Water activity

Cancun: Marine Turtle Observation in Akumal

4.2 / 5

14 reviews

Activity provider: EcoColors Tours

Cancun: Marine Turtle Observation in Akumal

Activity provider: EcoColors Tours

From US$ 125 per person

Snorkel with sea turtles in Akumal, home to the second largest reef in the world. Discover the sacred waters of a marvelous cenote, nature's swimming pool.

About this activity

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Duration 5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French, German
Pickup included
We pick up from all hotels in Cancun, along the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, etc
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Snorkel with sea turtles in the second largest coral reef in the world.
  • Learn about the marine turtles from biologists-guides.
  • Enjoy a true discovery experience for the whole family.
  • Go snorkeling in the famous "Cenote Azul" and enjoy its crystal clear waters.
Full description
Come and snorkel with sea turtles in the second largest coral reef in the world. Snorkel in a natural protected area, Akumal, which is Mayan for place of the Turtles. Akumal is a cozy little beach community located 75 miles (120 km) south of Cancun along Mexico’s Caribbean Coast. The protected area of Akumal is home to many animals like the marine turtles. The marine turtles come near the beach of Akumal and you will get the chance to see them up close. Enjoy the crystal clear waters of a cenote, a natural swimming hole. These natural swimming pools form when limestome bedrock crumbles away, revealing pristine streams beneath. Itinerary: 07:00 Latest pick-up at your hotel in Cancun (8:00 Playa del Carmen and 08:45 Tulum). 09:00 Snorkel in Akumal, a natural protected area and enjoy the sea turtle observation with explanation of your guide. 10:45 We will have snacks at the cenote, such as peanuts, granola bars, fruit, water, juice & sodas. 11:00 Snorkeling in the famous "Cenote Azul" and enjoy its crystal clear waters. 12:00 Transfer back to your hotel. 14:00 Arrival at your hotel in Cancun (13:00 Playa del Carmen).
Includes
  • Guide (biologist or naturalist)
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Snacks (fruit and peanuts)
  • Soft drinks and purified water
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Sandals

Know before you go

  • We recommend bringing:
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes, swimsuit, towel, hat, long-sleeve cotton shirt, and other personal goods like a camera.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 14 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3.8/5
  • Transportation
    3.8/5
  • Value for money
    3.4/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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Wonderful experience. Surprisingly spent a good amount of time swimming with the turtles, also got to see stingrays. The cenote experience was also very memorable, we got lucky and went at a time where we had them completely to ourselves, these cenote’s are way cooler than a fully open one. The organisation was excellent and our tour guide Francisco was the best! My boyfriend developed a man crush.

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October 30, 2022

A lot of time is spent waiting and grabbing equipment. We were only in the water for about 35 minutes. Then there was the usual visit to the cenotes. Here we had about 50 minutes at leisure. Overall nice, but the main attraction (snorkeling with the turtles) fell way short! The sea at Azumal offers a wide variety of creatures (in 35 minutes several stingrays, sea urchins, starfish, pipefish, boxfish and much more). Too bad you can't enjoy it any longer. But of course: More tourists in the shortest possible time = more income.‍♀️

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July 26, 2022

A bit bumpy but we were picked up from our hotel. We had to get the time beforehand by phone. We would have loved to receive an email about this. The bus transfer was without problems. First, we were able to experience an impressive cenote. We could then do some snorkeling in the cool water. It was nice that this was not overrun. Then we went to the “turtlebeach”. We thought that everything (except the tip) was included. Here we had to pay another $ 10 per person. The beach was really beautiful and we also saw turtles snorkeling. An absolutely great experience. We got back on the bus relatively quickly and were taken to the hotel. You can say that we were out from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thanks for the nice guides who stood by our side

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June 27, 2019

Product ID: 4167