While there are lots of snorkeling opportunities in Playa, the village of Akumal offers something very special: a community of friendly sea turtles. October is prime turtle hatchling season, which means you can expect a lot of turtle activity near the shore.
Presumably, turtles return to the Akumal coast because of the pristine shoreline and spectacular views, as well as safeguards the local government has put in place for their protection. Tour groups are restricted to six people to minimize disruption to the turtles’ habitats and day-to-day lives. As a result, you can swim along with these curious creatures in peace.
While there are a number of tour guides that organize trips from Playa, the Akumal Dive Shop earns consistently high reviews.