Akumal is such a quiet little town, but worth a look around. Through the gate you'll find a couple of convenience stores, tiny gift market, ice cream, post office, and cyber café. All is very still, colourful and quaint.
It's a beautiful lagoon, in the north end of Akumel and is much smaller than Xel-Ha, and much cheaper. About 6 bucks a person. Don't expect food and lockers to store your things. The only place to lounge is on the rocks, although there are a few benches too. What a bad time to be without a water camera.
Lots of fish, especially around the staircases to the water There are a few islands too. We were watching an Egret on one of the small islands, when my boyfriend noticed, and pointed out to me, what he believed to be an iguana. UM, it wasn't an iguana...it was a 4 foot long CROCODILE. The bird made a slow exit and we were transfixed, with awe and with trepidation. How could there be a CROCODILE not 15 feet away from us?? Not wanting to turn our backs, we told the few other swimmers about it, and no one wanted to get as close as we did. The croc sometimes bared his teeth, sometimes closed his mouth, but never moved. Lucky for us. We just have to believe that this is not an every day event at Yal-Ku but please be aware of it. Upon telling the managers, they spoke among themselves, asked its size and then told us that he never bothered anybody. I have a hard time believing anyone has trained a croc...this is no way ruined my day, it was quite exiting, but we did get out of the water after another 10 minutes of nervous snorkeling.
I actually read on another website that he was moved to Sian Kan, but I have no way to substantiat that. I just hope it's true!
We have made numerous trips to Yalku since our first visit, and have never spotted another croc. We have sent and taken numerous friends and no one has ever seen one. We trust that this really was not an every day event...amen to that!
Within walking distance of Akumal, is this secluded lagoon called Yalku.
This is just a small pond. A current of fresh water flows into it and it is full of bright colored fish.
On our last visit there it had been discovered and was much more crowded than on our first visit.
Maybe this is because of all the villas that are springing up nearby.
Xel-Ha is Mexico's largest natural aquarium.
This large national park is full of fresh water lagoons, rivers, cenotes(sink holes), and sea inlets.
It is a great place for those who enjoy snorkeling.
It gets very crowded after the tour buses arrive so plan to come early.
The lagoon is a great place to snorkel, especially for beginners. Lots of colourful tropical fish. Equipment can be rented on site, and there is a small admission fee. Best to go early in the morning as this is a popular spot. As suntan lotion is not allowed in the water (except biodegradable, available at the dive shop), it is advisable to wear a t-shirt.
I never seen any turtle here, maybe it´s possible to see some during the night at the rigth season...but this place is a nesting place for green turtles. There are also some environmental associations in the area. So if you´re tired of the hords of all-inclusive resorts guys, this could be a good option.
I have been a certified diver for 10 years. I love to dive, but honestly can say in HMB I NEVER miss lugging the tanks around and trying to equalize and get neutral bouyency...
not when i can see things like this!
when you get WAY out where the big fish are, and the turtles....you can run into some things that can take your breath away.
It's on thing to KNOW that a Nurse shark is harmless, it's another thing to actually REMEMBER that when you only feet away from one.
Plus, no one ever sees them. EVER.
Chance are you will never see on in the bay.
the coral is too dense to let them get in easily, and they enjoy deep water. So if you want to spook yourself, go just past the breakers. It's quite a distance
Akumal Bay is known for it's turtles and tremendouos reef, which also stretches into Half Moon Bay, less than a mile north.
This guy I tried to photograph for three days.
They are really shy and hide under rocks.
Today, he liked me!
Awsome Mayan ruins hanging on the cliff overlooking the sea! Go early before the tour bus groups...bring water,camera and footware thats comfortable. Its hot so maybe a swim suit and towel...avoid the tourist-type stuff for sale...better prices elsewhere.
Even in shallow water there is a lot to see.
the further out you go, the bigger the fish.
but sometimes just little ways out, you get a little fish with a lot of personality!
Right now it is turtle season in Akumal! Half moon bay is dotted with turtle nests which have been marked, mainly by an org called CEA. There were at least a dozen on our walk along the beach
took this photo for the beach and nests.
Had no idea I was photographing the start of Tropical Storm Cindy!