Deep Sea Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing in Akumal
Within only a few minute’s boat ride of the beach to the outside of the barrier reef and into the open sea, Akumal’s waters offer deep sea fishing while still within eye’s view of the shore.
With fishing boats anchored at Akumal Bay and several at Half Moon Bay, local fishing guides are readily available and arrangements can be made online or locally, through the dives shops in Akumal. Local, panga-style, fishing boats will carry 4 to 6 passengers and crew, allowing 2 people to fish at a time, typically for two to three hours before heading back to shore.
The Caribbean waters of the Riviera Maya are home to Barracuda, Black Tuna, and Bonito year round; and seasonally to Snapper, Grouper, Amber Jack, King Fish, Yellow Fin Tuna, Mackerel, Dorado (Mahi-Mahi), Sail Fish, White Marlin, as well as an occasional Blue Marlin. With outriggers and experienced, local fishing guides, trolling the areas waters couldn’t be easier or more fun, and amazingly, all so close to shore.
Should you decide to do some fishing once in Akumal, stop by one of the dive shops in the morning or the day before and sign up. At the designated time, the boat will be ready to go with Captain, gear, bait, beer and refreshments already on board. Upon return, area restaurants are happy to prepare and serve up your catch of the day, that evening for dinner.
For more information about fishing while in Akumal, please visit the following websites;
For anglers that don’t mind going the extra mile to access world class fly-fishing, hidden away from the rest of the coast, the Riviera Maya has just the place for you.
Located about 80 kilometers to the south of Akumal, within the 1.3 million-acre Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, anglers will find Ascencion Bay. This area is home to hundreds of square miles of crystal clear flats where it’s common to catch Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Snook and Jacks or Barracuda in the same day, all year round!
Ascension Bay is well known for it’s endless wading flats, mangrove lagoons, channels and coral reefs. and provides access to over 100,000 acres of flats, some wadable, some soft, that require a boat. Renowned by anglers for their wariness and fighting spirit, bonefish are stealthy and speedy residents of these shallow flats. Although they are not usually consumed by people, bonefish are a major target of sport anglers for the challenge that they present and of course, for bragging rights to fellow anglers when, and if, one is talented and lucky enough, to catch a Grand Slam.
If staying in Akumal and wanting to make it a one day excursion, Ascencion Bay can be reached with a rental car within about two and a half hours, depending on the condition of the beach road leading to Punta Allen. To ensure that you will be able to access the flats, we recommend making arrangements for a boat and captain, before heading out. Travel Services of Akumal can make these arrangements for you so that upon arrival, your guide will have the boat ready with all gear on board. For information about other guide services or if you would like to spend a night or two in the Ascension Bay area, you may want to check the following web sites:
Directions from Akumal to Ascension Bay
Exit Akumal and turn left (south) onto Highway 307. Continue south for approximately 18 miles until you reach Tulum. Before reaching the village of Tulum, turn left at the intersection of the Coba Highway (Coba is to the right and Tulum beach road is to the left). Turn left and continue straight until the road ends. Turn right and you are now headed south on the Tulum Beach road. Continue south, past the entrance to Sian Kaan (you’ll have to stop and pay a few dollars at the entrance to Sian Kaan Bioshpere). Continue south for approximately 60 kilometers to the village of Punta Allen, or to the predesignated lodge where you will be meeting your guide.