What a great day! We chose the Snorkelling tour with the add-ons of Tulum ruins and Akumal Bay. We were picked up at our resort at exactly the time we were told. There were several other guests in the van - so we thought that we would be snorkelling with a few other people, but when we got to Edventure office - we found that each of us in the van had chosen different tours. We met Eduardo and we were introduced to Nelson, who would be our guide for the day. There were just 2 of us, my husband and I - and we started with a self guided tour of the Tulum ruins. We walked around Tulum for about an hour - which was plenty of time to take a look at the ruins, and it was getting really hot out - so we were glad to do this first thing in the morning.
After the ruins, we set out with Nelson, our guide and photographer, and Santos, who would be our driver for the day. On the way to the Cenotes - Nelson gave us a quick lesson in snorkelling, how to set up our equipment and explained exactly what we would be doing for the day. We have not done a lot of snorkelling so this was extremely helpful. The cenotes were mind- blowing, so amazing and Nelson was constantly pointing out interesting sites and also taking our pictures. He also took us into the 'bat cave' which was eerie, but also fantastic.
Our next stop was Akumal Bay to see the giant sea turtles. The water was kind of rough that day, but Nelson spotted several turtles and pointed them out to us and we got some great pictures! I didn't spot even one, but Nelson explained how the movement in the sand and the bubbles were the key to spotting them. We actually ended up within a couple feet of these amazing sea creatures!
After Akumal, we went for lunch. Hard to properly explain the setting without seeing it, but we ended up in the midst of the trees, a small bistro in the jungle - about 8 tables in the trees. The Cervesa was ice cold and the authentic Mayan lunch was fantastic. We were actually just steps away from our last stop of the day, which was Yal ku Lagoon - this is where fresh water meets salt water - so the water is somewhat cloudy, but there was no problem in finding sites to see here. We saw so many tropical fish, all different colours - a stingray - and we ended up on the edge of a school of sardines - seemed like we were surrounded by a million fish!
What an amazing day. Not only the sites and sounds - but Nelson's knowledge of snorkelling and sea life - along with his knowledge of the Mayan culture made this day the best day of our vacation.
I cant give this trip a high enough rating. Eduardo and Bonnie made booking this a breeze, and Nelson made the day amazing. Also thanks to Santos for making sure all of our belongings were safe and sound in the van all day.
When you book with Edventure tours - make sure you include the photos. For $30 you wont believe the pictures!
Cant wait to go back!
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