Cancun catamaran tours are a very popular attraction. Catamarans are an excellent way to travel around Cancun’s crystal clear tropical waters, visiting sandbars, islands, coral reefs, shipwrecks, and more. Most Catamaran tours will also provide snorkel gear, and allow you to swim and snorkel at some of the most scenic sites in the Caribbean.
Depending on your budget and preferences, you can choose to go on a private tour on catamarans ranging from 25 feet to 82 feet, and you can choose which sites you would like to see. Some of the most popular tours include:
1. Day Trips to Isla Mujeres
One of the most popular Cancun catamaran tours is a day trip to Isla Mujeres. Located 8 miles off the coast of Cancun, Isla Mujeres is a beautiful, tranquil island with serene beaches, calm waters, excellent restaurants, and sparser crowds than Cancun. It is an excellent place to spend the day, and there is no better way to get there than via a scenic catamaran cruise.
There are numerous excellent companies in Cancun that offer catamaran cruises to Isla Mujeres. One notable one is Cancun Sailing, which has a wide selection of catamarans, including ones that have trampolines, lounge areas, open bars, and stops along the way for reef snorkeling and swimming.
When you arrive on Island Mujeres, you will be treated to a gourmet lunch buffet on the beach, followed by your choice of what to do on the island. Great options include exploring the secluded beaches, renting a golf cart to drive around the island, or going to the shopping centers, bars, and restaurants.
2. Puerto Morelos Reef Snorkeling Trip
30 minutes south of Cancun by car is the town of Puerto Morelos. Off the shore of Puerto Morelos is a long, vibrant stretch of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, where hundreds of species of tropical fish and other marine wildlife including turtles can be seen. The reefs in Puerto Morelos National Marine Park are especially good for snorkeling, and there are excellent catamaran tours that will sail you out to the reefs and provide you with snorkeling equipment and instructions.
The tour will also take you to sandbars in the middle of the ocean, where you can stand and walk around with ease. Included in the tours is excellent food, an open bar, and great service. You can learn more about the Puerto Morelos catamaran tours and sign up for one here.
3. Cancun Catamaran Sunset Tour
An incredible way to experience all the natural beauty that Cancun has to offer is through a sunset catamaran tour along the coast. These tours typically last 2-3 hours, and take you along Cancun’s scenic coast, south to the jungles of the Riviera Maya, while the sunset flares pink and crimson across the sky. The view is incredible and tranquil, and it lets you see the area in a completely different light, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
One great company that offers these cruises is Cancun Adventures. The tour options include private tours and parties, and every tour has an open bar, snacks, and round-trip pickup and dropoff from your hotel in an airconditioned van.
4. Cancun Catamaran Snorkeling, Sightseeing, Party Cruise
For those interested in a more lively atmosphere, there are Cancun catamaran tours that travel to Isla Mujeres, stopping at reefs along the way, that also offer dance floors, open bars, and music catering to a younger crowd.
The first stop is at El Meco reef, a shallow reef in crystal-clear water that is perfect for snorkeling. Novice snorkelers are more than welcome to wear a life jacket to keep themselves floating comfortably while exploring the reef. If you prefer not to get your feet wet, professional salsa dancers offer dance instructions on the boat at the same time.
You can also slide down a waterslide off the top floor of the catamaran into the ocean, or take advantage of the diving board. After enjoying the reef and ocean, the cruise continues to Isla Mujeres, serving a fresh lunch of fajita and guacamole along the way.
Upon arrival in Isla Mujeres, you are free to explore the beaches, rent a golf cart to drive around the island, do some shopping, or do whatever else you want before the catamaran departs back to Cancun a few hours later.
For more information or to book your tour, see here.