Akumal Bay Restricted Access

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2017/07/13 11:50:19 (permalink)
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Akumal Bay Restricted Access

A recent post on TA noted that on July 7th additional areas of the reef were roped off in front of ABBWR and access restricted to the outer reef.  Is anyone able to report on the closure of those areas?
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    Re: Akumal Bay Restricted Access 2017/07/13 12:23:28 (permalink)
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    I saw that too and was wondering about specifics.  Can somebody there take pics?

     



     

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    Re: Akumal Bay Restricted Access 2017/07/26 18:46:38 (permalink)
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    For what it's worth and take it with a grain of salt -- map of buoys and latest "info" on snorkeling guidelines at Akumal Bay from the Hotel Caribe: https://www.facebook.com/notes/hotel-akumal-caribe/the-new-buoys-in-the-bay/10154553260551930/
     
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    Re: Akumal Bay Restricted Access 2017/07/27 07:56:30 (permalink)
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    Have you noticed the buoys keep moving for boats and there are more boats.
    So much for enforcement!
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    Re: Akumal Bay Restricted Access 2017/07/27 12:12:06 (permalink)
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    Interesting.  
     
    When we go in November what kind of tool do you think would work to discreetly deflate buoys in the very early am? 

     



     

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    Re: Akumal Bay Restricted Access 2017/07/27 13:01:31 (permalink)
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    Confused about where you can snorkel in Akumal Bay? You are not alone. Here is some information, but we are not sure it if is any clearer. Its been a fluid situation, so it most likely will evolve.
     
    The purple area around the two circuits is for guided snorkel tours only in a clockwise direction. 
    The white space on the first 50 meters from shore is for swimming. Anyone can go in there and use it for recreational purposes. 
    The turquoise area denotes the navigation channels for motorized watercraft.
    The light pink states it is for dive use although that area is too shallow and has a reef. 
    The lime green area is restricted. So no swimming or snorkeling here. 
    The yellow area is labeled” zoned for sustainable recreation activities, ” but no rules or regulations explained. 
    These "rules" are from the government and apply to anyone regardless of where you are staying.
     


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    Re: Akumal Bay Restricted Access 2017/07/27 14:49:36 (permalink)
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    Hello,
     
    I am still confused.
    If Snorkeling from shore, how do we get to the reef, without passing over other zones?
    And does anyone know if short flippers are allowed?
     
    Thanks!
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    Re: Akumal Bay Restricted Access 2017/07/28 06:39:28 (permalink)
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    Good question Maj.  The flipper question changes daily and hourly from all the reports.  Some not hassled with long ones and other times they are.  Same with short fins.  Nobody really seems to know.

     



     

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    Re: Akumal Bay Restricted Access 2017/07/28 08:27:16 (permalink)
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    So, what happens if you swim counterclockwise in the purple area?
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    Re: Akumal Bay Restricted Access 2017/07/28 08:27:41 (permalink)
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    I like many others are choosing other destinations to snorkel (and there are plenty). What a mess this bay has become. I'm glad I experienced it before all this regulation & hassle. Not to mention the fin restriction which will eventually cause someone to drown because they aren't a strong enough swimmer. Vacations are for getting away from the drama and hassles....and as far as I can see, this is what Akumal has become. Very sad.




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    Re: Akumal Bay Restricted Access 2017/07/28 11:13:56 (permalink)
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    The first time In went to Akumal in 1989 it was paradise, now it is over run for a small place.
    My favorite place was Hotel Akumal Caribe.
    In Mexico it is who pays who.
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    Re: Akumal Bay Restricted Access 2017/07/28 12:33:39 (permalink)
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    We are still going in November.  We have discussed it may be the final time depending on what we find.  However, if HMB is still great and the local restaurants we will still be good with it.  It will just depend on the hassle factor.  If it is too apparent it will leave a bad taste and I will go elsewhere.
     
    Also, how are you supposed to know which color coded area you are in once you are out in the bay LOL.
     

     



     

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    Re: Akumal Bay Restricted Access 2017/07/28 12:36:50 (permalink)
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    Nobody cares about the color code this is Mexico.
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    Re: Akumal Bay Restricted Access 2017/08/08 13:30:01 (permalink)
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    How does one get to the yellow area without crossing lime green or purple?
    Hey Bassguy, have you found any other areas where snorkeling from shore is nearly as good?
    PM or email me if you don't want to make it public.
    Akumal was a great spot for many years, but it sounds like that time has passed.

     






     
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    Re: Akumal Bay Restricted Access 2017/08/23 22:50:52 (permalink)
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    We were there last week of July & rented palapas and beach chairs in front of Akumal Caribe. No one stopped us from snorkeling or wearing fins while we stayed in that area, outside the buoys. There was a guy, out in the water in a blue kayak every day, trying to keep people out of the boat lane. That was the only one I saw telling anyone what to do, and I appreciated him keeping us from getting hit by boats.
     
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    Re: Akumal Bay Restricted Access 2017/08/24 06:44:05 (permalink)
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    What was the rental cost for palapa and chairs Sheila in RI?

     



     

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    Re: Akumal Bay Restricted Access 2017/08/24 08:11:40 (permalink)
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    Thanks for the update Sheila. Did you pre-book the Palapa with HAC?

     






     
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    Re: Akumal Bay Restricted Access 2017/08/24 11:51:15 (permalink)
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    TomKatWpg
    How does one get to the yellow area without crossing lime green or purple?
    Hey Bassguy, have you found any other areas where snorkeling from shore is nearly as good?
    PM or email me if you don't want to make it public.
    Akumal was a great spot for many years, but it sounds like that time has passed.


    Hey Buddy....long time no talk!! I've been back to Akumal once since our trip to the Palladium. I stayed at ABBWR and liked it a LOT better just for the snorkeling out my front door (not to mention the beachfront rooms and view). After reading about all these restrictions and hassles, I will not be back to Akumal.....just way too many other destinations that are hassle free. My next trip will be to Roatan. Hope you and Kathy are well my friend....
    -Scott
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    Re: Akumal Bay Restricted Access 2017/08/24 21:45:02 (permalink)
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    We booked our palapa from the ice cream store right next to Lol-Ha, and it seemed to be a part of Lol-Ha -same building and also, part of Akumal Caribe. 
    My memory isn't great but I think it was $14 (US dollars) for a palapa and maybe $5 for a chaise lounge? We didn't get a table, though I saw other palapas with tables. Most likely, they got there earlier than us and grabbed them. I looked for tables on the list in the ice cream store and it wasn't on the list.
     
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    Re: Akumal Bay Restricted Access 2017/08/25 06:34:25 (permalink)
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    Gracias Sheila.

     



     

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