Centro Ecologico Akumal, Akumal

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Swim alongside two endangered species of sea turtle in their natural habitat with Centro Ecologico Akumal. The organization works to protect and conserve the coastal and marine ecosystems of the region, with particular focus on sea turtles. You can swim with the turtles on your own at the beach, which remains open at all times. That said, ensure you don't disturb the animals or disrupt their habitat. To learn more, go for a nighttime turtle walk with a guide to check on nests and nesting turtles, with the potential to see a female lay her eggs. Plan to visit Centro Ecologico Akumal during your Akumal vacation using our convenient Akumal trip itinerary builder tool .
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  • We really eager to see the turtles... but that's what happened on site getting busted by many "rental" of lifejacket and snorkeling equipment (mandatory...). The fins are prohibited to protect the site. Once the outdated rental alley you can't access the beach. A turnstile closed the entrance and you have 'guards' that you explain that he must pay an entry fee. Even a family of Mexicans who were in front of us turned back because they refused to pay for access to the beach. We have done the same. On the way out we wanted to get to the Dive Center for information. And here, we were followed by several guards who made sure we didn't go in the water to watch the turtles and who were communicating by walkie-talkie... In short! Once the information taken from the dive center, we sat on the beach to just observe (and especially to be noted by the guards...). The swimmers were in a group of 4 to 6 people about and followed by guides / rangers to monitor. Several times the Group was concentrating on a single turtle and some were trying to touch (which is completely forbidden). The atmosphere for these poor turtles were very unhealthy... We're talking about 'protected Park' but in reality it is just a way of doing business... In the light of this, we therefore abandoned the idea of swim us with the turtles. The atmosphere was gross...
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  • Located 30 minutes from Playa Del Carmen in car (very easy road), with possibility of parking ($100MX). Access to the beach is by a hotel ($100MX /p with amenities) is a bit more far by continuing on the road via a former area of villas devastated by Irma ($40MX p). You can rent equipment on the beach ($150MX for mask/snorkel and mandatory vest) and make snorkeling to see turtles (almost guaranteed). Note that it is forbidden to put non organic cream (to protect the ecosystem) and it's on sale at 300 MX$ (coincidentally)- but of course nobody checks...
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  • We arrived with the taxi in akumal and were from beginning to the away to the beach besieged whether we a snorkeling tour want - we did not. until we then stood in front of the entrance to the ecologic center. We paid 100 pesos so we to the beach they were allowed to amschliessend sold us a one-hour snorkeling tour for 400 pesos (vest, goggles, snorkeling included). We were then two with a guide on the road and we saw fish, skate and any amount of turtles. at the beginning I was not convinced and thought this was just another tourist trap. the end of the Snorkel tour I was thrilled. also, the Guide well making sure that you meet the animals with respect looked what positively thrilled me. After snorkeling we were about 200m further on Sun enjoy and swim. There they saw a turtle at and x tourists smelled but all around. all in all I found this super snorkeling and would do it again at any time – really recommendable tour :)
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  • We tried too visit it yesterday but it was closed for construction. Would be nice to have correct opening hours or directions on the website or a sign at the street. Also, it was very hard to find, it is the building behind the diving center on the right.
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