We did this same trip in 2014 with such HUGE success that we are offering it twice in 2015!
It's a great trip with so much to offer. The fabulous all inclusive hotel, the reef diving, the cenote dives ... or snorkeling with the whale sharks?!! Let's start with the whale sharks since it's the craziest thing you can legally do! Yes – you will be in the water with 30' – 40' FISH! They are generally seen feeding (on plankton) at the surface so you can easily view them from the boat or snorkel along side of them. This is a terrific opportunity to get up close and personal with the largest fish in the world – without even putting on scuba gear!
We will also enjoy diving on the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world. The reef system begins north of Cancun and runs all the way to Honduras! And, if you need more unique and spectacular opportunities – then let's go diving in a cenote! A what? A cenote is filled with crystal clear (truly), fresh water opening to a vast system of underground caverns, tunnels and chambers. You will not enter the cave/cavern system – this is just the magnificent opening that leads to them.
To be sure that no one gets too waterlogged, we will take a half day tour to the Tulum Ruins. These are spectacular Mayan ruins with a very unique location – standing on a bluff facing the rising sun and looking out on the Caribbean Sea. Even if you don't care about the history of the ruins – you will love the view!! You will learn more about it in person – but let me tell you that Tulum means "wall" and this walled city was one of the very few walled cities that the ancient mayans (and their alien counterparts) ever built.
Oh – the hotel ... wow ... this is really good! Located in Puerta Aventuras, about 50 miles from the hustle and bustle of Cancun, the Catalonia Riviera Maya has 423 spacious rooms, 7 restaurants, 7 bars, 5 swimming pools, a gym, nightly entertainment, a sports center (loaded with non-motorized toys like windsurfing, sailboats and kayaks) and more! This is the perfect place to spend some time in between diving, snorkeling and touring!