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Akumal Bay

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 25 January 2017

The only bad part is the aggressive, harassing, intimidating tour operators fraudulently misrepresenting themselves as government officials. I was in Akumal January 8-15, 2017. My wife and I did encounter very aggressive people in the bay, and on the beach. They claimed that life jackets...More

9  Thank mmaclel2
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

My husband and I went there to see the turtles. There is quite a few of them there. They hang around there to eat the sea grass. It was nice because they must be used to seeing all the humans and they are very relaxed....More

4  Thank Lovethebeach2012
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Reviewed 19 January 2015 via mobile

Very cool to snorkel and see the turtles. You must wear a life jacket (to keep you away from the turtles that are on the bottom). Don't touch or bother them (duh). Worth the trip.

Thank Alyssa T
Reviewed 28 December 2014

I signed up for the Akumal and Cenote Express activity with NS Tours. I find that you can always negotiate the price down on 5th avenue, and wouldn't purchase in advance online as it is too pricey. The Akumal Bay swim with the sea turtles...More

2  Thank digitalroc
Reviewed 21 December 2014 via mobile

We visited Akumal Bay during an excursion while staying at El Dorado Seaside Suites and I snorkelled for the first time ever in my life. We saw many sea turtles here as it is a turtle reserve. It was an amazing experience! Highly recommend visiting!

1  Thank Magie_RN
Reviewed 11 December 2014

When looking for a snorkeling trip in Playa del Carmen, I was offered the trip to Akumal Bay. They advertised it as "Swim with turtles". The asked for $55 per person (including the transportation and lunch). We had rental car, so we decided to go...More

4  Thank Kl_Katrina
Reviewed 1 December 2014

We have been to this spot a number of times and enjoy every visit. There are a couple of restaurants, some shops, a dive shop (snorkel with turtles) fishing boats, etc. It is a small bay, not the most know tourist spot in the area,...More

Thank ChristinePhoto
Reviewed 27 October 2014

Went here whilst staying at the Ocean Maya Royale, upon arrival was asked if we would like to go snorkelling with a guide, this was about 20 dollars each, we decided against it which I was pleased about, I only had to go out about...More

Thank Tracy H
Reviewed 18 October 2014

Saw several sea turtles, and sting rays. We also went to snorkel in a cave which was amazing. Only disadvantage was that it was a half day trip - although we had more time than normal to snorkel, still felt too short. Would recommend big...More

Thank neshiikinz
Reviewed 18 October 2014

We first visited Turtle Bay on our honeymoon 8+ years ago. Since we were staying at Dreams Tulum, we decided to take the kiddos and go back to Turtle Bay for a more recent experience. We paid the 50 peso parking fee and followed the...More

Thank disneygoober
Reviewed 17 October 2014

We love Akumal Bay but wish we were the only ones who knew about it. A few tid-bits... -They tell you that you have to wear life jackets, but many who have their own snorkeling equipment can just go out and snorkel. Life vests rent...More

5  Thank bbradshaw_26
Reviewed 1 October 2014

We were hot, bothered and had nearly given up on going from Playa del carmen to Akumal when a stroke of luck hit us. We saw a friendly looking taxi driver turning around by our hotel. Discouraged by the high prices quoted to us by...More

1  Thank krshoey
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Response from Tonatzin M | Reviewed this property |
You should be fine early morning to see fish. I brought snorkel stuff for kids I found on sale at target. Speedo was the brand another mom recommended. The make that also covers the nose. My 4 year tried it. Meh. The 7 and 9... More
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4 September 2016|
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Response from Katie_Emma17 | Reviewed this property |
About 100m inland from the beach, as you pass through the archway into the sort of 'town' area if you like (where the taxi you get there will drop you off) there are taxis galore, just tell one where you're going and they... More
3 March 2015|
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Response from EdwardRY | Reviewed this property |
Haven't seen any cabanas and it's often windy for umbrellas. Find a palm to sit under that doesn't have coconuts on it.