Recently (July 25), my family, a couple from the church we’re going to (Mr. and Mrs. D), and I went to Akumal!  Akumal is known for it’s snorkeling and turtles.  A fairly quiet and relaxing place, filled with lots of amazing sea life, it is a perfect place to spend the day! We all woke up around 7:30 and were picked up by a cab at 8:00.  In about 30 minutes, we arrived at our destination!  After getting set up, Mr. and Mrs. D joined us.  Snorkeling gear in place, we all waded into… Read More

Snorkeling in Akumal

Recently we went to Akumal.  We waded into the ocean immediately. Of course we put our sun tan lotion on first, I must admit.  It’s very important though I must say, I don’t like waiting for the sun tan lotion to melt in before I can get in the water. Oh well. We saw many things there.  First of all we saw turtles!  Yes and they were amazing.  The way they weren’t scared and the way they look; it just amazes me.  I loved being with them because we were able to take… Read More

Akumal with Ryan

Yesterday, we drove down to Akumal, which is south of where we are living right now.  There, we met up with some of our friends from our church and snorkeled with them. This place is very famous for it’s endangered green sea turtles, which, yes, we did see. These sea turtles usually live in warm, tropical water, and are overly hunted. That is why laws now protect these turtles, and why they are on the list of “endangered species.” The sea turtles ranged from almost smaller than my head, to larger than… Read More

Swimming with Turtles in Akumal!

When the Green Sea Turtle is born it is only about 5 cm long.  However they can grow up to 1.5 meters.  They can also be 700 pounds which makes them the largest hard shell turtle!  Under their shell they are  yellow.  They also get their name from the greenness of their bodies. Green sea turtles can hold their breath for several hours at a time.  Because they are cold blooded reptiles in cold water it is easier to hold their breath for a long time in cold water. On land, the sea turtles… Read More

Day 41: Swimming with Endangered Green Sea Turtles

This past Friday, we visited Akumal, famous as a playground for Endangered Green Sea Turtles.  We weren’t sure what to expect, and though hopeful about coming face to face with these gentle giants, we tried to remain realistic, understanding that no one can control nature, except God. We got an early start from Playa del Carmen, choosing to have Isidro, our faithful taxi driver of six, transport us there, since we were loaded down with towels, food, a huge, heavy jug of water, and snorkeling equipment.  Yes, perhaps we should have taken… Read More