Akumal Snorkeling

While on vacation in Akumal, Mexico I recorded a couple of hours of video on my GoPro camera while snorkeling. This video is the best 9 minutes whittled out of that. I mounted the camera on a 2 m monopod, so could get the camera quite close to the turtles and fish without annoying them too much. Most of the critters in Akumal Bay are quite used to people snorkeling anyway, as this is a very popular tourist destination, particularly famed for the ever present sea turtles.

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While on vacation in Akumal, Mexico I recorded a couple of hours of video on my GoPro camera while snorkeling. This video is the best 9 minutes whittled out of that. I mounted the camera on a 2 m monopod, so could get the camera quite close to the turtles and fish without annoying them too much. Most of the critters in Akumal Bay are quite used to people snorkeling anyway, as this is a very popular tourist destination, particularly famed for the ever present sea turtles.

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Dave Hamm
Dave Hamm - 3 years ago
Wow, impressive and three different kinds of sting rays! An eagle, a yellow and I think a southern, love to spot stingrays and turtles! Thanks!!
Aaron Borrowman
Aaron Borrowman - 3 years ago
Did you happen to snorkel half moon bay or any other nearby areas, or just Akumal Bay? Great video, thanks for sharing. We're making a return trip with our kids this summer and looking forward to it.
NatureNorth
NatureNorth - 3 years ago
No, we only snorkeled in Akumal Bay itself. Folks said the snorkeling was great at Yal-ku Lagoon, near Half Moon Bay, but it is a pay-per-use site.
Dagmar Schlüter
Dagmar Schlüter - 3 years ago
in welchem Monat waren Sie dort???
NatureNorth
NatureNorth - 3 years ago
February
benjamin
benjamin - 4 years ago
what fish is that right at the beginning?
NatureNorth
NatureNorth - 4 years ago
Smooth Trunkfish, see the earlier comment.
MegaWinner16
MegaWinner16 - 4 years ago
Any idea what the fish was doing on the turtle at 5:13?
NatureNorth
NatureNorth - 4 years ago
It's a remora, they just hitch rides on any large marine animals. They may eat some of the scraps left by the turtles or some of the parasites on the turtles.
benjamin
benjamin - 4 years ago
Whats the little fish at the start of the vid called? I never saw one of those, or an eagle ray the one time I've been but i will be back.
NatureNorth
NatureNorth - 4 years ago
It's a Smooth Trunkfish. I ID'ed it from this great website: http://reefguide.org/carib/smoothtrunk.html
benjamin
benjamin - 4 years ago
excellent!
Jin Liang
Jin Liang - 4 years ago
Hi, may I ask is that area easily accessible to the public? Thanks
NatureNorth
NatureNorth - 4 years ago
+Jin Liang Yes, the beaches and all the bay are open to the public.
Sina32 AJ✯
Sina32 AJ✯ - 4 years ago
this is so beautiful :) inspired me even more to be a marinebiologist

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Anna Oswald
Anna Oswald - 4 years ago
Simply beautiful!!! Thanks!
Beldarlidoua
Beldarlidoua - 4 years ago
Please don't stop making vidéos !! (Some french guy)
Stacy Oneill
Stacy Oneill - 4 years ago
there seems to be more fish there than in kauai! I want to go~!
M Laurie
M Laurie - 4 years ago
hello (sorry for my english I am french) how many meters from the beatch you have swum to see all this ?
thank you
M Laurie
M Laurie - 4 years ago
+NatureNorth tank you i m going To akumal sunday !
Sharon's Life and Yours
Sharon's Life and Yours - 4 years ago
oh ok. Thanks. You have so many great fish on this video and of course the turtles....I love it!
NatureNorth
NatureNorth - 4 years ago
No, I just snorkeled off the beach. All of this video was shot within 200 m of the beach.
Sharon's Life and Yours
Sharon's Life and Yours - 4 years ago
You went out on a boat then?
NatureNorth
NatureNorth - 4 years ago
+M Laurie Most of this video was shot within 200 m of shore.
Nils Laps
Nils Laps - 4 years ago
go pro ? with filters ?
Sharon's Life and Yours
Sharon's Life and Yours - 4 years ago
And that's amazing. I use a snorkeling filter and doesn't look as good as yours!
NatureNorth
NatureNorth - 4 years ago
+Nils Laps Just raw GoPro
L. M'cGamer
L. M'cGamer - 4 years ago
thats amazing 0_0
SPVCEBOY
SPVCEBOY - 5 years ago
Hey man good videos I really like them thanks!!!
NatureNorth
NatureNorth - 4 years ago
+georgiaavenue Akumal Bay has a barrier reef offshore about 300-400 m from the beach. The water can be anywhere from 1 to about 3 m deep within the zone from the barrier reef to the beach. There was great stuff to see everywhere in that zone. We saw turtles and stingrays as close as 10 m from the beach. I found some of the best reef about 200 m straight out from the Akumal Bay Beach Resort buffet building. We stayed there and just snorkeled out from the beach. Good luck.
georgiaavenue
georgiaavenue - 4 years ago
I'll be in Akumal in a few months .  I've never been but hear the snorkeling is amazing.  Your video is amazing thank you for posting it.  You said that you were 200 meters from shore ...the water doesn't look to deep in any of your video...were you able to walk out the 200 meters or did you have to go out by boat?  Where exactly were you in Akumal? Across fro the dive shop or Lol Ha,  The wellness shop?  Any info you can provide I appreciate it. I have I just bought a GoPro for this trip .  I hope to capture similar beautiful images and post them as well.Thank you.

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