Snorkeling Guidelines

snorkeling guidelines

Akumal Bay is home to coral reefs, sea grasses, turtles and a variety of other marine life and habitats. Snorkeling is an excellent way to explore these spectacular ecosystems and species. Remember that you play an important role in helping to protect these fragile habitats and turtles in Akumal Bay.

  1. Always stay inside the bay.

  2. Always stay horizontal. Know where your fins are at all times. You don’t want to kick up the sand, or kick the reef or turtles.

  3. Never stand on the reef. You can harm them and injure yourself.

  4. Never touch or chase the turtles or other sea life.

  5. Never dive down or swim underwater. You can damage the ecosystem and are at risk of boat traffic not seeing you.

  6. Never crowd a turtle. Stay at least 3 meters away.

  7. Spend no more than 2 minutes observing one turtle.

  8. Wear a sunshirt or biodegradable sunscreen.

  9. Know your limits! It is advisable for your safety to wear a lifejacket.

  10. Be careful! You are visiting a natural area and there are hazardous animals that can harm you. Watch where you step.

  11. Know the beach warning flags. Pay attention to the flags, and lifeguards, on the beach.

This information is has been taken from Centro Ecologico Akumal’s website ( for the purpose of educating and promoting best practices for snorkeling with the turtles in Akumal.