Playa del Carmen

Tulum Ruins & Swimming With Turtles Tour from Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

From USD 109.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Combine history with Caribbean sea exploration with this tour. You'll visit the Tulum Archaeological Site with a local guide, where you'll learn all about the history and culture of the Mayan people. Then it's off to Akumal Beach, where you'll get the chance to snorkel with tropical fish and coral--you may even see some sea turtles.
  • Visit Tulum's ruins and go snorkeling with a local guide
  • A boxed sandwich lunch and water is included
  • All snorkeling gear will be provided
  • Hotel pick-ups are available

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Box Lunch with sandwhich, fruit, juice and sweet
  • Bottled water
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Guide
  • Tulum local tax and reef Tax ($16 USD to be paid at check-in)
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • La Bodeguita del Medio Playa del Carmen
    5ta Avenida Calle 34 Norte Esq, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77720 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico

    7:40 AM

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

We offer pick up service in most hotels. In the event that your hotel does not have a pick-up service, we will let you know the closest meeting point the afternoon before the tour by sending a message to your telephone or a notification to the email address indicated in your reservation.

What To Expect

Tulum Archaeological Site

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Akumal Beach

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travellers
Operated by Yalku Tours

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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Oscar was the best guide. Very patient and passionate about what he does. You can tell he has done this for a while. We saw amazing sea turtles so close up. It was a grand and amazing day. Thank you Oscar you were GREAT!


27 reviews
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Tulum tops
JulianDobson, Aug 2023
Minibus collection Tulum interesting but busy Cenote lovely and quiet Lunch fine Turtles fun and tutors safety minded
Lovely tour
Antonia_D, Jan 2023
When booking most trips on the price is for 2 people, and if you travel alone you pay double, which is frustrating, I hope something is done about this. Apart from that, which the operator has nothing to do with, the trip was lovely. The check in process is a bit tedious, they should recommend people meeting at the gift shop in playa del Carmen, if possible. Herlan was a fantastic guide, appreciated that he gave us an intro on Tulum in the car rather than out in the sun. And all else was great, efficient drop off as well, back by 5pm.
Very profesional and...
Vasil_P, Apr 2022
Very profesional and polite guide, excellent service. Highly recommended and appreciated. Will definitely use them again
Tulum and Turtle Swim
John_W, Nov 2021
Kind of wish I’d listened to the other people who said it wasn’t worth it. Tulum was cool, enjoyed seeing the ruins. There were a lot of people though. On the swimming part we definitely saw turtles but once again there were a lot of people all trying to see the same turtles. We weren’t over a reef so it’s not like there’s a lot of other cool stuff to look at. A few fish here and there and we did see a ray. The guides who were in charge of the snorkeling part didn’t do a great job of properly fitting our snorkel gear and life vests, which kind of made the snorkeling part miserable and my husband and I generally love snorkeling. Like other people stated it is a lot of waiting time and a lot of being passed around throughout the day. Our main tour guide was great so we appreciated his hard work but like I said we kind of got passed around between multiple different guides and drivers. Overall we didn’t hate it and if you just have to swim with the turtles it might be great for you. We just didn’t think it was worth the money and would not recommend it to others.
It’s okay. Long drive time and waiting.
Anthony_M, Sept 2021
Tour guide Toni was phenomenal and did a great job on trying to provide the best experience possible.
Great trip and snorkeling
Marcus_K, Aug 2021
Great trip and Rocco is a very helpful and funny guide. The tour is well organized and snorkeling with the turtles was amazing
Very interesting.
Virginia_H, July 2021
History of Tulum explained by guide was excellent. So sorry beach not accessible anymore. Would like more time to explore the fabulous area.
Long day
Melissa_C, June 2021
Got picked up at 7am in the lobby then dropped off downtown Playa del Carmen to stand in line and then pay for the reef taxes in a tourist shop. Waited there for quite some time to have another shuttle pick us and up and take us to Tulum.. Once at Tulum went into another shop and waited to finally start the tour. We took another shuttle to Akumal and we never received our lunch or snack. We didn't get back to hotel until around 3pm. It was a long day. If we knew the stops before going to the ruins would take so long we probably would not have booked this one.
Awesome snorkel experience
Franziska_K, May 2021
The best part was snorkeling with the turtles. It was absolutely amazing and the guide did a great job! Unfortunately the rest of the tour seemed pretty disorganized. Lots of unnecessary wait time, and the tour in Tulum seemed rushed. It wasn’t the guides fault though, he seemed to be on a deadline from the company. Overall it was a good experience.
Amazing experience!
Vincent_B, Apr 2021
Our tour guide was wonderful. He was always making sure we were good and made sure we had a great time. Swimming with the turtles was a once in a lifetime experience. The ruins were absolutely fascinating.
Great experience and professional tourist guide!
Sunny, Jan 2021
It was a great experience, Both activities were worth going. Our tourist guide - Lucina Verduzco was great! She picked us up on time and very friendly, she gave us a lot of explanation on the Maya culture and good introduction on the Tulum ruins, she also took well care of us during the whole journey!
Thanks Adrian!
sandra_s, Dec 2020
Our guide Adrian was great. He made up for the fact that i was told to be at a destination by 720. Was told be on time and my bus didn't leave for another hour. All the other tours we went on were on time. I saw tour bus after tour bus from other companies leave and we are still standing there. ADRIAN was great though. Super attentive always checking to make sure we were ok and having fun. All the attractions were amazing. Swimming with the turtles was the highlight.
Great sites, poor logistics
Nancy_R, Dec 2020
Tour guide was knowledgeable and sea life in Akumal Bay was amazing. Tour was somewhat disorganized and spent too much time waiting around. - we were at pickup location at specified 7:40am, waited 45 minutes for van to take us to central pickup location, then another 45 minute wait to check in. Tour agent gave us wrong wrist band, so had to keep showing ticket to prove we paid for both Tulum & Swimming with Turtles. Tulum guide was good, but site was crowded. Lunch not included, but did not stop at a place for us to buy lunch. Switched to 3rd van for Swimming with Turtles. It was a long day (7:40am-3:00pm) with too much wasted time.
Jamie_L, Nov 2020
Awesome experience. Tulum was beautiful and got to see many turtles! Would have left 5 stars, but the tour says it will be 5-6 hours. We were at 8 hours by the time we got back to the hotel. The only reason we booked the tour was because we thought it would be short! Also there was quite a lot of confusion between the guides in tulum. Also there were no snacks provided as stated. All in all a great tour, but definitely some timing issues and misstatements on the website!
Great time!
Maggie, Mar 2020
Oscar was great! we saw many turtles and enjoyed the ruins. A great half day tour. Just an FYI the description of the tour states that it begins at 7. It does not. Ours did not include pickup because we were staying in the Tulum hotel zone. It actually did not begin until 9, so we sat around waiting at the meeting point for two hours. Not ideal.
Highlight of the trip
Karen_A, Feb 2020
Oscar was the best guide. Very patient and passionate about what he does. You can tell he has done this for a while. We saw amazing sea turtles so close up. It was a grand and amazing day. Thank you Oscar you were GREAT!
Amazing tour
Themanc, Feb 2020
The tour was run by NT TOURS - Oscar (he calls himself Oscar the grouch like seasame street!) was the best guide I have ever had.
Cenotes Park Hidden Treasures And Swimming With Turtles From Playa Del Carmen
Jonathan_S, Jan 2020
A totally awesome experience! I thought I booked Cenotes Park Hidden Treasures And Swimming With Turtles From Playa Del Carmen, but my ticket said Tulum Ruins And Swimming With Turtles From Playa Del Carmen. They adjusted it upon arrival for me.
Perfect Outing
Heather_M, Dec 2019
This is the perfect excursion for those who don't want to spend too much time off resort, but want a mix of history, shopping and fun all in one day. The tour of Tulum Ruins was very interesting, an excellent presentation of Mayan Culture and history. The ruins are beautiful, and the seaside view is spectacular. A quick dip in the pristine waters brings quick relief from the sun's heat. Bring cash for souvenir shopping and snacks in Tulum. Akumal Bay snorkelling with Turtles is amazing and fine for weaker swimmers, as lifejackets are worn. We attended as an adult family hosted by Oscar "the grouch", who was anything but. He was funny, well spoken and sophisticated in his knowledge, polite and always attentive to the needs of his guests. Highly recommended!!

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