We stumbled into the Akumal dive shop one morning during our family vacation in Tulum. We planned on spending a lazy day at the beach, but couldn't resist the thought of swimming with sea turtles. We had our three boys with us (8, 7 and 4). We were unsure of our youngest's ability with snorkel gear and contemplated one of us sitting out the trip with him. Diego suggested he go with us (life jackets are required for trips) and hold onto the floatation devise Diego would take with him. If he chose to snorkel he could, if not, it wouldn't be a problem. He didn't even charge us for his trip. This was a perfect solution!! We all got to enjoy the experience together and it was memorable. Sea turtles, sting rays, baby squid, coral, countless varieties of fish. Diego was fantastic with the kids. Carefully and thoughtfully answering all of their questions. Our youngest, once comfortable in the water, watching all of us snorkel and realizing we were keeping a safe distance from all of the marine life gave snorkeling a try. He enjoyed the experience and toward the end of our journey he was snorkeling independently.
Having not brought an underwater camera, we had resigned ourselves to capturing only memories of our journey. However, Eduardo came along with us as our personal photographer. He captured some great photos of our family and sold us a high quality dvd with all of the images, including some shots captured at other times of the marine life, which our children love.
If you have any hesitation of snorkeling with your family I highly recommend giving it a try and Diego will patiently guide you!! Enjoy!
Oh, one more thing. You are provided a locker for use while you snorkel. They allow you to keep it until 4:30pm. While the children played all afternoon on the beach, our valuables were safe and secure!
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