With 12 dive sites, Akumal in Mexico’s Riviera Maya is known for its location at the top of the Belize Barrier Reef. These dive sites offer a huge variety of dive sites and environments from coral reefs to short tunnels.
The water is warm and visibility is generally excellent. Almost all sites are protected from heavy current. However, some sites may be deeper than an Open Water certificate allows, making Akumal a great dive location for beginners and advanced divers alike.
Loggerhead, Green and Hawksbill turtles are frequently seen in the area. They arrive each summer to lay their eggs.
There is no bad time to dive the Caribbean. In fact, the water temperatures remain constant year-round and cool only slightly during the winter months.
December to April is considered the best time to visit Mexico and therefore is the most popular time to dive in the Caribbean. Because the winter months constitute high season, you should make sure to book as early as possible in order to secure the best rate. On average, water temperatures vary between 78 and 82ºF (25 and 28ºC) in Akumal.
The best time for cenote diving is between May and September. These months bring the best light to the caves and result in the better photographs. From May to September, green and loggerhead turtles arrive to lay their eggs on the area’s beaches.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
To reach Akumal, fly into Cancun International Airport. Rent a car, reserve a private transfer or take a bus one hour south to this holiday destination. Once you’re settled into your hotel, use your rental car, local taxis or the power of foot to move from place to place.