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Kayaking Tours & Trips in Cancún

Blessed by year-round sunshine and boasting some of the warmest and most transparent waters in the world, Cancún is a paradise for kayaking enthusiasts. Whether you are a novice or an experienced paddler, the plethora of Cancún kayaking tours offer something for everyone.

A chance to slow down from the bustling city life of Cancún, kayaking tours offer a chance to explore the area's stunning natural beauty. Glide through crystal-clear lagoons, paddle alongside majestic mangrove forests, and soak up the relaxation that vacation is all about.

Here's all you need to know about kayaking tours, one of the most fun outdoor activities in Cancún.

What are the best kayaking tours in Cancún?

Daytime kayak tour in the Nichupte Lagoon

Led by a local guide, kayaking tours of the Nichupte Lagoon offer an unparalleled opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful natural areas in Cancún.

You'll paddle through crystal-clear waters teeming with exotic marine life, glide past mangrove forests that are home to egrets, herons, and other local wildlife.

You will also take in breathtaking views of the Caribbean coast – all while learning about the area's ecology and wildlife from your naturalist guide.

Cancún kayak tour at sunset

A romantic option for couples, sunset kayak tours are a magical way to end your day. Available in multiple locations such as Isla Mujeres, Punta Nizuc, and the Nichupte Lagoon, these sunset kayak tours are a great way to unwind after a day exploring all that Cancún has to offer.

Due to the diverse flora and fauna, you may see everything from birds to fish, dolphins, rays, crustaceans and even dolphins if you're lucky.

Morning kayak through the Cancún mangroves

A relaxing way to start the day, before the city wakes up and transforms into the bustling tourist hotspot that it is, Cancún morning kayak tours offer a tranquil and meditative way to explore the area's stunning mangrove forests.

With expert guides at your side, you'll paddle along quiet waterways teeming with wildlife and learn about how these unique ecosystems intertwine with local communities.

Kayaking in Garrafon Reef Park

Located along the southern end of Isla Mujeres off the coast of Cancún, Garrafon Reef Park is a nature lover's dream. With beautiful beaches, lush tropical foliage and crystal-clear waters teeming with marine life, Garrafon offers some of the best kayaking opportunities in the Cancún area.

These kayaking tours usually include transport from the mainland on a ferry. You can also use Garrafon's other facilities such as snorkeling pools, ziplines and restaurants. You will also be given time to tour the island by bike or on foot before a delicious buffet for dinner.

How much do kayaking tours in Cancún cost?

The price of kayaking tours in Cancún varies depending on the type of tour you choose, as well as other factors such as your location and time of year.

Generally, standalone kayak rentals cost around US$25 per hour, while guided tours typically range from US$50 to US$200 per person. However, there are often special deals available for booking online. Specific prices are as follows:

Daytime kayak tour in the Nichupte Lagoon

  • From US$30 to US$90 per person

Cancún kayak tour at sunset

  • From US$30 to US$40 per person

Morning kayak through the Cancún mangroves

  • From US$30 to US$40 per person

Kayaking in Garrafon Reef Park

  • Adults: Around US$125
  • Children: Around US$95

What is included?

All equipment, including kayaks, paddles, life jackets and safety gear are typically included in the price of kayaking tours in Cancún. Some guided tours may also include snacks or drinks, as well as transportation to and from your hotel.

Additionally, many tour companies offer special deals that include activities such as snorkeling or ziplining at an additional cost. The cost covers the fee of the guide who will accompany you on your kayaking tour and provide expert insight into the area's ecology and wildlife.

Where does it start?

The majority of Cancún kayaking trips will start with convenient pickup from your hotel or other location within the city. Alternatively, depending on your tour, you may meet at places such as Marina Scuba Cancún or Marina Kaybal.

Double-check your tour details to confirm the start location and time, as different tours have different itineraries and departure points.

How long does it last?

Most kayaking tours in Cancún typically last between 2 and 3 hours. However, if you opt for a combination tour that includes other activities such as snorkeling or ziplining, the duration may reach 6 to 8 hours.

When is the best time for a kayaking tour in Cancún?

The best time for a kayaking tour in Cancún depends on your preferences. For romance, choose a sunset tour in the evening. For relaxation, a tour in the morning is best as you seldom have crowded areas.

As for the time of year, the waters around Cancún are beautiful year-round.

Are there any combo available with kayaking tours in Cancún?

Yes, there are many combo tours available that pair kayaking with other exciting activities. Popular options include snorkeling, ziplining, cliff jumping, and more. Many of these can be found at the Cancún theme parks and eco parks.

Day trip to Bacalar and Sujuyja from Cancún

One of the most popular kayaking combination tours is the trip to Bacalar and Sujuyja from Cancún.

This full-day tour includes a kayaking excursion on the beautiful blue waters of Lake Bacalar. You'll kayak through areas such as the 7 colors lagoon, swim or snorkel in a cenote and, depending on your tour, visit ancient Maya ruins along the way.

Is it safe to take a kayaking tour in Cancún?

Yes, it is safe to take a kayaking tour in Cancún. All professional tour companies are well-equipped with safety gear, including life jackets, first aid kits, and more. In addition, all tours are led by experienced guides who have the knowledge and skills to keep you safe during your adventure.

Are children allowed on a kayaking tour in Cancún?

Generally, yes. However, there is usually a minimum age requirement of around 10 years old. Check the requirements of your chosen kayaking tour before booking, as each one has slightly different rules.

What happens in case of bad weather?

Cancún is blessed with warm, sunny weather year-round, so it is rare to encounter bad weather during a kayaking tour. However, if conditions do become unsafe due to high winds or rain, tour companies will be able to reschedule your trip for another day or provide a refund.

Which other water activities can be done in Cancún?

Travel tips

  • When kayaking, wear a hat, sunblock and a shirt to protect yourself from the sun. Also make sure to bring plenty of water.
  • To get the most out of your kayaking experience, go with a guide who can provide expert insight into the area's wildlife.
  • If you want to avoid crowds, opt for a morning or sunset kayaking trip.
  • Plenty of kayaking tour companies provide hotel pickup and drop-off, so ask directly even if it is not included on the tour description.