Tankah Bay (Tankah Tres) is a private beachfront community separated from Soliman Bay to the north by a narrow point. It is a generally quiet area about 1.5 hours south of Cancun and 10 minutes north of Tulum in the southern end of the Mayan Riviera. The bay is semi-private and you will feel like you have the place to yourself!
Tankah Bay is large with a wide beach and a coral reef that breaks the surf, providing calm water and excellent kayaking and snorkeling. The water is great for young children because it is calm with no large waves breaking on the shore. Foot protection is recommended in the water for areas of sea grass, coral, and rocks. There are also little tidepools along the beach. Tankah Bay has really nice snorkeling because it has shallow areas, and a coral reef. Numerous tropical fish can be found here, as well as sea turtles, and stingrays.
Most of the houses you rent in Tankah Bay have kayaks for their guests to use; kayaks can be rented as well. Kayak in the azure waters of Tankah Bay and jump in for a snorkel. Or kayak in Manatee Cenote (see below). You will see many kinds of tropical fish, rays, coral, and maybe even a sea turtle. Sea turtles nest in this part of Mexico from May to September. Diving trips are possible from the area as well. You will have plenty to explore in your own backyard in beautiful Tankah Bay!
One of the great features of Tankah Bay is Ojo de la Mar, or “Eye of the Sea,” which is located directly off the beach from Casa Cenote Restaurant. It is the termination of an extensive network of regional underground rivers and cenote systems, which erupts into the bay at Manatee Cenote. This cenote (a limestone sinkhole filled with water) consists of a natural, fresh water river winding through a mangrove forest that empties into Tankah Bay through an underground cave. The crystal clear river is perfect for a swim or snorkeling; there are fish and other marine life in the river so bring your snorkeling gear or rent equipment or kayaks there. There is a small charge for swimming here, but it is well worth the small cost.The cave is not accessible. The mangrove forest provides birdwatching with herons, spoonbills, and ibis; as well as many other tropical birds. Speaking of birdwatching, there are many tropical birds hanging around the palms around Tankah Bay; their beautiful calls and songs will set the scene for your tropical paradise vacation!
Tankah Bay is very close to Tulum and Maya Riviera attractions such as Xel-ha and Hidden Worlds adventure parks, Aktun Chen, Bahia Principe Golf Course, the town and beach of Akumal, Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, and Coba ruins.
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