On the High Seas
Ahoy! Want to enjoy the magic of the Carribbean waters but stay (somewhat) dry? In Cancun, boats are an interactive stage for everything from entertainment to fishing to sightseeing. From cultural to culinary experiences, there’s something for every individual and group aboard these pirate ships, charter boats, catamarans, ferries, skimmers, and other charming sea-touring vessels.
Cancun’s version of Xochimilco, mimics Mexico City’s original version of Xoxomilco-- a “Mexican Floating Fiesta” that celebrates the cultural roots of Mexico with authentic food, drink, song, dance, and amusement. Hop aboard the intimate barge and enjoy the night as you float through the jungle with your group and other new friends! Don’t forget the mosquito repellent!
Pirate Ships, Dinners, and Shows
Pirate Ship Tours have become a popular Cancun pastime for all kinds of travelers. With hearty blends of food, drinking, entertainment, and relaxation, becoming a crew member on a pirate ship for a night offers a unique experience for young and old alike. Bandy with shipmates and click your heels to pirate music, and clink your goblet with other landlubbers. Most Pirate Tours embark from the west side of the Hotel Zone (which faces the Nichupte lagoon). Again, don’t forget the mosquito repellent!
Whaleshark and Nature Expeditions
One of the true natural wonders of Yucatan waters, the gentle whalesharks are a must-see for both young and old. But if you’d rather appreciate the animal’s grace and beauty from the safety and dryness of a deck, you can easily take a boat out to the waters where they roam.
To discover other delights of nature by boat, charter a boat or join a tour from Isla Mujeres to Isla Contoy-- a small, protected island just over five miles long that is home to turtles, birds, and aquatic animals. Travel time is just a short 45 minute trip from Isla Mujeres, and once on the Island, you can disembark to snorkel, walk along the beach, and explore this lush jungle ecosystem up close.
Explore the most populous and diverse fishing spots in the Yucatan aboard small fishing boats. With a local fisherman as your guide, you’ll no doubt catch more than you carry. Learn more about fishing in Cancun here.
Catamarans, Fishing Boats, Yachts, Dinner Cruises, and More
The journeys aren’t just limited to the ocean water either-- you can explore rivers, lagoons, and mangrove jungles throughout the Riviera Maya atop speedboats, kayaks, waverunners, and even rowboats!
Families and large groups can take part in other water adventures-- from zippy speedboat jaunts to lengthier day-long excursions out to surrounding islands, there is a ship waiting to sail with you aboard!
So launch into the dazzling ocean waters and expand the breadth of your vacation (literally)! Check out our highlighted tours below to find a Boat Tour perfect for your group.