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Swimming with Sea Turtles in Akumal Responsibly

Swimming with sea turtles in Akumal is a unique and thrilling experience, allowing visitors to witness these majestic creatures in their natural environment. Spanning from Half Moon Bay to Aventuras Akumal, each bay in this stretch of the Riviera Maya offers opportunities to swim alongside sea turtles. However, following specific rules is crucial to ensure the turtles’ safety and well-being and preserve their habitat. Here are a few general guidelines for enjoying an unforgettable experience while contributing to the conservation of Akumal’s marine life and its spectacular underwater world.

Rules For Swimming With Sea Turtles

Maintain Distance

Always be respectful of the turtles and other wildlife. Close encounters can stress the turtles and disrupt their natural behaviors.

No Touching

Resisting the urge to touch, grab, or pursue the turtles is essential. Physical contact can be harmful and stressful for them.

Avoid Using Fins

Opt for shorter ones if using fins. Long fins can inadvertently damage the coral reefs, vital to the marine ecosystem.

Use Reef-Safe Sunscreen

Protect the marine environment by using biodegradable, reef-safe sunscreen. Chemicals in regular sunscreens can be harmful to coral and marine life.

Where to Swim with Sea Turtles

Anywhere from Yalku Lagoon to Aventuras Akumal! Each beach has a unique landscape and snorkel experience for guests. Guests staying at beachfront properties can enjoy snorkeling and swimming with sea turtles right out the door. There are several access points throughout the area that adhere to the same guidelines allowing visitors to enjoy an unforgettable experience.

Learn More

Find more information and details about swimming with turtles in Akumal at CEA Centro Ecológico de Akumal or email us at and one of our local experts will contact you. 

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