Akumal Water activities

Our most recommended Akumal Water activities

Akumal Bay: Cenotes And Snorkeling with Turtles

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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.

Riviera Maya: Reef Snorkeling, Kaan Luum Lagoon & Cenote

4. 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: Akumal Turtles and Cenote Snorkeling Tour

5. 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

6. 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.

Cancun: Marine Turtle Observation in Akumal

7. Cancun: Marine Turtle Observation in Akumal

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).

Cancún: Snorkeling with Marine Turtles

8. Cancún: Snorkeling with Marine Turtles

Start with pickup from any hotel in the Cancun area and travel to Akumal Bay. Upon reaching the bay, your expert nature guide will provide a briefing of the tour and will explain all the guidelines while you gear up.  Embark on a short swim from the beach to the turtle’s habitat nearby. Watch the turtles feeding on the seaweed on the ocean floor and see them float gracefully through the water. Observe other species of marine life by snorkeling to the nearby coral reefs. After the snorkeling portion of the tour, travel to a beautiful cenote, where you can relax and enjoy crystal-clear waters in the middle of the Mayan jungle.

Jungle Adventure at Punta Laguna from Cancun

9. Jungle Adventure at Punta Laguna from Cancun

Your private jungle adventure tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Cancun or Riviera Maya. Board a vehicle and head to the natural reserve of Punta Laguna, in Tulum. This is a unique adventure tour in the jungle as you will enjoy incredible outdoor activities and learn all about the spider monkey.  Your first activity is a kayak ride through the lagoon. Admire the natural surrounding and then it's time for your second activity, ziplining. Get your gear on and zoom across the jungle on a thrilling ride. Afterwards, you will enjoy a light lunch and be part of an ancient Mayan ritual. Then, it is time to start your guided hiking adventure to see the spider monkey! You will immerse yourself in the jungle and see the spider monkey and other beautiful species such as birds, little reptiles and much more. After a day full of fun, you will have some snacks and then be taken back to your hotel. 

From Quintana Roo: Ek Balam Mayan Ruins and Cenote Day Trip

10. From Quintana Roo: Ek Balam Mayan Ruins and Cenote Day Trip

Take a day trip to the Ek Balam Mayan ruins and explore its impressive structures. Experience a spiritual Mayan ceremony and enter a cenote, sacred to Mayan culture. Rappel and slackline through geological formations and swim in picturesque waters. Depart from your hotel in Cancún or Riviera Maya and head to Ek Balam, an ancient Mayan complex thought to be a sacred city. Visit the "White House of Reading," constructed by the Maya ruler Ukit Kan Le'k Tok'. View its symbolism with themes relating to the underworld. Experience a shaman-led Mayan ceremony to ask for permission to go inside the cenote. Enter the cenote and enjoy activities such as rappelling, slacklining, or swimming. Have fun with Tarzan-like vines and cool off in crystalline waters.

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What people are saying about Akumal

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!

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.

The best experience that I can had Love it from the begging to the end Beautiful and our guide super cool man