Riviera Maya resorts add adventure to luxury plans

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PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico -- Several Riviera Maya resorts are offering combination luxury and adventure packages to entice active clients. Although the focus is on scuba diving, the packages feature activities ranging from snorkeling to skydiving.

The following is a sample of what's available:

• The 29-room Ikal del Mar resort is offering two dive/adventure packages. The five-night Underwater Wonder package includes two open-water dives and one cenote (underwater cave) dive as well as daily breakfast and airport transfers. The package costs $3,445 per person, double, through April 30 and $3,115 from May 1 to Dec. 20.

• The seven-night Ultimate Adrenaline Rush package features two open-water dives, one cenote dive, one excursion to swim with dolphins and one skydiving experience as well as breakfast and airport transfers. The package costs $4,859 per person, double, through April 30 and $4,409 from May 1 to Dec. 20. For information or reservations, call (888) 230-7330 or visit www.ikaldelmar.com.

Nohoch Mul, the second largest Mayan pyramid, towers above the ruins at Coba. • The 58-room Maroma Resort and Spa is offering a four-night Yucatan Exploration package that includes a snorkeling trip, tours of the Tulum and Coba archaeological sites and excursions to explore cenotes. The package also includes daily breakfast, a three-course dinner with wine for two people, one spa treatment per person and airport transfers. Prices start at $1,715 per person, double.

For information or reservations, call (866) 454-9351 or visit www.maromahotel.com.

• The 23-room Riviera del Sol Hotel, located across from the beach on Playa del Carmen's Fifth Avenue, is marketing a Mayan Adventure package that includes tours of Coba, Pac-Chen and Chimuch, with a choice of rappelling, canoeing, snorkeling and kayaking.

A seven-night package is priced from $543 per person, double, including daily breakfast and use of the Playa Mamitas Beach Club. For more information, call (800) 555-2220 or visit www.rivieramayaadventures.com.

• The 85-room Shangri-La Caribe Beach Village Resort offers a seven-night diving package that includes three days of open-water diving and one cenote dive. The package costs $762 per person, double. For information or reservations, call (800) 555-2220 or visit www.shangrilacaribe.net.

• The 287-room, all-inclusive Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun sells an Undersea Adventure package that offers a choice between snorkeling and scuba diving or a submarine tour.

The five-night package costs $1,530 per person, double, through April 15. The scuba diving option includes a two-hour resort course and one open-water dive. For information or reservations, call (866) GO-SECRETS or visit the Web at www.secretsresorts.com.

For information about the Riviera Maya, call (011) 52-984 859-2170, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.rivieramaya.com.

To contact reporter Jorge Sidron, send e-mail to [email protected].

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