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Yal-ku Lagoon

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Address: Akumal, Mexico
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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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A unique and tranquil snorkelling experience

My husband and I snorkelled here twice during our wonderful two-week vacation to Akumal. In contrast to the Akumal and Half Moon bays, the lagoon waters were very calm (and very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Cody15
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Toronto
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I snorkelled here twice during our wonderful two-week vacation to Akumal. In contrast to the Akumal and Half Moon bays, the lagoon waters were very calm (and very clear in most areas). We saw many schools of large, colourful fish, like French and queen angelfish, spotlight parrotfish and blue tangs, as well as a porcupine fish and... More 

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Kansas City
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We love Yalku lagoon and hope those responsible for its natural beauty protect it so that it can be enjoyed for generations to come. This is where fresh water flows into the ocean and on days with smooth seas, the visibility is great and sealife is beautiful and abundant! Spend a day and enjoy the beautiful nature Yalku is!

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Thank AdventurousKC
Salt lake, ut
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37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

They have done a very nice job with this park. The statues and facilities are a great add. Great place to go if the ocean is too tough to snorkel. It's always calm here. But where the fresh and saltwater combine it gets blurry. Also many more fish in the ocean on the reef.

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Chanute, Kansas
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a great day snorkeling here! We went in January and should have read the reviews about the water being cold!! You definitely just have to jump in and bite your lip for the cold! The entry area is quite rocky and if you have difficulty walking, this is not the place to go. It is also a short... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing place! My 2nd time snorkeling and it was an absolutely beautiful experience. The restaurant on location has very good food! I would definitely go back and highly recommend!

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Brookville, Indiana
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited this lagoon as the 3rd stop for our day we did not do the turtle experience. We snorkeled in the lagoon area. there was not much to see, mostly 3 different types of fish and a small area. there were a few benches to sit on and change your shoes but other then that much more here

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Bismarck
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Yal-ku Lagoon is a great place to snorkel, but try to visit after a couple of calm days to experience better water clarity. You will see lots of fish. Hours are from 9-5, if visiting both Akumal and Yal-ku, make sure you visit Yal-ku earlier rather than later.

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Thank Dave A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

great place to snorkel, but it is cold. I recommend using a short wet suit even on sunny days. Lots of fish. Go on a day that is calm so the water out front is not stirred up.

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Thank Hombre11
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

While in Akumal we visited Yal-Ku where we were able to go snorkeling. There was an entry fee; however, the lagoon had a lot beautiful fish and was very easy to snorkel around in. We stayed here for approximately an hour and had wonderful a great time.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Don't bother snorkeling at the eco-parks, come here. Cheaper, less crowded. Next time we'll rent a cabana and make a day of it.

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