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Playa del Carmen is a veritable outdoor playground. Whether you want to dive below the sea’s surface, soar above the lush jungle, swim in underground caves, or exploring teeming coral reefs, this Mexican resort town is where to do it. Here’s how.

Water Sports
There are countless ways to spend time in and on the clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean. Must-do water activities include snorkeling and scuba diving, and both half- and full-day tours take visitors to multiple spots to see sea turtles and whale sharks in their natural habitats. Kitesurfing and sailing are popular among travelers, and stand-up paddleboarding is a great way to practice balance, get a core workout, and experience the thrill of gliding over the Caribbean’s crystal-clear water. 

Cenotes
The jungle around Playa del Carmen is filled with cenotes, underground, fresh-water–filled sinkholes that are accessible through caves. The natural wonders are great places to relax, enjoy a secluded swim, and escape from the oppressive jungle heat. Explore the area’s cenotes on a private or group tour, or even via ATV after exploring some Maya ruins. 

Dune Buggy and ATV Rides
To really get off the beaten path, navigate the area’s winding roads thick with ancient tree roots and forest foliage aboard an all-terrain vehicle. Drive a dune buggy or an ATV over the sandy hills and through grassland, jungle, and mangrove forests, then cool off at the beach or in a cenote after the ride.

Ziplining
Hard-core adventure seekers can spend a day soaring hundreds of feet above the Riviera Maya’s lush jungle canopy on a zipline. Enjoy panoramic vistas as you zip from platform to platform—a truly unforgettable perspective and experience.
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Playa del Carmen Jungle Tour: Tulum, Cenote Snorkeling, 4x4 Ride and Ziplining

Playa del Carmen Jungle Tour: Tulum, Cenote Snorkeling, 4x4 Ride and Ziplining

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Depart Playa del Carmen for a day of cultural experience and adrenaline-inducing activities. Begin with a visit to Tulum, an ancient Maya coastal city that's home to archaeological remains and sandy beaches. Then visit a modern-day Maya community before entering the jungle to explore two vast underground river systems. Snorkel their cavern waters and afterward, board a 4x4 Unimog for a thrilling ride toward a series of ziplining and rappelling adventures. Wind down with a buffet lunch of delicious Maya cuisine.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$118.99
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$118.99
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Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves

Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves

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Explore the Rio Secreto Nature Reserve outside of Cancun on this full-day excursion, where you swim and wade in one of the most spectacular underground caves in Mexico. See the famous crystal caves on a tour that showcases the spectacular natural wonders of the Yucatán. Choose round-trip transportation from your Cancun hotel, or meet your guide at Rio Secreto directly.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.87
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$85.87
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Jungle Buggy Tour from Playa del Carmen Including Cenote Swim

Jungle Buggy Tour from Playa del Carmen Including Cenote Swim

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Journey deep into the Riviera Maya on this guided jungle buggy tour from Playa del Carmen. Steer a 4x4 buggy for about 18 miles and admire the lush forest scenery during this thrilling drive. Make a stop at a ranch for a refreshing swim and snorkel at a cenote. Hotel transport included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$90.00
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$90.00
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Outdoor Combo Tour: ATV with Waverunner or Speedboat from Cancun

Outdoor Combo Tour: ATV with Waverunner or Speedboat from Cancun

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Explore the tropical forest and Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula on an adventure tour: ride an ATV through the jungle then head to Maroma Beach, where you can skim across the water in a wave runner or speed boat. This 3-hour tour includes snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as pickup and drop-off at hotels in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and the Riviera Maya.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.00
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$69.00
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Buggy Tour in Playa del Carmen with Cenote Swim and Mayan Village Visit

Buggy Tour in Playa del Carmen with Cenote Swim and Mayan Village Visit

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Take an off-road romp in the jungle beyond Playa del Carmen on this half-day excursion. Drive or ride in a 2-person buggy and follow a guide first into scenic parts of the Playa del Carmen not frequented by tourists, before bouncing and bumping your way into the jungle. Wash off the grime during a swim at a gorgeous underground cenote and journey to an authentic Maya village. This small-group tour is limited to 14 passengers, ensuring you’ll receive personalized attention. Hotel transport is included on this family-friendly outing.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$106.53
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Tulum Ruins Cenote and Swimming with Turtles from Playa del Carmen

Tulum Ruins Cenote and Swimming with Turtles from Playa del Carmen

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Explore the Mayan ruins of Tulum, swim in a refreshing underground cenote and snorkel with sea turtles in this Riviera Maya tour. Discover the majesty of the ancient Maya at the archaeological site of Tulum. Your certified guide will lead you through the immaculate ruins with incredible views of the Mexican Caribbean Sea. You’ll learn about the history of the site and the culture of the Maya civilization. You’ll then head to the jungle and descend into a cave for a refreshing swim in a cenote surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites. Finally you’ll enjoy a snorkelling experience with sea turtles in the calm clear waters of Akumal Bay. Includes lunch, guide, gear and round-trip transportation.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.00
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From Riviera Maya Visit a Cenote and Swim with Turtles in Akumal

From Riviera Maya Visit a Cenote and Swim with Turtles in Akumal

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Snorkel in an underground cenote and swim with sea turtles in Akumal in this express tour to the Riviera Maya from Playa del Carmen. The Riviera Maya is home to some of the most beautiful and unique natural landscapes in the world that are simply made for adventure. This express tour from Cancun brings you to two of these remarkable places to swim and snorkel and be surrounded by nature. With an expert guide and all the gear you need, you’ll delve into the jungle and descend into an underground cenote for a snorkel experience amidst stalactites and stalagmites! After exploring the crystalline waters of the underworld, you’ll head to Akumal to snorkel with sea turtles in the calm bay, an extraordinary encounter in nature!
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.00
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$69.00
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Snorkelling Tour in Cenote Caves Chaak Tun

Snorkelling Tour in Cenote Caves Chaak Tun

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Do you feel adventurous? Thousands of explorers recommend this excursion. Enter our mysterious caves that formed thousands of years ago and be amazed by the wonders hidden underground.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.00
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Half-Day Sea Turtle and Cenote Snorkeling Tour from Cancun & Riviera Maya

Half-Day Sea Turtle and Cenote Snorkeling Tour from Cancun & Riviera Maya

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Snorkel and swim in the Caribbean Sea and a freshwater cenote on a half-day tour from Cancun. Your guide first takes you to a snorkeling spot in the Caribbean to look for sea turtles and colorful tropical fish. Next, you continue into the rain forest to a nature park with an extensive underground river system. There you can swim in the crystal clear waters of the cenote for a quintessential experience in the Yucatan of Mexico. Includes snacks, guide, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$89.00
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Emotions Native Park Admission Ticket

Emotions Native Park Admission Ticket

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Learn about ancient Mayan culture, marvel at natural wonders, and get your adrenaline pumping on this Emotions Native Park Adventure from Playa del Carmen. Ride through the jungle on an ATV, soar through the trees on a zip-line, swim in a cenote, and take part in a traditional Mayan blessing ceremony. A typical snack is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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Cenotes and Yal-kĂş Lagoon Snorkeling from Playa del Carmen

Cenotes and Yal-kĂş Lagoon Snorkeling from Playa del Carmen

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While in Playa del Carmen, don’t miss this opportunity to visit one of the world’s oldest subterranean river systems. Make your way around limestone rock and explore cenotes and underground rivers. Then, snorkel in Yal Ku lagoon, a mixture of seawater and freshwater. Back on land, stroll along the landscaped grounds surrounding the lagoon. This half-day tour includes hotel transport from select Riviera Maya locations.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$89.00
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PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program in the Riviera Maya

PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program in the Riviera Maya

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Explore the underwater world of the Riviera Maya on this PADI Discover Scuba Diving course in Playa del Carmen. Learn scuba diving theory, complete a pool session, and do your first dives in the company of an experienced instructor. All equipment and instruction provided, no experience necessary. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$148.72
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Mayan Adventure Snorkeling Tour from Playa del Carmen or Riviera Maya

Mayan Adventure Snorkeling Tour from Playa del Carmen or Riviera Maya

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If you can’t get enough of the water and you’re a fan of snorkeling, this full-day snorkeling tour from Playa del Carmen is for you. Immerse yourself in three different ecosystems as you discover an ocean inlet, an underground river, and a Mayan cenote. From the Caribbean’s tantalizing blue waves to river waters in the Riviera Maya jungle, an array of exotic marine life awaits you. Enjoy a hearty buffet lunch between snorkeling stops and snap memorable shots of your jungle and ocean adventure. Hotel transport included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$89.00
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Full-Day Guided Sian Ka'an Biosphere Safari

Full-Day Guided Sian Ka'an Biosphere Safari

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Go way off the beaten path on a full-day adventure into Sian Ka'an, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with mangroves, coral reefs, and thriving marine wildlife. You'll hop into a truck for the bumpy ride through the reserve, then continue by boat on a marine safari, watching for crocodiles, dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, and more. Get a closer look by snorkeling the Sian Ka'an reef, and follow the road all the way until it ends in the far-flung fishing village of Punta Allen.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$116.79
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Open Water Diver course PADI in Playa del Carmen

Open Water Diver course PADI in Playa del Carmen

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If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, consider this comprehensive PADI certification course in Playa del Carmen. The three-day program includes classroom training, two pool dives, two cenote dives, and two open water dives in the Caribbean Sea. Trainings take place in the mornings, leaving plenty of time to explore more of the area in the afternoon and evenings. After completing the course, you are qualified to dive anywhere in the world up to 60 feet. Hotel pickup and drop-off every day is included. 
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$448.70
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Tulum ATV Tour: Off-the-Beaten Path Adventure and Rescued Animals Sanctuary

Tulum ATV Tour: Off-the-Beaten Path Adventure and Rescued Animals Sanctuary

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Drive an all-terrain vehicle through the Maya jungle on an adventure tour of Tulum. Ride off the beaten path to sugar-white beaches alongside the Caribbean Sea and go swimming in a crystal-clear cenote. Select a single or double ATV, or upgrade to extend your tour with a full-day itinerary and explore Tulum’s surroundings like never before.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.50
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Playa del Carmen Cenote Tour: Snorkeling, Rappelling and Ziplining

Playa del Carmen Cenote Tour: Snorkeling, Rappelling and Ziplining

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Journey into the heart of the jungle for an afternoon of Maya culture and adventure activities. Start your day with a Maya purification ceremony in a local village, then set out into the rainforest on foot en route to a vast underground river network. Snorkel along its waters and through its Suess-like caves, then depart via 4X4 for a ziplining and rappelling experience. Wind down from your thrill ride with a buffet lunch of traditional Maya cuisine. Includes round-trip Playa del Carmen transport.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$98.99
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Rio Secreto Plus: Admission Ticket in Playa del Carmen

Rio Secreto Plus: Admission Ticket in Playa del Carmen

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Explore Rio Secreto in Playa del Carmen, including additional access to new features with a Rio Secreto Plus admission ticket. Visit the new 'Dry Route', which includes a visit to the Salón de la Paz for a fantastic sound and light show and a 25-minute guided walk on the interpretive nature trails. Bike through the forest and go rappelling, then continue to Rio Secreto's natural underground rivers and impressive caves filled with unique rock formations. Fuel up with a buffet lunch and refreshing non-alcoholic beverages. Use of all equipment and transport from the welcome center are included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$99.00
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$99.00
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PADI Discover Scuba Diving in Playa del Carmen

PADI Discover Scuba Diving in Playa del Carmen

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Swim alongside tropical fish, manta rays, sea stars, and more without investing time and money into a PADI certification with this Discover Scuba Diving experience from Playa del Carmen. Learn the basics of scuba diving through a theory class and a pool dive, and then head out to the open ocean to explore the underwater marine world alongside a PADI-certified guide.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$123.08
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Rio Secreto Plus Admission Ticket with Transportation from Riviera Maya Hotels

Rio Secreto Plus Admission Ticket with Transportation from Riviera Maya Hotels

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Hike, bike, and swim at the Río Secreto Nature Reserve. This adventure includes admission to Río Secreto Plus, which includes a light and sound show projected on the impressive geological formations inside the Salón de la Paz (Room of Peace). Snorkeling gear plus light refreshments, a buffet lunch, and round-trip hotel transport are provided from Cancun or the Riviera Maya.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$129.00
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$129.00
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Tulum Ruins Private Tour with Turtle and Cenote Snorkeling

Tulum Ruins Private Tour with Turtle and Cenote Snorkeling

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Combine ancient temples with a cenote and sea turtles on a full-day, private tour that includes an a la carte lunch at a local restaurant. An early morning departure means cooler temperatures and fewer crowds during your private tour of Tulum archeological site, which is followed by stops to snorkel in a cenote and swim with sea turtles.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$209.79
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Rio Secreto and Tulum Tour from Riviera Maya

Rio Secreto and Tulum Tour from Riviera Maya

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Río Secreto is the new ecological inspiration of our region. It has recently been designated as one of Mexico’s most distinct and alluring nature reserves, and this unique destination is quickly becoming the pride of all Mexicans. Visitors often feel transformed by their journey deep inside Río Secreto. It’s a rare and exotic opportunity to admire the unequaled beauty of our beloved Mexico and Mother Earth
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$129.00
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Beach Escape: Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres with Snorkeling, Breakfast and Lunch

Beach Escape: Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres with Snorkeling, Breakfast and Lunch

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Discover both Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres on this day trip departing from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Enjoy snorkeling in a coral reef location, watch the birds in a nature sanctuary, and work on that tan on the beach. At Isla Mujeres, explore the shops and the beach at your own pace. Breakfast, lunch, and hotel transport are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$139.00
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$139.00
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 Riviera Maya Luxury Yacht and Snorkeling, Lunch & Drinks Included

Riviera Maya Luxury Yacht and Snorkeling, Lunch & Drinks Included

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Set off into the warm Caribbean Sea on this half-day catamaran sailing adventure from Playa del Carmen. Your luxurious boat cruises along the Riviera Maya coastline, stopping at the Inah Reef — one of the best locations in the region for snorkeling. Try stand-up paddleboarding while you’re out there too. After your water activities, enjoy a gourmet lunch and an open bar, as well as attentive service from your crew. Hotel transport included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$109.00
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$109.00
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