Swimming with turtles at Akumal Bay, Mexico

Akumal is a tiny town north of Tulum towards Playa Del Carmen. The name ‘Akumal’ means ‘land of turtles’ in Mayan, which is pretty appropriate seeing as snorkelling with said turtles is the number one thing to do there.

One afternoon in Tulum we randomly decided to jump into a collectivo (public minivan) and head to Akumal Bay. It was an excellent choice. Swimming with sea turtles was a pretty magical experience.


Akumal Bay

The regulations on snorkelling at Akumal Bay are pretty strict in order to protect the wildlife. I’m not sure if it’s illegal to go without a guide or if the tour operators just tell you that, but we ended up in a tour group. This turned out to be ok because the guide took us around for an hour, then we were able to keep the snorkel gear for another hour and a half and explore by ourselves.

We swam out onto a huge patch of sea grass and it wasn’t long before we saw our first turtle, munching away on the grass.


Oh hey!

Every so often the turtles would come up for air right next to you. It was amazing to see them so close. They clearly aren’t scared of tourists.


Insert all of the Finding Nemo references here



Taking a breath


A couple of hangers on


We also saw heaps of sting rays but the photos didn’t come out very well. The visibility wasn’t that great, hence all the varying shades of blue in these photos! The sun and depth of water is also playing around with the colours.


I was pleased I managed to snap a turtle selfie!



We took many photos trying to get a perfect pic with a turtle.


Got the same pose going on





I should mention that these photos are very zoomed in, we didn’t want to crowd the turtles.

We also saw fish and coral, but nothing as exciting as the turtles. I could have watched them for hours.

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5 Responses to Swimming with turtles at Akumal Bay, Mexico

  1. Lynne O'Brien says:

    Another fantastic post Bec! The photos are magical, even if not up to your own exacting standards. 🙂 How amazing that must have been, swimming with those magnificent creatures. You’ve just brightened up the first day of non- daylight savings!

  2. SassyKabassy says:

    Great Post Bec, love your photo’s. Sounds like you had fun. 🙂

  3. This looks beautiful! How stunning is the water in Mexico. Hope you’re having fun wherever you are at the moment! x

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