Green, Hawksbill and Loggerhead Turtles arrive to Akumal during the summer months every year in order to lay eggs on the protected, white sand beaches.
To the north of Akumal lies the reef of Xaak, home to rays, nurse sharks and turtles. This makes an excellent excursion with a stop in Yal Ku Lagoon.
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, meaning it’s possible to dive approximately 300 days each year.
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.
Also note that diving in the Caribbean is possible year-round. Simply keep an eye on the forecast during the summer and early fall. These seasons do see the occasional hurricane. When there isn’t a hurricane, the weather during the summer is hot and humid with the occasional rain shower.
From May to September, green and loggerhead turtles arrive to lay their eggs on the area’s beaches.
As an added bonus, the summer months are low season throughout Mexico. At this time, you’ll find the best deals on diving and accommodation. If you enjoy uncrowded, Caribbean dive sites, travel to Mexico between May and September.
Beginners should try out reef dives closer to shore such as Las Redes and Dick’s Reef. Those who can dive deeper will enjoy Xaak and Trigger Fish.
With so many fish species, pelagic species and macro life, your log books will be full of interesting creatures after your time in Akumal.
The healthy Riviera Mayan reefs of Akumal play host to a variety of tropical species. Vigilant divers may spot lobsters, groupers, stingrays, sergeant majors as well as hundreds of colorful fish. Nurse sharks relax among the tunnels and caverns and barracuda stalk their prey in and out of the colorful corals.
Loggerhead, Green and Hawksbill turtles are frequently seen in the area. They arrive each summer to lay their eggs.
Grouper and large jaw fish live among the giant sponges while stingrays grace the sandy bottom.
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