Close-Up Animal Encounters in Cancun

By Viator, October 2014

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Between the beaches, sunshine, ruins, and cenotes, the Yucatan Peninsula’s exotic wildlife can sometimes be forgotten. After all, Cancun is sandwiched between a thick green jungle and a beautifully turquoise shoreline, so wildlife encounters on land and in the water should be expected on many tours.

When visiting Cancun, you can snorkel with sea turtles off the shoreline of Akumal or above the reefs of Isla Mujeres, an exclusive getaway where you’re immersed in the colors of Garrafon Natural Reef Park. During the summer months of May through September, whale sharks gather around Cancun’s water, and visitors have the chance to swim alongside these massive, 30-foot fish. As if swimming with whale sharks weren't enough of an adventure, sometimes manta rays and playful dolphins can also make an appearance. Or, for guaranteed dolphin encounters, swim and play with bottle-nose dolphins on a royal dolphins swim. Marine parks and protected areas also line the Cancun shoreline, and while snorkeling in the waters of Xel Ha Marine Park, there is even the chance of coming face to face with a large, curious manatee.

On land, saddle up on the back of a horse and ride down a white sand beach, where the sound of coconut palms rustling in the breeze matches the clop of hooves on the sand. Then, of course, there are the sounds of the jungle that accompany any tour into the forest, and whether it’s ziplining above a hidden cenote, or touring the historic ruins, there are birds, monkeys and exotic wildlife that could join you at any moment.  

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Akumal Sea Turtle Snorkeling Tour from Playa del Carmen

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Enjoy an exhilarating snorkeling adventure from Playa del Carmen! Head to Akumal and snorkel with sea turtles! In this natural sanctuary, as you watch turtles ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.99

Akumal Bay Sea Turtle and Snorkel Adventure from Cozumel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snorkel with green sea turtles in the open waters of Akumal Bay. Hop on a ferry to Playa del Carmen from ...  Read more

Location: Cozumel, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $146.00

Cancun Dolphin Royal Swim on Isla Mujeres

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 Reviews

Mexico offers one of the most exhilarating experiences available. The Royal Dolphin Swim is the perfect way to discover this gentle, friendly and intelligent ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $168.99

Isla Mujeres Garrafon Natural Reef Park VIP Pass

Treat yourself to a day of exclusive-access relaxation and adventure at Garrafon Natural Reef Park on Isla Mujeres. After boating over from Cancun, snorkel, ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.99
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Dolphin Swim and Ride Program in Cancun

3 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Take a wild ride with a dolphin during this 1-hour interactive program in a Cancun dolphinarium. After a briefing on dolphins’ characteristics and habitats, ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $108.99

Dolphin Trainer for a Day in Cancun

Consider your list of dream jobs: doctor, astronaut, dolphin trainer? If you chose the last option, follow your bliss with this 7-hour interactive program at a ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $208.99

Dolphin Swim in Cancun

Frolic with bottlenose dolphins in a sparkling lagoon during this 1-hour interactive program in a Cancun dolphinarium. After an orientation on dolphin behavior ...  Read more

Location: Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $138.99

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