If you pass the main bay and continue on the principal road through the archway in Akumal (east side of the highway,) it will veer to the left (North.) At the end of this road is the stunning Yal Ku Lagoon, a popular spot known for its calm waters and snorkeling.
The water is about 10 feet deep and beneath the surface, experienced and novice snorkelers will love observing the pink and purple coral formations and abundance of tropical fish. There are palapa huts near the water’s entrance. No coolers are allowed inside the natural park, but there is a restaurant if you desire food and drink. The cost is about $15USD to enter and you can rent snorkel equipment on-site or bring your own.
Tip: There is less of a current in the water to the left side of the lagoon. It is shallower and more fish tend to congregate in this area. (Note: This is from our own personal experience the last two times we visited there.)
SNORKELING WITH SEA TURTLES
There is a professional company that offers life jacket rentals and guides just beyond the dive shops on the beach. We have used both this company and other family-owned local guide companies for a reef tour. In our experience, the more professional company was the one under the palapa. We covered a larger portion of the reef with the guide from this company and he seemed much more experienced with the children.
The cost for the guide and the equipment rentals is about $15USD per person. The snorkeling tour lasts about one hour and is recommended for children aged 7 and up. You are welcome to go at your leisure for free if you have your own gear and do not require a guide.
Tip: It is illegal to touch the turtles. The founders of Akumal, marine life preservation agencies, and residents have worked tirelessly to protect these graceful sea creatures. Be courteous guests when visiting them in their home and for their sake, please give them their space as you watch them go about their business.
DEEP SEA AND REEF DIVING
There are 3 dive centers in the Akumal area, 2 on the beaches of the main Akumal Bay and one on the main road heading towards the North in Half Moon Bay.
The longstanding Akumal Dive Shop has over 35 years of experience and is located in Akumal Bay. Along with deep sea diving excursions, the company offers nearby cavern and night dives as well.
Akumal Dive Center is closer to the entrance of Akumal, on the South side of Lol Ha Restaurant and Bar. Equipment rentals and classes are available, as are sea kayak rentals. Both shops are open from 8:00am on.
Akumal Dive Adventures is next to La Buena Vida and opens at 8:30am. Here you can learn about coral formations and the different varieties of tropical fish, as well as explore the coastal waters through deep sea diving or cave diving.
Tip: It is recommended that you reserve your dive excursion at least 1 day in advance.
To sail across the crystalline waters surrounding Akumal on a catamaran with friends and family is an experience you’ll never forget. Swim, snorkel and fish in the turquoise, Caribbean Sea, while the crew prepares a batch of fresh ceviche (fish cured with lime juice!)
For lovebirds, a 2-hour sunset cruise takes romance to a new level! Sip on refreshments while watching the vivid pink and orange sun as it descends over the vast jungle.
SWIM IN CENOTES
Within 5 minutes of Akumal are several picturesque, limestone sinkholes. Visitors can jump from cliffs, snorkel, explore underwater cave systems and enjoy fish pedicures in the crystal clear waters of these cenotes.
The average entrance fee is about $90 pesos per person ($6USD). There are life jackets available for rent and most have snack shops. You can pack your own lunch and drinks, but alcohol is prohibited. Popular nearby cenotes are Eden, Cristalino, Azul and Dos Ojos.
Tip: For all water activities, please use biodegradable sunscreen so as not to pollute the environment nor harm the majestic marine life in the region.
DEEP SEA FISHING
Head out to sea for your chance to catch Barracuda, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish or maybe even the elusive Marlin! A tour lasts approximately 3 hours with a 4-person maximum for each trip.
BIKE AND GOLF CART RENTALS
Since Akumal remains a charming, little town, a fun way to experience it is by renting a golf cart or bikes for the day. Make a pit stop at the bay for snorkeling, enjoy an order of shrimp cocktail and a cold beer at one of the beachside eateries, then walk around or take a dip in the Yal Ku Lagoon.