On my recent trip to the Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, snorkeling was one of the ’must-do’ activities on my list. I purchased my tour ticket at the Weary Traveler Hostel for $45USD and it was worth every penny spent. We left the hostel at 10 a.m. and headed for the white sands of Akumal Bay, a small community between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum on the Mayan Riviera. In the Mayan language, Akumal means ‘place of the turtles’ and it really lived up to its name. After about two hours of basking in the sun and salt, we hopped back into the minibus and headed to the underwater caves of Cenotes Dos Ojos, where parts of the 2005 movie, ‘The Cave’, were filmed. A welcomed snack of tuna sandwiches and bottled water was included in the cost of the tour.
Here is a mini-video of my trip that shows what you can expect to see if you are heading to Cancun, Playa Del Carman or Tulum and you are thinking about taking a good snorkeling tour.
Snorkeling in Akumal and Cenote Dos Ojos Recommendations: Walk with an underwater camera and a quick drying towel. Don’t use a lot of sunblock – it scares off the marine life. Leave a tip for your guides if you think they did a good job. You can’t swim but you want to snorkel? Life jackets and snorkeling gear are provided by the tour operators, so snorkeling tours can be enjoyed by dolphins and non-swimmers alike – Trust me, I am definitely not in the dolphin category.
Still have questions? Want to know more or share some of your snorkeling experiences? Just leave a comment or send me a message.
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