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Turtle Snorkeling in Akumal
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3-in-1 Discovery Combo Tour: Tulum Ruins, Reef Snorkeling Plus Cenote and Caves
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Tulum Ruins with Optional Underground River Swim and Lunch from Cancun
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Yucatan Peninsula Full-Day Private Tour: Akumal, Tulum Ruins and Cenote Swim
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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!
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Easy to get to, Akumal is the BEST place to swim with turtles and enjoy a relaxing day on the beach. You can bring your own gear, or rent it for a song at one of the two dive shops on the bay. Look for the turtles near the boats tied up at the turtle grass (duh). Also look for the large school of fish near the shore and their resident barracuda. He will make you draw a deep breath, but then go on his way. Great day trip from anywhere along this beautiful stretch of beach!

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is a great day trip you can do on your own. If you are a budget minded traveler like us you don't need to hire a tour company, we did it for 1/4 of the price the tour companies were charging.

Big tip: Go early in the morning as that is when the turtles are feeding. We arrived around 8-8:30am

We came from Playa del Carmen on a collectivo that cost $160 pesos (about $15usd) round trip for 2 people vs. the cabs who want $50-$60 dollars round trip. It's about a 30-40 minute ride from Playa. When the collectivo dropped us off we had know idea where to go as there were no signs, but the driver got out and showed us how to get there. Just cross the bridge over the highway and walk straight down the road about 5-10 minutes and you are at the beach.

We went to the ecological center and watched a quick 5 minute video (which is free) to learn about the bay and what not to do to harm the reefs or the turtles. We then hired a guide from the center to take us around the bay. For the 2 of us, including the guide, snorkel equipment, life jackets, and a safe place to store your things the total was $500 pesos ($40usd).

If you have not been there before I would highly recommend getting a guide to take you around the bay. For the price and what he shows you it was well worth the $40 dollars. Our tour of the bay was about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. He showed us sunken cannons from the spanish ships, we never would've seen those or known what they were by ourselves, he pointed out a barracuda, different types of beautiful fish, and of course all the sea turtles. We saw about 10-15 turtles. After we tipped him $50 pesos.

You can also take your own snorkel gear or rent gear and lockers at the dive shops. When we go back we would do it on our own, but hiring the the guide for our first time there was a great decision.

Tip: When you are ready to eat ask a local where the Turtle Bay Cafe is. Our guide recommended it to us and showed us how to get there, as it is off the beaten path, and we never would've have found it on our own. The prices and the food there are amazing. It was the best breakfast we had on our whole vacation. Tip, they don't start serving lunch till noon, so we ended up eating a second breakfast that was out of this world.

All in all we spent about 4-5 hours at Akumal. If you decide to do the collectivo, when you are done in Akumal just walk back out to the highway to wait. The collectivos come along every 5 minutes, and if they don't stop for you it's only because they are full. We only waited about 2-3 minutes before one stopped for us.

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Akumal Beach is an amazing spot for turtle spotting. You don't need a tour or any guides and don't bother with the expensive packages. You can hire equipment right on the beach for just $140peso you can hire a snorkel and mask- and just snorkel off the beach. Amazing!

For more details and photos check out my blog from Tulum :)

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Reviewed October 19, 2012

This is a natural nesting area for the sea turtles. You can go there via MANY tour companies or on your own. we did the ATV/Akumal sea turtle excursion. The ATV through the jungle to a cenote and seeing monkeys...not exactly! This excursion was awesome except they said we would get to hold the monkeys...NO you don't...actually the monkeys and a few other animals are in a nasty Zoo like area...The cenote...on the other had was GORGEOUS! The sea tutles...AMAZING...the riding the ATV...crazy FUN...they should just leave out the monkey part and then it would be honest. They sent us through Jungles Jim's ATV...the nasty Zoo like thing was Indiana Joe's...I'm not sure if it is even open anymore:) The beach is actually free...just depends how you get there...I recommend an excursion.

Thank fishluvr
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

After visiting an underground cenote for snorkelling we visited akumal, all snorkelling items were provided including lifevests and we spent around 45mins in the sea. We saw lots of turtles up close, sting rays and even a Barracuda. We snorkelled along the reef and afterwards bought a disc of the photos they had taken of us at a very reasonable price!! Cannot reccomend enough.

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