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Top Watersport Activities in Cancun and Riviera Maya

With access to the inviting waters of the Caribbean Sea just about everywhere you turn in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, there are plentiful watersports to enjoy.  With a bevy of different watersport activities to choose from, deciding on what to try may seem overwhelming.  Fortunately, you can use the following cheat sheet to figure out which of the following top watersport activities in Cancun and Riviera Maya are the best fit for your ability level and interests. All of the tours mentioned below can be organized by the on-site tour agency at Villa del Palmar Cancun.

Tulum Ruins and Underground Cenote Tour

As one of the most famous archaeological sites in Mexico, Tulum is a must-see for anyone visiting the Cancun area.  Home to jaw-dropping architecture such as towering pre-Columbian temples, and some of the most magnificent vistas of the Caribbean found anywhere, you are sure to feel awestruck.  From there, you can go to Aktun Chen Park, which contains an otherworldly underground cenote that you can swim in.  An optional guided tour through a mystical cave is lots of fun as well.    

Reef and Shipwreck Snorkeling Tour

The Caribbean waters off the coast of Mexico are practically begging visitors to get in and explore, and this tour allows you to do just that!  Your tour will begin with a stop at a protected coral reef that provides a safe and inviting oasis for marine life and tropical fish.  Next, you will head to an area of the water with a thick bed of seagrass where creatures including crabs, lobsters, sea turtles and stingrays tend to hang out.  Lastly (and the most thrilling part for many tourists) is a visit to an authentic shipwreck where you can see the ravages of the sea firsthand.  It is likely you will observe marine animals and schools of tropical fish while you are there.  

Isla Contoy Day Trip: Snorkeling and Eco-Paradise

Spend the day touring both land and sea with this thrilling adventure.  You will begin by snorkeling around the brilliant coral that makes up the Ixlache Reef, where marine wildlife such as queen conch, sea turtles, spiny lobster and tropical fish delight visitors.  Afterwards, wander around gorgeous Isla Contoy, where a certified expert will guide you around this national park and wildlife refuge that provides a safe haven for over 150 species of birds as well as several sea turtle species.  

Cancun Underwater Museum

Home to more than 500 incredible sculptures that decorate the sea floor in various locations, the Cancun Underwater Museum is a sight to behold!  You will be transported by boat and upon arrival will get into the water to enjoy a snorkeling adventure as you observe this amazing collection of sculptures that were made with materials that stimulate healthy coral growth.  Schools of vivid tropical fish and lots of other marine creatures like to spend time here, which they treat as their own underwater playground. The Cancun Underwater Museum also have dive site as well as “exhibitions” that can be appreciated by glass bottom boat.

Swim with Whale Sharks

There are few excursions as exciting as this one during the summer months, which takes you to the underwater habitat where ginormous whale sharks like to feed.  Swimming next to the largest fish species in the world might seem scary at first simply because they are so enormous, but they are actually completely safe for humans to be around.  During your tour, it is likely you will enjoy sightings of other wildlife including dolphins, sea turtles and manta rays, too.  From July through September only.