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About the Turtles & Cenotes Tour

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Turtles & Cenotes Tour Itinerary

  • After we pick you up at your hotel we will head to Akumal beach in search of the famous sea turtles. We will approach the Akumal bay in full snorkeling gear after a detailed safety briefing ready to go into the water. Once in the water we will swim out from Akumal beach in search of the beautiful turtles. We will remain in the water for approximately one hour. Every day we get the chance to see around 3 different species of sea turtles, these are close encouters and really are something special.

  • Apart from the Akumal turtles you have a good chance of seeing beauitful spotted eagle rays, stings rays, barracuda, grouper, reef fish, and coral gardens. One group actually saw a small pod of dolphins underwater inside Akumal beach.

  • Our professional guides will make sure you feel safe and ensure you have a truly fascinating experience. Even if you are not such an experienced snorkeler or if you are not so comfortable swimming the guide will be there every step of the way even holding your hand if needed. Our guides will make sure you have a safe and memorable experience swimming with turtles in Akumal and exploring ancient cenotes.

  • Throughout the day our guides will take lots of photos of you swimming with the Akumal turtles and exploring the magical cenotes. If you like you can purchase a usb drive with your personalized images.

  • Full snorkeling gear will be provided, you can use wet suits at the cenotes. The gear is disinfected and washed carefully every day.

  • After the cenote snorkeling activity, we will have a small snack-style buffet that includes: Fruits, empanadas, cereal bar, water, and refreshments.

  • If you would like a private tour of Akumal and the surrounding cenotes we are more than happy to assist you. The group size for private tours is between 10 to 12 customers maximum, which helps us to provide a customized experience.

  • The nature reserve fee of 10 USD per person is not included in the price.

  • You will have a wonderful day as you swim with turtles in Mexico! Don't miss this great opportunity. Contact us any time for more details.

Turtle & Cenotes Tour Time Table

  • 6:00 AM Pick up at any location in the Riviera Maya. Pick up time: 9:00am Tulum, 7:30am Playa Del Carmen, and 6:00am Cancun.
  • 9:15 - 10:15 AM Snorkeling in Akumal bay.
  • 10:30 AM Departure from Akumal to the cenotes.
  • 10:50 AM Arrival to the Cenotes.
  • 11:00 - 11:45 AM Swim in the cenote.
  • 12:00 PM Lunch buffet at cenotes.
  • 12:30 - 1:15 PM Guided walk through huge caverns.
  • 1:30 PM Transportation back to the Hotels.

What's Included

This tour includes:

  • Snorkeling with Akumal turtles & coral reef Snorkeling. Turtle sighting is guaranteed.
  • Walking, Swimming and snorkeling in 2 different Cenotes.
  • The necessary equipment for both activities.
  • Fresh fruit buffet, pastries, cereal bar and refreshments.
  • Round trip transportation with AC.

 

What to bring:

  • Towel.
  • Sandals.
  • Sunglasses, hat, shirt (sun protection in general).
  • Biodegradable sun lotion.
  • Extra cash for tips or souvenirs.
  • The nature reserve fee (10 USD per person) is not included in the price.

 

Available Extras

  • Pictures of the day (8GB USB or memory stick).
  • Turtles & Cenotes swimmer t-shirt ($25 USD).

Professional Guides

Professional Guides

  • Most of our guides are diving instructors or dive masters, and have all been hand-selected by Ocean tours for their passion and care for nature, awesome attitude and exceptional empathy.

  • Our first concern is to give our clients a unique experience that they can remember for years to come. At all times, our team is there for you with knowledge, motivation, attention, and trust.

  • We truly provide the Mayan Riviera's best quality in service and tours, and we always ensure the total satisfaction of our clients. We love what we do and we want to share these amazing experiences with you!

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Frequently Asked Questions

About the Akumal Turtles:

  • They are in danger

    Unfortunately, all 7 species of Sea Turtles are endangered. This is due to illegal poaching and pollution. In Mexico, turtles are protected since 1990. Fishing, hunting, or poaching turtles is now a Federal offense.

  • Most species visit Mexico

    Out of the 7 species of sea turtles that remain, 6 of them nest in Mexico.

  • They travel thousands of miles

    Whether it is for migrational reasons, for mating, or feeding, Sea Turtles can travel hundreds or thousands of kilometers before reaching their destination.

  • The temperature of the nest defines the gender of the Turtles

    Warmer temperatures produce mostly females, while lower temperatures produce mostly males. A tempered climate usually yields a similar amount of males and females.

  • Baby turtles use the moon as guidance

    Sea Turtles are photo-tactical, which means they are attracted by the light. They use the brightest light as guidance, which is usually the reflection of the moon on the water. They avoid the shade, including the vegetation at the top of the dunes, where danger may lurk.

About the Cenotes:

  • The Yucatan Peninsula is an ancient coral reef

    During the last ice age, the Yucatan Peninsula was a huge coral reef covered by water. When the sea levels lowered, the dry air formed our limestone soil (the Yucatan Peninsula).

  • How were the Cenotes formed?

    Limestone is very porous, allowing water particles to flow through it, forming underground rivers. As the water erosions the underwater caves, their roofs collapse giving birth to cenotes.

  • Cenotes: Access to the Mayan Underworld

    The Mayans believed that Cenotes were sacred doors to the Underworld, where several of their deities lived. In Mayan Mythology, the center of the Earth is a place filled with life, from where plants, trees and water come.

  • Mayan Mythology

    To the Mayan, the depths of the Earth were full of life. Trees, plants and water came from there. In the western muind, the depths are associated with evil and punishment, but to the Mayan, it was the origin of all life.

  • Crystal-clear Water

    Because cenotes are filled with rainwater that was filtered by the limestone, cenote water is one of the clearest in the world, with over 150 feet of underwater visibility.

  • Cenotes are part of the longest underground river system in the world

    A group of divers recently discovered the connection between both underground river systems in the Riviera Maya area, so adding up to a whopping total 153.6 Km, the Sac Actún System (white cave in Mayan) became the longest in the World as far as we know. Eleven cenotes serve as entrances to this system.

  • There are over 7 thousand Cenotes in the peninsula

    Each of them is uniquely decorated by Nature.

Why do it with Us

Our first concern is the total satisfaction of our clients!

  • We strive to be the Best

    We are rated excellent on TripAdvisor, Google, and other rating platforms thanks to our commitment to excellence.

  • We are the Tour Operator

    Every service and every part of the tour is directly operated by Ocean Tours. We guarantee an excellent high quality service to ensure the total satisfaction of our clients.

  • We are Experienced

    We have over 10 years of experience in operating tours as Ocean Tours started in year 2005.

  • We are Professional

    Our guides are enthusiastic, experienced and knowledgeable. The whole team will make your tour unforgettable.

  • We are Dedicated

    Working with small groups of clients, max. 12 people per van ensures you a familiar private tour feeling.

  • We want you to remember your tour forever!

    One professional photographer per group!

  • We are Safe

    Our professional guides are certified in First-Aid.
    Our transportation is very safe and comfortable, and our drivers are very experienced.

  • Professional Photographers Team

    Our professional photographers team will come with you on the tour and get the best shots at these fantastic locations.