Loggerhead, Green and Hawksbill Turtles come to Akumal every summer to lay their eggs on the beaches of Akumal. Many remain in the surrounding waters all year round. Whether you are snorkeling or diving, you will have the opportunity to see the turtles in the sea grasses and reefs. During Autumn, the nests open and the baby turtles make their way back to the sea.
The underground caverns that are abundant in the Yucatan were called ‘tzonot’ by the Maya and became the word ‘cenote’ in Spanish. These caves lead to underground river systems within the limestone rocks. Each cenote is filled with clear, fresh water. When the weather prevents offshore diving, customers can enjoy cenote diving in any conditions. There is no special certification for cenote diving as you are guided by an experienced cave diver and are never more than a few hundred feet from an opening. Each passageway is lined with ropes and using flashlights, you can see stalactite in the underground chambers. Each passage leads you back to view the world from below, where the opening is surrounded by tropical trees and sunlight. Cenote diving is truly something that will take your breath away.
Abundant Dive Sites
All dive sites are within 7 to 10 minutes from the shore and are in long canyons protected from currents. Because of the various depths of the dive sites, we often conduct multi-level dives where the deeper dive of 80 feet recedes to 70, 60 and 50 feet to extend bottom times. Our 45 foot dives include majestic reef formations and swim through tunnels. We offer the deeper dive of 80/90 feet at 9am. The 60 or 70 feet dive is at 11am. In the afternoon, our 2:30 dive is 45 feet and is perfect for a refresher dive or for beginners. There are a few deeper dive sites that can be requested to 120 feet. One called Triggerfish, which is abundant with these beautiful, painted fish. The many canyons that extend out from the shore provide a variety of corals and sealife.
The water temperatures remain pretty constant and vary between 78 and 82ºF (25 and 28ºC) so the diving in the Caribbean is always pleasant. It is slightly cooler in the winter months of December to April, but the most you will need is a 0.5 mm – 2/1 mm wetsuit. The weather is usually sunny from December to April, with rainy season in the summer months. Even when thunderstorms arrive, they are short and the skies usually clear. The winds are usually calm or up to 3mph and rarely exceed 10mph so the conditions are optimal for our short boat rides to the dive sites.
Unlike most dive shops in the area, our dive masters check all equipment and ensure that all questions are answered on shore before the dive. Once at the dive site, we do a back roll entry and descend as a group. When returning to the boat, the boat captain will ask for your weights, and then will haul your equipment into the boat. You will remove your fins on the ladder and climb back into the boat.
When diving in Akumal, you will especially love the ability to take your family on non dive excursions like snorkeling in cenotes, zip lining in the many local attractions, visiting the ruins or touring the many colonial villages nearby. We can even organize your dive over to Cozumel and take you diving in the nearby cenotes.
We would love to show you around our beautiful reef. Come and find out why our customers come back to us year after year.