My husband and I are visiting in April and have been, frankly, astonished by the cost of excursions through organised tours.
We are used to being DIY travellers, using public transport etc. so were thinking about making our own day trips to save a few (hundred) dollars and allow us to see things at our own pace. (This is aided by the fact that my husband doesn't like water (!!) and has no interest in adventure activities such as ziplining, meaning that I would be the only one taking part in many of the activities).
Get to PDC early (before 9am). Take the ADO bus to Tulum @ 9am. Arrive 10am; explore Tulum ruins for approx 2 hours
Either taxi or collectivo from Tulum ruins to Akumal; lunch here (Turtle Bay Café?)
After lunch, I'll snorkel, husband will relax on the beach. Looks like Akumal Dive Shop rent snorkels etc. or offer 1hr snorkel tours.
Then either grab a cab back to PDC or walk back to the highway and catch the Collectivo back to PDC.
Explore PDC - cab back to SMB
1. Do we need to reserve the ADO bus in advance?
2. Are there (clean) bathrooms anywhere near the ADO bus terminal? How about Tulum ruins? Akumal?
3. The ADO website suggests the bus stops at the Tulum Ruins (zona arquelogica) - how do we request a stop? What should we look for when approaching the ruins to request this stop?
4. Where would we catch the collectivo from at the ruins?
5. How do we request a stop at Akumal when on the collectivo? What should we look for when approaching Akumal to request the stop?
6. Any other recommendations for a lunch spot at Akumal?
7. Any other recommendations for somewhere to rent snorkelling gear or a quick (1hr) snorkelling tour of the bay?
8. Currency - pesos for a collectivo (pay when we get out?); pesos for taxi (pay when we get out?), what about Tulum entrance fee, dive shop, restaurants?
9. Where does the collectivo return to in PDC?
10. We are staying at SMB - we had planned to get a cab in and out of PDC, but wondered if it is possible to walk from (or perhaps to?) the highway to SMB so we could use the collectivo?
And finally - I am much more "well travelled" than my husband, but have never travelled to Mexico. My husband is somewhat apprehensive about using the collectivo and bus - what reassurance can you offer him?!
Many thanks for help and advice!