Akumal Snorkeling: Guided Sea Turtle Observations in Their Natural Habitat
259 Ratings
Experience the thrill of snorkeling in Akumal Bay and observe sea turtles in their natural habitat. Dive with a certified professional guide and enjoy a safe and educational family day.
Duration: 55 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Playa Akumal - Our guide will take you to the edge of the beach to enter the sea on foot, with the snorkel equipment on (mask, tube and life jacket). They will swim within the circuit pre-established by CONANP in a protected natural area. You will be able to observe turtles, tropical fish, rays and other marine organisms that inhabit the place. Even if it is your first experience swimming in the sea, you will be guaranteed fun and turtle sightings. Feel free to ask about what you observe, you will always be accompanied by a professional. An excellent service distinguishes us by always considering the safety of our customers.
    Live the wonderful experience that we offer you in the Mexican Caribbean; remember that you will be inside a protected National Park.
What's Included
  • lockers
  • Access to Akumal National Park
  • Palapa (subject to availability)
  • Use of snorkeling equipment
  • Showers and restrooms
What's Not Included
  • Transportation
  • Chaise longue rental
  • Towels
  • Parking Fee.
  • Snacks
Additional Information

The instructor is an expert in both diving and Biology. This activity promises the opportunity to watch turtles in their native environment. Guidance on snorkeling equipment usage and technique is continually provided.

Akumal Bay is a safeguarded natural region, home to numerous species. You’ll be engulfed by the mesmerizing turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean. It is a secure space where you can confidently spend a family day.

Playa Akumal
Carretera Tulum
From the Cancun-Tulum Federal Highway, go to Reforma Agraria street and continue straight on. Arrive at the white arch that says: "Las Casitas, Akumal" and cross. Continue approx. 50m. until the entrance of the Akumal National Park, there our guide will wait for you to give access to the beach.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(259 Ratings)
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May 18, 2024
Best morning of our vacation! - We were lucky to find this private tour after a last minute cancelation during our recent trip. Due to wind many other tours were being canceled and we really wanted to get in the water. We are so happy our other plans were canceled and we found Darwin & Marlene. They helped us create a great memory during a beautiful morning in Akumal bay. From the moment we booked communication was clear and concise including directions, arrival times, and what to expect. Marlene greeted us directly as we arrived in Akumal and guided us through everything we needed including lockers, showers, etc. Darwin then gave us an amazing PRIVATE tour of the beautiful Akumal waters where we saw over a dozen turtles, stingrays, and a cannon from of an old shipwreck. He shared so much information in a way that was easy to understand and allowed us to appreciate this special sanctuary. My daughter in law got a bit seasick due to the rough seas that day and Marlene personally guided her back to the beach and made sure she was okay so that the rest of us could finish the tour. When next we are in Akumal we will be visiting again. Five stars for Darwin & Marlene!
Review provided by Viator
May 12, 2024
Friendly, Knowledgeable and personal. This tour is a must do! - Communication to arrange this tour was brilliant. Really easy to organise. Darwin had everything ready for us arriving and was very welcoming. We managed to see 14 turtles, 2 sting ray and lots of Blue Tang fish as well as plenty of other fish. The whole time, Darwin was giving us really interesting information on the biodiversity within the area we were snorkelling in. My wife isn’t as confident in the sea as I am and Darwin recognised this early on and ‘towed’ her using a safety ring. This made the tour much more comfortable for my wife. This level of customer service is excellent and I would highly recommend this tour!!! We were even given photos and videos from the tour, which was an added bonus
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May 12, 2024
Experience of a lifetime - Excellent!! So glad we booked with Darwin, the whole process was so easy, we were well looked after and the turtles he showed us were incredible. The price includes your locker, pass to the beach, almost an hour swimming with turtles, stingray and fish, all gear if you need it (we had our own full face masks) and life jackets. Please do not worry if you’re not the strongest of swimmers, Darwin pulls you along as you hold on to a ring that let’s you concentrate on having fun and just marvelling at the turtles. There are plenty in the bay, we saw over ten and then headed to where he spied a stingray. The whole experience is so good, so easy and allows you to enjoy the turtles as well as respecting them 10/10 to Darwin for an unforgettable and educating experience😍.
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May 9, 2024
Fantastic private tour! Highly recommended! - Yesterday we did the private snorkeling tour with Marlene and Darwin to spot sea turtles. It was a fantastic experience and we saw so many beautiful turtles! Even stingrays spotted! A lot of information was given and a lot of respect for the animals. Afterwards we were sent all the film material from the GoPro! Of course, a well-deserved tip was given! We recommend everyone to book this excursion with Darwin and Marlene!
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May 6, 2024
Great experience - The experience was great! It is very worth doing it in a private group. Darwin explained everything to us wonderfully since he is a biologist. He also had the detail of taking some super cool photos and videos for us with his go pro camera. Totally recommended
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May 4, 2024
Amazing experience - The tour was very well organised. Marlene gave us all necessary information in advance and Darwin, our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable about the marine life we encountered. Darwin also ensured we had ample opportunities to view the turtles and other marine life without disturbing their natural habitat. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a magical encounter with nature in Akumal. Thank you, Marlene and Darwin!
Review provided by Viator
May 4, 2024
Absolutely worth it! - Guide was great ! We saw turtles and amazing fish. Highly recommend! Guide was very knowledgeable. He was very informative.
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May 4, 2024
Extraordinary ! - Amazing experience ; Darwin & Marlene are very kind and super professionnal to organize this extraordinary moment. No wonder how to swim with turtles : go with them !!!!
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May 3, 2024
Snorkeling with Sea Turtles - Darwin our tour guide was very polite and coordinated everything before the tour. Our experience was amazing and he showed us the amazing underwater world. He is very experienced and also equipped to make great photos with his GoPro.
Review provided by Viator
May 2, 2024
Darwin is the best! - Akumal is a magical place but Darwin our tour guide made this an incredible experience. They communicated with us before hand about what to expect, where to park, and all the important details. As we arrived the next morning in our rental car, Darwin appeared out of nowhere with a smile and from then on we were in the hands of the best guide. We saw our first turtle within the first minute or two. From 5 feet away! We saw probably 10 turtles total with Darwin guiding us the whole way share really interesting information with us about the turtles and the environment while still having fun the whole time. -Make sure you bring a rash-guard or swim-shirt as sun screen is not allowed. I am bald, so I probably should have worn a hat too. -Arrive early. There are lockers for your belongings, changing rooms, showers, etc. but if you have never been there before it might take a second. -Don't bother bringing a camera. Darwin took photos for us and allowed us to just enjoy this incredible place and these incredible animals.
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Select Date and Tickets
up to 15 guests
1 Adult
July 2024