Things to Do in Cancun: Fun in the Water
You whip along the ocean, the huge kite pulling you effortlessly over the waves. You bend your knees and shift your weight, waiting for the right moment. And then you find it - jumping your board off of the water as your kite pulls you higher.
The sail through the air, fully in flight, as the ocean passes by below. It feels like forever. You stick the landing this time, too, and you’re back to skimming along the water’s surface, looking for the next jump.
An Ocean for Your Playground
The waters around Cancun are home to some of the best snorkeling, diving, and fishing in the entire world. But there’s so much more you can do! Here are some of the top aquatic attractions for you to explore.
Boat Tours and Water Shows
Climb aboard a state-of-the-art speedboat and race across the waves. Or would you (and the kids) prefer sailing the seas in a replica of a 17th Century Spanish galleon while pirates swing from sail to sail? Cancun is the perfect place to depart on a memorable short cruise. Whether you’re out to watch whale sharks bask in the sun, or simply to sip a cocktail while watching the sunset, you’re sure to find the ideal boat tour for you.
Day Trips & Parks
If you're looking for an amazing variety of water activities to fill a day, consider parks like Xel-Ha. Here you can swim, snorkel, tube down rivers, jump off cliffs into crystal springs and even interact with dolphins, stingrays or manatees.
Pop into a one-person submarine and explore the ocean floor. Or go the other way, strapping on a water-powered jetpack and taking to the skies. Maybe split the difference and go out on a jet ski? Whatever you want to do, Cancun’s waters are the place to do it! With so many things to do in Cancun, what will you try first?
Charter a catamaran, sailboat, or even a private yacht for a vacation experience like no other. The captain and crew will take care of the work while you and your companions relax in comfort. Whether you want to cruise to one of the nearby reefs for some underwater exploration, or just sail along the bay and take in the sights, you’ll set the course for a one-of-a-kind experience.
Take flight on a parasailing trip! If you’ve ever wondered how Cancun looks from the skies, this is the way to do it. Choose to fly solo or with up to two other adventurous souls, then hit the water! You’ll be harnessed to the huge parachute, and lifted high into the air behind a racing speedboat for an experience you’ll never forget! Book your flight today.
Windsurfing, also known as kiteboarding or kitesurfing, is an extreme sport unlike any other. It combines surfing and hangliding, giving you a unique way to enjoy the waves. Cancun offers plenty of beginner-friendly schools to help get you started, though experienced windsurfers flock to the area’s calm waters and friendly winds. Find the best spots for windsurfing in Cancun.
Get your board and hit the waves! While surfing may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of things to do in Cancun, you’ll be happy to know that it offers some world-class (and lesser known) surf spots! Check out Playa Delfines, near the southern tip of the Hotel Zone, for white sand beaches and rideable waves. Rent your board, or sign up for lessons.
Venture through the mangroves in the lagoon, or take to the open ocean and skirt through the waves. Kayaking is an excellent way to hit the water in Cancun, whether you want a relaxing, scenic venture or something a little more exhilarating. With so many shallows, lakes, and rivers to choose from, which one will you paddle first?
One of the most tranquil ways to enjoy Cancun’s waters, standup paddleboarding is a great way to reconnect with nature. This low-impact water sport is getting ever more popular, and there’s a good reason why: it’s incredibly fun! You can even find paddleboard yoga classes, where you’ll truly put your balance to the test. Book your paddleboard excursion now.
Planning Your Trip
How will you spend your time on the water? Pick your favorite activity (or activities) from our list below:
Before You Go
Whether you’re a beginner looking to try one of these water sports for the first time, or an old pro in search of a new location to try your favorite activity, the warm waters of Cancun make for an excellent destination. If you’re new to a sport, be sure to sign up for beginner classes to learn the ropes under safe supervision!
You Should Also Know…
Many of these activities are kid-friendly, but may require children to meet certain age or size requirements for safety.
A lot of these activities pair well with one another, or with other things to do in Cancun. For example, you may want to charter a catamaran to take you to one of the nearby islands, where you’ll then go paddleboarding for the first time.
With any of these water sports, wearing a life preserver will most likely be required. Even if not, it’s highly encouraged!
Xel-Ha All Inclusive Tour with Transport$129
Subsee Explorer Tour$47
Jungle Tour "Sunrise Marina"
Learn Scuba Diving with "AquaWorld" Tour$115
AquaWorld Cozumel Snorkel Tour$104
Cozumel Certified Scuba Diving Tour$188
Coba - Mayan Encounter Tour
Caribbean Funday Premium Tour$89
Xel-Ha All Inclusive Tour Admission Only$98
Tulum Hidden Snorkeling Tour
Certified Diving with Marina Punta del E$76
Snorkel Native Park Tour
Isla Contoy Asterix Tours$105
Rio Secreto Tour
Dolphin Swim Adventure Tour Isla Mujeres$96
Dolphin Encounter Tour Isla Mujeres Dolp$81
Dolphin Royal Swim Tour Isla Mujeres Dol$117
Discovery Island Tour$50