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We were picked up promptly at 6:30 and driven approx. 2 hours to the Tulum Ruins. We were then taken to a beach for the snorkeling portion of the tour where we saw huge turtles, stingrays and other marine life. I was the only non-swimmer which wasn’t an issue thanks to our excellent tour guides!
Even though their federal government closed the Akumal beach for turtle watching, we really enjoyed the cenotes. That was worth the trip right there. Our guide was Paco and he spoke Spanish, English, French, and one other language Swedish maybe. He has a great personality and a great sense of humor. This cenote trip was awesome. My wife has issues with claustrophobia but was able to do the underground tours quite easily. Maybe it was because Paco was such a charmer. We were not sure how to dress/prepare for the day but here's how it worked. We did not need any suntan lotion for the cenotes since they were underground and we were in the shade for the first part of the day. In one cenote we walked/waded up to our chests and the second cenote, we floated in our life jacket s and wetsuits.
I was not going to buy the pictures provided by the professional photographer but changed my mind after we finished touring the cenotes. It was such a cool tour and she did a great job taking photos even a few really cool stock photos included also.
Yes, we would do this one again.
BE READY TO BE PICKED UP AT 6 AM IF YOU ARE IN THE HOTEL ZONE-Cancun. That's a fair warning, we stayed at Riu Cancun and pick up was SUPER early and we had to pick up 5 other couples on the way, it turned out to a 11 hour day. The 5 stars are because the experience itself was amazing. The turtle swim was magical and the cenotes at Chikin Ha were breath taking, the staff was very nice and the snack was pretty late in the day so were pretty hungry by then.
We had the most amazing day snorkelling at Akumel Bay, we saw many turtles and stingrays up close, and even snorkeled along the reef and saw many incredible fish. Katrina and Tamara were very professional and informative tour guides and made our trip extra special.
A truly magical experience!
Great tour, fun and full of turtles. The best part was the cenotes
It was an amazing experience! Francesca did a wonderful job explaining how the cenotes formed and gave us lots of information on the turtles. We saw three turtles, a stingray, coral, and other fish. The lunch that they served was a welcome break. I wouldn't recommend the trip if you have problems climbing steps, since we had lots of these. We also saw a locust, termite nest,iguana and beautiful birds. My friend and I really enjoyed this trip.
We had a great time. Our guide Aya and driver Manuel couldn and #39;t have been more helpful. The cenotes were beautiful and very interesting. We saw several turtles while snorkeling in Akumal. We highly recommend this tour. Z
Great, friendly service. The area is also spectacular, with plenty of turtles, etc. One member of the group had mobility issues, and the guides were accommodating of that. Thanks for everything.
It was everything I hoped for and then some. We saw 9 different turtles at Akumal! The cenotes were beautiful. The most amazing thing about the adventure was our guide Adan. He was very informative and took the time to answer our questions. I would recommend this to anyone wanting something a little different.
Ive experienced many day excursions in the 3 times Ive visited the Cancun area and this is by far the most outstanding of them.
Our guide, Louise, was thoroughly informative, helpful, and professional. She briefed us w/background info, fitted our equipment, looked out for our safety, and made sure we had a great time. We saw a dozen or more green turtles and 3 types of rays.
Having the photographers services frees you to enjoy the moment rather than worry about capturing good shots to view later. The best photos I have of our vacation are the ones that the photographer, Guille, took on this excursion. If only he would follow us around and take pictures of our entire trip!
Bring an inexpensive workout shirt, the type that wicks moisture, to wear under your swim vest at Akumal. If you want more sun protection, make it long-sleeved.
Bring water shoes to protect your toes from getting bumped and scraped on the underwater boulders in the cenotes.
The early departure is a small sacrifice but worth it, since youll avoid the worst of the crowds. If your hotels buffet or room service isnt available for an early breakfast, plan ahead by stashing something the night before.
Yes, its a long drive from Cancún. But you cant change geography. Bring a change of dry clothes so you dont have to wear wet swimsuits on the return ride do have your swimsuits on and ready to go when you leave in the morning. There are restrooms/changing rooms at both locations.
Bring enough cash for the photos and gratuities. You may think you wont want the photos, but youll change your mind after you see them. An appropriate tip would be 10-20% for the guide if they work hard for you and give you an amazing experience.
While not required, its a nice gesture to tip the driver, maybe 100 pesos 5US, since hes guarding your stuff in the van while youre having a good time and he cleans up your sandy mess afterwards.
Be aware that the guide may be speaking more than one language with other members of the group.
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