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The best area in the bay that has sea turtles, large fish, and big reefs is CLOSED for snorkeling. There are three RED sections next to each other that are roped off with buoys. Around the RED sections are roped-off GREEN lanes that the Dive...More
A great experience for us 6 accompanying the conservation team on a beach walk along Akumal bay. It started with a small presentation in the HQ which was informative and interesting. We were so lucky to see a momma turtle come up and lay eggs...More
Whilst staying in Akumal I read about this organisation, CEA, that are working hard to save the turtles...as well as other wildlife in the surrounding area. We occasionally saw their volunteers patrolling the beaches at night and then when someone mentioned that they sometimes do...More
My best wishes to these people. The are working hard to save the turtles. We went by their offices and talked with Amanda about the turtles. I could not believe it when she said that only 1 in 1,000 baby turtles survive to adulthood. They...More
Probably best for kids, it is a neat experience but there are other better ones around. The touts and pushy sellers are not a great part to have here, I'm a tourist not a bank so back off. One guy got slapped by my wife...More
We went to Akumal beach several times over the years and swam with the turtles, But now they have all kinds of workers stopping you on your way into the beach to try to get you to pay to swim with the turtles,. They kinda...More
Take the local collectiva to the main overpass at Akumal, walk towards the water for 10 minutes, when through the main entrance, keep right to the beach.
No more Fins allowed anymore here due to the fins damaging the grass. They have a couple of...More
They use to have a bigger office on the beach with an educational center. I stopped in last week and it is now the Akumal Dive Shop. CEA has moved across the street and has a much smaller office. However, their water and sea turtle...More
Did the snorkelling here and although they limit the amount of people at a time it’s still way too busy. People also still stand on the shallow reef sections and sea grass (which the turtles feed on) and little to no enforcement on it. Doesn’t...More
My girlfriend and I spent the New Year in Playa Del Carmen and decided to take a taxi to Akumal based on a recommendation for snorkeling areas. This area is extremely busy as it is a large tourist destination. There is plenty of room to...More
Response from Michael L | Reviewed this property |
When I did my research back in 1995, they female turtles came to the beach all summer long (June-August) to lay their eggs; during this time, many of the turtle eggs that were laid earlier that Summer (say May) hatched, and... More
When I did my research back in 1995, they female turtles came to the beach all summer long (June-August) to lay their eggs; during this time, many of the turtle eggs that were laid earlier that Summer (say May) hatched, and the babies went into the sea. So I was able to see both activities.
After I left Akumal in August, the nesting continued until the beginning of Oct. I believe. However, the peak was definitely in July and August. My research showed that the turtles overwhelmingly liked to lay their eggs on the dark stretches of beach as opposed to those illuminated by the condos. Unfortunately, the dark stretch of beach that is in Akumal South has been developed, and there is more nighttime lighting there. So my guess is that there is less overall nesting activity.
When I returned to Akumal in Feb. of this year, many people at CEA told me that there is still a lot of nesting activity in the town. I was very surprised to hear that given the degree of increased development along the shore over the years. So, if you go in the middle of the Summer, you have a good chance of seeing females laying their eggs as well as seeing many nests hatch. Be sure to bring bug repellent, however, since many nights I was out there there were many mosquitos. I would also bring a red light to preserve your night vision and to minimize scaring away the female turtles. I think CEA has turtle night tours, so this might be fun. I hope this helps...Mike