• Jacqlyne Mba-Jonas

Cancun Itinerary - Tours and Activities

Updated: Nov 3

As one of the most popular destinations in Mexico, Cancun has no shortage of beautiful all-inclusive resorts, white sand beaches, crystal blue waters and abundant nightlife. While you may be tempted to lounge at your all-inclusive beachfront resort all day with a margarita in hand, soaking up some sun, there are a ton of activities that you could enjoy doing. There's something for everyone, from activities that will immerse you in Cancun's rich history and culture to activities for adrenaline junkies. So lets dive into my extensive collection of things to do while in Cancun.


Part of the job of a travel agent is to save clients time and money. I looked through hundreds of tours and picked out the best tours to book in various categories that are both the best in quality and price.


Prices listed are when booking for a single adult and are subject to change. Rates are typically discounted for larger groups and children, so use the links provided to see the exact cost for your specific scenario and book what is of interest to you. For tours marked with red stars (***), reach out to me to assist you with booking those tours for added discounts.


Also check out my other itineraries for Cancun's neighboring cities. Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and Tulum, each within an hour or two of Cancun.

Coco Bongo Nightclub with Open Bar

Enjoy an open bar and experience Coco Bongo nightclub and disco in Cancun. This is one of the most popular nightclubs in Cancun offering dancing, live shows, professional rock-star impersonators, and crowds of partiers.


Duration

6 hours

Availability

Everyday at 7pm

Price



Cirque du Soleil® JOYÀ

Experience tablecloth dining along with the Cirque du Soleil® show 'JOYÁ' at the Vidanta Riviera Maya resort. Allow yourself to be mesmerized by the story of an alchemist and his granddaughter seeking out the secrets of life. The show draws on the heritage and history of Mexico to weave the story, presented in an intimate dinner theatre in the jungle of the Riviera Maya.


Duration

1.5 hours

Availability

Tuesday – Saturday at 6pm

Price

  • $94 per person show only

  • $132 per person premium seats, appetizers and champagne

  • $182 per person premium seats, three-course dinner and champagne

  • $248 per person early access, VIP seating, VIP service, VIP dinner and unlimited champagne


Experiencas Xcaret***

The best vacations of your life are in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya with the parks and tours by Xcaret. Surround yourself with Mexico’s flora and fauna at Xcaret park Cancun with the variety of attractions to visit, like Mayan ruins, the Mexican Folk Art Museum, among many more. Do unlimited snorkel at Xel-Há All-Inclusive, unveil the mysteries of inlets, cenotes and lagoons in this paradise. Fly over the Mayan jungle in zip-lines and venture into caverns on amphibious vehicles at Xplor park during the day, and at Xplor Fuego at nighttime. Know the four different types of cenotes that exist with the Xenotes Tour. Live the most colorful Mexican floating fiesta with live music and tequila open bar at Xoximilco Cancun. Feel the adventure of rafting in the only whitewater rapids of the Mexican Caribbean at Xavage park. The secrets of the Mayan world are open to you in the archaeological tours by Xcaret, that take you to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza and to the most popular Mayan ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula, Tulum and Coba.


Duration

At your leisure

Availability

Varies by park

Price

There are 9 different parks and tours to choose from and prices change frequently. Prices are also discounted if multiple parks are chosen. Transportation to and from the parks can be added for an extra fee. Reach out and let me know what park(s) and/or tour(s) you would like, I can provide a quote for it.

Dolphin World

Come have a vacation of a lifetime at Dolphin World! Choose between:

  • Dolphin Encounter: Perfect for those who can’t swim, you will have an amazing interactive encounter with dolphins.

  • Dolphin Swim: Interact, swim and have a ride with one dolphin.

  • Royal Dolphin Swim: Interact, swim and have a ride with two dolphins.

Other than interacting with dolphins there are several other activities to choose from. Snorkel with sharks and bicycle tour. A buffet lunch, open bar and round-trip ferry from Cancun are also included.


Duration

At your leisure

Availability

Monday – Saturday at 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm and 3:30pm

Price

  • Dolphin Encounter: $109 per person

  • Dolphin Swim: $139 per person

  • Royal Dolphin Swim: $169 per person

  • A dock fee of $10 per person will be charged and paid on arrival


Private Cancun Bay or Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour

Enjoy unlimited drinks with a national open bar while sailing on the Caribbean Sea. This full-day excursion is just for you and your private party on board, ensuring a relaxing way to take in the natural surroundings. Head for Isla Mujeres or simply sail on the bay. Snorkeling on the reef is optional, while onboard staff ensure an unforgettable day.


Duration

4 – 7 hours

Availability

Monday – Saturday at 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm and 3:30pm

Price

  • $1,200 per group of 25 people for a 7-hour Charter to Isla Mujeres

  • $950 per group of 25 people for a 4-hour Charter of the Cancun Bay

  • Plus a $15 environmental tax per person paid on arrival

Alternative

If you prefer a yacht, you can get one for 2 or 4 hours starting at $585 for a group of 25 people


Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour

During your time in Mexico, ensure you experience the white sands and turquoise waters of Isla Mujeres. On this full-day tour from Cancun, cruise to the beautiful island on a catamaran and snorkel in the protected waters of a marine park. Spend free time relaxing on the beach and feast on a lunch buffet accompanied by an open bar. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.


Duration

7 hours

Availability

Monday – Saturday at 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm and 3:30pm

Price

  • $68 per person plus $13 dock fee paid on arrival

  • $119 per person for the Premium Experience:

  • Larger Luxurious Catamaran with Less People

  • Premium Open Bar and Lunch

  • Dock Fee Included

Jungle Tour & Snorkel at Punta Nizuc Reef

Explore the natural delights of the Yucatan on a coastal jungle tour from Cancun. You have the chance to drive a boat past lush mangroves, and you’ll visit Punta Nizuc Reef to go snorkeling and swimming among tropical fish and coral. Use of all equipment is included.


Duration

2.5 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9am, 12pm and 3pm

Price

$46 per person plus a $15 environmental tax paid on arrival

Alternative

If you prefer, you can snorkel with whale sharks for $170 per person.


Submarine and Optional Snorkeling Tour

Explore Cancun's waters on this submarine-style glass bottom boat ride. Cruise through a mangrove swamp during this 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.


Duration

4 hours

Availability

Everyday, at the top of every hour from 9am – 3pm

Price


Two-Tank Scuba Dive at MUSA

There may be many sites to see in the world and many adventures on your to-do list, yet none of them compare to the Cancun Underwater Museum. Over 500 sculptures make up the Cancun Underwater Museum, known as MUSA. MUSA can only be called a success story, as still to this day the artificial reef it created has benefited our reefs and marine ecosystem. Besides the art, marine life is present too -you'll find a diversity of fish, turtles and the spectacular elkhorn coral. Swim through the coral covered statues with the fish banks! There's a lot to see and learn here. This tour is for certified divers only.


Duration

5 hours

Availability

Monday, Tuesday and Saturday at 8am

Price

$89 per person plus a $15 environmental tax paid on arrival

Alternative

Non-certified divers can dive at MUSA for $135 or dive at a local reef for $115

Aqua Twister Speed Boat Ultimate Adventure

Come a board Aquaworld's 20-seater speedboat for a 30-minute thrill ride you'll never forget. This thrilling ride includes power brake stops, fish tails and 270º turns. Be prepared to smile, scream, shout, shriek and laugh. Oh, and get wet!


Duration

2.5 hours

Availability

Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm

Price

$70 per person plus a $15 dock tax paid on arrival


Romantic Dinner on a Galeon Around a Lagoon in Cancun with Sax Music

Fall in love again to the rhythm of a live sax on an enchanting sunset cruise. On a Spanish Galleon, while the sun hides behind the darkness of night, the colors of the sky will light up once more the flame of love. Experience a night full of quiet moments, a spectacular tour over the water, under the shining stars surrounded by music and an incredible and delicious dinner gourmet.


Duration

3 hours

Availability

Tuesday - Sunday at 7pm

Price

  • $99 per person for a beef or vegetarian dinner without transportation

  • $119 per person for a beef or vegetarian dinner with transportation

  • $109 per person for a deluxe dinner (Surf & Turf or Lobster) without transportation

  • $139 per person for a deluxe dinner (Surf & Turf or Lobster) with transportation


Captain Hook: Pirate Show and Dinner Cruise

Step into the world of swashbuckling pirates and Spanish galleons with tickets for 3-hour Captain Hook dinner cruise from Cancun. Sit down to a gourmet dinner and enjoy an evening of pirate tales, dancing, entertainment, then see a live-action battle at sea. This 3-hour dinner cruise includes access to an open bar, with air-conditioned indoor seating as well as an open-air dance floor and deck.


Duration

3 hours

Availability

Everyday at 7pm

Price

  • $35 per person for a Chicken Dinner

  • $40 per person for a New York Steak Dinner

  • $100 per person for a Lobster Dinner

  • $110 per person for a Surf & Turf Dinner

  • Plus a dock tax of $15 per person paid on arrival

Jet Ski Rental

Take a break from sunbathing on an active excursion in Cancun’s Nichupte Lagoon. Absorb coastal panoramas as you