Tulum and Snorkel with Marine Turtles
Absolutely awesome private tour with an exceptional guide and driver. I don't quite remember the driver's name, but I believe the guide was Victor.
The first leg of the tour was the ride to Tulum. Communication prior to the trip was very good. My family was split between 2 different hotels, but they graciously picked us up at both. They offer cold waters in the van, and it is nice and cool inside. On the way to the pyramids, Victor gave us a quick and interesting history of Cancun and the Mayans, and he did a great job of narrating in English and Spanish. He was very knowledgable of the culture and history. I had taken Mayan history courses in college and found his retelling to be accurate. We had a few little kids in the car, and Victor also tailored the narrative to them so that they remained interested.
In Tulum, we left all of our baggage in the van. Victor handled getting all the tickets and guiding us to the correct lines. As we walked through Tulum, he gave us an in depth dive into the culture and the significance of the structures. It was very interesting, and he was able to answer any questions we threw his way.
After the pyramids, we got back into the van and headed towards Akumal to swim with turtles. The drive was fairly short, about 15 minutes. Once there, he guided us to the main hut to get ready. The dive center took over from there and provided all we needed. Our diving instructors were fantastic and spoke both English and Spanish. They fitted us with life jackets, snorkels, and fins, so it was fairly easy to swim in the waters. We were out a good ways from the shore for a while, and we managed to see 3 turtles, which was amazing. Definitely much more worthwhile to see animals in their natural habitat than in captivity. There were also plenty of fish around. The turtles were well worth the trip!
After snorkeling, we walked over to great little restaurant near the shore, La Cueva del Pescador. It was an excellent little hut that served great fajitas and beverages. Their fish fajitas were fantastic. Exactly the kind of local restaurant I was hoping to visit.
Overall, I definitely recommend this trip, especially the snorkeling with the turtles! The guides were knowledgable, fun, and respectful.
Jul 30, 2018
Our Tour Guide Victor Manual was amazing. He was very knowledgeable, attentive, personable and fun! He took care of throughout the whole tour! Benjamin the driver was also very good and attentive.
Apr 7, 2018
My husband and I did the Tulum and snorkel with marine turtles at Akumal tour on March 14. It was AMAZING! Our guide Angel was so knowledgeable and passionate about the ruins and the Mayan culture. Jesus our driver was wonderful as well. I was very nervous about snorkeling but Lupita from the dive shop in Akumal was so great at calming me down and making sure I felt safe. The restaurant they took us to afterwards was delicious, it was one of the best meals of our trip. We would definitely recommend this tour.
Mar 21, 2018
Mar 12, 2018
Tulum Tour + Turtles was fantastic, A+++ !! Tour guide knew everything! Loved the free time after. The turtles snorkeling was short but the fantastic lunch after made up for it! And our driver Inu was so sweet!
Jan 2, 2018
The tour guides were prompt, knowledgeable, and friendly. We had a great day with them!
Dec 30, 2017
WONDERFUL guide and the driver was Great too.
Dec 5, 2017
Brilliant tours and driver and guides the best.Made our holiday even more special and a special thank you to Sergio.
Sep 5, 2017
Absolutely excellent. Our guide, Sergio, had an incredible knowledge of the Tulum ruins and their Mayan history. He and our driver were attentive and willing to answer any questions. Akumal Bay was a beautiful place to snorkel, and since we went on a July morning it was neither too hot nor too busy at either location.
Jul 31, 2017
Alejandro was simply AMAZING during our private tour through Tulum. His knowledge about the ruins, Mayan culture and their beliefs was literally mesmerizing. Our snorkel tour with green sea turtles in Akumal after was breathtaking. And lunch after was delicious. We had a WONDERFUL day. Highly recommended!!
Jun 28, 2017
Loved everything about this tour. Tour guide was knowledgeable and the snorkeling guide really took care of us. The lunch was delicious! The only we wished was to spend some personal time to enjoy akumal bay. We got there. Snorkeled and left for lunch. We didn't get to walk around and actually enjoy the beach.
May 25, 2017
Sergio was fantastic!
Nov 15, 2016
Cancun Adventure did an excellent job in helping me make the choice for this tour and I am extremely happy with the decision. I appreciated the online chat ability to get clarification on the tour and the Cancun Adventure representative was extremely helpful and knowledgeable and took the time to ensure all of my questions were answered. The online booking process was easy and I will definitely book future tours through this company. For the tour itself, I couldn't have been more pleased with the quality of service and it was money and time well spent for the private tour. Our guide, Sergio, was outstanding. He was very knowledgeable, spoke excellent English and was very engaging throughout the day. Sergio and our driver (unfortunately I don't recall his name) picked us up at our condo promptly and were both extremely professional and approachable. We were made to feel comfortable and welcome, were provided water and an umbrella from the sun, and we never felt rushed but they were able to keep us on pace to see and experience the tour thoroughly without having to hurry or miss anything. Sergio provided an excellent overview of Mayan history and practices on our drive to Tulum and was clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about his work. He was very patient with our questions and offered to provide as much information as we could digest. I felt like I finished the tour of Tulum with a great appreciation of the history and culture but I know it was only the tip of the iceberg of Sergio's knowledge. Tulum was awe-inspiring just to walk through but having a guide like Sergio who was able to point out details and background made the visit so much more rewarding. We were given time to do some shopping in Tulum (there are a lot of great shops outside of the park). After Tulum, we were taken to Akumal. This tour was apparently contracting with a new, local business to provide the private snorkel trip with sea turtles. The contract business did not have changing rooms but, again as a credit to Sergio, he negotiated with the contract business for the business to pay for our access to private changing rooms in a nearby business. The contract company did not have lockers (they used plastic containers that did not lock) and you stored your personal belongings in the plastic container until you returned. The snorkel guide (a native Mayan whose name I don't recall) was friendly but a bit distracted and talked to a variety of tourists and other people in the water, leaving me to swim around on my own at times. The snorkel guide did point out turtles, offered to take photos of me and guided me through the reef. I saw numerous turtles, stingrays and a variety of colorful fish. After the snorkeling was finished, we were taken to a local restaurant (sorry, I don't recall the name), which was included in the price of the tour, and the food was outstanding. The restaurant had vegetarian options and everything was fresh and delicious. After lunch, we were taken back to our condo and got back a little after 3:00 pm. Even with a busy vacation week with a lot of outstanding activities, this tour stands out as my favorite. The activities were great but it was the quality of the guide, Sergio, that made this the most memorable and enjoyable activity of the entire vacation. This tour was well worth the time and money spent on it and I would highly recommend you request Sergio.
Sep 22, 2016
Great tour with great guide and driver
Jul 20, 2016
Very informative and accommodating. Super enjoyable (especially the snorkeling w/ turtles in Akumal, really incredible) The complimentary lunch at the restaurant was delicious.
Jul 20, 2016
absolutley amzing time
Jun 30, 2016
Great time, the driver and guide made it enjoyable.
Jun 6, 2016
Sergio and Carlos were great tour guides/driver. Made trip memorable.
Jun 5, 2016