledge and fun during your tour. Having a knowledgeable guide can greatly enhance the overall experience, and it's great that Aaron was able to make it enjoyable for you. Additionally, it's fantastic that you decided to go for the photography option with Luiza and that her photos turned out amazing. Having professional photos to capture those special moments and stunning surroundings can be a valuable keepsake. Thank you for sharing your recommendation! By spreading the word about your positive experience with Aaron and Luiza, you can help others make informed choices when planning their own adventures. Sasha; Ocean tours team
Jazziymn_W, May 2023
What an amazing experience!! Boaz, our tour guide, was so informative and passionate about teaching us the history of the Mayan people. Pedro, our driver, got us around safe and sound. I for sure wouldn’t have been able to drive myself through the jungle without wrecking! 10/10 highly recommend well worth the price. I’m surprised it wasn’t more expensive considering how much we got to experience.
Response from Host, May 2023
It's wonderful to hear that you had an amazing experience! Boaz, your tour guide, sounds like he did an excellent job in providing informative and passionate insights into the history of the Mayan people. Having a knowledgeable guide can truly enhance the overall experience and deepen your understanding of the culture and heritage. Safety is always a top priority, and it's great to know that Pedro, your driver, ensured you had a safe and smooth journey. Navigating through the jungle can be challenging, so having a skilled driver is certainly valuable. It's interesting that you mention the price, and it's great to hear that you found the experience well worth it. Sometimes, exceptional experiences can surprise us with their affordability, and it's always a bonus when we feel like we received more than expected. Thank you for sharing your positive recommendation! Sasha; Ocean Tours Team
Best Tour guide/team
ismaelromero3099, May 2023
Rafael really made the trip super fun and knowledgeable! Not only him the driver and photographer had an amazing attitude all day,
Response from Host, May 2023
It sounds like you had an incredible trip with Rafael as your guide! Having a guide who is both knowledgeable and fun can really enhance the overall experience. It's also great to hear that the driver and photographer accompanying you had an amazing attitude throughout the day. Positive attitudes and a cohesive team can contribute to a memorable and enjoyable journey. Sasha; Ocean tours Team
Best experience of our trip
Lisa_T, May 2023
Amazing trip from start to finish. R2D2 was our guide, he arrived exactly on time to pick us up, he was very knowledgeable about Tulum, the snorkeling was in the lagoon because the ocean was too turbulent but it was amazing and beautiful anyway. The cenote was by far the best experience, everyone agreed it was the highlight. This is a can’t miss experience!
Response from Host, May 2023
It sounds like you had an incredible trip with R2D2 as your guide! Even though R2D2 is a fictional character from the Star Wars franchise, I can understand that you're using it as a fun reference for your guide. Having a guide who is punctual and knowledgeable about the destination, in this case, Tulum, can greatly enhance the overall experience. Snorkeling in the lagoon sounds like a fantastic alternative when the ocean conditions were too turbulent. It's great that you still had an amazing and beautiful experience. However, it's important to note that the availability and conditions of snorkeling locations may vary, and it's always wise to follow the recommendations of your guide or local authorities for safety reasons. It's wonderful that the cenote was the highlight of your trip, and everyone agreed it was an unforgettable experience. Cenotes are natural sinkholes or underground rivers found in Mexico and can offer a unique and breathtaking experience. Thank you for sharing your positive feedback, and it's clear that you highly recommend this experience to others. Sasha, Ocean Tours Team
Tulum, Snorkle with Turtles and Caves
Gary_B, May 2023
Our guide Alma was great, her energy and personality was spot on. We had a guide show us around Tulum he was great and very informative(forgot his name). We had a photographer who was very friendly (Tony) he was not pushy with selling photos at all, we purchased them as he had some incredible shots of us with Turtles and in the caves. The mix of this excursion was fantastic, the driver (Neftali) stayed with the coach all day keeping all of our belongings safe. We had a great time and was with a good bunch of people.
Response from Host, May 2023
hello Gary Thanks for your review, and for acknowledging the work of our amazing team! we are happy to hear that you found our mix of activities adequate and that you enjoyed every bit of it. Hopefully we can host you again on your next visit to the Riviera Maya Mariana Ocean Tours
Good but wouldn’t do it again
Dauda_g, May 2023
The tour guide, driver and photographer were great. Tulum was closed so we went to Muyil which was not that impressive. They can was way too small. Every seat was taken and we were packed like sardines for the 12 hour day.
Response from Host, May 2023
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It's great to hear that you had a positive experience with your tour guide, driver, and photographer. However, it's unfortunate to hear that the Tulum site was closed and that the alternate site, Muyil, was not as impressive as you had hoped The closure of Tulum was due to its maintenance by the state government entity, we hope you come back to see Tulum soon. Thanks for your comments Sasha; Ocean Tours Team

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