The great number of native slow growing Chit trees, which protect the beach from erosion, evidences the unspoiled natural beauty of Tankah Bay. The reef is now coming back to life and color after it’s brush with Hurricanes Wilma and Rita in 2005, and Dean in 2007.
The famous Ojo de la Mar, or “Eye of the Sea,” sits directly off the beach from Casa Cenote Restaurant. This wondrous spectacle is the termination of an extensive network of regional underground rivers and cenote systems, which erupts into the bay from Manatee Cenote on the other side of Tankah Bay Road.
While kayaking in the bay, you will see the reef, which surrounds it. On a sunny day you might see some small rays laying in the shallow parts, or some flying fish. It is a short kayak to Casa Cenote for lunch, and the boats can be beached.
Manatee Cenote is located on the mangrove side of Tankah Bay Road, right across from Casa Cenote Restaurant. Here you can rent snorkeling equipment, or a kayak for use in the cenote. There is a small charge for swimming here, but is insignificant considering what you get for your money. The water has been considered “healing” by many, is slightly cooler than the ocean, and is very refreshing on a hot day. Here you can see many species of birds, as well as fish. This cenote is also favorite of dive teachers.
Some tourists consider this bay to be the best for snorkeling because of it’s shallow parts, and the reef. Numerous tropical fish can be found here, as well as sea turtles, and stingrays. You’ll want to visit the area directly in front of Orquidea, as well as Ojo de la Mar. Both offer incredible sights, even if you are a well-seasoned snorkeler.
Walking on the beach is perfect with a pair of sneakers, as parts of it are rocky, and have little tide-pools. The beach has plenty of sand, for those you want stretches of pristine beach, but the natural beauty and change of coastline is what most visitors and landowners admire. You can walk for miles, but be sure to wear a hat and carry some water. This beach is relatively private and secluded, but is by all means safe. Remember, Tankah Bay has 24/7 security.
Tankah Bay is very close to other Tulum, and Maya Riviera attractions such as Xelha, Hidden Worlds, The Ruins, Atun Chen, Tulum Beach, Bahia Principe Golf Course, Akumal, and Coba. Guests are delighted with it’s close proximity to these attractions but often comment that after they have tried them all, they enjoy Orquidea the most, and didn’t have to leave at all to have a great time!