Activities in Akumal

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Known as a top destination for snorkeling, Akumal is a small Americanized beach town that caters to tourists with a great variety of activities to keep them busy during their stay.  Visitors tend to use this location as a gateway to many of the inland Mayan ruins, but few are disappointed when they choose to stay put.  

As previously mentioned, the snorkeling in Akumal is superb, especially at Half Moon Bay and Laguna Yalku which is a lagoon protected specifically for the sport.  Diving is also a possibility, and visitors can take advantage of most other watersports here as well.  If you're interested in the local eco-system, you can make plans to do a little hiking or visit the  Xel-Ha Ecological Center.  There are also several spas and wellness centers in town and the chance to play a little tennis or get in a game of golf.  

Bike and Scooter Rental

Not for the faint of heart, riding a scooter around the congested streets of Akumal can be stressful.

If you are intrigued by the idea of exploring a new environment with the wind in your face, there is an agency that can help. Navigate to this page dedicated to bike and scooter rentals if you'd like more specifics.



Akumal is not far from the second largest barrier reef in the world, and many of the nearby sites are part of the large reef system.

There are 6 dive operators and at least 12 interesting dive sites to choose from. For a more comprehensive look at diving in this area navigate to this page.


Akumal is a prime fishing destination thanks to its variety of options. Whether you enjoy shore-fishing, flyfishing, or deep sea fishing, the rich ecosystem here allows you to do it.

Like to go fishing? You'll be pleased to know there are 3 charter operators in this area. Click this link to check out our guide to this topic.


If you enjoy playing golf you should know that Akumal isn't exactly overrun with golf greens. Still, there's one golf course to know about. The only course in the area is Riviera Maya Golf Club. To visit our detailed guide to golfing throughout Riviera Maya, visit this page.

Sailing and Boating

More information about local providers that will help you enjoy some time on the water can be seen in the following table:

Boating Opportunities In And Around Akumal
Name Phone Location
Bleu Magic/Raiatea Catamaran (984) 803-4774 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria
Blue Mystic Tour -- 0.8 mi. South of Central La Gloria
Fat Cat Sailboat (984) 116-3040 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria
Mad About Boats Tour Office -- 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria
Robinson Crusoe Tour -- Central Akumal
Yucatan F1 -- 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central La Gloria

If you'd like to learn about charter operators and marinas click here.


If you are traveling with some people who enjoy exploring new shops they can have some fun exploring a few of the 11 retail stores in the area. Click to find our article about shopping in Akumal and nearby.


Xel Ha Ruins

Yet another great way to spend some of your time is simply enjoying the area's interesting sights. Among other sights, the area has at least one historic site and various other attractions of interest to tourists. Navigate here to view our discussion of area sightseeing and attractions.

Information concerning a firm that will help you have a great time enjoying the local sights can be found directly below.

Sightseeing Services In And Around Akumal
Name Type Location
Alltournative Tours Travel and Tour Operators The Riviera Maya
Jungle Jim's Atv Tour Excursions and Sightseeing Service Central Akumal
Labnaha Cenote Excursions and Sightseeing Service The Riviera Maya
Santa Cruz Bike Tour Excursions and Sightseeing Service Central Akumal


If exploring an underwater world sounds appealing you're in luck -- you can easily find places to do so during your vacation in Akumal. Readers can find more details concerning opportunities to go snorkeling by going to this page.


Indulging in a trip to the spa could be one of the most memorable parts of your entire vacation. If a visit to the spa sounds like fun, you'll be pleased to know there are two located in this area. Click on this link to visit our page dedicated to this topic.


Kantenah Palladium Grand Resort and Spa

If you want to play some tennis you might want to make your reservations at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 6 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following information may help with you make a decision. At a glance, you can see the number of courts available, whether lighting is offered, and some other helpful details. Click on each name to learn about other aspects of the property.

Accommodations with Tennis In Akumal
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Grand Bahia Principe Tulum 2.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal 5 check
Kantenah Palladium Grand Resort and Spa 3.7 mi. Northeast of Central Akumal 4 check
Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa 3.2 mi. Northeast of Central Akumal 4 check
Grand Palladium White Sand Resort and Spa All Inclusive 3.2 mi. Northeast of Central Akumal 6
The Royal suites Yucatan by Palladium 3.6 mi. Northeast of Central Akumal 4 check
Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa 3.4 mi. Northeast of Central Akumal 6

For instance, Grand Bahia Principe Tulum offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.

Other Activities

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Other Activities In Akumal
Name Type Phone Location
Akumal Dive Adventures Snorkeling Tour Operator (888) 425-8625 Central Akumal
Akumal Dive Center Snorkeling Tour Operator (984) 875-9025 Central Akumal
Akumal Dive Shop Snorkeling Tour Operator (984) 875-9030 Central Akumal
Aqua Excursions Snorkeling Tour Operator (984) 802-8323 3.4 mi. Northeast of Central Akumal
Peak Gym Fitness Centers and Instructors -- Central Akumal
Snorkel Guides Found On Beach Snorkeling Tour Operator -- Central Akumal

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