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Sian Ka’an Tour

(33 Reviews)

Discover the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest protected natural area in the Caribbean. Located south of Tulum, this 650,000 hectare reserve is known for its stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and crystal clear waters.

On this tour, you’ll be guided by a local and certified expert who will take you on a unique “marine safari” adventure through the breathtaking surroundings of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. As you sail through the waters on a small boat, you’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of wildlife, including dolphins, sea turtles, crocodiles and various species of birds. If sea conditions permit, you’ll also have the chance to snorkel on the second largest reef in the world.

After an action-packed morning of exploring and discovering the natural wonders of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, you’ll have the chance to relax and unwind in the crystal clear waters of Punta Allen’s natural pools. And to top off your day of adventure, you’ll be treated to a delicious lunch in the fishing village, where you can savor local flavors and soak up the laid-back atmosphere of this charming and picturesque community.

  • Local certified guides ! πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ πŸ‡«πŸ‡·
  • Enjoy breathtaking wildlife: Dolphins, Turtles, Crocodiles, Birds, Stingrays...
  • Tour in collaboration with local boat cooperatives
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the tour

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Sian Ka'an Map

Tour itinerary

Punta Allen is the only village in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere reserve and off the coast of Punta Allen is where most activities take place. The distance from the reserve entrance to Punta Allen is approximately 45 kilometers. We will board the boat at a midway point between the biosphere entrance and the village, after 1 hour and 30 minutes driving from the entrance of the biosphere.

map sian ka'an

About the tour

  • Full Day tour
  • 6 persons maximum per boat
  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday
  • Pickup and drop off at your hotel or meeting point
  • Minimum age is 3

Price Includes

  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel or meeting point
  • Light snack on the morning
  • Certified guides: English, French & Spanish πŸ‡«πŸ‡· πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ
  • Crocodiles watching at Boca Paila
  • Boat ride
  • Drinks on board the boat (Water, Beers, Sodas)
  • Birds, Dolphins & Turtles watching
  • Snorkeling on the reef (ONLY if sea conditions permit)
  • Snorkeling gear (fins, mask & snorkel)
  • Natural pools
  • Lunch & drinks
  • Walk through Punta Allen
  • Federal Tax INCLUDED

Price Excludes

  • Tips
  • Any Private Expenses Occured

Booking & Payment

  • Price per adult: $129 USD
  • Price per child: $119 USD

A 20% deposit is required to book the tour and must be paid online. The balance must be paid in cash (USD, Euros, or Pesos MXN) on the day of the tour.

We do not accept credit card payments.

Children’s prices apply to ages 3 to 11.

Start & Finish time

  • Playa Del Carmen area : IncludedPickup at your hotel or meeting point around 5:40am and drop-off around 5:30pm
  • Akumal area : IncludedPickup at your hotel or meeting point around 6:20am and drop-off around 5pm
  • Tulum Downtown, La Veleta & Aldea Zama : IncludedPickup at your hotel or meeting point if your hotel is too far from the main roads, around 6:40am and drop-off around 4:30pm
  • Tulum Hotel Zone : IncludedPickup at your hotel around 7:00am and drop-off around 4:00pm

What I should know ?

  • Please bring the following items: swimsuit, towel, change of clothes, flip flops, a hat, and sunglasses.
  • Pregnant women and children under 3 years old are not allowed on this tour. The tour is also not recommended for people with back problems or prone to motion sickness.
  • The ability to go snorkeling depends on the weather conditions.

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Sian Ka'an Tour: Itinerary

1.Pickup at your Hotel

On the morning of the tour, we will pick you up at your hotel or Airbnb and transport you to Sian Ka’an via the Tulum hotel area.

2.Crocodiles

The first stop of our trip will be at the Boca Paila bridge to observe the crocodiles. These impressive reptiles come to sunbathe under the Boca Paila bridge. The perfect place to spot them.

Sian Ka'an crocodiles

Sian Ka'an crocodiles

3.Boarding the boat

You will board the boat after an hour and 20 minute-long van drive (aproximately) from the entrance of the biosphere. We will take place on a small speedboat for a 3 hour ride. An unforgettable adventure to discover the wonders of Sian Ka’an.

Sian Ka'an boat tour

sian ka'an boat tour

4.Birds Island

Just before arriving in the Punta Allen area, we will visit the bird island, San Juan. A small island that is home to a dozen species of birds.

Birds Island in Sian Ka'an

Birds in Sian Ka'an

5.Dolphins and Turtles observation

Once we arrive at the area between the lagoon and sea, our guide will start looking for the dolphins. They will naturally come visit, and play close to our boat, this is a very special moment! Afterwards, we will go to another area to spot the turtles.

Dolphin watching in Sian Ka'an

Turtle in Sian Ka'an

6.Snorkeling on the coral reef

Thirty minutes in the water snorkeling, enjoying the beautiful reef and observing colorful fish and coral formations.

7.Relax in the natural pools

Then, we will head to the natural swimming pools in Punta Allen for picture taking moments and well-deserved downtime. You can walk hundreds of meters in the crystal clear waters and soak in all of the magnificent beauty.

Sian Ka'an natural pools

8.Lunch at Punta Allen

Enjoy a delicious lunch in Punta Allen. Lunch includes meat, fish, vegetarian, gluten- free and vegan options. If you are requesting the vegetarian, gluten-free, or vegan option, please let us know during your booking.

Drinks included with your meal are water, soft drinks or a beer.

9.Punta Allen

Afterwards, we will take a short walk around Punta Allen which is a small fishing village. We will then head back on the boat and get one last glimpse of all of the spectacular wildlife, before boarding the van to head back to your hotel.

Walk in Punta Allen

Punta Allen

What should I bring to the Sian Ka'an Tour ?

Flip Flops

To be more confortable.

Sunscreen is forbidden

To avoid damage to the reef while snorkeling.

Hat / Sunglasses / Long sleeves rope

To protect yourself from the sun.

Swimsuit

Have your swimsuit on you before pickup.

FAQ about our Sian Ka'an tour

How can I pay ?

A 20% deposit is required to book the tour and must be paid online with a Visa or Mastercard. The balance, including tax, must be paid in cash (USD, Euros, or Pesos MXN) on the day of the tour.

Please note that we do not accept credit card payments and there are no ATMs in Sian Ka’an, so please plan to bring enough cash. The balance must be paid directly to the guide in cash. Thank you.

What happens if I have to cancel ?

Your deposit will be fully refunded if you cancel at least 48 hours in advance.

What is the size of the group?

To ensure a high-quality and intimate experience, our tour groups are limited to a maximum of 12 people divided between two boats, with no more than 6 people per boat.

I'm Vegetarian or Vegan, do you have an option for me ?

Yes we do! We offer a range of dining options to accommodate different dietary needs and preferences. We have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available for lunch. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please let us know during the booking process so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

Is everything included?

Everything is included in the tour price, except for tips, which are not required but appreciated.

I have my own car, can I meet you directly in Sian Ka'an ?

Unfortunately, the option to meet at the biosphere is not available. There is limited parking in the area and no phone service, so if you have trouble finding the meeting point, it will not be possible to contact us for assistance. We recommend arranging transportation to the designated meeting point to ensure a smooth start to your tour.

We offer a private self-driving tour option for those who have their own car. Click here β†’

Will I be picked up at my hotel?

Yes, we offer pickup service from your hotel or Airbnb. However, if your accommodation is difficult to access or located too far from a main road, we may ask you to meet us at a designated pickup location to board the van.

Snorkeling activity - What I should know ?

We have snorkeling gear available for children ages 3 and up. Children between the ages of 3 and 7 must be accompanied in the water by an adult. For the safety of our participants and to protect the reef, it is mandatory that all individuals wear life jackets while snorkeling. If you are uncomfortable in the water even while wearing a life jacket, you can request assistance from the guide or choose to stay on the boat.

Please note that the ability to go snorkeling depends on the weather conditions on the day of the tour. While we do our best to plan for optimal conditions, we cannot control Mother Nature and the final decision to go snorkeling will be made by the captain.

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Luc B.

Couple Traveller

I loved this tour as we saw dolphins in real life ! The snorkeling was good and then we went to a natural pool. Very good vibes in our group. Lunch at the estaurant was delicious.

19 October 2022

Jean L.

Couple Traveller

We had a perfect day at the Sian Ka’an reserve! We saw a lot of animals: dolphins, turtles, crocodiles, birds… Our guide was amazing and very friendly. We loved this tour and recommend it!

28 September 2022

Freddy A.

Couple Traveller

This tour is perfect to observe animals. We did a boat ride and observed dolphins just next to the boat. The guide told us everything about them. We the saw crocodiles, birds, turtles and snorkeled on the coral reef. It was amazing to see all these fish there.

17 August 2022

Leena S. (Published on TripAdvisor)

Couple Traveller

We had a very good customer service when booking the trip online. The pick up from our hotel was on time. The trip itself was amazing! The tour guide was very enthusiastic and clearly loved the area. We had two boats but it was ok. We saw dolphins, turtles, birds and beautiful fish.

8 May 2022

Sara S. (Published on TripAdvisor)

Couple Traveller

My wife and I had so much fun on this tour! Our guide, Jessica, was energetic, kept us laughing the entire time and taught us a ton about the wildlife. She and the boat captains, were experts at spotting wildlife. We saw a sea turtle, dolphins, birds and a crocodile. Snorkeling in the ocean and relaxing in the calmer waters amazing. I’d recommend that anyone coming to the Tulum area check out this tour.

8 May 2022
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