It is the municipal seat of Tulum municipality in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.
The 2005 census showed a population of 1198 inhabitants, Akumal means place of the turtlesin the Mayan language.
The town was officially founded in 1958 as a community for scuba divers by Pablo Bush Romero a Mexican businessman, diver, writer, historian, and archaeologist.
Pablo Bush's family (the Bush/Wolfe family) still owns a large portion of Akumal, including the largest resort/hotel Hotel Club Akumal Caribe
The fine white sandy beaches at Akumal Bay and Half Moon Bay are beautiful and the protected bays by the reef are ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
Sea turtles can be seen in Akumal laying their eggs on the beaches at night throughout the nesting season (end of April to October) or while snorkeling in the main bay during the day.
Hatching season runs from June to November, coinciding with hurricane season.
This translates to big losses in the turtle population when major storms hit the area.
However, Green turtle populations seem to be steady.
Many environmental associations are settled in the Akumal area, including Centro Ecológico Akumal, better known as CEA.
The local hotels, dive shops, independent aquatic tour operators and CEA are working with government authorities to run a bay management program aimed at protecting the resident juvenile sea turtles and coral species in the bays of Akumal.
Sea turtles are endangered species and are protected by federal law.
Akumal is a hidden treasure among the white sands and turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Surrounded by pristine beaches and swaying palm trees, it is nestled in a natural cove only one hour south of Cancun.
Its beautiful coral reefs have created a protected bay; perfect for snorkeling, shore diving and world class scuba diving only a short boat ride away.
We at the Akumal Dive Center are committed to provide the ultimate aquatic experience for the entire family.
Our professional scuba instructors can even have you diving the same day!
We offer gear for snorkeling, ocean, cenote and cave diving, fishing trips and many land and ocean excursions to make sure we satisfy your sense of adventure, which includes also tours to the famous and close by Mayan ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza.
Akumal Dive Center offers more than 30 years of professional service and is located just next to restaurant Lol-Ha, Club Akumal Caribe and Akumal Beach Resort where we can also help you with accommodations. In addition, we provide lockers, showers, parking and a sparkling pool for scuba instruction.