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  • Location:Cancun, Mexico
  • Duration:2 -3 hours

Cancun Submarine and Optional Snorkeling Tour

Only in Cancun can you combine an exciting boat ride through a mangrove swamp, a submarine-style glass bottom boat ride and an afternoon of snorkeling to make an awesome family adventure! Spend the morning or afternoon below the Cancun waters - in a submarine or snorkeling as well if you don't mind getting wet!


  • Sub See Explorer submarine-like ride
  • Snorkeling adventure in Punta Nizuc, the second-largest coral reef in the world

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A glass-bottom boat offers glimpses of a variety of marine life. And you have the opportunity to snorkel the second-largest coral reef in the world. You even get to keep your snorkel to use on future adventures!

What You Can Expect

Cancun Submarine and Optional Snorkeling Tour

Cancun Submarine Tour

You’ll start by boarding a reef shuttle boat and wind through the mangrove maze of Nichupte Lagoon until you reach the coral reef of Punta Nizuc, the second-largest coral reef in the world. Here you’ll climb aboard the Sub See Explorer, a submarine-style glass bottom boat, embarking on a magical underwater ride.

You’ll glide past gardens of brightly-colored coral, as your guide points out the details of the marine life that calls this habitat home – expect to see a wide range of creatures, from butterfly fish to barracudas and even the occasional dolphin!

Following your Sub See Explorer adventure, you can choose to take advantage of a floating platform for an optional snorkeling adventure! Dive into the turquoise depths of Punta Nizuc’s reef and explore the nooks and crannies of the reef with an expert guide. As the reef is home to 300 species of tropical fish, snorkeling at Punta Nizuc is an underwater experience not to be missed. As a gift, you get to keep your snorkel and you can use it to enjoy other snorkeling spots in the Cancun area.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Great experience.
Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

A totally different experience of you are sea sick maybe not the tour for you but amazing to see all the fish and coral

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

We spent excellent time, thank you! But, please, inform the clients that they should reconfirm departure time not 48 or 24 hours before, but much earlier. Otherwise the operation company Aqua World is likely to charge additional +7,50 USR per person.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2011

We had the most enjoyble time. The young lady that naratted the trip was great to point out things that she saw so we could find them on either side of the sub. The sub was confertable as it could be and there were some older people than us. ( We are early sisties-they were in seventies)
WE also did the snorkeling trip , and it was great . There were trained swimmers with us all the time. My wife was afraid at first , but after a few minutes she was very confertable , then I could not get her out of the water.
Very good time

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2011

Beautiful view of the coral reefs, stingrays, flourescent fish!
Beautiful water to snorkel in!

4 star rating: Recommended February 2013

The boat, submarine, and snorkeling were great, but the last ten minutes of each involved the crew begging for tips incredibly hard. Our reservation indicated that lunch was included, but we were told that's not available in Cancun. I would do this trip again, but I would bring small bills for tips.

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3 star rating: Worth doing June 2014

Reasonable. Saw very little. All staff fantasic and friendly.

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2012

Great organization and staff. I was a bit disappointed as I thought there would be more color distinction in the corals themselves being that it is the 2nd largest reef in the world. Volume could be turned down on the system used by the Guide and the tips boxes held by staff while exiting both on the submersible and transportation boat are a bit offensive. Glad I did the excursion though.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this January 2013

Local provider and the whole service were fine.
I guess we had bad luck - water was rather muddy and hardly transparent.
Some fish were seen and some corals but everything was greyish.
I would recommend to travelers to use their time to enjoy the beaches/pools
and spend their money on cocktails.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this September 2011

Difficult at best. Extra fee added when we got there that we were not told about. Boat ride to sub perfect could not ask for better. On sub guide spoke 90 % spanish and threw a few comments in english to the rest of us. Reef was a dieing reef little to no color. So all in all we 4 thought it was a waste of money.

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