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Address: Akumal, Mexico
Activities: Snorkeling, Group tours/day tour
Description: Although the brackish water in this lagoon makes visibility difficult...
Although the brackish water in this lagoon makes visibility difficult, there are still lots of fish and underwater caverns to explore by snorkeling or diving.
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Underwater paradise

This is a place you can spend many many hours watching another world go by. As someone who doesn't really like to snorkel I found myself not wanting to get out of the water... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

This is a place you can spend many many hours watching another world go by. As someone who doesn't really like to snorkel I found myself not wanting to get out of the water. This is a perfect place to bring the kids as the water is protected from the ocean and its currents. You can literally just float around... More 

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Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Yal-Ku ist a bit "hidden" but worth visiting if you want to see quite a variety of fish. However, it is a rocky area with some small islands and shrubs (like mangroves) . It is not a coral area. You will find bathrooms, showers, lockers, and bar and you can rent snorkeling equipment as well. If you like for the... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Way better than Xel-ha or fake Xcaret and a lot cheaper. No noisy tourist or a bunch of fake pools filled with fish from this lagoon.

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Ridgeway, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This was the perfect spot for my very first snorkeling experience. It is peaceful with calm water and pretty scenery.

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Cape Cod
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We took the collective from our resort, and then took a cab to Yalku. Brought our own snorkeling gear, so only had to pay the entrance fee. Saw lots of beautiful fish, and enjoyed a 2 hour stay. Recommended, particularly when the water in Akumal Bay is a little rough, Yalku is perfect!

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Olympic National Park, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Beautiful enclosed private palapa for $20 all day with a hammock on the edge of a crystal blue lagoon and tons of fish! This is the picture perfect post card experience you are looking for. No photoshop here!! Perfect spot for kids to snorkel safely, like being in an aquarium. This is a once in a lifetime experience and cannot... More 

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We took a cab to get there- considered renting bikes, but the cab was pretty inexpensive. It is a bit pricey, if you need to rent all your gear. Luckily we had our own snorkeling masks, so just had to rent one life jacket. It's $14 per person to get in, plus $5 for mask and another $5 for jacket.... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We were staying in a condo just round the corner. Brought our own snorkelling gear, just paid the entrance fee. Didn't bother with lockers - lots of people around and felt safe to leave belongings on the benches (no valuables). There is a bar there for drinks and snacks. Several entry points and a large lagoon with lots of fish.... More 

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coloma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Good snorkel spot. Parking, concessions, way entrance to the water. Well worth a visit.We saw turtles and many fish varieties. Water is calm and protected. Good stop four a da ily.

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I have to admit that it is pretty expensive for a day out for a family....we took the kids around 3:30 and didn't expect to stay long, so paying almost 17.00 per person seemed high...but we were there so we payed it. The kids got cold fast so we really just walked around and looked into the water. We had... More 

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Address: Akumal, Mexico
Location: Mexico  >  Yucatan Peninsula  >  Quintana Roo  >  Riviera Maya  >  Akumal

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