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Yal-ku Lagoon

Address: Akumal, Mexico
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Ranked #10 of 12 Attractions in Akumal
Type: Bodies of Water, Reefs, Nature & Parks
Activities: Snorkeling, Group tours/day tour
Owner description: Although the brackish water in this lagoon makes visibility difficult, there are still lots of fish...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Type: Bodies of Water, Reefs, Nature & Parks
Activities: Snorkeling, Group tours/day tour
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

It costs to gain admission, about $10 per person. Bring your own equipment, or rent. The water is warm and completely calm. You will see 1000's of fish. Great experience for the beginners and still fun for the experienced snorkeler.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This park is wonderfully arranged to make snorkeling easy, accessible, and worth your while. Beautiful fish abound. A lovely little cafe to graba dring after us just around the corner from the waters' entrance.

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New Brunswick
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Excellent fresh water lagoon with a huge variety of fish. Pelicans will come in and swoop over your head to a landing. You can rent a locker to keep your valuables safe while swimming.

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phila
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25 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Definitely get there early - between 9:30 and 10:30 to get a palapa. Try to go on a day that is calm - when it is windy or choppy the fish hide more easily. We were here 5 years ago, and it is much busier but still beautiful, manageable one of the nicest places to snorkel. For the money you... More 

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Federal Way, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I struggled a bit with rating this location because in a touristy kind of way (4), it is very nice; if you're looking for nature without a lot of human impact, this is not it (2). It's set up like a park. You enter, pay to use the park, they put on a wrist band. If you don't have snorkel... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This is really the only place I've discovered in the area that you can do without signing up for a tour or group. The prices have increased over the years, it isn't cheap, and there isn't much living coral, but the whole bay is lovely and if you head towards the open water, you swim through vast schools of sardines.... More 

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Yellowknife
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Second time visiting Akumal Yal- Ku Lagoon. Rented a taxi that seated 15 people for 200$ return trip from Iberostar Lindo. The driver waited for us all day at the Akumal Arch entrance. All Taxi prices are negotiable. Agree upon a price before you get in ANY cab. A cheaper option is going in the collectivo but our group was... More 

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Toronto
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This used to be a great snorkeling location but conditions are terrible now. Effluent from the thousands of hotels has resulted in almost zero visibility, algae everywhere and a severe drop in fish numbers. The Mayan Riviera is no longer a good destination for nature lovers...

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Northeast US
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Loved this place. It is a little pricey for the entrance fee but the facilities are clean and nice and the lagoon is devine.

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Loveland, Colorado, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We stayed a mile down the road from the Yal-Ku Lagoon and were so happy it was right there! Went in the morning and snorkelled for probably 2 hours seeing so many tropical fish and a barracuda, went back to the condo for lunch and a quick nap on the beach and went back later in the afternoon. The crowd... More 

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