All About Akumal Mexico
Akumal, Mexico is located on the southern part of the Yucatan Peninsula in the heart of the Mayan Riviera. This quaint fishing village is known for its beautiful beaches, diving and ecotourism. Once known by the Mayans as "the place of turtles" for its sizable sea turtle population, today it could be known as "the place of the divers" for it is a favorite spot for serious divers who want to view the beautiful coral reefs and the diverse marine life that the reef has to offer.
Akumal is an easy drive on a well-maintained four lane divided roadway from the Cancun airport. It is located 100 kilometers south of the airport, which is an easy 1 to 1½ hour drive.
Akumal is a diver's paradise and has the world’s second largest reef located just yards off its coast. In Akumal you can dive and explore shipwrecks, caves and the largest number of cenotes on the Yucatan peninsula. Cenotes are naturally occurring fresh water sinkholes that are numerous in the landscape surrounding Akumal. The Mayans believed the cenotes to be sacred. Local dive shops offer a choice of exciting dive trips to over 30 reef sites which include shipwrecks, cenotes and caverns all with a breathtaking amount of marine life. The dive shop ca make all of your arrangements and will rent you an air tank with regulator, mask, flippers and anything else you need. You can go on an all day diving excursion or if you are more adventurous, you can dive the caves, caverns and cenotes that Akumal is famous for. People from all over the world come to dive the cenotes and caves of Akumal and this small village is truly a diver’s paradise.
Sports fishing is very popular in Akumal. You can charter a boat in Akumal Harbor for a few hours or a day long trip fishing the deep blue waters that are located just off the coast. You don’t have to travel but a few hundred yards off the coast to enjoy a day of deep sea fishing. Sailfish, mahi mahi, grouper and barracuda are common catches.
Akumal is home to spectacular beaches, resorts and some of the best diving in the world. It is also a place that takes great pride in their ecological achievement and their preservation of natural habitats for turtles and other marine wildlife. The Centro Ecologico Akumal (CEA) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to preserving and protecting the ecosystem of Akumal from over development. They offer educational programs and opportunities for students and eco travelers who enjoy observing marine wildlife in it's natural habitat to volunteer and help maintain the natural beauty of the area.
We hope you enjoy your vacation in this little bit of paradise known as Akumal!