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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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Back after 15 years

We recently visited Yal-Ku 15 years after our initial visit. After reading recent reviews, I was worried about crowds and lack of fish. Yes it has changed a lot (last time we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
Ang L
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Stuart, Florida
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Cancun, Mexico
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135 reviews 135 reviews
49 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

You can relax and swim in the beautiful clear waters, if you like photography this is a must, there is a small snack bar were you could enjoy a soft drink and humburger

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Buffalo, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Rent a palapa for $20 USD and stay for a while. You can park all your stuff in a sheltered area and access the lagoon from your palapa steps. Tons of areas to explore with varied water temps and different types of fish. (We also took a boat out to the Mayan Reef near Tulum and didn't see as many... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very disappointing to walk in on crowded narrow path to realize: this is it? Really? Bizarrely placed sculptures, too many people, no sense of spaciousness, and hardly any fish. This caused us to lose faith in our Hidden Cancun and the Yucatan, which had touted it as a hidden gem. Puh. Dfinitely not worth it. Best thing i can say... More 

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We were pretty disappointed, there weren't many fishes, we only saw about 10 and they were hard to find. Don't get me wrong, the grounds are very nice, it looks like Xel-ha but they shouldn't advertise it for snorkeling. We brought our masks and rented out life jackets. The prices are in US dollars so as Mexicans, with the high... More 

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Stuart, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We recently visited Yal-Ku 15 years after our initial visit. After reading recent reviews, I was worried about crowds and lack of fish. Yes it has changed a lot (last time we just wandered in off the road; I think there was a guy in a shack). It does feel rather commercial. However, taking that into consideration, it was still... More 

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Astoria
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We found this place through a friend. Loved the walk down a dirt road to this hidden treasure. We were there in Dec. 2005 so it's been awhile [the date selector is not accurate]. We didn't realize you couldn't wear sunblock and forgotten t-shirts...opps sunburn! The reason for no sunblock is to protect the fish and the reef. Obviously that... More 

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London
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Had two visits to Yal Ku during a recent holiday on the Riveria Maya with my wife and two children (10 and 8). The lagoon is really calm and peaceful and great for snorkelling (especially for beginners like us) and we saw lots of different fish. It is not the cheapest, 14USD for adults and 10USD for children (you can... More 

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Moncton, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Easy snorkelling in a beautiful place. Lovely property with shade and nice restaurant. Rentals available. Lockers, bathrooms, change rooms.

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Lyons, Colorado
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

This water in this lagoon is calm and great for snorkeling. There is a great variety of species. Be sure and use only reef safe sunscreen.

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Toronto, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Mesmerizing bronze statues. Lovely lagoon made this a wonderful place to stop for lunch and snorkelling with the added bonus of beautiful bronze statues set in the forest along the pathways, each one unique with it's own personality really brought the nature to life with the people who may lived here hundreds of years before.

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