Best Snorkeling - Akumal Bay Mexico

by Maureen
(Edmonton, AB. Canada)

I think the best snorkeling is in Akumal Bay, Mexico. It is quiet & calm most days, and protected via the Mesoamerica barrier reef offshore. It is a beautiful spot, and is known for it's abundance of sea turtles. Fly into Cancun and it's about a 1.5 hour drive south to Akumal.

Don't tell anyone I told you about this lovely spot though, as those of us who frequent Akumal want it to remain pristine & lovely! Please read up on your snorkeling etiquette and let's keep this beautiful spot safe for future generations of snorkeling enthusiasts!

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Dec 14, 2009
Akumal Bay Snorkeling Sounds Good
by: Galen & Nicole

Maureen, that sounds great. We will have to keep that in mind for the next time we are snorkeling Mexico.

Jan 08, 2011
Akumal Bay Barracudas
by: Anonymous

We went to Playa del Carmen a few years ago with some friends, and another fellow and I made it down to Akumal Bay for some snorkeling. It was great, although a little worrisome swimming through between the boats.

We saw a good number of turtles but the neatest thing was the big barracudas, especially the monster one in the middle of enormous "fish ball" in the middle of bay. Zillions of silver fish with a space in the middle occupied by the supervising barracuda!

Another great spot on our vacation was Puerto Morelos, with a lovely live reef. Hope to make it back some day.

Feb 04, 2012
by: Tanya

This was my exciting introduction
to snorkeling and now I am hooked for life. It is very quiet (hardly any people!) and we spent hours in the water marveling at the marine life, especially the turtles. Just hope it doesn't get all commercialized.

Aug 17, 2012
Akumal is the best snorkeling I've seen
by: Anonymous

I’ve been to Punta Cana, Jamaica, and Mexico’s Maya Rivera. The only reason I go on vacation is for good snorkeling. The best place I’ve ever snorkeled is Akumal Bay. I was surprised at the amount of healthy coral, and of course the good coral brings the fish. The sea turtles are the biggest I’ve seen.

The only other snorkeling destination that even came close was the southwestern tip of Cozumel. Maybe it’s because they are so close in location.

May 16, 2017
Great Place to Start Snorkeling
by: Finny

Akumal is not as quiet as it used to be, but it is fiercely protected by the locals. A big resort has been put in, but so far not too big an impact.

I snorkeled here to start, and I've introduced my family to snorkeling here, from my daughter to my aging parents. It's very safe indeed, and you are pretty much guaranteed turtles.

The best reef snorkeling is on the north side. Stay at La Casita's and you can roll out of bed into the sea. It's a tiny reef, but I've seen a variety of fish and some cuttlefish dancing.

It's not the best snorkeling IMO, but it's one of the very best places to start (along with Koh Tao and Koh Lipe).

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