Along Mexico’s Riviera Maya, you will find the small beach town of Akumal, meaning the “Place of the Turtle.” Every year between May and October, Akumal turtles emerge from the water to lay their eggs on beaches throughout the Riviera Maya. Thousands of travelers make their way to our aptly named beach town every year for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to swim with turtles!
A Few Facts about Akumal Turtles
The beaches and bays surrounding Akumal are critical natural habitats for turtles. During May-October, Akumal turtles nest along our beaches to lay their eggs in the sand and feed on seagrass. Of seven sea turtle species, four can be found in Quintana Roo, including the leatherback, loggerhead, hawksbill, and white turtle. Here are a few rules when you are swimming with turtles:
- Do not touch the turtles, and stay at least 15 feet away
- No flippers or snorkel fins
- Use only biodegradable sunscreen
Local Tours to Swim with Turtles in Akumal
Keep in mind that it is illegal to swim at Akumal beach without a tour guide. So, if you want to swim with Akumal turtles, you must book a tour with companies like Akumal Dive Shop or Ocean Tours.
Akumal Dive Shop
Akumal Dive Shop offers a fantastic Bay Snorkeling Tour where visitors can swim with turtles. Your tour includes a certified guide, snorkeling equipment, lockers, and showers. Snorkel through Akumal Bay and keep your eyes peeled for turtles, spotted eagle rays, nurse sharks, barracudas, lobsters, and coral. If you are scuba certified, you can enjoy even more opportunities to witness turtles at our Akumal dive sites.
Ocean Tours offers fantastic family-friendly snorkeling tours in Akumal Bay. The Snorkel with Sea Turtles in Akumal Bay tour includes a bilingual guide, round-trip transportation, snacks, bottled water, and snorkel gear. Explore Akumal Bay and look for sea turtles, tropical fish, coral, rock formations, and rays. Afterward, your guides will take you to swim in an ancient cenote. Tour pick-ups can be arranged from Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, and Tulum areas.
Riviera Maya Akumal Vacation Rentals
Start planning your Mexico getaway, and join us for Akumal turtle nesting season! We represent luxury vacation rentals throughout the Riviera Maya, including two properties in Akumal. Villa Bellamar is a beautiful 13-bedroom villa that can host up to 40 guests, while our Villa Alma Rosa is a four-bedroom retreat for up to 12 guests. If these properties don’t meet your criteria, browse our collection of over 60 vacation rentals in the Riviera Maya.