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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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The best day! Tons of fish!!!

This place was great, I went early in December and the water was super clear. It's also a plus that they don't have captive dolphins like Xel-ha does. I even had my underwater... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Seattle, Washington
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We actually stayed in a house on the lagoon and snorkeled about 8 times over two weeks. We had private access so we could snorkel before and after the actual Yal Ku attraction opened and closed. This is a great place for little kids and beginning snorkelers. There are lots of fish to see. Arrive first thing at 9am when... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

It is a nice bay to swim in but very little see when snorkeling. At just the entrance fee if you have your own transport it is OK. The rental is really expensive as we had a family of 4 and is then worth it. At least we or own transport. We got there at 9.30am and could park in... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This place was great, I went early in December and the water was super clear. It's also a plus that they don't have captive dolphins like Xel-ha does. I even had my underwater camera going when a pelican dove right into a school of silver fish, it was awesome. So many fish here it's no wonder they hang out there... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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132 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed our day here at Yal-ku. We were staying at Dreams Tulum and the beach was under a massive seaweed attack. Our kids really missed the ocean, so we ended up going to inlet/lagoon excursions and Yal-ku came recommended by our concierge. We were really happy we went! Our kids are 6 & 8. One LOVES sea life,... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Yal-ku is one of a kind! I have grown up going to this cenote and I absolutely love it!!! The only difference for me now vs. 35 years ago is the $14 price tag per person and the crowds. If you can get there early, you can steer away from the idiots that don't know how to snorkel and see... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We went July 2015 with 2 children aged 12 and 8. We stayed at the Grand Palladium and got a taxi one morning (think it was about £10). Go early, we were there about 9.30 and left after about 2 hours and it was starting to get busy. It is €14 per adult, half price, children so about £30 entry.... More 

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Pleasanton, California
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

The grounds of Yal Ku are very enchanting with metal statues scattered all around the park. It is big so even if the tour companies started pouring in, you can still swim to other parts. Bring with you water shoes as some of the rocks at the entrance to the lagoon are not feet friendly, and if you don't like... More 

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Hanover, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

What a beautiful lagoon with so many fish right at your finger tips. We loved that there was a slight current but you weren't being rocked around like in the ocean snorkeling.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The water is clear and calm the day we stopped by. The different fish you can find here vs. what you find in Akumal bay is amazing. Even better is that there was virtually no sargassum. Very clean and well-organized business. A tad on the pricier side. For a couple hours of snorkeling, the cost of admission, life vests, and... More 

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Medellin, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

My 3 and 5 yo kids love swimming and this was their first experience swimming and snorkeling. Great clean place. We used their normal goggles as using snorkeling equipment for a first timer is not a good ideas. It was a good choice. We loved the 2 hrs we spent there

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

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