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2017/09/08 09:25:53 (permalink)
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Snorkeling in Akumal

You as a tourist can go to Akumal Bay and swim at your leisure in the designated areas. You can go to the Dive Center, rent your gear if need to snorkel to your heart's content. Just stay outside of the areas marked by buoys. 
 
The attached image shows an areal shot of what the buoys look like. Zones 1 (this is off limits the entire year), 2 and 3 are the zones where one cannot swim.
 
There is a September suspension is for commercial snorkel tour operators. This means that there are no guided tours. Tour operators are not allowed to work or sell tours. So if somebody offers you a guided tour they are working outside of the law.
 
Basically, if you are headed to Akumal this September rest assured that you'll be able to swim in Akumal Bay and hang out with turtles during your stay. Just remember, DO NOT touch or chase turtles as this is their home and doing so stresses them out. 


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    crunch
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    Re: Snorkeling in Akumal 2017/09/08 12:40:19 (permalink)
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    The webcam looks like the old days.  So nice. I wish they would do this when we come in November.  Heavenly.

     



     

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    Re: Snorkeling in Akumal 2017/09/09 13:37:50 (permalink)
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    YEA! We arrive on Sunday the 10th for 10 days-and snorkeling is a priority for us
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    Re: Snorkeling in Akumal 2017/09/12 16:07:00 (permalink)
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    I'm confused on the zones. Am I looking at the little red numbers all over the map or the black and purple squares? The tour guides were SO aggressive last year. I'm really hoping they have lightened up a bit. We will only be there for two days of September. I wonder if they will be going full force on October 1st. 
     
    Also, is there another way to access the beach other than collectivo to the main road as to avoid the tour guides?
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    Re: Snorkeling in Akumal 2017/09/12 17:49:12 (permalink)
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    We are here in Akumal now for 10 days and today ,Tuesday, two tour boats with 8_12 passengers each came into the bay and anchored. All the snorkelers got into the water and snorkeled for about 45 minutes. The bay monitor kyaked not out the groups, but out to a single  individual by the buoy line. So much for no tour groups in the month of September...
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    Re: Snorkeling in Akumal 2017/09/12 19:15:31 (permalink)
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    Hey Water Baby.  Just returned on Saturday.  The tour boats were dropping off snorkelers in front of HMB and in front of my condo at YKC in north Akumal. Can't comment on Akumal Bay as I did not go down there.  Disgusting and continues sadly, MB.


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    Re: Snorkeling in Akumal 2017/09/13 12:20:09 (permalink)
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    water baby
    We are here in Akumal now for 10 days and today ,Tuesday, two tour boats with 8_12 passengers each came into the bay and anchored. All the snorkelers got into the water and snorkeled for about 45 minutes. The bay monitor kyaked not out the groups, but out to a single  individual by the buoy line. So much for no tour groups in the month of September...




     
    That is beyond ridiculous.  How do they expect us to request the bay monitors when that is how they conduct themselves?

     



     

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