Coba & Turtle Adventure

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Coba & Turtle Adventure

  • 6 and a Half Hours

  • Everyone

  • Min 8 years old

  • Best Price Guarantee

  • Moderate

Explore the ancient Mayan history of Coba and swim with sea turtles on this half-day adventure. Perfect for small groups, this tour begins with you being picked up by our climate-controlled courtesy shuttle, right from your hotel, where you will be driven straight to the ancient ruins of Coba.

Here, you will see Nohoch Mul, the tallest pyramid temple of the Mayan empire while learning about its ancient history. From there, we will travel to Akumal, a town on Mexico’s coastline known for its white-sand beaches.

Once you’re equipped with our provided snorkeling gear, you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel with sea turtles and explore the diverse marine life of Akumal. To finish the day, you’ll enjoy a provided lunch on the beach before being driven back to your hotel.

Explore the Ancient Ruins of Coba

Come and discover this Mayan treasure nestled in the lush jungle of the Yucatan Peninsula. Cobá is the nexus of the largest network of "sacbé" or stone roads of the ancient Maya civilization and is recognized by its stelae, large engraved stones used to record significant events, by doing it, they left a whole cultural legacy behind.

See the Tallest Temple in the Yucatan, Nohoch Mul

One of the highlights of this tour is visiting Nohoch Mul. It is recognized as the tallest temple in the Yucatan Peninsula. The largest of the pyramids within the Nohoch Mul group is called Ixmoja which is 42 meters (138 feet) tall and has 120 steps from bottom to top. Though guests are not able to climb these steps at this time, it is still a wonderful opportunity to take in the beauty of the ancient Mayan ruins. 

Snorkel with Turtles in their Natural Habitat at Akumal

At our next stop, we are visiting the picturesque coastal community of Akumal, well known for its relaxed and natural atmosphere. Its warm waters are the perfect setting for sea turtles that have adopted this site as their home.

The word Akumal in Maya means, "place of turtles." Our experienced staff will guide you during this impressive snorkeling experience giving you the opportunity to see the turtles in their natural habitat.

Finish off the Day with Lunch on the Beach

Finally, we will take you to our exclusive hideaway at Punta Venado beach club to enjoy a delicious regional lunch and relax in this idyllic place before going back to your hotel. This eco-adventure is full of cultural and wildlife experiences that will live in your memories for a lifetime.

What's included in this tour

  • A/C land transportation
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance to the archaeological site of Coba, Akumal and activities
  • Snack on board our vans (bottled water, fruit and crackers)
  • Snorkel gear (mask, snorkel, fins) and life jacket (mandatory)
  • Lunch at Punta Venado Beach Club

What do you need to know before you book

  • Minimum Age: 8 years. Child pricing applies to ages 8 to 11 years.
  • Not recommended for guests with limited mobility
  • Guests must be relatively fit and must be able to swim
  • For safety reasons, we do not recommend participation in any snorkel activity if you have respiratory problems, injuries, back/neck issues, heart conditions, or conditions that can cause loss of consciousness
  • Round-trip transportation is included from select hotels exclusively for our guests who book their tours at least 24 hours in advance
  • Please consider 2 to 5 hours of transportation for this tour. The actual time depends on your hotel's location.

What to bring

  • Bathing suit under their clothing
  • Comfortable clothing and footwear or water shoes
  • A change of clothes, sunglasses and beach towel
  • Underwater camera
  • Extra money
  • Sun protective clothing and insects repellent


Can you swim with turtles in Akumal?
Absolutely. Swimming with the sea turtles in Akumal is among one of the top things to do in Tulum. To keep the turtles protected only 300 people are able to swim with these marine creatures a day. Booking a tour such as our Coba & Turtle adventure allows you to ensure that you get this once in a lifetime experience safely and with wildlife preservation in mind.
Is the Nohoch Mul Pyramid taller than Chichen Itza?
Yes this Coba pyramid is in fact taller than the Chichen Itza. The Coba ruins also tend to be less crowded to visit than the Chichen Itza making them a relaxing and educational cultural site visit during your Cancun vacation.
Where can I see turtles in Akumal?
Akumal beach located between Tulum and Playa del Carmen is the best place to experience swimming with sea turtles. The turtles stay in this area from May to November due to the amount of seagrass which use for nesting. Two species of turtles nest in Akumal green turtles and loggerhead turtles both of which are endangered. Many programs are put into place to ensure the safety of these marine creatures and Cancun adventures is committed to provide human and sustainable turtle adventures.
Is Coba safe to visit?
The Coba Ruins are a wonderful place to visit and are safe for travelers. Just a short trip from Tulum or Playa del Carmen you will want to be sure to add a tour of this ancient Mayan civilization to your itinerary.