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#1 trinkit

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    Posted 05 February 2009 - 06:18 PM

    Can anyone make any suggestions? We are looking for a private snorkelling tour for our guests (about 20)?


    #2 Mixie23

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      Posted 05 February 2009 - 09:30 PM

      I highly recommend Edventure Tours. Eddie and his wife Bonnie are originally from the States, and now live in Akumal and own a tour shop in Tulum (right outside the ruins). They have vans and all the tours are private, they take you to places where you can avoid the 200 pax bus loads of tourists, you pretty much have each place to yourself. Their website is "Edventure Tours, The best day of you vacation and they will customize your day. We started by being picked up by Bonnie at our hotel, went to Tulum, visited the ruins, then went to Dos Ojos cenote, Garden of Eden cenote (cliff jumping, but not really), and Akumal Bay to snorkel with the sea turtles (and sardines, and barracuda, and amazing other wildlife), we stopped at a local restaurant called La Vida Bonita (I think) in North Akumal, had an amazing lunch (additional charge obviously), and lastly visited Yal-ku lagoon, which is an amazing location that puts Xel-ha to shame. This place is surrounded by sculpture gardens, and has no one but residents who live in the private gated community there (and you, of course). There are other options as well, like Zip lining through the jungle, visiting monkeys, etc, I just included information about our day. They are so friendly, accommadating, reasonable ($$), and just fun to be around that we are still talking about it and recommending it to people almost three years later. We are getting married in June 2009 and you can bet we will be booking a trip with Eddie for either pre-wedding or post-wedding! Good luck!

      #3 Simistar

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        Posted 06 February 2009 - 09:04 PM

        Hi there,

        We did a snorkeling excursion to Yal-Ku lagoon with:

        Mexico Blue Dream, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

        They offer a couple different excursions.. We chose the Yal-Ku one because it's a sheltered lagoon, so some snorkeling newbies in the group would be more comfortable.
        It was REALLY fun!
        The company is run by a French husband & wife (they speak English)...The wife personally took us out...They even arranged a van to pick us up at our resort at no extra charge... (We had about 12 people...but I'm sure they do larger groups!)
        She also took us to Akumal to snorkel with the sea turtles... It was amazing!
        Everyone who went is still talking about what a good time they had.

        Here's their e-mail:


        They got back to me quickly and were very easy to set things up with (as our numbers kept changing etc)...
        Price was about $35/$40 per person.

        Good luck!

        #4 Married_In_Maui

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          Posted 03 March 2009 - 03:31 PM

          I highly recommend Cancuncatamarans.com. They do private charters on a super nice sailboat. My sister & I went on this excursion (not the private charter) last year & it was so great. The staff was a blast & the snorkeling was awesome. Good luck!!

          #5 britsytoll

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            Posted 16 March 2009 - 06:43 PM

            Do you know if the Cancun Catamarans company will go down to Playa del Carmen? I am looking for a private catamaran for our guests the day before our wedding. I would love to have a 4 hour tour with lunch, open bar and fun music....kind of like a booze cruise excursion.

            Bride & Groom + 41 Guests BOOKED~

            #6 Jessica&Adam

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              Posted 26 March 2009 - 11:55 AM

              Every time we have gone snorkeling in Cancun/RM area we have gone through Best Day tours Mexico Hotels, Mexico Travel Destination Guide, Mexico Vacations. They are wonderful and have great customer service! We are also trying to plan a snorkeling excursion for about 20-30 of our guests and I plan on trying to go through them if possible!

              #7 Jessica&Adam

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                Posted 01 April 2009 - 12:06 PM

                So we just booked our snorkeling excursion, and we actually went through Cancun Catamarans! So far they have been great work with and I just know our guests are going to love it. Here is the main info, I sent this in an email to those guests that I figured would want to go:

                Hello there! I have some very exciting news...we have finally planned out and finalized our Snorkeling Excursion, and it is going to be AWESOME! We found a wonderful company called Cancun Catamarans, and they have really "hooked us up"! Check out their website...it's Cancun Catamarans, Cancun Catamaran Tours, Cancun Sailing, Sailboats in Cancun, Yachts and Deep Sea Fishing Charters.. Anyway, below is the scoop:

                The Snorkeling Excursion will be on Saturday, May 23 (day before the wedding) and will last from 10 AM until 2 PM. We will meet in the lobby of the Hilton Cancun Resort at 9:30 AM for check in. We will have our own PRIVATE CHARTERED 48-foot Catamaran. It will include (for all guests that will be attending the excursion): Round Trip Private Transportation from the Cancun Hilton, Open Bar, Bathrooms onboard, Nice Sound Systems (for music and dancing if you like), Snorkeling and gear, Spinnaker Sail (Parasail), and a full crew just for us (Bartender, Ship driver, and snorkeling guides). Also, we get discounts at different bars and things like that for booking through Cancun Catamarans!

                Open Bar: Rum, Vodka, Tequila, Rum Punch, Juices, Sodas, Bottled Water, Cold Beer and more.
                Dry Snacks: Assorted Chips You can also bring anything else you like.
                Description of the boat: "The Catamaran 48' "Next Wave" is a 40 pax Catamaran. This Catamaran is totally flat and great for parties. Small sitting area towards the back for 10-18 pax. It can be seen on our video on the Contact Us page. Cancun, Cancun Catamarans, Snorkeling, jungle tours, speed boat tours, Catamarans, sailing & day trips. She is perfect for wedding parties."
                Price: Only $50 per person! This is about as much as it costs through other companies to just go snorkeling with a bunch of strangers, with no fun stuff included...we are getting a GREAT deal. Please mail your checks to us and we will put you on the list. Trust me, we have gone snorkeling a few times in Cancun, and this is by farthe best deal we have found yet...we are getting so much for the amount it costs, for 4 hours of fun!
                Snorkeling:The normal snorkel time is around 90 minutes worth, and the rest would be cruising around the beautiful sea, drinking, having fun and carrying on, but we can choose to snorkel for as long as we'd like! We got an absolutely amazing deal on this excursion and I think it will be one of the highlights of the trip!
                Parasailing: In the attached pics you will see the Spinnaker Sail, aka a small Parasail. This is AWESOME that its included!!! It doesn't go as high as a "normal" parasail, but it will definitely be just as fun for those of you with an adventurous side who want to enjoy it!

                #8 bmiles

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                  Posted 09 April 2009 - 11:58 AM

                  Does anyone know of any operations out of Playa del Carmen. Our resort is only 10 minutes form there, so it would be ideal if we can find a snorkelling excursion from there!

                  #9 Simistar

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                    Posted 09 April 2009 - 08:44 PM

                    Originally Posted by bmiles
                    Does anyone know of any operations out of Playa del Carmen. Our resort is only 10 minutes form there, so it would be ideal if we can find a snorkelling excursion from there!
                    The one I posted about above (post #3) leaves from Playa Del Carmen!
                    They were great -- really!:-)
                    (If you have any questions, PM me:-))

                    #10 andrea

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                      Posted 05 May 2009 - 05:29 PM

                      Hey, I booked a tour through Julieta, for my future wedding, that is sightseeing, another one for a 24 hour cruise after the wedding. and dinner out. She has different attractions, runned by locals in local places!

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