Things to do in Akumal

Our most recommended things to do in Akumal

Akumal: Akumal Monkey Sanctuary Tour

1. Akumal: Akumal Monkey Sanctuary Tour

Enjoy a fun and educational day out to a monkey sanctuary near Playa del Carmen, the only of its kind in Mexico that is authorized to operate an educational bonding program with primates. Spend the day exploring the sanctuary and its grounds, located in a tropical jungle. In the company of an experienced guide, meet over 200 animals including monkeys, that were orphaned, injured, abused, or unwanted pets. Learn more about the needs of each animal and their personal history and get educated on the existential threats to their ecosystem and communities.

Akumal Bay: Cenotes And Snorkeling with Turtles

2. Akumal Bay: Cenotes And Snorkeling with Turtles

Uncover a rich and biodiverse world beneath the waves on this guided snorkeling day trip in Akumal Bay. Enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off from locations Riviera Maya, Cancun, and Tulum. Stay hydrated during your tour with the included bottle of water.  Start with pickup from your doorstep and travel to Akumal Bay in a climate-controlled van. Be equipped with high-quality snorkeling gear and begin your swim along the beach as you search for 3 different turtle species.  Expereince an hour of swimming alongside these majestic animals in their natural habitat. Feel the warm waters of the bay and spot other marine life as you admire the vibrant colors of various coral species.   Head to 2 different naturally-formed cenotes that are located amid a tropical rainforest. Take a leisurely guided walk through the huge caverns and observe fantastic rock formations that date back millions of years. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like bright birds.  Swim in the crystal clear blue waters of these unique cenotes and relax amongst the thousands of white stalactites and stalagmites that surround you at every turn. Return to your accommodation by van at the end of your cenote adventure. 

Akumal: Dolphin Encounter

3. Akumal: Dolphin Encounter

Set off for an unforgettable, family-friendly day interacting with dolphins. Learn amazing and interesting facts about these beautiful marine animals and catch a handshake from one of them. Play different games and watch as they sing and dance with you in the turquoise waters. Enter into the fascinating world of the dolphin and learn about what these aquatic creatures eat and how they live. Embrace this experience of a lifetime, and allow your kids to get first-hand knowledge about the ecosystem and the animals that thrive within it. Marvel at the panoramic views around the newest dolphin habitat in the Mayan Riviera. Take the chance to immerse yourself in the environment of these intelligent and gentle mammals all born under human care.

Cancun/Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins, Sea Turtle Swim & Cenotes

4. Cancun/Riviera Maya: Tulum Ruins, Sea Turtle Swim & Cenotes

After pickup from your hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya, visit the Ruins of Tulum. Embark on a 45-minute tour with a professional archeologist guide and learn about Mayan history. Explore the site at your own pace.  Next, board your coach and travel to the Xtun Cenote. The drive includes off-roading since the cenote is located in the jungle. Once arriving, enjoy a Mexican buffet-style lunch including Cochinita Pibil ´the pulled pork of Mexico,´ chicken, rice, beans, tortillas, and tortilla chips. Vegetarian options are available upon advance notice. Visit two types of cenotes, stage 1 and stage 2. First, wander through the dry stage 2 cenote and admire the beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations. Following a swim in the wet stage 1 cenote, snorkel, and explore the colorful sea life. After your cenote adventure, enjoy a Mexican-style coffee called Café Olla. Next, head to Akumal Bay, a perfect place for swimming with sea turtles that feed on the seagrass in the bay near you. Put on your provided snorkeling gear — or your own, if you prefer — and enjoy a snorkeling tour of these amazing creatures. Your instructor will guide you through each step of the process to ensure a unique and fun-filled swim experience. A professional photographer will accompany you throughout the day and capture your beautiful moments. Look over the photos at the end and purchase your USB with the guide. Finally, return to the van for transportation back to your hotel.

From Tulum: ATV Ride with Monkey Sanctuary and Cenote Trip

5. From Tulum: ATV Ride with Monkey Sanctuary and Cenote Trip

Leave Tulum for a trip to the Sacred Cenote. Go deep into the Mayan Jungle and be a part of nature as you ride your own 4×4 ATV. Spend time with rescued monkeys and other animals at Akumal Monkey Sanctuary. To ensure comfort and safety during your trip, receive driving instructions from your guide. Then, hop on your ATV and put on the safety gear provided to discover the landscapes of the Mayan jungle. Immerse yourself in the wonderful waters of the spectacular Sacred Cenote. Take a swim in an underground river in the middle of nature. To complete the journey, meet and interact with rescued animals on a tour of Akumal Monkey Sanctuary.

Riviera Maya: Reef Snorkeling, Kaan Luum Lagoon & Cenote

6. Riviera Maya: Reef Snorkeling, Kaan Luum Lagoon & Cenote

Discover the beauty of the underwater world in Riviera Maya, and explore two of the world's largest reefs. Visit Kaan Luum (lagoon of many blue colors), and explore a cave cenote with a local guide. Enjoy an included lunch on the tour and an experience immersed in nature on this snorkeling tour. Be picked up from your pickup point and travel to the starting point to get ready to enjoy this interesting snorkeling experience. Observe a great diversity of fish of different colors, and snorkel in one of the world's largest coral reefs. Discover one of the world's unique natural wonders and visit a cave cenote, and admire the beauty of these natural formations that Mayans believed to be sacred. Stop at the Bacalar Lagoon, and admire its beautiful turquoise waters. Enjoy an included lunch while on the tour to top off an incredible day immersed in the nature of Riviera Maya. Return to your pickup point at the end of the tour with provided transportation.

Cancun: Go City Explorer Pass for 3 to 10 Attractions

7. Cancun: Go City Explorer Pass for 3 to 10 Attractions

Choose 3, 4, 5, 7, or 10 Cancun attractions to explore with a digital pass. Visit them at your own pace within 60 days. Tick a few firm favorites off your bucket list and save up to 55% compared to buying separate attraction tickets. Embark on an adventure at Royal Garrafon Park in Isla Mujeres, enjoy a romantic dinner cruise, snorkel around reefs, or explore the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itzá or Tulum. Included attractions and tours to choose from with your Explorer Pass: • Columbus Romantic Dinner Cruise with Steak or Vegetarian Food • Parasailing Adventure in Cancun • La Gran Rueda Cancun "The Wheel" • Reef, Turtle, and Shipwreck Snorkeling Tour • Royal Garrafon Natural Reef Park Adventure in Isla Mujeres • Dancer Cruise Cancun with Snorkeling • Ventura Pass at Ventura Park • Tulum Express Tour with Hotel Pickup • Relaxing Massage by Adore MediSpa Cancun • Extreme Adventure Puerto Morelos Snorkel • 'Glow on the Go' Facial by Adore MediSpa Cancun • Photo Session on the Beach • Textures of Mexico: Cancun Street Food & Art plus Local Market Day Tour • Isla Mujeres Discovery Sail • Albatros Sailing "Plus" Package (Luxury Catamaran Tours) • Coba and Cenote Swim with Lunch Tour • Flowrider "Ride the Wave" Experience at Aquaworld • Dolphin Encounter with Lunch and Maroma Beach Club Access • Colors of Mexico Taco Tour and Local Beer Tasting • Shopping Tour in Playa del Carmen • Dolphin Encounter at Akumal • Shopping Tour in Cancun • $20 Included Credit for Drinks at Fred's House • Paradise SubSee Excursion at Paraiso Nizuc • Open Bar at Congo Bar Cancun • Snorkeling in Musa Nizuc plus Subsee Experience • Jungle Maya Native Park Tour with Lunch and Hotel Pickup • Underwater Museum Snorkel at Paraiso Nizuc • Emotions Native Park Tour with Lunch and Hotel Pickup • AquaTwister Speedboat Thrill Ride at AquaWorld • 30 Minute Waverunner Rental Lagoonside • Snorkel Native Park Tour with Food & Drinks • Sunrise Wildlife Stand-Up Paddleboard or Kayak Tour • Emotions Jungle Night Tour with Dinner and Hotel Pickup • Frida Kahlo Museum Riviera Maya • Moonlight Bioluminescence Snorkeling Tour • Jungle Tour Speedboat plus Aquabounce Tour • Aquabounce • Aquarium Trek & Cancun Interactive Aquarium • Chichen Itza & Valladolid Roundtrip Transportation Check the included digital guide for the most up-to-date list of attractions and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass.

Selvatica Park: Zip Lines, ATV, Cenote Swim, and Bungee Tour

8. Selvatica Park: Zip Lines, ATV, Cenote Swim, and Bungee Tour

Head off on a 7-hour adventure to one of Cancun’s most thrilling areas, the Selvatica Adventure Park. Once you arrive, you’ll have the opportunity to navigate an adrenaline-charged course of activities that range from zip lines, bungee swings, and much more. Fly over the Yucatan treetops as you zoom through a circuit of 10 zip-lines. Cool off on the AquaZip, hop into a natural spring, and soar above the jungle on the Superman zip-lines. For the ultimate thrill, hop aboard the Tanzania Zip-Line Rollercoaster, before taking in the awe-inspiring views on the Skywalk rope courses. Enjoy a jaw-dropping bungee swing, before capping things off with some off-roading on a Polaris RZR buggy, or speedy ATV. After you’ve had your fill of thrills, you’ll sit down for a light lunch, as well as a dip in a hidden, private cenote. Afterward, you’ll head back to your accommodation, having experienced a true adrenaline junkie’s bounty.

Cancun: Akumal Turtles and Cenote Snorkeling Tour

9. Cancun: Akumal Turtles and Cenote Snorkeling Tour

Enjoy a unique experience in the Bay of Akumal and explore the natural wonders found underwater in the Riviera Maya with this snorkeling tour. Snorkel in the bay before exploring a local cenote's refreshing waters and underground caverns. Be picked up from your pickup point in Cancun and move on to the beautiful Bay of Akumal, where you will be fitted with your snorkeling gear to see the amazing Mesoamerican Reef and swim alongside sea turtles or other sea creatures. Finish your snorkeling experience in the Bay of Akumal and then move on to a local cenote, a jungle pool surrounded by nature. Explore this incredible underground cave in the Yucatan Peninsula. Admire the stalactites and stalagmites in the cave, combined with rays of light filtering through cave openings, and admire one of nature's impressive works of art. Finish the tour at the cenote before returning to your hotel or accommodation in Cancun.

From Playa del Carmen & Tulum: Whale Shark Tour

10. From Playa del Carmen & Tulum: Whale Shark Tour

Get picked up from any hotel in Tulum, Akumal or Playa del Carmen. Get the ultimate adrenaline thrill in the Mexican Caribbean on a 6-hour whale shark snorkel tour. Swim and snorkel with the gentle giants in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Following pick-up, you'll be transferred to the marina to board a boat. Enjoy complimentary food and beverages on the way to the snorkel site, where you will put on your snorkeling gear and get a safety briefing on what to expect in the sea. Jump into the ocean to snorkel with the world’s biggest fish as you come face-to-face with the whale sharks. Some adult specimens can measure up to 13 meters in length, though accounts of individuals of up to 18 meters have been recorded. Swim with the whale sharks for about 2 hours for a truly unique experience. Then, go to Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres to enjoy a delicious lunch. Board your boat for the return transfer to the marina, where a vehicle will be waiting to take you back to your hotel. Note, that the whale shark encounter is a safe activity, and available from May to September.

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What people are saying about Akumal

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 146 reviews

Loved every minute of this tour. My only suggestion is to spend less time in the tourist shop at Tulum. We stopped for "bathroom break" and it turned into almost 30 minutes for shopping experience. Hence, less time was spent at the ruins. It felt rushed. The guide there though was very knowledgable about Mayan culture and civilization, so it made up for it. Swimming with turtles and cenote were absolutely amazing. Highly recommend this tour, just spend less time in the tourist trap gift shop.

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.

the guide Paul , our driver and photographer were amazing. I left some belongings in the boat while snorkeling and the gentleman from the boat was nice of enough to go back and get my belongings for me. Overall great experience!

It was simply an excellent day with so many impressions and experiences. Just wonderful. Everyone there is super nice, committed and know what they are doing. After that I had sore muscles everywhere :D

RAFFAAA. Rafaél was incredible. Could not have had a better guide. Incredible trip. Saw Turtles, stingray, squids and many fish. So worth it. The cenote was also incredible. Well worth the money.