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The Riviera Maya offers many natural wonders to explore, especially in Akumal, which is famous for its turtle watching, beautiful waters, and relaxed, pristine atmosphere. Come by and see what you may find! This guide recommends the best spots to snorkel, dive, and explore!

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

5 City Tips

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10 Places

Akumal Dive Shop

Boat Tours, Scuba & Snorkeling, Fishing Charters & Tours

Yal-ku Lagoon

Bodies of Water, Reefs

Turtle Snorkeling in Akumal

Scuba & Snorkeling

Half Moon Bay

Beaches, Bodies of Water

Aktun Chen

Caverns & Caves, Bodies of Water

Cenote Santa Cruz

Caverns & Caves

Akumal Bay

Other Outdoor Activities

Cenote Xunaan-Ha

Other Outdoor Activities

Akumal Beach

Beaches

Dolphin Discovery Akumal

Other Zoos & Aquariums

Barbara A's City Tips

  • Beware of the heat and sun. Keep yourself hydrated, wear a hat, and use sunscreen throughout the day.
  • There are ATMs around Akumal, in case you need to withdraw cash.
  • Getting to Akumal is easy: You can rent a car, find good deals on taxis, or catch a colectivo, white minivans that shuttle locals and tourists around.
  • Due to the humidity, it's best to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Rainy season runs June through August, so it's a good idea to carry and umbrella during that time.
  • Colectivos are an inexpensive way to get around; you can catch them along Highway 307 or at one of the designated stops in Cancun or Playa del Carmen. When the colectivo stops, tell the driver where you are going and ask the price for the ride.
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    Akumal Dive Shop
    Boat Tours, Scuba & Snorkeling, Fishing Charters & Tours
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    Barbara A Says:

    Every staff member at Akumal Dive Shop is incredibly professional, prepared, patient, and ready to make you feel safe and happy on any adventure — whether you're diving in caves and caverns, or among shipwrecks. In addition to diving excursions, the shop offers a variety of activities such as fishing, sailing, snorkeling, and visits to archaeological sites.

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    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Check the website to create your own package, according to your schedule and budget!
    • Extreme adventurers may want to look into Bull Shark diving, which gets you up close and personal with these magnificent creatures during Bull Shark season (November to March). You must be a certified diver to partake.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 25 Tours in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Diving with Akumal Dive Shop is simply perfect! 25/11/2017
    • Diving with The Akumal Dive Shop in Riviera Maya Akumal Mexico 22/11/2017
    • Akumal Dive Shop
    Phone:
    +52 984 875 9032
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Yal-ku Lagoon
    Bodies of Water, Reefs
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    Barbara A Says:

    Yal-ku Lagoon is a nice spot for some snorkeling. Whether you rent the equipment by the bay or bring your own, you can explore the area at your own pace and for as long as you want!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There's a small fee to access the lagoon.
    • There are nearby restaurants, or you can simply picnic here. Just keep the lagoon clean!
    • Be sure to notice the characteristic, contemporary figure sculptures around this area!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 28 things to do in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great experience! 11/12/2017
    • First Snorkeling Trip 09/12/2017
    • Yal-ku Lagoon
    Address:
    Calle Acceso Etapa H
    Akumal 77776
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 875 9065
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Turtle Snorkeling in Akumal
    Scuba & Snorkeling
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    Barbara A Says:

    Akumal is known for the majestic sea turtles that inhabit the area, and a turtle snorkeling trip is a great way to learn about and see them. A variety of tour companies offer excursions, and all offer knowledgeable guides and specialists who will share tons of information. Then, you can snorkel along with these incredible creatures, following their feeding routes.

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    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Most tours provide the snorkeling gear. Do some research on the tour that fits your schedule and budget.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 25 Tours in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Some sea turtles 10/12/2017
    • Disappointing - very touristic 10/12/2017
    • Turtle Snorkeling in Akumal
    Phone:
    +52 984 155 2055
    Other:
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    Half Moon Bay
    Beaches, Bodies of Water
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    Barbara A Says:

    Snorkeling in Half Moon Bay, you might see stingrays, different varieties of fish, and, of course, Akumal's famous turtles swimming among the beautiful coral.

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    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can rent the equipment necessary for snorkeling or you can bring your own.
    • There are restaurants around where you can stop and have some lunch, but there's also the option of shopping for food at the convenience store.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 28 things to do in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful and peaceful.... 08/12/2017
    • Peaceful, thoughts before you get here! 26/11/2017
    • Half Moon Bay
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    Aktun Chen
    Caverns & Caves, Bodies of Water
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    Barbara A Says:

    Exploring the beautiful caves and cenotes (sinkholes) of Aktun Chenwill help you understand why these wonders are so important to the culture and folklore of the region. Enjoy the display of rock formations and the cool crystal waters that are characteristic of these gorgeous places.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Aktun Chen offers a variety of activities, including ziplining. Try that before or after going into the cave!
    • There are different kinds of packages, depending on what you want to do at Aktun Chen; check out the options and book on the website.
    • If you are not fond of tight spaces, then this is not for you.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 28 things to do in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Cave and definitely worth the time and money 11/12/2017
    • Beautiful caves with an excellent educational guide. 10/12/2017
    • Aktun Chen
    Address:
    Highway 307 between Akumal and Xel-Ha
    Km 107
    Akumal 77780
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 984 109 2061
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 17:30
    Other:
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    Cenote Santa Cruz
    Caverns & Caves
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    Barbara A Says:

    Let this beautiful cavern take your breath away. Each rock formation, each echo, mixed with the silence and the cool water make this natural nook the perfect surreal escape.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can choose to access the park on a private or shared group.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 28 things to do in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Anything Mayan is something you have to see when there. 28/11/2017
    • beautiful place to be 14/11/2017
    • Cenote Santa Cruz
    Phone:
    +52 984 182 6052
    Other:
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    Akumal Bay
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    Barbara A Says:

    You can spend all day at Akumal Bay and never tire of that lovely sea view! There are different places to purchase activities, or you can just wander around until you find a spot to set down your towel, have a nice cold drink, and watch the world go by.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The convenience store at the entrance has a pretty good selection of refreshments.
    • Stick around for sunset, quite a wonderful show of nature.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 27 Outdoor Activities in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • turtle heaven 27/11/2017
    • Great snorkeling 18/11/2017
    • Akumal Bay
    Address:
    Its the Ocean
    Akumal
    Mexico
    Other:
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    Cenote Xunaan-Ha
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    Barbara A Says:

    Xunaan-Ha might be small, but it still has a charm of its own that lures visitors into its peaceful water. It's a nice spot for swimming and listening to the sounds of the area's fauna — a very lovely way to be in touch with nature.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There's a small admission fee.
    • Keep in mind that there are no bathrooms, nor any equipment to rent.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 27 Outdoor Activities in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Surprising local oasis 21/09/2017
    • Private tour Cenote Xunaan-ha 11/09/2017
    • Cenote Xunaan-Ha
    Address:
    Camino de Terraceria Chemuyil
    Akumal 77737
    Mexico
    Other:
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    Akumal Beach
    Beaches
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    Barbara A Says:

    It is best to come to Akumal Beach during low season. Then, you'll have most of he beach to yourself and you can hear more clearly that gorgeous lullaby that the waves sing so well. Even if you visit during high season, though, this beach is a stunner.

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    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can bring your own snacks or buy something at the convenience store. There's a pretty nice cafe, too, if you are in need of your daily coffee or tea fix.
    • Get here early to catch the sunrise, and if the sea is calm, go for a swim to see if the turtles are around yet.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 28 things to do in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful! 12/12/2017
    • Beautiful beach but VERY busy! 10/12/2017
    • Akumal Beach
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    Dolphin Discovery Akumal
    Other Zoos & Aquariums
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    Barbara A Says:

    Dolphins are such wonderful creatures, and being able to interact with them is something quite unique. at Dolphin Discovery, you'll learn about and interact with these incredible animals.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It is best to book these at the website to schedule your activity in advance!
    • There are a variety of different packages to choose from.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 28 things to do in Akumal
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Check this off your Bucket List !! 12/12/2017
    • Everyone needs to have this experience!!! 27/11/2017
    • Dolphin Discovery Akumal
    Address:
    HigHighway Cancun-Tulum km 256.3, Hotel Sirenis entrance
    Akumal 77710
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 1 866 393 5158
    Other:
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