Swim with Akumal Turtles + Two Cenote Tours
Swim with the famous Akumal turtles as you explore the warm and shallow underwater world of Turtle Bay at Akumal on a leisurely guided snorkel tour in search of 3 of the world’s 7 sea turtle species in our Turtles & Cenotes Tour. Turtle sightings are guaranteed as there is no best season to see the Akumal turtles, because they can be found in the shallow waters of the bay all year round.
Many people ask “why are there so many turtles in Akumal”. Firstly Akumal has an abundance of sea grass which attracts a large number of turtles who come to feed. Secondly the area is a popular nesting site for a number of turtle species. The nesting season runs between May and September when large numbers of turtles climb the sands of Akumal beach to lay eggs.
After the turtle snorkeling portion of the tour is over it is time to head into the jungle. We will journey deep into the subtropical rainforest of the Yucatan to relax, swim and snorkel in the crystal clear fresh waters of a massive “cenote”. Marvel at the thousands of spectacular stalagmites and stalactites that surround you at every turn.
Book 1 week before your tour date and get 15% discount!
- Swimming with sea turtles in Akumal – After we pick you up at your hotel we will head to Akumal beach in search of the famous sea turtles. We will approach the Akumal bay in full snorkeling gear after a detailed safety briefing ready to go into the water. Once in the water we will swim out from Akumal beach in search of the beautiful turtles. We will remain in the water for approximately one hour. Every day we get the chance to see around 3 different species of sea turtles, these are close encouters and really are something special.
- What animals will I see at Akumal beach? Apart from the Akumal turtles you have a good chance of seeing beauitful spotted eagle rays, stings rays, barracuda, grouper, reef fish, and coral gardens. One group actually saw a small pod of dolphins underwater inside Akumal beach.
- Cenotes near Akumal – The next adventure is situated into the subtropical rainforest. Explore the unforgettable world of the underground river system and “cenotes”. Take an easy, guided walk through huge caverns and observe natural history dating back millions of years. Swim in the crystal clear blue waters of these unique limestone pools and relax amongst the thousands of white stalactites and stalagmites that surround you at every turn.
- Professional guides – Our professional guides will make sure you feel safe and ensure you have a truly fascinating experience. Even if you are not such an experienced snorkeler or if you are not so comfortable swimming the guide will be there every step of the way even holding your hand if needed. Our guides will make sure you have a safe and memorable experience swimming with turtles in Akumal and exploring ancient cenotes.
- Professional photos – Throughout the day our guides will take lots of photos of you swimming with the Akumal turtles and exploring the magical cenotes. If you like you can purchase a usb drive with your personalized images.
- High quality gear – Full snorkeling gear will be provided, you can use wet suits at the cenotes. The gear is disinfected and washed carefully every day.
- Snack at the Cenote – After the cenote snorkeling activity, we will have a small snack-style buffet that includes: Fruits, empanadas, cereal bar, water, and refreshments.
- Private tours: If you would like a private tour of Akumal and the surrounding cenotes we are more than happy to assist you. The group size for private tours is between 10 to 12 customers maximum, which helps us to provide a customized experience.
The nature reserve fee of 10 USD per person is not included in the price.
6:00 AM: Pick up at any location in the Riviera Maya. Pick up time: 9:00am Tulum, 7:30am Playa Del Carmen, and 6:00am Cancun.
9:15 – 10:15 am: Snorkeling in Akumal bay
10:30 am: Departure from Akumal to the cenotes.
10:50 am: Arrival to the cenotes.
11:00 – 11:45 pm: Swim in the cenote.
12:00 pm: Lunch buffet at cenotes.
12:30 – 1:15 pm: Guided walk through huge caverns.
1:30 pm: Transportation back to the Hotels.
Turtles and Cenote tour includes:
- Snorkeling with Akumal turtles & coral reef Snorkeling. Turtle sighting is guaranteed.
- Walking, Swimming and snorkeling in 2 different Cenotes.
- The necessary equipment for both activities.
- Fresh fruit buffet, pastries, cereal bar and refreshments.
- Round trip transportation with AC.
What to Bring:
- Sunglasses, hat, shirt (sun protection in general)
- Biodegradable sun lotion
- Extra cash for tips or souvenirs
- The nature reserve fee (10 USD per person) is not included in the price
- Pictures of the day (8GB USB or memory stick)
- Turtles & Cenotes swimmer t-shirt ($20 USD)
- We have an excellent rating on Tripadvisor
- We operate the tour
Every service and every part of the tour is directly operated by Ocean Tours. We guarantee an excellent high quality service to ensure the total satisfaction of our clients.
- We are experienced
We have over 10 years of experience in operating tours as Ocean Tours started in year 2005.
- We are proffesional
Our guides are enthusiastic, experienced and knowledgeable. The whole team will make your tour unforgettable.
- We are dedicated
Working with small groups of clients, max. 12 people per van ensures you a familiar private tour feeling.
- We want you to remember your tour forever
One professional photographer per group!
- We are safe
Our professional guides are certified in First-Aid
Our transportation is very safe and comfortable, and our drivers are very experienced.
- Professional Photographers Team
Our professional photographers team will come with you on the tour and get the best shots at these fantastic locations.
ABOUT THE Akumal TURTLES
- They are in danger
Unfortunately, all 7 species of Sea Turtles are endangered. This is due to illegal poaching and pollution. In Mexico, turtles are protected since 1990. Fishing, hunting, or poaching turtles is now a Federal offense.
- Most species visit Mexico
Out of the 7 species of sea turtles that remain, 6 of them nest in Mexico.
- They travel thousands of miles
Whether it is for migrational reasons, for mating, or feeding, Sea Turtles can travel hundreds or thousands of kilometers before reaching their destination.
- The temperature of the nest defines the gender of the Turtles
Warmer temperatures produce mostly females, while lower temperatures produce mostly males. A tempered climate usually yields a similar amount of males and females.
- Baby turtles use the moon as guidance
Sea Turtles are photo-tactical, which means they are attracted by the light. They use the brightest light as guidance, which is usually the reflection of the moon on the water. They avoid the shade, including the vegetation at the top of the dunes, where danger may lurk.
ABOUT THE CENOTES
- The Yucatan Peninsula is an ancient coral reef
During the last ice age, the Yucatan Peninsula was a huge coral reef covered by water. When the sea levels lowered, the dry air formed our limestone soil (the Yucatan Penbinsula).
- How were the Cenotes formed?
Limestone is very porous, allowing water particles to flow through it, forming underground rivers. As the water erosions the underwater caves, their roofs collapse giving birth to cenotes.
- Cenotes: Access to the Mayan Underworld
The Mayans believed that Cenotes were sacred doors to the Underworld, where several of their deities lived. In Mayan Mythology, the center of the Earth is a place filled with life, from where plants, trees and water come.
- Mayan Mythology
To the Mayan, the depths of the Earth were full of life. Trees, plants and water came from there. In the western muind, the depths are associated with evil and punishment, but to the Mayan, it was the origin of all life.
- Crystal-clear Water
Because cenotes are filled with rainwater that was filtered by the limestone, cenote water is one of the clearest in the world, with over 150 feet of underwater visibility.
- Cenotes are part of the longest underground river system in the world
A group of divers recently discovered the connection between both underground river systems in the Riviera Maya area, so adding up to a whopping total 153.6 Km, the Sac Actún System (white cave in Mayan) became the longest in the World as far as we know. Eleven cenotes serve as entrances to this system.
- There are over 7 thousand Cenotes in the peninsula
Each of them is uniquely decorated by Nature
Since our personal encounter experience with the whale sharks, we couldn’t get them out of our heads. So we decided to share this unforgettable moments with as many people as possible by taking them out to see the whale sharks. We will accompany you on this fun experience as friends. Our team guarantees an excellent, high-quality service and ensures the total satisfaction of our client-friends.