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Yal-ku Lagoon

Akumal, Mexico
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Ranked #9 of 14 Attractions in Akumal
Type: Bodies of Water, Reefs
Activities: Snorkeling, Group tours/day tour
Traveler Description: Yal-ku Lagoon is wonderful for both adults and children.  There are no  ocean waves.  There are several easy entry stairs with railing into the... more »
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Roanoke, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We went here as part of a tour after having visited several cenotes and swimming with the giant sea turtles off the beach in Akumal. After those amazing experiences, this one was just so-so. It is a nice facility and a nice lagoon with lots of cool fish to see, but I much preferred the nearby ocean itself. It was... More

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Edinburgh
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

There are severalof these lagoons along the coast. Yal-Ku is one without attendant water slides, so its nice and quiet. Sunscreen and insect repellant is prohibited, so bring a t-shirt if you intend to snorkel for a long time. Lots of fish and interesting light - particularly where the fresh water stream enters. Makes a relaxing and peaceful change to... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

caught a collectivo in PdC in the morning down to Akumal .I stopped at the supermarket type shop for food/drink supplies and bought a snorkel mask. Then a short taxi ride to Yal-Ku lagoon for a morning snorkel. There were only a few others there and great facilities to hire all equipment and keep things safe in lockers. They also... More

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Broomfield, Colorado, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Easy place to see several varities of fish in thrse lagoons. We were lucky enough to share a hut with another family which was nice. Well kept place. Not sure why it hasn't been written up more on TA. But it was a highlight of the trip. We stayed in playa del carmen and very glad that i didnt drive... More

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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This was one of our most enjoyable events on vacation to Mexico.We enjoyed the lagoon with our family. The youngest member in our group was 6 and he enjoyed every minute of our swim with the fish. We will definitely be back to Yal-Ku!

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We went to snorkel but the water was very murky so couldn't see a lot. This is probably due to the ocean meeting the fresh water I suppose but its fun just to explore, enjoy your surroundings and relax.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went with my 7 yr old and another family. We thought we'd spend a quick hour, then head to Akumal, however, there were so many wonderful things to see for kids and parents, the water was calm, clear, beautiful, and tons of fish--we ended up staying for 4 hours. I've snorkeled in many places, and would say that this... More

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Vallejo, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went as a group of 5- mom and dad, 2 girls and grandma. This series of connected lagoons is FILLED with beautiful fish that change population as you get all the way out to the ocean. You swim through beautiful rock formations, see jellies on the bottom, coral, rays, and much more. Very safe and easy for beginners, but... More

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Ottawa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was a beautiful little area to explore, and the grounds were amazing. It's a combination of Ocean Salt Water and Freshwater in a Lagoon. The Lagoon opens out into the Ocean, where the current gets a lot stronger, and where the Saltwater concentration increases (warmer). The water is COLD in the Lagoon, and you can actually see the Thermocline... More

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We all really liked this place, the whole area is green, tranquil and well sheltered. The whole complex is well maintained with very clean toilets. There is a small cafe serving simple well priced Mexican food. There are many locations to enter the lagoon to swim with snorkels. The fish tend to stay near the rocks. Swim towards the southern... More

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