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Cancún, Mexico
Cancun Submarine and Optional Snorkeling Tour

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore Cancun's waters on this submarine-style glass bottom boat ride. Cruise through a mangrove swamp during this 2- to 3-hour excursion to Punta Nizuc, the second-largest coral reef in the world. On this family-friendly adventure, learn about the local fish, coral and other animals in this marine habitat through your guide's informative commentary. Opt to snorkel on the reef with provided equipment.
  • Experience Cancun's underwater world on a glass-bottomed boat
  • Snorkel along the Punta Nizuc, the second-largest coral reef in the world
  • All ages welcome—ideal for family travel
  • Learn fascinating facts about local marine life and coral reefs
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Submarine tour
Snorkeling tour (if option selected)
Use of lockers and snorkel equipment
Snorkel - yours to keep
Beer and refreshments
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off
Dock fee (US$15)
Aquaworld , Blvd. Kukulcan, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico

We suggest taking our local buses or taxis if you take a bus ask the driver to drop you off ar the Aquaworld Marina in case if you take a taxi, we suggest setting the price before. All our local drivers know the exact location for this activity.

This activity will end right where it started.
Board a reef shuttle boat and cruise through the mangroves of Nichupte Lagoon towards Punta Nizuc. Climb aboard the Sub See Explorer, a submarine-style glass bottom boat that allows crystal clear views of the second-largest coral reef in the world. 

Peer through the boat's panoramic windows at clusters of bright coral and schools of tropical fish. Listen as your guide gives details about the animals and plants that thrive in this marine environment. View butterfly fish, barracudas and maybe even dolphins on this family-friendly underwater journey. 

Opt to use the area's floating platform as a jumping-off point for a snorkeling adventure. Dive into the gentle aqua waters surrounding Punta Nizuc's spectacular reef to get up close with some of its vivid plant and animal live. Follow your guide through the maze of coral as they point out species and varieties of coral and fish. The snorkel is yours to keep and enjoy other snorkeling opportunities in the Cancun area.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Aquaworld
Please be 30 minutes before your departure time, once you arrive at the marina you will check-in and will receive instructions about the experience before getting on board of the semi-submarine.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Aquaworld
Get on board of a yellow submarine and a glass-bottomed boat and depart to the reef, after around 20 minutes the boat arrives at the reef where you will get 30 minutes guided tour with a complete explanation about the marine species, coral reef marine life, and exotic fish, you will also have the chance to see part of the Cancun Underwater Museum, which is an eco-project that was created to combine art with nature a to preserve the marine life. Al the rides are air-conditioned and you will get a beer or refreshment on board.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Punta Nizuc
If you select the snorkeling option, you will be able to do a perfect combination between the subsea and a great place to snorkel
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 33 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cancun Vacation Experts
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cancun Submarine and Optional Snorkeling Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Cancun Submarine and Optional Snorkeling Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Cancun Submarine and Optional Snorkeling Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Cancun Submarine and Optional Snorkeling Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Cancun Submarine and Optional Snorkeling Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Cancun Submarine and Optional Snorkeling Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cancun Submarine and Optional Snorkeling Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Cancun Submarine and Optional Snorkeling Tour.

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  • "The "sub" rocks somewhat, so if you are one that gets seasick, it might not be the experience for you." See review

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star-3
Submarine Excursion!
Kinya_J
, Aug 2022
It was okay, it makes you seasick. Also the gas from the submarine was strong that was coming back into the submarine. Gave me a headache.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for sharing your feedback through your comments are truly valuable for us, as they allow us to improve our service levels and product. We apologize due to the inconveniences the motor caused, we are working to avoid that,
star-4
Great service and...
Ivan_S
, Jul 2022
Great service and wonderful experience! saw a few turtles and of course fishes and coral!! very awesome would definitely come again!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
You have put a smile on the face of our entire team with your kind words. Thank you very much for sharing this with us. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to serve you.
star-5
Great tour!
Sony_P
, Jul 2022
Great experience with my family. The kids loved seeing the marine life and exploring the ocean. It was lots of fun!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
For sure one of the best options for the little ones, so glad you enjoy and had an experience to remember with your family.
star-1
They canceled last minute
Maria_K
, Dec 2021
They canceled my trip last minute but they took 140 US dollars from my credit card anyway They are not answering e-mails
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you for your feedback, you have been refunded since the tour was sold out when you make the reservation we do apologize for the inconveniences
star-4
Fun tour with good guides
Karl_H
, Dec 2021
Thank you to the staff at AquaWorld for their professionalism and hospitality. We very much enjoyed our tour. My wife did get seasick, especially on the sub, so if you are prone to this, make sure to take some medication before you go. The staff were great and accommodated us at every turn. My one suggestion is to change the public address system on the sub. It was not possible understand our guide's voice over the speaker. She was easy to understand off the microphone .
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
So glad you enjoy even with the seasick, thank you for sharing your experience and will take your comments into account in order to improve.
star-5
Amazing Adventure
Sheena_C
, Oct 2021
This was one of the best excursions that we experienced. This was perfect for families with little children. We had a 30 min boat ride to the submarine. The driver of the boat and the lady assisting were very friendly and accommodating. The ride in the submarine itself was very much entertaining. We took the 1st slot so we were able to see many rare fishes like the rainbow parrotfish along with turtles and sting rays. It was a very fun experience and I highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thanks for sharing this amazing experience, as you mention this is a perfect option for activities with children. We are glad you were able to enjoy seeing the fishes
star-5
Nice
LAVONNE_M
, Sep 2021
Was a beautiful experience definitely would recommend to everyone I know to do it because I'm not one to do snorkeling so this was perfect for me
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for taking the time to write, so glad you enjoy and had a good experience.
star-3
It was ok excursion but...
Raslan_I
, Aug 2021
It was ok excursion but not great, I expected more thinks to see. The guide should talk more English since there were enough people from U.S so they need to understand what’s going on. Thank you.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you very much for your review, we apologize for the inconveniences, we will take care of speaking English guides to make a great experience with all the customers
star-5
Amazing
Jennifer_L
, Aug 2021
The boat ride getting to the next boat and drinks I also liked the mermaid in the water I loved seeing a sting ray
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for sharing your experience, so glad you like it
star-4
Aquatic Serenity
Dante_S
, Jul 2021
The experience was phenomenal! There was a soothing 10 minute boat ride to the sub see boat where the bottom half of the boat was submerged about 10 or 15 feet below the sea surface and then the ride was about 30 min and was very beautiful with only a fraction of the risk of an actual submarine.. We purchased the submarine snorkel combo but we did not snorkel becausewe ultimately didn't feel comfortable. They were not able to accommodate the loss of an activity and I would've appreciated if there was a full customer service in this end..
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
We’re so glad you had a good experience. Next time you’re here, try the parasailing and enjoy the blue ocean from the sky It’s one of our newer offerings.Thank you for letting us know about this. Your feedback helps us do better
star-5
I would recommend
Brittany_T
, Jul 2021
Our instructor Louis was very fun, playing music serving drinks on the way to the submarine. Pretty cool experience seeing all the beautiful corals under the Water and fish.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for taking the time to share this kind words. The Paradise underwater is amazing and we are glasd you got to experience it.
star-4
Exciting
Amyiah_B
, Jul 2021
It was a fun and exciting tour. For someone who is afraid of open water felt calm.. Staff was very nice as well.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you for your kind comments, and we are glad this tour was a great option for you.
star-5
Good experience, would recommend
Judith_S
, Jun 2021
The boat ride out to the "sub" which was in the Caribbean Sea, was great as well as the sub experience. Great crew. The "sub" rocks somewhat, so if you are one that gets seasick, it might not be the experience for you.
star-5
Good time
Brenda_M
, May 2021
We had a great time. I did get a little light headed because of rocking of ship but there is nothing that they can do about it. My daughter had no problems. Will definitely recommend it to others.
star-1
DO NOT EVEN BOOK
Verlencia_E
, Apr 2021
HORRIBLE. They canceled on us last minute . The only option left to do was parasailing. We were only up in the sky for less than 3 minutes . This was the worst and they took our money and said parasailing equaled out to snorkeling and a submarine tour .
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
We do apologize for this experience we are working to improve in order to avoid this for future customers. The tour was cancelled due weather conditions .
star-5
Awesome Birthday
Jhanee_D
, Sep 2020
Beautiful experience and the ppl are amazing. They very knowledgeable and made you feel as comfortable a possible.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you for taking the time to write this kind comments. We will keep up with the service standard
star-5
submarine ride was great
Sharon_M
, Aug 2020
I have some difficulty with mobility, staff was great, helped me all thru experience. tour was excellent, boat ride was fun. Will do this tour again. Highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thank you very much for sharing your experience with more people, we appreciate it. We hope to serve you in your next visit.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
This excursion was great! You start...
Shaelyn S
, Mar 2018
This excursion was great! You start out at AquaWorld and then take a boat ride to the submarine/glass bottom boat. The employees are extremely nice. MAKE SURE YOU BRING CASH TO TIP THEM. There are multiple opportunities to tip, once after the submarine ride where you can tip the mermaid and tour guides, another opportunity to tip the snorkeling tour guides, and then again at the end when you take the boat ride back to AquaWorld. The tour guides bust their butts all day making drinks for people and constantly trying to entertain. I know drinks are technically included, but tip as if you actually had a bar tab! The submarine ride goes through a beautiful coral reef, and underwater museum. I would advise bringing something for nausea if you have a weak stomach because the submarine ride is a little rocky, but definitely not unbearable by any means. The submarine ride lasts about 30 minutes and then there is an area to do the optional snorkeling. I would highly recommend doing the optional snorkeling because it was definitely worth it. You get to snorkel through a coral reef and underwater museum. We even got to see stingrays, vibrantly colored fish, sea turtles, and barracudas! A huge shout out to our tour guide, Jesus, he was so amazing!!! Jesus was very engaging and cracking jokes the whole time. He did not stop checking up on everybody and making sure they were doing okay. If I could write a whole review just about how great Jesus was I would do it! Overall it was a great experience.
3 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Was Great! Got to see sea turtles...
Kathleen M
, Dec 2017
Was Great! Got to see sea turtles, barracuda, coral, and brightly colored fish. They take you from the dock on a boat through the lagoon to the ocean. They have plenty of drinks on this boat. Then you get off the boat and board the Sub See submarine. It is well worth it!
star-5
I have just Submarine Tour but it was a...
Elena_I
, Aug 2016
I have just Submarine Tour but it was a wonderfull Tour.

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