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“Excellent snorkeling with Turtles” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Turtle Snorkeling in Akumal

Turtle Snorkeling in Akumal
Akumal 77730, Mexico
+52 984 155-2055
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Ranked #3 of 18 activities in Akumal
Type: Water sports
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Owner description: Discover the amazing experience of swimming and seeing the Green Turtles all year in Akumal, our environmental friendly tour is also for first timers, no previous experience needed, you just decide to come and we will assure you have one of the most fascinating experiences ever!
Toronto
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“Excellent snorkeling with Turtles”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

We did this as part of a cruise excursion. There were lots of turtles to see and photograph!
It was an easy swim off shore to see them, and there was a reef there as well to see plenty of fish.
I even saw stingray and a barracuda! I was so surprised to see the barracuda that I didn’t quite have my water camera set up.
He was big!
Awesome trip for our family and great beach too!! Enjoyed swimming after the snorkeling

Visited July 2013
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Essex, England
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“Awesome time snorkelling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

A once in a lifetime experience, it was a privilege to be so close to the turtles, and great photos as a reminder

Visited July 2013
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“Exceeded expectations!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

This was the last stop of our full day trip to Tulum, Coba, and a Mayan family's home.
I did not know what to expect. I was hoping that it would not be some small closed area where there is one turtle and a hundred people snorkeling around it. It was actually on a beach where people go out and swim. Obviously the main attraction is the snorkeling to find the turtles. It was a very cool experience. The area is big, you can do a lot of swimming. There is rental equipment available on the beach so you don't even have to do it as park of a tour. The water is around eight or nine feet at its deepest. It is clear and pretty clam. We snorkeled for about 45 min and saw eight or nine turtles. They are a good size, some had a shell with a diameter of about two feet or greater (60+cm). You can swim behind them, it is not suggested that you touch them or hover above them. For some you will see fish feeding of their shell as they are feeding on the grass on the bottom. Overall a great experience. I would definitely do it again.

There is a nice restaurant on the beach as well.

Visited July 2013
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“Still a great place to hang out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Update from my Sept post. Driving south from PDC exit Akumal and go left back over the freeway. You will pass an info kiosk on right and will see a large parking lot next to it. 50pesos to park all day so get there early and you're vehicle will be safe. Walk through the arch to the right and follow the path to the beach. There are several places to rent snorkel gear if you don't have your own. I don't think a tour is needed. Most of those large groups are coming from resorts and are soon gone. You'll see the area newly cordoned off for swimming and seeing turtles. However, on the left side you can go straight out through the boats and check out all the reef life. There is still a lot of good healthy reef at this site. Restaurant right there for drinks or food. There are trees to give shade so you don't have to pay for shade if you have a towel to sit on.

If you drive through the arch and bypass the first parking lot you can continue on down the unpaved road (watch out for those holes and speed bumps!) to Yal Ku. It looks like a nice quiet lagoon but I wasn't willing to pay $20.

Visited July 2013
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“Very good snorkelling with turtles from beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

This is excellent snorkeling with turtles accessible from the beach itself.

It is unfortunately getting much more crowded than what we remember from just six years ago with hordes of snorkel tour groups arriving by around noon.

You can get a snorkel tour from one of the dive shops/ various tour operators - I recommend CEA as they are a group that is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of these turtles so your money is going to support a good cause.

If you have your own gear you can do it yourself (feel free to ignore anyone who tries to harass you saying it is a national park (it is not) or that you must wear a life jacket/ buy a snorkel tour.
Having said that - although it is not a national park, this does NOT mean that you shouldn't respect the turtles and other sea life or the environment and there are guards available if you behave egregiously.

I recommend watching a FREE ten minute video at the CEA office (right on the beach) to familiarize yourself with what you should and should not do. The staff there did not pressure us to buy anything from them/ contribute but will provide you with information upon request.

Unfortunately too many tour guides just let people loose in the area without telling them basic rules like
Do not follow/ harass/ touch the turtles,
Keep observations of each turtle to a few minutes then move on
(there are plenty around so you will soon spot another turtle without stressing the same animal by following it around),
Do not stand on coral

Visited June 2013
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