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Address: Km 104 Carretera Puerto Juarez-Tulum, Akumal 77730, Mexico
Phone Number: 52 984 875 9095
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Loving the Turtles to Death?

We went at 8 am for a guided snorkel tour, and it was well worth the $50 as it meant that we could see the most likely places for turtles hanging out. In fact, we had 12... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
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Utah
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261 reviews 261 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We went at 8 am for a guided snorkel tour, and it was well worth the $50 as it meant that we could see the most likely places for turtles hanging out. In fact, we had 12 sightings, and a most handsome stingray to boot. (Anyone who claims Manta Rays are here does not truly know what a Manta looks... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Akumal is a very popular place and attracts large groups of people, so it is clearly difficult to balance the needs of the wildlife against the demands of tourism. The Centro Ecologico is trying its best to do that. When you arrive, you are shown a short video that explains the restrictions of the area - where you can and... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Our snorkeling tour was great - saw turtles and beautiful fish, and the price was right. The down side was that the equipment given to our adult children didn't fit and was poor quality. My husband and I had our own equipment so we did well, but the kids didn't tell us until afterwards that the mask was crushing their... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

the centro is trying to hold back the tide of encroaching tourism into Akumal. Akumal is after all a turtle breeding ground and the centro is attempting to retain that admidst bigger hotels and more and more snorkelers.

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Regina, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

CEA, thank you for all your hard work. I wish that Mexico would make it law that if you're swimming in the ocean, that you must wear reef safe sunscreen. We've taken our children through your centre and they still talk about Akumal. You have planted the seed of interest in sea creatures with them and they too know the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This was my favourite activity during our trip to Mexico's Riviera Maya. The organisers are conservationists at heart and it is run by locals who care. We paid US$25 each to snorkel with a guide and a large chunk of that money goes back into the protection of the reef and local marine life. On arrival you can watch a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We paid $50 for 2 of us to snorkel with a guide and see the turtles. What is brilliant is that the guide only takes small groups out (5 max) and he knows the area so well! We bypassed many other larger groups and swam to areas where we saw the most amazing turtles. It was a real experience and... More 

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Kamloops
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We did the 1 hour bay tour and it was fantastic. The guide is very knowledgeable, knows where to find the turtles, rays and big schools of fish and it is fantastic. In addition he will take your camera to dive down and get some closeup shots and will also hold up for an appropriate amount of time so that... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

AKUMAL This beautiful bay is a major attraction known for its sea turtles abundant varieties of fish and beautiful coral. When you arrive head directly to the tours run by the Centro Ecologico Akumal. There you will be given instruction on how to snorkel without damaging the environment and what you will see on your tour. For $25 you will... More 

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Highland, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

People on the board are directly responsible for allowing the bay to be ruined by having a conflict of interest with the pirates and dive shops that are renting snorkle equipment to hundreds of people everyday. The turtle grass is being destroyed. And there does not seem to be any restrictions in site. MOney is being made today without any... More 

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