Cozumel Amazing River & Cavern Explore Excursion Reviews

These remarkable caverns connected by underground waterways are sure to astonish you. Enjoy breath-taking stalagmites and other incredible forms that will bring a new appreciation to Cozumel's subterranean world.
Great trip to Rio Secreto.
Sail Date: May 2019
Great trip to Rio Secreto. Long ferry ride, then a long bus ride to Rio Secreto but it was worth it to see the underground river. Pictures cost $99 but are worth it.
Great trip to Rio Secreto. Long ferry ride, then a long bus ride to Rio Secreto but it was worth it to see the underground river. Pictures cost $99 but are worth it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Wonderful experience with Sergio, our tour guide and Martin, our cave guide.
Sail Date: April 2019
Wonderful experience with Sergio, our tour guide and Martin, our cave guide.
Wonderful experience with Sergio, our tour guide and Martin, our cave guide. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This was the highlight of our cruise!
Sail Date: April 2019
This was the highlight of our cruise! Because we were such a big group we had the guide all to ourselves. The caves were absolutely beautiful, like nothing I've ever seen. When booking through the cruise line it says there is a weight ... Read More
This was the highlight of our cruise! Because we were such a big group we had the guide all to ourselves. The caves were absolutely beautiful, like nothing I've ever seen. When booking through the cruise line it says there is a weight limit of 250 lbs, but we had 4 in our group over 250 lbs, 2 over 300 lbs, and had no issues. The 4 over 250 lbs did not attempt the wetsuits, but were told they had ones that would fit. Throughout the cave experience there was a photographer that followed us around taking pictures. At the end we were able to purchase the pictures individually ($20 each I think) or $180 for a digital drive of all photos. We probably wouldn't have purchased the photos if it were just our family, but since we were splitting it with 2 other families we thought it was worth it. You are not able to take your own pictures in the cave. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Amazing River was every penny worth it!
Sail Date: April 2019
Amazing River was every penny worth it! Exploring the cave was awesome. It is beautiful in there and something to see. You are in a wet suit with head lamp and water shoes (provided). Water did feel a bit cold, but you do get used to ... Read More
Amazing River was every penny worth it! Exploring the cave was awesome. It is beautiful in there and something to see. You are in a wet suit with head lamp and water shoes (provided). Water did feel a bit cold, but you do get used to it. Highly recommend this trip. Enrique, our guide, was awesome! Very knowledgeable and informative. Great personality. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Take the Rio Secreto excursion!
Sail Date: March 2019
Take the Rio Secreto excursion! You won't be disappointed. We booked the Cenote Hopping excursion, but it got cancelled the night before. So we booked the Secret River excursion, unfortunately for twice the money. We were glad we ... Read More
Take the Rio Secreto excursion! You won't be disappointed. We booked the Cenote Hopping excursion, but it got cancelled the night before. So we booked the Secret River excursion, unfortunately for twice the money. We were glad we ended up with this excursion, though. Extremely knowleagble river guide (Benito) and friendly tour bus ride to the site and back. Beautiful yet erie experience 85 ft underground in the limestone caves walking through the crystal clear river. Ended with a Mexican buffet lunch that was average. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
from Cozumel to the mainland (Playa del Carmen) and then a short bus ride to the secret river.
Sail Date: March 2019
from Cozumel to the mainland (Playa del Carmen) and then a short bus ride to the secret river. The total trip to the Secret River is approximately 45-55 mins. The secret river itself is absolutely beautiful - perhaps the highlight of our ... Read More
from Cozumel to the mainland (Playa del Carmen) and then a short bus ride to the secret river. The total trip to the Secret River is approximately 45-55 mins. The secret river itself is absolutely beautiful - perhaps the highlight of our trip. We were split into small groups of about 10 people with 1 guide. They provide helmets, wet suits, life vests, water shoes, towels, lockers - everything you need at no additional charge. The views inside the cave are incredible. You can walk on dry land or wade through 1-2 feet of water in most of the cave, but there are portions that you must swim too. You do not have to to be athletic to participate, but you cannot be scared of water or claustrophobic. I am not a good swimmer and I had no problem floating with the life vest. After the hike, they give some Mayan liquor to drink and an excellent Mexican meal at no additional charge. Then, they take you back to Playa del Carmen to shop for about 1 hour and take the ferry back to Cozumel and the ship. Overall, the experience was excellent and the company that ran the secret river tour was second to none. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We spent 10 hours door to door for an excursion that was only 1.5 hour long.
Sail Date: March 2019
We spent 10 hours door to door for an excursion that was only 1.5 hour long. 3 hours were spent just waiting at the island because the tour operator forcefully wanted us to shop there.
We spent 10 hours door to door for an excursion that was only 1.5 hour long. 3 hours were spent just waiting at the island because the tour operator forcefully wanted us to shop there. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Very safe.
Sail Date: March 2019
Very safe. Guides were great.
Very safe. Guides were great. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Disney Cruise Line
Great experience, an awesome tour guide (Roberto), good food.
Sail Date: February 2019
Great experience, an awesome tour guide (Roberto), good food. We will definitely do this one again.
Great experience, an awesome tour guide (Roberto), good food. We will definitely do this one again. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
This was indeed amazing, and my favorite excursion for a cruise.
Sail Date: January 2019
This was indeed amazing, and my favorite excursion for a cruise. They gave us helmets, wet suits, and walking sticks, and took us down into the caves - water sometimes up to our chests. The footing was a little treacherous, but you were ... Read More
This was indeed amazing, and my favorite excursion for a cruise. They gave us helmets, wet suits, and walking sticks, and took us down into the caves - water sometimes up to our chests. The footing was a little treacherous, but you were fine if you listened to the guide and were careful. Such a great experience! The water is cold - 77f, so something to prepare for, but so pretty that you didn't notice much if you wore the wet suit. The food afterwards was also fantastic. Highly recommend! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This was so amazing and one of the best excursions we have ever done.
Sail Date: December 2018
This was so amazing and one of the best excursions we have ever done. You have to be careful as the ground is not flat (many jagged things under the water) and there are some tight areas that you need to get through (with not always the ... Read More
This was so amazing and one of the best excursions we have ever done. You have to be careful as the ground is not flat (many jagged things under the water) and there are some tight areas that you need to get through (with not always the best direction), but we would surely recommend it. You take the 30 minute ferry to the mainland and then a 30 minute bus ride back into the jungle. They provide you with water shoes, a wetsuit, miners helmet, life jacket and walking stick. Do not go without the walking stick. There are five entrances into the caves and your guide does not know which one you will get until you are there. You walk through the jungle for about ten minutes, have a Mayan ceremony, and then enter the caves. There are some steep areas that are slick so you must be careful walking. You head down into total darkness for 1.5 hours. You are walking through ankle to waist high water most of the time, but also swimming in several areas. It is fantastic and crazy. The formations are beautiful. So awesome to be swimming through this crystal clear cool water underground. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
So great!
Sail Date: December 2018
So great! Our guides were informative and showed us so many things in the cave. They explained everything and made everyone feel at ease. Shoes and life jackets provided. Lunch was authentic and presented nicely. Area was clean and well ... Read More
So great! Our guides were informative and showed us so many things in the cave. They explained everything and made everyone feel at ease. Shoes and life jackets provided. Lunch was authentic and presented nicely. Area was clean and well kept. Shopping portion was great too! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Excellent experience in the caves.
Sail Date: December 2018
Excellent experience in the caves. The ride from Cozumel to Playa Del Carmen on the ferry was harrowing for those who have sea sickness problems. The ride from the main highway to the caves was very bumpy and slow. Once there, the cave ... Read More
Excellent experience in the caves. The ride from Cozumel to Playa Del Carmen on the ferry was harrowing for those who have sea sickness problems. The ride from the main highway to the caves was very bumpy and slow. Once there, the cave experience was out of this world!!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Best excursion I’ve ever done.
Sail Date: December 2018
Best excursion I’ve ever done. A long day- must ferry and bus to the site, but worth the time. Great tour guide gave small group (about 10) our tour. Lots of people go there but guides keep groups apart so you’ll feel like it’s just ... Read More
Best excursion I’ve ever done. A long day- must ferry and bus to the site, but worth the time. Great tour guide gave small group (about 10) our tour. Lots of people go there but guides keep groups apart so you’ll feel like it’s just your group when underground. They provide 1/2 wetsuit, life jacket, lighted helmet and walking stick. You will use them all... beautiful! They fed us lunch after that was a buffet of local food and good too. A professional photographer goes with your group- plan to buy the photos for $99 as they are excellent! (You can’t bring your own stuff including camera, but you’ll have a locker for your stuff.) Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
It was a little rough getting to this place but OH SO WORTH IT!!
Sail Date: December 2018
It was a little rough getting to this place but OH SO WORTH IT!! The ferry from Cozumel was rough! Take your Dramamine! The ferry workers routinely had out plastic bags so I fear the rough seas are a common occurrence for some reason. ... Read More
It was a little rough getting to this place but OH SO WORTH IT!! The ferry from Cozumel was rough! Take your Dramamine! The ferry workers routinely had out plastic bags so I fear the rough seas are a common occurrence for some reason. About 90 people signed up for this excursion, so there was a lot of waiting at the dock after the ferry ride as they organized everyone into smaller groups. BUT, was that was done, I never felt like we were in a big group again! You get in a nice little van with your group of 10-12 people for transport to the caverns. From there they did a great job of keeping it small. You see other folks when you’re picking out your wetsuit (shorty type) and life jacket, but that’s about it. Water is 74 in caverns. I really didn’t need a wetsuit as it’s hot walking to the caverns and you quickly get used to water temp. I had to zip mine half off and the. Was quite comfy in the cavern. The caverns were spectacular! Such a unique experience. Our guide, Martina, was awesome! There are parts where you can just float on your back through the caverns and simply be awed!!! Best excursion on the trip!! There are several routes through the caverns, so we only saw other groups a couple of times. It was quiet peaceful and beautiful in there. Martina did not rush us at all and we took our time exploring the caverns! A quick lunch is included at end of tour. It was delicious. Just a little rushed because your back with whole group of 90 people and then back to shops at the ferry landing for about 30 min before ferry back to ship. Seas were a little smoother on trip back to Cozumel but I still saw the plastic bags being handed out. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
For our stop in Cozumel we had booked a tour of the underground caves of Rio Secreto.
Sail Date: December 2018
For our stop in Cozumel we had booked a tour of the underground caves of Rio Secreto. What a great choice! As the caves are located on mainland we had to take a high speed ferry to Playa Del Carmen. Then a 40 min bus ride to the caves ... Read More
For our stop in Cozumel we had booked a tour of the underground caves of Rio Secreto. What a great choice! As the caves are located on mainland we had to take a high speed ferry to Playa Del Carmen. Then a 40 min bus ride to the caves center. The 40 min bus ride was about 20 min on the roads and highway and another 20 min on a dirt road in the jungle. A relatively bumpy ride, but nothing to be concerned about as the drivers were really careful in navigating the pot holes. Nothing worse than driving in Montreal (I am only half joking here J ). Once arrived at the caves, our group was broken down in smaller groups of 8-9 people and assigned a specific guide. We were lucky in getting assigned Natalia. We were then given water shoes, a wet suit, a life vest and a helmet equipped with a head lamp. All the equipment was in very good shape and clean. Lockers with locks were provided and the center had very nice and clean changing rooms/restrooms. A quick shower was ordered to make sure we do not bring any chemicals in the caves. Once fitted we were guided through the jungle to the reentrance of our cave. We ended up spending more than 1.5 hour in the cave. What an incredible experience! Portions of the exploration was on dry ground, but other portions were in the water. The water was super clean. Fresh, but not super cold. With the wet suit it was fine. Sometimes the water was deeper than our feet, but nothing to fear as the life vest insured everyone would simply float around. And what a very different and pleasant feeling. As you will read in reviews of this tour, you are not allowed to bring cameras or phones with you for safety reasons. And to be honest it makes sense and I would agree with the policy. There is a photographer that accompanies the group and takes snapshots throughout the whole trek. After the tour you are offered to purchase the photos. 25$ per phot or 99$ for all the photos of the tour (about 28 photos). The photos were quite good, but still a bit pricey. Up to you to decide. Once the tour completed we changed back to our regular clothes and were taken in a nice pavilion for a Mexican buffet. Good honest food that was fresh and tasteful. After the 2 hours tour, the food was well appreciated. Natalia was very good as a guide. She had a lot of information and insights to share with the group. She had a nice “tongue in cheek” sense of humor that was appreciated. And throughout the whole tour (inside and outside the caves) she was really mindful and careful in making sure everyone was doing fine and was safe. The ground in the caved is uneven and littered with obstacles, so everyone has to be careful and Natalia made sure we were all safe. As you can see, this was a tour we really really enjoyed. A very unique experience. All very well organized and operated with very nice facilities. And with very friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff (especially Natalia). The whole tour and transportation back and forth to the ship took about 8 hours. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Amazing amazing excursion!
Sail Date: November 2018
Amazing amazing excursion! Highly recommend, staff was so nice and the cave was just breathtaking. Best excursion of the cruise.
Amazing amazing excursion! Highly recommend, staff was so nice and the cave was just breathtaking. Best excursion of the cruise. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Ah-mazing!!!!!
Sail Date: November 2018
Ah-mazing!!!!! Worth every penny. The tour guide was wonderful and the experience was wonderful. We really enjoyed the lunch served as well. What we didn’t enjoy was the ferry ride. They handed out bags at the beginning and almost every ... Read More
Ah-mazing!!!!! Worth every penny. The tour guide was wonderful and the experience was wonderful. We really enjoyed the lunch served as well. What we didn’t enjoy was the ferry ride. They handed out bags at the beginning and almost every single person got sick. I have never been on a boat ride that choppy. Other than that, well worth it! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Caverns were beautiful.
Sail Date: November 2018
Caverns were beautiful. Swimming and rafting in the caverns was so much fun. We would high recommend this excursion. Guide was great and so friendly.
Caverns were beautiful. Swimming and rafting in the caverns was so much fun. We would high recommend this excursion. Guide was great and so friendly. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Amazing excursion.
Sail Date: November 2018
Amazing excursion. Pricey but worth it. Swimming and wading through cenote cave river was great. Just like pictures. Food was good. Did not like having to stay in mainland city for 1.5 hrs after tour, but they make you. No boat to ... Read More
Amazing excursion. Pricey but worth it. Swimming and wading through cenote cave river was great. Just like pictures. Food was good. Did not like having to stay in mainland city for 1.5 hrs after tour, but they make you. No boat to take back and had to walk around town. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Rio Secreto (Secret River)- underground river required wetsuits, hard hats with lights, and a sense ...
Sail Date: November 2018
Rio Secreto (Secret River)- underground river required wetsuits, hard hats with lights, and a sense of adventure. The ferry/van drive were a hassle and little communication offered (and late arrival back to ship) but the tour of the ... Read More
Rio Secreto (Secret River)- underground river required wetsuits, hard hats with lights, and a sense of adventure. The ferry/van drive were a hassle and little communication offered (and late arrival back to ship) but the tour of the Secret River was worth the hassle. My daughter and I found it fascinating, and our guide inside the caves (Luis) was exceptional!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We took a ferry to the mainland and got on a bus.
Sail Date: July 2018
We took a ferry to the mainland and got on a bus. We had a large group and had a short time to use the restroom and get changed. We were left behind by our guide, getting caught up by seeing another tour guide. Everything about this felt ... Read More
We took a ferry to the mainland and got on a bus. We had a large group and had a short time to use the restroom and get changed. We were left behind by our guide, getting caught up by seeing another tour guide. Everything about this felt rushed. I recommend being dressed for the activity before getting off the ship. The zip line was fun, but honestly felt like too many zip lines after a while. The climbing was difficult for many around me. The food was okay. It was a huge buffet with food from different cultures. The river Swim was pretty chilly, but tolerable. And it’s less of a swim and more of a float and walk on the bottom while waiting for people in front of you to move faster. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Water was chilly but still awesome
Sail Date: July 2018
Water was chilly but still awesome
Water was chilly but still awesome Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We went to the Amazing Secret River tour.
Sail Date: July 2018
We went to the Amazing Secret River tour. That was the highlight of the entire cruise!! They gave you a wet suit and took you underground into the caverns and the water below. We waded and swam thru the caverns for an hour and a half. ... Read More
We went to the Amazing Secret River tour. That was the highlight of the entire cruise!! They gave you a wet suit and took you underground into the caverns and the water below. We waded and swam thru the caverns for an hour and a half. It was amazing as the name states!! To see the caverns untouched by technology and man was fantastic. The water was so pure you could see thru it and to see no pollution or trash or anything but pure water and nature was so awesome.. Our guide was wonderful and we had some amazing pictures taken. I would go back again and again!!!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We went cenote hopping and it was an EXCELLENT active excursion that included jumping and zip ...
Sail Date: July 2018
We went cenote hopping and it was an EXCELLENT active excursion that included jumping and zip lining into the fresh water springs!
We went cenote hopping and it was an EXCELLENT active excursion that included jumping and zip lining into the fresh water springs! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line