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Yal-ku Lagoon

Akumal, Mexico
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Ranked #8 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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San Antonio, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Expensive to get in, and not that many fish. The water seemed cloudy as well. It's a pretty spot, but not worth the price. We saw a lot more fish snorkeling outside our condo in Half Moon Bay. Feels like a tourist trap.

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chi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Definitely a great spot for people who might be a little anxious about snorkeling in the open ocean. Easy in and out of the water and the fish are right there. Although the visibility is good it appeared to me that there was some kind of film in the water. I thought it was my mask at first but when... More

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Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We went to Yal-Ku with our kids 16 and 11 and had a great afternoon. However even with our own snorkel gear we did find it to be a bit pricey. We are glad we did it, we saw plenty of fish and my family saw a turtle in the lagoon as well. We had been 2 years ago with... More

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Livermore, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This place is amazing. Very secluded with hundreds of fish to see! It does get a little crowded by afternoon, so head there early. They have snorkel gear available to rent if you didn't bring your own. Also a small snack bar for cold drinks, etc. Not commercialized at all. Quiet and out of they way for the most part.

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Baltimore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The snorkeling was quite nice, but it's clear that too much traffic is negatively impacting the coral and the lagoon. Small concession area, but no alcoholic beverages. We rented a hut, which was quite comfortable and convenient to the water.

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Houston, Texas
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The price per person is $14 per person, not $7 as listed on many websites. We didn't even go in. My husband gave the cashier $40 USD for our fee of $28. The cashier asked for smaller bills. After giving him $8, we asked for 1 of the 20s back. He refused saying he'd already given it. He then proceeded... More

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I thought this was a great value for a unique snorkeling experience. We saw lots of fish in the refreshing, calm waters of the lagoon. Staff were friendly, and the price was reasonable. We brought our own masks and snorkels but rented vests. Renting a palapa is worth it if you plan on a long visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

To get there take the road to the left after passing through the gates at Akumal. We rented a golf cart for 20usd for 4 hours which was fun and gave us the ability to stop along the way from Akumal to Yal-ku. The carts are available right at the gate and do require a 20 dollar deposit as well.... More

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Rogers, Arkansas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Calm lagoon, lots of smaller fish. You can rent a hut to hang out in over the lagoon. We had our own equipment, but they also rent it. No store bought sunscreen is allowed due to lagoon protection. also you can only take in one bottle of water per person

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Tarzana, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

No question beautiful & unique setting. However: 1) entrance price is currently $14 per person (don't rely on guide book!) plus $3 for locker; a lot of $ for what it is; 2) lots of beautiful fish but saw similar (not as abundant) at other reefs in the area (i.e. Akumal) for free. Bottom line: worth going once and definitely... More

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