Activities at Sea
DIVING: There are two PADI certified dive shops on the beach within walking distance of the casitas. Both offer rentals (by day or week) of snorkel and dive gear. Both offer one-day “tourist” courses or 3 days for certification. And both have ocean dives in the morning, afternoon and night, plus cave and cenote diving.
FISHING: Both dive shops can arrange fishing trips, generally for half days, but also for full day trips that include lunch.
SNORKELING: Just about all types of hard and soft coral abound in Akumal Bay, with shallow depths near shore to well over 40 feet reefs further out. Expect to see many varieties of colorful fish, large and small. Three varieties of Rays and numerous Green sea turtles are regularly seen. And, the occasional Long-nose Sea Horse.
XCARET: Located 30 km north is a large recreational park with river snorkeling, restaurants, paddleboats, etc. Admission is around USD $ 56.00 per person, plus an extra fee to swim with dolphins.
XEL-HA: Located 12 km south, Xel-Ha is another rock and mangrove lagoon National Park with a USD $ 30.00 admission fee. Avoid midday crowds.
YAL-KU LAGOON: Located 2 km from the casitas at the north end of Akumal, the snorkeling here is wonderful among deep rock formations and mangroves. There is a small admission fee for this hidden jewel of a National Park. No diving, fishing or use of suntan lotion.