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Trees 1981
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Snorkelling/diving at Colonial...

Post by Trees 1981 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:07 am

Hi everyone...

Are there places that offer these activities for pure, absolute beginners? We are at the Colonial and could maybe try this out if it was available. Any idea of cost etc would be helpful also.

Thanks for any help...

Trees...😁

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Post by dchi612 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:55 pm

I have my own snorkel equipment and snorkel off the beach in front of the White Sands. If you go out about150 feet off the beach there is a small reef that usually has some pretty fish. I wear pool shoes due to the rocks in the water. It is difficult walking out with fins on. You can also book a snorkeling trip at the boat house (place where you book a scuba trip). If you need a swimming assist, you can check out a life preserver at the boat house too. I think they have a short trip to Akumal beach where you can see many turtles. I do not know the price since it has been many years since I did this. Good luck and be safe.

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Post by kino29 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:30 pm

You also have to be lucky with the wind. Some days the wind is too strong for snorkeling.

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Post by Mr_Jolly » Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:12 pm

Hola Trees

Beginners may find the pool a good place to start !

:9:

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Re: Snorkelling/diving at Colonial...

Post by cactusrose » Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:59 am

Kantenah is a good place also. Straight out from the beach wedding gazebo (right before you get to the three flags! LOL! :15: ) There's a reef out there a ways.

"Aqua Excursions" is the dive company that has it's dive hut on Colonial beach. They have a snorkel trip to Akumal as mentioned to see the sea turtles. Their boat leaves right from the Colonial beach. I think it's around $50.00 per person.

https://aquaexcursions.com.mx/snorkeling/

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Re: Snorkelling/diving at Colonial...

Post by Trees 1981 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:43 pm

Hi everyone...

Thanks for all your help folks I really do appreciate it. However, I am seriously having to reconsider even going in the water after reading a post from someone on the Akumal forum page in Tripadvisor. This was the same subject I had asked about and someone has put that this beach is always having cases of people being stung by stingrays.....so, that's put me RIGHT off......wish I'd never read it actually.....

Thanks for all your help all the same...

Trees...😁

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Post by cactusrose » Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:29 pm

I think you have just overloaded your brain with too much information! :24: :63:

There are stingrays that live along the entire Mayan Riviera coast including the Palladium! Of course the people that are stung are going to post! Just think of the thousands of people over the years that weren't! Don't let that influence you! There's always going to be negative people with reviews on just about everything you can think of anywhere you go!

You're going to wind up not enjoying your vacation if you worry about things. You are going to Paradise! Let that be your main thought!

There is a little rule that you need to follow any time you're entering any of the Caribbean beaches. It's called the "shuffle walk". Stingrays like to hide themselves in the very shallow sand of the entry into the water. If you shuffle, they feel the vibration and they swim off. Out of eight trips I think we've only scared off one. Many times we didn't see any and we literally live at the beach and in the water at Kantenah for our entire trip! Being in the beautiful Caribbean waters is the highlight of our trip. We go in at least ywice a day and stay about an hour each time.

Most of the time people that accidentally get stung have stepped on them as they entered the beach. The stingray gets spoofed and initiates self defense against their "predator". Guess they didn't "shuffle"! LOL! They don't seek you out. They would rather be away from people.

Don't miss Akumal and snorkeling with the giant sea turtles! it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you won't forget!

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Post by Jackie121 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:41 am

Hi Trees. If you've decided not to go snorkeling because of the comment you read, I understand people being afraid. That said, I've been going yearly, and sometimes twice a year, since 2008. I have never been stung, nor have any of the numerous people I've taken been stung. I'm by no means saying it never happens, but it doesn't happen often, regardless of the exaggerations of some posters making blanket statements.

If you do the shuffle, and lots of times I forget, I'm sure you'll be fine. I always strive to see a ray while out snorkeling. I have a few times, but most times not.
"The world you see is created by what you focus on; it's never too late to adjust your lens."

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Post by Trees 1981 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:15 am

Thanks a lot everyone...😂🤣😂🤣....I feel a bit better about this now....it would be just my luck to get a sting....shuffle walk? I wish I could see someone doing that, I'm not sure I'll be able to do it for laughing 😂😂🤣😂...
Anyway, I'm sure I'll be fine, I love swimming in the sea so hopefully my shuffle is good enough 🤣🤣🤣🤣....

Trees...😁

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Post by Johnny Two Saints » Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:20 am

Is it possible to run from the resort to akumal, guessing visa the roads it's not a good idea but what about a slow run up the beach..

Failing that, what is the procedure for leaving the resort on your own on foot to get the collectivo?

We head back to the UK Wednesday lunch so running out of time..

I just have one of those basic all in one snorkel mask things and no fins. So can travel light.

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Post by cactusrose » Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:24 pm

Johnny Two Saints wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:20 am
Is it possible to run from the resort to akumal, guessing visa the roads it's not a good idea but what about a slow run up the beach..

Failing that, what is the procedure for leaving the resort on your own on foot to get the collectivo?

We head back to the UK Wednesday lunch so running out of time..

I just have one of those basic all in one snorkel mask things and no fins. So can travel light.
The Palladium beach ends on the south end of the resort at White Sand. Then the ironstone outcroppings begin at the TRS on the way towards the Grand Sirenis resort. It's about 5 miles to Akumal but there is no direct path. Take either a taxi (which will take you right up to the entrance of the beach) or a colectivo. The colectivo will drop you off on the highway and then you walk over the highway overpass that will take you over to the east side of the highway. It's then around a 10-15 minute walk along the road to get to the entrance (the arch) of Akumal. You can also take the resort's dive shop snorkel tour that leaves from Colonial beach. Cost is around $50.00(U.S.) per person.

Click on this link and it will explain how to use the employee underpass to reach the other side of the highway since Akumal is south of the resort. There is a video to watch and also a map showing how to reach the underpass entrance thru the Colonial resort parking lot. Coming back to the resort you can either take a taxi or just walk down the road again and wait on the same side of the highway to go north back to the Palladium. It'll drop you off right at the resort entrance. Colectivo cost is $3.00 pp one way. A taxi one way (up to 4 persons) is around $12-15.00(U.S.) one way.

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Post by marko.tahnas » Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:24 am

Hi!
last year i spent a lot of time snorkeling. We did bring our own gear. I liked most the Kantenah side (heres a video of one of the snorkelings: https://youtu.be/bO5eAJeRMdw )
Also Whit Sand beach was excellent. I did see a stingray. I think he was more afraid than i was and left faster than i could.

I used the local diving center and went for a dive in Cozumel. One of my best dives so far.
They had a great instructor, did a refresher in the pool and everything was just amazing.
Video from Cozumel: https://youtu.be/a01jMR60tjc

Just go with it and enjoy!
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Post by Mr_Jolly » Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:55 am

White Sands sections,  quality needs changing to 1080p :

Stingray :

https://youtu.be/wkKj0TkeKk4

Shows where location is at beginning :

https://youtu.be/lwlIdW0Omo8

I'm surrounded! :

https://youtu.be/OiLqt1a348k

Another one of same location :

https://youtu.be/vJqIrrMu8EA
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Post by cactusrose » Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:59 pm

Thanks for the snorkeling videos! They are great! :1: :63: :9:

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Post by kino29 » Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:17 pm

I was extra cautious and worried about Stingrays this year. Especially since we spent 5 days on Holbox where the water is super calm. One of my children got stung many years ago at Puerto Vallarta when we entered a small cove with very calm water too quickly. We learned never to do that again. I am not sure how you can shuffle your feet and chase them off when playing in the waves however at the Palladium. I think it is just bad luck to get stung. Just have to hope they do not hang around areas with waves, and if the water is calm to be very very carefull when moving around.

Anyways this year our first day at the beach near Playa Del Carmen, we all wore Safe SEA lotion except for my youngest adult son. The next day he developed a rash that lasted 8 days. We were not sure if it was Sea Lice or what it was. Nobody else contracted it. Then our last day at the beach he was stung in the chest and the arm by a Medussa at Cancun while we were boogie boarding. We had run out of Sea Safe by then. He was lucky however since the board probably protected him from getting more stings. The nettles that were injected into him stung him randomly in various parts of his body for a couple of days keeping him up all night. It's just random, but I don't think we will be getting in the water without wearing SAFE SEA anymore.

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