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Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve day trip from Tulum

Explore Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve and go snorkeling in the Caribbean

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travellers at sian kaan pier
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Riviera Maya
1 day
Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Italian and German.
Starts: From your accommodation in Tulum between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
Ends: To your accommodation between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Free cancellation!

With the Sian Ka'an biosphere reserve day trip from Tulum you will have the opportunity to discover the authentic Mexican jungle 🌿. Turtles, dolphins and exotic birds are waiting for you! Together with a very small group and a specialist guide, you will see them up close as you travel by boat through the jungle channels.

Get ready to cross the reef and go snorkeling in the open sea, you can't imagine how many beautiful species live in the Caribbean! Finally, you will arrive at Punta Allen, where you will taste a delicious Caribbean meal next to the villagers, a day full of adrenaline and emotions awaits you!

Tour details


  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • Certified professional guide
  • Boat Tour
  • Equipment for the snorkeling activity
  • Food
  • Water + snacks + fruit
  • Pick up at accommodations in downtown Tulum

Not included

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Coffee
  • Pick up at accommodations away from downtown Tulum

Important information

🚐 The tour includes pick up from private accommodations in downtown Tulum, if your accommodation is not in downtown Tulum, we can pick you up at another location for an additional cost. Maximum pick up will be to the north of Playa del Carmen.

🤿 The snorkeling activity is subject to weather conditions on the day of the tour.

🐬 To protect the Sian Kaan reserve, please do not use any kind of sunscreen before entering the water to avoid pollution (even biodegradable ones are contaminating). To avoid causing any damage to this place and protect your skin from the sun's rays, we advise you to cover your skin with more clothes.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation! By cancelling 72 hours in advance, you will receive a full refund. After this time, or in case of no show, no refunds will be given.

Tour itinerary

Tulum - Port - Boat trip - Out to the sea - Snorkeling - Natural pool - Punta Allen - Boat trip - Tulum

Group size: 12 - 6 travelers
6 : 00 AM
Passenger pick-up

The alarm clock rings and the adventure begins. We will pick you up at your accommodation between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. in a private transport and take you to the pier from where the boat will depart. A day full of nature awaits you in the Sian Ka'an jungle.

sian kaan nature reserve pier
8 : 30 AM
Arrival to the boat

After an hour's drive, we'll reach the pier. At this point you can take the opportunity to go to the toilet before diving into the depths of the Sian Ka'an biosphere reserve. The group will be divided in two and no more than 6 travellers will go on each boat for a closer and more personalised experience.

sian kaan adventure tour boats
9 : 00 AM

Boat ride

During this boat trip you will visit different points of interest in the freshwater lagoon. Did you know that this place is home to manatees, crocodiles and birds? The expert guide on board will tell you curious and interesting facts about these species that you will see very closely. You will be in the middle of nature, so for your safety, don't forget to follow the guide's instructions!

crocodile in sian kaan biosphere reserve
11 : 00 AM
Ascension Bay

After a two-hour boat ride, we will reach Ascension Bay near Punta Allen. It's so shocking you won't want to blink.We will continue the adventure and watch dolphins and turtles swimming. Seeing them in their natural habitat will make you feel part of the Caribbean Sea. Get your camera ready!

boca paila bridge in sian kaan


If the weather allows us, we will cross the reef to dip into the sea and dive with the marine fauna. Snorkeling in the middle of the Caribbean Sea is an activity you will remember forever. The crystalline water of the sea and the beauty of its bottom, make this moment truly special.

snorkeling in the sian kaan reserve
12 : 30 PM
Stop at the Great Pool

After this activity, we will go to Punta Allen, but before that, we will stop at a sandbank known by the locals as "natural swimming pool". This is a pool of crystalline water and low tide that impacts everyone in front of it.

natural pool of sian kaan
1 : 00 PM

Punta Allen

It's sure that by this time, you got hungry. We'll arrive at the town of Punta Allen, where you will eat a delicious Caribbean lunch among other locals of the area. It's a small village of only 400 inhabitants, isolated from the world. Afterwards, we will take a walk to get to know this place better. An oasis of peace where you will want to stay forever.

punta allen sian kaan biosphere
Return to the boat

After knowing paradise, it will be very difficult to return. But it's not over yet! We'll get on the boat where you'll enjoy the ride back. For an hour, you will be able to breathe pure air in the middle of this piece of heaven located in the Yucatan peninsula.

turtle in the Sian kaan reserve
End of the excursion

It's a pity, but the day is over. In Mayan, Sian Ka'an means "Heaven's Gate" and after this day you will have no doubt about the reason of that name. This biosphere reserve of Sian Ka'an is a natural wonder composed of rainforest, cenotes and islands. It is a beautiful place that will impact you and give you one of the best moments of your trip in Mexico.

mexican jungle sian kaan

What to bring to Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve day trip from Tulum

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Proper clothing to protect you from the sun (remember that cream contaminates and we prefer you not to use it).
  • Comfortable footwear
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Hat or cap
  • Reusable bottle
  • Cash

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