Water activity

Cancun: Marine Turtle Observation in Akumal

4.2 / 5

17 reviews

Activity provider: EcoColors Tours

Cancun: Marine Turtle Observation in Akumal

Activity provider: EcoColors Tours

From US$ 125 per person

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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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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We loved the dynamism of the guide and the general organization of the excursion. The cenote was magnificent and unusual, we had clear explanations of its formation and its use by the Mayans. The turtle part didn't go exactly as planned. We came across on a windy day and the water was very murky, we could see 4 turtles but it was not at all easy to see and find them. Take into account that you will by far not be the only ones on the spot and that it is sometimes necessary to fight a little to have visibility. The Mexican guide who showed us the turtles did his best to satisfy us all the same.

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January 4, 2023

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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October 30, 2022

A lot of time is spent waiting and grabbing equipment. We were only in the water for about 35 minutes. Then there was the usual visit to the cenotes. Here we had about 50 minutes at leisure. Overall nice, but the main attraction (snorkeling with the turtles) fell way short! The sea at Azumal offers a wide variety of creatures (in 35 minutes several stingrays, sea urchins, starfish, pipefish, boxfish and much more). Too bad you can't enjoy it any longer. But of course: More tourists in the shortest possible time = more income.‍♀️

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July 26, 2022

Product ID: 4167