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Swimming with turtles at Akumal suspended for September

Tulum, Q.R. — Swimming with the turtles at Akumal Bay has been suspended for the month of September due to spawning and hatching of the sea turtles.

The month of September marks the busiest month for sea turtle mating, which is why authorities have suspended all turtle swimming and sightseeing activities in the Biosphere Reserve of the Mexican Caribbean.

The Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) have suspended sea turtle activities until September 30 in front of the Bay of Akumal. Although sea turtle activities have been suspended, all other tourism activities for Tulum and Akumal Bay remain open and available to visitors.

Turtle watching is only one of the many ecotourism activities for the area. Visitors to Tulum and Akumal can still participate in other sightseeing events including crocodiles and monkeys, Mayan ruins and the numerous caves and cenotes such as Caracol, Dos Ojos and Xunan Ha. There are also ziplines and snorkeling at Yalku Lagoon.

The sea turtles maintain their habitat in the Biosphere Reserve of the Mexican Caribbean. Akumal Bay is a very important point for spawning, hatching and research.