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“Interesting, and important work done here” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Centro Ecologico Akumal

Centro Ecologico Akumal
Km 104 Carretera Puerto Juarez-Tulum, Akumal 77730, Mexico
52 984 875 9095
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Ranked #9 of 14 attractions in Akumal
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Boston, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Interesting, and important work done here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

This is a great group of people, trying to positively impact the area. The turtle talks and other presentations are informative and interesting, and the work they are doing to educate builders, owners, tourists, etc. on how to preserve the beauty and health of the environment is so important. We visit Akumal multiple times per year, and sometimes the schedule of talks isn't kept, and sometimes the center seems un-manned, but this may be due to budget. Great photos on display, sometimes nice drawings from children's programs. and sometimes nice locally made gift items for sale too, which make nice things to take back home to friends.

Visited March 2012
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“What a wonderful organization!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Do the turtle walk...we saw 4 turtles, and 1 laid eggs...wow what a great experience...will come back again and again!

Visited June 2012
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Bristol
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18 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Nice to see someone looking after the coast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

We took the collectivo bus to Akumal beach and found the beach well organised, a guy from the centre grabbed us at the entrance and took us to the centre to show us the video on what is being done there and how the sea areas were split into different zones for boats and snorklers. We were offered a cheap rate for the hour tour however i like to do things in my own pace and had our own equipment with us. I think being made to rent a life jacket was a bit much as no one does this in the Red Sea so not sure if its a H&S thing or money making thing, however we could keep the jackets all day. We were advised by the guy at the centre that they are trying to stop any travel companies from carrying out tours there and only having a 250 people limit to the beach which seems a good idea to preserve the area however when you get to the coral its 15ft below you and hard to touch even if you can dive well. Plus if you dont mind the walk from the Gran bahia principe resort you could walk in from around the next bay in an hour, so not sure how they police the amount of people. Would love to go when they have the egg laying season.

Visited December 2012
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quebec
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“nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

it is interesting, well done, informative, provides welcomed shade and cool.
of course you must have some interest in turtles without beeing a turtologue yourself.
It is better to go in turtle-laying-egg season, if your job can be synchronised!

Visited December 2012
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Edgewater, BC
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4 attraction reviews
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“terrible guide”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

If you go to Akumal, snorkel on your own. Give a donation to the Centro, but do NOT go out with their "guide". Four of us went out. Within a few minutes we spotted a turtle, so we stopped to watch. When we looked for our guide, he was gone. Eventually we spotted him and caught up with him. That's right, we had to go after him. When I asked him why the tour was only about 40 min instead of the hour we had paid for, and why we didn't go out to the reef, he blamed us for "wandering off".
While it was very neat to see the turtles, you can do this without a guide.
A complete ripoff.

Visited November 2012
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