Illegal tour guides do not educate themselves or their groups about the delicate habitat they are entering when swimming with the turtles. Visitors need to be made aware of the eco rules set in place to preserve Akumal Bay, many illegal guides ignore these rules.
What makes EcoColors different from other tour companies is that they are a real ecotour company and not just "green washed" - seemingly ecologically friendly while still having a negative impact on the environment.
The thing about being underwater is that you never know what you will see. The addictive part is never knowing if today will be the day you find a seahorse or have an eagle ray that is 8 feet across swim by you.
Taking a green approach to travel is an easy and essential way to protect the places we love to visit. Do it not just for yourself but for your children and grandchildren and all the people who will continue to live here long after you've flown home.
Probably four feet wide, the cavernous mouth was wide open and near enough that I could see the small fish cleaning its gums. The creature's body was as thick around as a giant Sequoia, brown and dotted with white circles -- and easily 20 feet long.
While flipping through an April 2010 Conde Nast Traveler magazine (yes, I still read printed materials!), the Room with A View article peeked my interest. It looked like the perfect spot for warmth after a long, snowy Vermont Winter. The spot was Tulum, Mexico—just about a two-hour drive south of Cancun.
"In order to protect our ecosystems we work together with multiple research organizations such as the WWF, Ecotourism Society, SEMARNAT, the Smithsonian School, Environmental Studies in Minnesota and the Adventure Travel Association to optimize our knowledge and provide the best protection," says EcoColors.