Costa Maya

Snorkel boat tour in search of turtles

Costa Maya, Mexico
Snorkeling boat tour
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Enjoy snorkeling in the calm and protected waters of a shallow reef lagoon. Visit two different snorkeling areas, both just a short boat ride away from Mahahual. Look for turtles, tropical fish and coral in the water. Snorkeling guides are on hand to provide assistance if needed, perfect for those with limited snorkeling experience.
  • Snorkel at two locations in a shallow reef lagoon near Mahahual
  • Ideal for beginner snorkelers and those with limited time
  • Includes use of snorkeling equipment and snorkeling guide
  • Small group size means more attention and help from your guide

What's Included

  • Use of Snorkeling equipment
  • Bottled water
  • Snorkeling guide

    Meeting and Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Huachinango, 77976 Q.R., Mexico

      Take a taxi and ask the driver to take you to Blue Kay Ecocabañas. Taxi costs $4 US each way. Get off at the parking lot next to the Reception building. Take the path towards the promenade and you will find the diving center on the right, next to the restaurant.

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

    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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Featured review
    Katherine_P
    The trip was fabulous! We saw a turtle, an eel, a lobster, stingrays, lots of colorful fish and lots of really spectacular coral reefs. The water was crystal clear, the guides were very helpful and knowledgeable. The equipment provided was excellent. We were provided with instructions and the guides made sure your equipment fit properly. I could not ask for a better excursion!

    Reviews

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    The best snorkel experience so far. (Parce team)
    Alex_M, Apr 2024
    OMG not enough words to described the experience. I booked this tour to celebrate my wife bday in company of my parents and my parents in law. The experience was on point from the beginning. We got to see a variety of fish and also a turtle. Super recommended 100%.
    Snorkeling in Costa Maya (ship port) Majahual, Mexico
    Deanna_B, Mar 2024
    This was our first time to snorkel in Costa Maya. The tour guys were very professional & did a great job keeping us safe & locating fish. The water was a little rough & probably not as clear as it should have been for snorkeling. There were fish here & there & we also saw a turtle feeding on the bottom. They were very careful not to disturb the turtle & they did not feed it. On the boat ride back (which wasn’t very far) we saw dolphins, which I am guessing that was not that common there, by their reaction. 🤷‍♀️. We had our own snorkeling gear. The dive shop was very accommodating. It was a fun excursion. You must be able to climb up a ladder to get into the boat. We didn’t have any problems with that. The taxi ride was about 10 minutes & cost $4 per person, each way. It was easy.
    Wonderful tour operators!
    Christine_D, Mar 2024
    This company is fantastic! We missed our snorkel trip due to the time difference from local time to cruise ship time. Our fault. But they worked with us and we had a great day!
    Cancelled
    Kathy_S, Mar 2024
    Tour canceled Need refund Had to pay for a taxi to dive shop Told seas too rough Had to pay for taxi back to cruise terminal
    Nice family trip, some improvements would be easy to make
    amy_b, Feb 2024
    Calm waters, crew was helpful. They ran out of lifejackets to fit my husband (he only wears an XL), but I had to take an XXL, which made it uncomfortable b/c it rode up on him during the entire snorkeling swim, so definitely a suggestion would be to have enough accurate sizes on hand. The other reviews from cruise ship attendees are mostly accurate...it is a bit of a puzzle to wind your way out of the port to get to the cabs, but once you do, it's literally a mile away to the drop-off point. Problem: once they drop you off, you have no idea where to go. You come to a spot that just looks like you're facing a beach, with no signage directing you to the gearing-up location. It's down a concrete walkway to the right; very difficult to find...all could be improved just with a nice easy to find a sign at the drop-off location.
    Where were the turtles?
    ibfinetwo, Feb 2024
    This was not a great experience. The waters were rough and the boat was small. My husband was the only guest with 3 crew. The crew did a good job.However it was supposed to be a 4 hour tour but he returned after only 1 hour exhausted. He never saw a turtle!.
    Response from Host, Feb 2024
    I'm sorry to know your husband did not enjoy the experience. The snorkel tour is conducted inside a reef lagoon sheltered by the sea by a reef crest. So it does not correspond to the waves you could see at the beach you were waiting at.I think it's also important to make clear the snorkel tour is one hour in the water and 15 minutes in each direction.These 30 minutes take in account the delay normal of larger groups. As for the turtles, they are normally seen -say 75% of the time- but it's not an aquarium but a reef where they roam in liberty.
    AMAZING!!!
    Alisha_D, Jan 2024
    The entire experience was amazing. Our tour guide was very personable and made sure that we stayed safe the entire time. He was very informative and took the time to educate us on the aquatic life and the importance
    Amazing!
    Jaime_W, Jan 2024
    We had an amazing time! The location and guide were perfect! We will definitely be visiting again! It was perfect!
    Great little dive shop with the sweetest staff!!
    Erin_P, Jan 2024
    Did this tour with just myself and my 8 year old son and had a wonderful time!! Had to take a taxi from the cruise port to the dive shop (5 minutes and $6) but when we got there, we were greeted with smiles and told that no one else had reserved the tour so it was just the two of us. Most tour companies would've cancelled! Water was a little rough from some earlier storms but the guide navigated us to the grass beds and pointed out sea life, shells and other things that my son would find interesting. He was patient and kept searching until at last we found some turtles. Captain was in the boat the whole time, keeping an eye on us the whole time which made me feel safe with my little one in the rougher waters. Guide's english wasn't perfect and I'm sure we had a few misunderstandings on certain words but we all got the point and could communicate just fine. The boat was small and older but it was only a 5 min ride to the grass beds so it didn't make any difference. I noticed another boat from the shop taking scuba divers out when we got back and plan to do this next time!
    Wasn’t aware that infants...
    Howard_H, Dec 2023
    Wasn’t aware that infants couldn’t go on boat so I paid for 2 adults who had to stay ashore with child. Actual snorkeling and guide very good
    Lots of fish, great guide!
    Kimberly_J, Dec 2023
    Everything was just as explained. Loved our guide and boat captain. Saw way more fish than I expected to see!
    Would 1000% choose again
    TangiWhite, Dec 2023
    This is my second time snorkeling in life and what I wished was that my first time (which wasn’t this company) would have been as amazing as this one was. Not only was our tour guide Nieto (I hope I spelled that right) was informative, patient and just overall great. This was also my daughter’s first time and their set up was perfect for beginners. The small group size and area made it perfect.
    Not so great Snorkling excursion experience!
    arun_s, Dec 2023
    It was below expectation for us. Place where we got into boat was very basic, not clean and there were no proper well lit rest room or change room facilities. We were given old boat and Snorkling equipments given were unhygenic, unclean. Package mentioned snacks, fruits and water bottle but we were offered only bananna. We did not find any interesting corals or sea creatures except 2 turtles!! We would not recommend this tour for the price.
    Ali was the great!
    fsdh5ddbfn, Nov 2023
    Ali was a great guide! Minor issues, but not his fault at all. To and from was smooth in the Taxi. One note is the taxi is $4 per person one way.
    Another disappointment with Viator!
    Marilyn_M, Oct 2023
    The boat was a poor site! Not like the picture. It had a very very rusty ladder that was very difficult to use. There was no bottled water as stated. When I asked he offered me a dirty looking refillable water bottle to fill! We did not go to 2 areas as stated in the excursion. We just went out a little ways from where we started and anchored close to shore. There were no turtles. The snorkel gear was not cleaned! Usually the gear is sanitized in buckets before use. He gave us a squirt of dishwash soap in our mask! Gross. We almost didn't get on the old, small boat and wish we had just walked away and not gone. Very dissatisfied
    Good Crew but Rough Waters and Hard to Find
    Stephen_W, Oct 2023
    Our tour guide, Nacho, was very knowledgeable. He and the boat captain knew the waters well. The excursion was really hard to find. IT’S LOCATED NEXT TO THE BLUE KAY MAHAHUAL! The taxi people didn’t recognize the address provided in the booking instructions so they dropped us off in the middle of town, over a mile away from the boat. We finally found it but not after being accosted by about 200 local vendors trying to get us to buy stuff. I had fun on the excursion, but the water was VERY rough, and I think I’m the only one who had much fun. At least half of the folks on the boat that came with us were sea sick and throwing up. I will say that the crew was very kind, friendly, and accommodating, and even gave us extra time to snorkel.
    Amazing experience
    Leah_R, Sep 2023
    We had a great time! Having a small group made it more personal and we got to see lots of neat sea life, including a sea turtle! They made sure everyone was comfortable and helped point out anything interesting to see.
    Turtles, Stingray, corals and co
    Carla_M, Aug 2023
    Very good organized, very friendly, helpful guide with good knowledge and good equipment = fun and great photos The taxi-ride was rather expensive for a family. 4 USD one way per person (!) for a 5-10 minutes ride in a fully packed standard taxi without AC.
    Great experience!
    Melissa_A, Aug 2023
    We had a great time on our snorkle excursion! We were a family of 6 ages 9-45 and had the boat to ourselves so it felt like a private charter. One of the 3 guides cut up fresh pineapple for us to enjoy before and after snorkeling which was a great extra. We all enjoyed seeing the beautiful fish and a few eagle rays. I'm so happy we booked with them directly instead of the cruise ship we were on.
    Greatest excursion
    Betty_N, Aug 2023
    This is a great snorkel company. They only take a small group, the team was very professional, informed us of how to communicate in the water and kept track of everyone. Although we didn't see turtles, we saw a lot of fish beautiful coral and some huge angel rays. The location/hotel the snorlkel company was located at is not a resort but we were only here for the excursion.
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