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Sian Kaan adventure

Explore Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

1 day
4.9 (3 reviews)

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Sian Kaan adventure tour information

location_onRiviera Maya
timer 1 day
chat Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Italian and German. *
* Indicate your language in the notes section when making your reservation. The groups will be divided by language. In case of not gathering a complete group with the same language, the tour will be bilingual.


From your accommodation in Tulum between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.


To your accommodation between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.


During this day, you will have the opportunity to discover the authentic Mexican jungle: the biosphere reserve of Sian Kaan. Lots of protected animals such as caimans, turtles, dolphins and birds live in this reserve. With a very small group and a specialist guide, you'll be able to see them up close - while you take a boat trip through the canals of the jungle -.

You will visit different points of this enormous freshwater lagoon declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. You will also cross the reef and go out to the open sea. Here you can snorkel and see all the marine fauna under the crystalline water. You can't even imagine the amount of beautiful species that live in the Caribbean! You'll arrive at Punta Allen, where you will taste a delicious Caribbean lunch with local people.

A day full of adrenaline and excitement awaits you. Want to know more? This is what the adventure will be like:

Tour itinerary

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

Group size: 12 - 6 travelers
access_time6 : 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
access_time8 : 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
access_time9 : 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
access_time11 : 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
access_time12 : 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
access_time1 : 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

Tour details


  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • Certified professional guide
  • Boat Tour
  • Equipment for the snorkeling activity
  • Food
  • Water + snacks + fruit

Not included

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Coffee

error_outlineImportant information

The tour includes pick up from private accommodations.

If your accommodation is not in Tulum, we can pick you up elsewhere for an additional cost. Pick-ups will be made as far as 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.

The order of the visits could be altered, but it will not affect the content of the program. The schedules of the tickets and transports could be subject to modifications.
This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in small groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

restoreCancellation 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.

What to bring to Sian Kaan adventure

For this tour we recommend you to take:
  • 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

Sian Kaan adventure tour reviews with Howlanders

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Aidan Ó Dálaigh
We did the tour from Tulum, we went with another couple from the UK and the final "swimming" in the mangrove was the closest thing to a natural, relaxing and enriching spa, surrounded by the sound of nature. Everything perfectly organized from the first moment, our guide Roberto, explained everything in a very original and interesting way, beyond the mere technical information. An incredible experience! Gracias!

Super agencia, embajador de viajes eco-responsables. Hemos visto y hecho todo lo que se nos prometió. Tuvimos la suerte de estar acompañados por un excelente y amable guía (Santiago), que contribuyó mucho al éxito de este día.

We were lucky enough to see pelicans, sea turtles, manatees and free dolphins jumping around us. It was magical!

Questions & Answers

Can I bring my camera or mobile phone on the boat?
Yes, you can take your electronics with you. The boat does not splash, but in case of big waves, it has a space prepared under the seats to store your belongings. When we do the snorkeling activity, you must leave them in the boat next to the captain.

How big are the groups?
The group starts with 12 people but later we will divide into 2. This way, you will actually do the activity in a group of 6 people. The groups are reduced to keep the personalization of the tour and for a greater comfort of the travelers. In addition, we are interested in respecting the fauna and going in large groups can be detrimental to the biosphere reserve.

Why should I take this tour?
Mainly because Sian Ka'an is a piece of heaven on earth. It's a paradise made up of virgin beaches, islands and animals. On the other hand, this tour spends more time on the boat ride than on the land, unlike other tours. This allows you to get closer to the species that inhabit the place and go deeper into nature. We want to turn your experience into an incomparable adventure and that is why this day is worth every penny.

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