Water activity

Cancun: Marine Turtle Observation in Akumal

4.2 / 5

17 reviews

Activity provider: EcoColors Tours
Water activity

Cancun: Marine Turtle Observation in Akumal

Activity provider: EcoColors Tours
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From US$ 125 per person

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Snorkel with sea turtles in Akumal, home to the second largest reef in the world. Discover the sacred waters of a marvelous cenote, nature's swimming pool.

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Duration 5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French, German
Pickup included
We pick up from all hotels in Cancun, along the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, etc
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Snorkel with sea turtles in the second largest coral reef in the world.
  • Learn about the marine turtles from biologists-guides.
  • Enjoy a true discovery experience for the whole family.
  • Go snorkeling in the famous "Cenote Azul" and enjoy its crystal clear waters.
Full description
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).
  • Guide (biologist or naturalist)
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Snacks (fruit and peanuts)
  • Soft drinks and purified water
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Sandals

Know before you go

  • We recommend bringing:
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes, swimsuit, towel, hat, long-sleeve cotton shirt, and other personal goods like a camera.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 17 reviews

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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.

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March 23, 2023

It was a lovely half-day tour! Our guide Lily, absolutely made the trip, effortlessly switching between 3 languages (English, French, German) and providing interesting insights into the sites visited. The marine park at Akumal seems quite overpopulated by tourists and was not as beautiful as we hoped, the coral seemed to be not very healthy? We did see 3 sea turtles, 2 stingrays, and lots of colourful fish! My suggestion would be to go there as early as possible to avoid the crowds. The Aktun Ha Cenote was absolutely the highlight of the trip! Lily showed us all about the geology while walking in shin-deep crystal clear water, plus there's this huge "natural skylight" and we had free time to swim/explore. There was a lady taking photos in the cenote, but $30USD seemed too expensive.

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March 23, 2023

Nous avons adoré le dynamisme du guide et l’organisation générale de l’excursion. La cenote était magnifique et peu commune, nous avons eu des explications claires sur sa formation et son usage par les mayas. La partie tortues ne s’est pas exactement passée comme prévu. Nous sommes tombé sur un jour venteux et l’eau était très trouble, nous avons pu voir 4 tortues mais ce n’était pas du tout simple de les voir et de les trouver. Prenez en compte que vous ne serez de loin pas les seuls sur place et qu’il faut parfois un peu se battre pour avoir une visibilité. Le guide mexicain qui nous montrait les tortues a fait au mieux pour nous satisfaire tout de même.

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March 23, 2023

Product ID: 4167