Turtles & Cenotes Tour: Swim with turtles and inside amazing underground rivers
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. Turtle-sighting is guaranteed. Then journey deep into the subtropical rainforest of the Yucatan to relax, swim and snorkel in the crystal clear fresh waters of a massive “cenote”, and marvel at the thousands of spectacular stalagmites and stalactites that surround you at every turn.
Swimming with sea turtles - After pick you up at your hotel, we will approach the Akumal bay in full snorkeling gear to go into the water, and we will swim out from the 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.
Underwater world great chance to swim with eagle rays - enjoy the warm waters of Akumal Bay while snorkeling around the bay in search of many interesting fish and corals. We often see eagle rays, grouper and more colorful fish.
2 different cenotes (underground rivers) – The next adventure is situated into the subtropical rainforest. Explore the unforgettable world of underground rivers 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.
Very safe trips and excellent service - Our professional guides will make sure you feel safe and ensure you have the most fascinating experience. Even if you are not such an experienced snorkeler or if you are not so comfortable swimming the guide will make your swim with turtles & cenotes experience unforgettable, they will make you feel safe, secure and adapt to your level.
Get a picture gallery to remember this unique day - During the tour day, pictures will be taken of you while you’re snorkeling experience. At the end of the day you can buy an USB with these unforgettable moments.
We provide high quality equipment - Full snorkeling gear will be provide, you can use for free the wet suit at our cenotes. The gear is disinfected and washed carefully every day.
Snack at the Cenote - After the cenote snorkeling activity, we will have a buffet snack that includes: Fruits, pastries, cereal bar and refreshments.
Small groups - Exclusions: Groups between 10 to 12 passengers maximum, which helps us to provide a customized experience.
- $10 USD for conservation of marine fauna Payable in cash only at the pickup service.
- Gratuities (optional)
- Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
- Logo T-shirt (available to purchase)
Pickups between 6:00 AM to 9:20 AM Leave back to the Hotel 14:00 PM
* The order of Activities may change according to the weather conditions.
Turtles and Cenotes tour includes:
- Snorkeling with Turtles & Coral Reef Snorkeling. Turtle sighting is guaranteed.
- Walking, Swimming & snorkeling in 2 Different Cenotes
- The necessary equipment for Both activities
- Fresh of Fruit buffet, pastries, cereal bar and refreshments
- Round Transportation with AC
What to Bring:
- Sunglasses / Hat / Shirt (Sun protection in general)
- Biodegradable sun lotion
- Extra cash for tips / souvenirs
- Picture collection of the day on a 8GB USB or memory stick.
- Turtles & Cenotes swimmer t-shirt ($20 USD)
Our team guarantees an excellent high-quality service, and 100% customer satisfaction is our ultimate goal.
Our experienced team of guides and nature lovers will come with you on this wonderful tour and our photographers will get some great shots of you at these incredible locations.
Some of our Guides:
- 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 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 are 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.
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.
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