Cancun is well known as a place to have fun, among the many activities on offer the aquatic ones are second to none. That’s why we have compiled for you our five favourite water based activities. We’re sure that whichever ones you choose to do you won’t regret it!
One of the world’s most unusual museums can be found within walking distance of the Grand Oasis Sens. Cancun’s underwater museum or MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) as it is known locally consists of several groups of sculptures that have been placed on the seabed at the southernmost point of Cancun’s hotel zone, Punta Nizuc. These sculptures can be seen by snorkelling and have the double purpose of being works of art and regenerating the coral reefs. Two more sites can be found at Punta Sam just north of Cancun and off the coast of Isla Mujeres.
2. Aqua Twister
If you’re an adrenaline junkie then Aqua Twister is for you. Hold on tight as this speedboat makes power brake stops, fishtails in the waves and 270 degree spins to leave your heart pumping and your body wanting more. The speedboat has a capacity for 20 people making it the perfect aquatic activity if you’re visiting us as a group.
3. Jungle Tour
Cancun’s Nichupte lagoon is home to many different animals including leopard frogs, iguanas, river turtles and blue crabs. Its mangroves also provide respite for several species of bird. Discover the wonders of the natural world in a two person speedboat making your way through the waterways of the lagoon all the way to the Mesoamerican reef – the world’s second largest coral reef – where you can snorkel and see the colourful flora and fauna of the Caribbean Sea.
4. Whale Sharks
The idea of sharing the water with the world’s largest specie of shark might sound a bit extreme, however these massive creatures are actually harmless. From May to September these sharks migrate to the warm waters of the Mexican Caribbean and can be found swimming near the islands of Isla Mujeres and Holbox where you can take a tour to swim with these tranquil animals for a truly unforgettable experience.
5. Wave Runners
Hire a jet-ski and hit the waves; go for a fun filled ride with your partner or hire two jet-skis and race your friend through the turquoise blue Cancun sea. This aquatic classic is a surefire way to have a good time.
If you would like to do any of these then get in contact with our sister company Caribe Maya for more information www.caribemaya.com.mx/en/tour.
While our hotels provide you with all you need to have a superb vacation – beautiful surroundings, top entertainment, fantastic cuisines – it is well worth spending time checking out some of the breathtaking areas our region has to offer. So here we’ve compiled for you five places to visit for an unforgettable day trip:
Playa del Carmen
Only an hour’s drive from Cancun is the city of Playa del Carmen, here you will find fantastic international restaurants, great shopping opportunities and nightlife to rival Cancun’s; all a stone’s throw from the beach. Dotted nearby are several cenotes; natures swimming pools. Some are free to visit while larger ones charge a nominal fee for upkeep.
Only 20 minutes by car from the Grand Oasis Tulum is the walled city of Tulum, perhaps the most picturesque Mayan archaeological site. Built on a clifftop overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the ruins which date back to 1200 AD include the remains of a castle, temples and palaces. Don’t forget to bring swimwear as taking to the turquoise waters below and looking up at the ruins is a magical experience.
If Cancun is all about partying then Isla Mujeres is all about relaxing. This island about a 30 minute boat ride from Cancun’s hotel zone is the perfect place to get away from all the hustle and bustle of city life. Pristine beaches, pretty, colourful streets and an all-round relaxed vibe is the order of the day on Isla Mujeres.
About two hours from Cancun by car is the Mayan archaeological site Chichen Itza, one of the ‘New 7 Wonders of the World’. Apart from its most iconic building, the temple of Kulkulcan, this site which dates back to 600 AD also includes cenotes and pelota (Mesoamerican ball game) pitch. Immerse yourself in thousands of years of history and learn some fascinating facts about one of the great ancient civilizations.
A two hour car journey north of Cancun is the village of Chiquilá where you can take a 20 minute ferry ride to the unspoilt island of Holbox. This fishermen’s island is home to thousands of flamingos, pelicans and other exotic birds and creatures, including whale sharks that from June to September migrate to its waters. Visitors can take a tour to swim with these harmless creatures; some excursions include a spot of fishing where the onboard chef will cook the catch of the day.
To plan your trip to these and other areas check out our sister company Caribe Maya for more information (www.caribemaya.com.mx/en). Or why not go on your own road trip by renting one of our Smart cars, just ask our Smart car team in your hotel for more details.