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“Pretty nice but there are better things to do in the area...”
Review of Akumal Bay

Akumal Bay
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Half Day Akumal Bay Sea Turtle Snorkeling and...
Reviewed 26 March 2018

We stayed at Half Moon Bay, the next bay over from Akumal Bay. So not sure about transportation, etc. We rented a golf cart and headed over from our condo. We had rented the golf cart from the hotel, so we were able to simply drive the golf cart onto their grounds and park by the dive shop. Apparently you have to access the bay through the dive shop for $5 per person, but because we had the cart we didn't experience that. I also missed all the signs with instructions and rules. I would recommend familiarizing yourself with the rules once you get there, because there is so much mis-information online and it's confusing even in person. But it is true that there are certain zones that you can only go with a guide. To save yourself some grief, maybe just get a guide. But if you go all the way to the right as you are facing the ocean, there is an area where you can snorkel without a guide. Sort of in front of the hotel on the far side. We snorkeled there and discovered 2 turtles. Just look if there are any small groups of people in the water, and if there are, they are most likely following a turtle. We also saw a few small schools of fish and one very big fish. But mostly it's sea grass and turtles. I guess if you go pretty far out to the reef, there is good snorkeling there, but we didn't do that, it's kind of far out. The bay and beach itself are pretty enough, but not much prettier than other places on the Riviera Maya. We didn't have a meal on the beach, although the restaurants looked like they had a nice ambience. We did eat at Turtle Bay near the arch, and that was great, but that's another review...all in all, it was OK. Did get to see the turtles, so that was great...not sure I would go super out of my way for this though...

Thank meluckylady19
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

We were surprised by the new five dollar fee to get on the beach and mandatory Hiring of a guide…$15 (or 300 pesos) per person fee to hire a guide and to use the snorkel gear, however it was well worth it… Our guy was super sweet and nice and took us right where the turtles were and we were lucky enough to see 12! We also saw the biggest scariest barracuda, as well as several stingrays and other types of fish however the turtles were the thrill of a lifetime! The key is to go first thing in the morning or later in the evening when there are fewer people, the more people there kicks up the sand and makes it hard to see anything and the turtles move out of the area

Thank Kimberly F
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Reviewed 9 February 2018

If this was just a beach I would have no problem recommending it with five stars, but this is a beach with a hidden population of precious turtles. My personal opinion is that this haven for the turtles will be irradiated within a couple of years if the authorities don’t stop the Tour companies from offering Akumal as a day trip venue.

Every day hoards of tourists are hauled into Akumal Beach to snorkel on the reef and to admire the fish and perhaps glimpse a turtle. They are brought in droves off cruise ships in Cancun, neighbouring hotels and from other tourist venues along the Riviera Maya. This must be controlled and quickly as the reef is already dead and the turtles are retreating from the waters during “tourist hours”.

I was staying on the beach at the Akumal Bay resort, a tourist myself, but I was fortunate enough to see many, many turtles before the arrival of the snorkelling tours each morrning and after their departure in the evenings. Sightings during the day were few and far between, a telling fact that the turtles vacate their feeding grounds throughout the daytime.

The shallow Bay was inundated with large, organized groups of people all swimming out to see the marine life and stomping on the reef. Stop these organized invasions and perhaps the bay will rejuvenate and the wildlife will be spared.

2  Thank Footsloggers
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Reviewed 16 January 2018

Akumal Bay is amazing. Such diverse wildlife so close to the shore. This makes it ease for anybody to enjoy respectfully.

Thank mjolner10
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Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

My last visit was 7 or so years ago when the bay was relatively quiet and the beach not that developed. Now every inch is taken up by hotels or restaurants, bars and stores. The beach is crowded and you will be inundated with people trying to sell you something from the moment you get to the parking lot. If your coming to snorkel you can rent a locker for $7 USD at the Dive shop (go left when you get to the beach). You can then snorkel in front of the Hotels at the public beach. Everyone will tell you you need a life jacket to snorkel (you do not as long as you go in front of the hotels) the area to the left of the fishing boats is for snorkel tours only and require a tour guide and life jacket. You don’t need this. You will see turtles, barracuda, rays, fish, coral all off the public beach. Enjoy

5  Thank Jon C
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