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Water Activities at Excellence Riviera Cancun

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

One of the biggest highlights of our Cancun vacation were all the water activities. The all-inclusive package includes a few non-motorized water activities. When we were in Cancun in 2010, we managed to capsize a hobie cat, but this time around, we were careful not to go out when it’s too windy. Here is Captain John commandeering our hobit cat!

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

On our 2010 trip to Cancun, we did a day trip to Chitchen Itza and Cenote Il Kil, which was just breathtaking. This time around, we wanted a different type of excursion. The sales people at the resort are pretty aggressive when it comes to selling tour packages. I don’t know why they highlight the buffets on the longer tours, especially when we were already have all you can eat at the resort. By the way, here are we clowning around in the pool, pretending to crocodiles…

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

We ultimately decided on the jungle tour, which was a reasonable half day trip. Instead of speed boats, we picked the wave runner style boats! It’s like a water motorcycle for two. You drive your own boat and follow the tour guide through the mangrove channels of Nichupté Lagoon. The ride was quite thrilling, and I managed to grab a quick photo as we were zooming along…

Jungle Tour, Cancun, Mexico

It took about 45 minutes to reach our destination, Punta Nizuc, a beautiful coral reef. After tying up all our boats, we pulled out our snorkeling gear from the storage compartment under our seats. This was our first time snorkeling, but John had no trouble with it as he has always been a swimmer. It took me a while to get the hang of it after a quick lesson from the tour guide,  but I was quickly swimming among all the colorful fishies!

Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

The water was actually crystal clear (unlike our photos), and we could see every detail of the fishes and corals. Schools of fish were swimming around us, but they didn’t seem bothered by us at all. You’re required by Mexican law to wear a life vest at all times, but if you’re a good enough swimmer, it’s not too difficult to dive into the water with your vest on.

Jungle Tour, Cancun, Mexico

Since John drove the boat to the snorkeling site, it was my turn to drive on our way back. This is hilarious… I don’t know how to drive a car or ride a bike, but here I am driving what is essentially a water motorcycle! The backseat driving was kept to a minimum (hah), but I did have a hard time parking the boat at the dock. I crashed into another boat, but everyone was okay. Phew!

P.S. We even managed to get a quick, blurry selfie on our way to the snorkeling site when the tour guide stopped the group to go check on one boat that was falling behind.

Jungle Tour, Cancun, Mexico

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  • Reply
    Delicious Peace of Mind
    May 8, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    What interesting water adventures you guys had! Too bad water camera wasn’t ready to cooperate :P And I love your crocodiles photo! Too cute! :)

    • Reply
      wazwu
      May 11, 2015 at 9:38 am

      I wish we could do more water activities! Guess that means we should save up for another tropical beach vacation. ;)

  • Reply
    Mitzie Mee
    May 11, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    *LOL* fun times usually come with blurry selfies:) Mexico looks like a wonderful place for a getaway and I’m really eager to go. When is the best time of the year for a Cancun trip?

    • Reply
      wazwu
      May 12, 2015 at 9:22 am

      I believe December to April is the peak seasons, but it seems ideal as the weather is a bit milder then. Lots of people like a winter getaway at the beach! Depending on what resort you’re at, you may run into spring breakers. ;P It gets really hot and humid in the summer months, and the fall tends to get stormy.

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    Mrs C
    May 12, 2015 at 4:10 am

    haha, I love the ‘croco’ shot! The trip to the coral reef sounds wonderful, I’d do that too. I just adore activities on vacation! Well, I am a mom of teenagers, what else do I do, right? Of course being a middle-aged parent, I tend to be uncool and slow. The last time we were in Seychelles, we (me and husband) embarrassed the boys to the max with our kayaking skill. We got stuck on a huge rock that was slightly below the surface of the water and couldn’t move. One of us had to go down and pushed the kayak off the rock. Not cool. *wiggling finger*

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      wazwu
      May 12, 2015 at 9:26 am

      I don’t think of myself of an outdoorsy person, but water activities are so much fun. Haha, with two teenage boys, I’m sure you and your husband have plenty of interesting adventures when you travel!

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