Adventure Snorkeling in Akumal Bay

Chacalal, Mexico

Experience hosted by Sergio Maximo

  1. 90 mins
  2. Hosted in English
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What you'll do

In the Maya language, Akumal means place of the turtle. That is because many sea turtles are full-time residents of Akumal Bay. That makes seeing turtles out in the bay very possible when you're with an experienced guide like me.

I'll meet you near the beach and provide you with life jacket and snorkeling gear. I will then take you through an exclusive entrance onto the beach of Akumal Bay.

At the beach, I'll give you instructions on how to use your equipment, where we'll be swimming, what marine life you can expect to see, how to be mindful and respectful of the marine life and environment, and most importantly, how to be safe in the water.

Once we enter the water, we'll take a brief pause to make sure everyone is comfortable in the water and with their equipment.

Then, I'll guide you around the circuit and show you all of the marine life that Akumal Bay has to offer. You can see sea turtles, stingrays, barracudas, reef squid, coral reef and many other tropical fish.

After we've had fun in the water, we'll head back to shore and I'll take your equipment. If you need any help with the rest of your day, I'll be there to assist you.
Other things to note
You do not need to be a strong swimmer to participate in my tour but you should at least be comfortable in the water. The bay can be closed on occasion due to adverse weather conditions.
In the Maya language, Akumal means place of the turtle. That is because many sea turtles are full-time residents of Akumal Bay. That makes seeing turtles out in the bay very possible when you're with an experienced guide like me.

I'll meet you near the beach and provide you with life jacket and snorkeling gear. I will then take you through an exclusive entrance onto the beach of Akumal Bay.

At the beach, I'll give you i…

What's included

  • Tickets
    A bracelet will be provided that functions as your admission ticket.
  • Equipment
    Life Jacket/Flotation Device, Snorkel Mask and Tube will all be provided.

Meet your Host, Sergio Maximo

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 815 Reviews
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I have been taking people to swim with the turtles of Akumal Bay EVERYDAY for the past several years. I work for one of very few companies in Akumal that are authorized to take people into the bay to snorkel. So, I have very exclusive authorization and access. I am knowledgeable about local marine life and I love to tell others all about it. I am also qualified and certified in marine life saving techniques. I renew these certifications annually and have done so for many years. Safety and conservation are always my top priority when in the water.
I have been taking people to swim with the turtles of Akumal Bay EVERYDAY for the past several years. I work for one of very few companies in Akumal that are authorized to take people into the bay to snorkel. So, I have very exclusive authorization and access. I am knowledgeable about local marine life and I love to tell others all about it. I am also qualified and certified in marine life saving techniques. I renew these certifications annually and have done so for many years. Safety and…
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Where you'll be

We will meet on the turtle statue in Akumal pueblo or a mutually agreed upon location. From there, we will enter the beach through an exclusive access point. From there, the rest of the tour will be conducted in Akumal Bay, on the beach and in the water.

Rated 4.93 out of 5 from 815 reviews.

Trella
November 2021
Sergio couldn’t be any nicer. He’s very knowledgeable and made sure we saw some turtles. We also saw some sting rays, beautiful fish and some corals. He made sure everyone is doing good, comfortable, and able to keep up. I brought my 12 yo, she’s a swimmer so she had no issues, but Sergio still made sure she’s ok. It’s truly a great experience. We really enjoyed it.
Carolina
November 2021
+ the snorkeling was nice and at a good price. We've seen fishes, turtles, rays and corals. - meeting in the town centre to then take a 5min lift to the beach makes little sense.
Chris
November 2021
If you are in Playa del Carmen or Tulum this is a must do, we saw turtles, stingray, squid and many beautiful fish. It was a magical experience and incredible value. The host Sergio was wonderful and made the experience special.
Nathaniel
November 2021
Nuestra experiencia con Sergio fue excelente. Sergio la verdad desde que lo conocimos nos cayó de maravilla y nos dio esa sensación de confianza/seguridad. Notamos que lo conoce todo el pueblo de Akumal y transmite esas buenas vibras con todo el mundo. El tour estuvo increíble! Vimos seis tortugas, manta rayas, variedad de peces, coral, y calamares. Es algo que nunca vamos a olvidar y definitivamente recomendamos a Sergio ya que posee un conocimiento muy vasto del lugar y del cuidado de las tortugas. Y algo también extra esque siempre estuvo al pendiente de nuestra seguridad y que nos sintiéramos siempre cómodos con nuestro equipo de snorkeling. Muchas gracias Sergio!
Alina
November 2021
Definitely Recommend as must do stop If you stay around Tulum/Playa del Carmen - a breathtaking experience seeing turtles in real live! Our Guide Sergio was great - open-minded, easy-going and having fun with us snorkling through the lagoon.
Cole
November 2021
Sergio’s snorkel tour is the best experience we have ever had. His knowledge, kindness and safety are most appreciated. He knew all the locations to spot the turtles where other tours were huge groups together. We experienced the turtles privately and up close. As a bonus, he took us to the reef to swim with all the beautiful fish further down the beach from the turtles. We were the only ones there. We saw stingrays, turtles, fish and urchins. It was the best experience and would highly recommend! Thank you Sergio’

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    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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    9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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Activity advisory

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Know your comfort level
Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

What to bring

Towels

Appropriate swimming gear