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Yal-ku Lagoon

Akumal, Mexico
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Ranked #9 of 13 Attractions in Akumal
Type: Bodies of Water, Reefs, Outdoors
Activities: Snorkeling, Group tours/day tour
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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 young children, Activities for older children
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SLC, UT
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

We spent about 2 hours here total. We saw lots of fish. No turtles here. They charged $14 US dollars (we thought it was per car but it was per person). It was beautiful, peaceful and not crowded. We did see a good amount of fish but we had better snorkeling at Akumal Bay aka Turtle Bay, just a couple... More

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Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

This was our second trip to Yal-ku lagoon, and it was just as great as we remember from 10 years ago. The price has increased, but so have the amenities there. There is now a snack shop, life jacket/snorkel/fin rental, changing rooms, bathrooms (clean), and lockers. It was great for our family since we could get in and out as... More

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Revelstoke, Canada
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Rent a wetsuit or bring one. It got cold at times. Weather was perfect and water was generally warm enough. Fresh water and salt water mix, so you get this really cool effect of blurring when you're snorkelling. If you dive underneath it the water clears and usually at the bottom the water is warmest. We thought maybe it would... More

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Denver, Colorado
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57 reviews 57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Gorgeous setting. Unique snorkeling location. Not much wildlife though. Beautiful part of the world.

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Meridian, Idaho
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This lagoon is AMAZING!! However, do not go after a storm as it apparently flushes all the fish out. We were there last week after a large storm and the fish were a FRACTION of the last 2 visits.

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Walnut, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

My wife and I decided to visit Yal-Ku based on a recommendation from a local and it turned out to be one favorite snorkel sites. We decided to take a taxi there as opposed to the collectivo and we were glad we did because the walk from the highway would have been quite long. Admission was $14US pp. The staff... More

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AnnTeresa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is a beautiful little lagoon However the visiting tourists were not respectful of nature and it was completely depressing. The staff was excellent. The restaurant was good. However there were too many people allowed into the lagoon that were not respecting the rules so it is exploiting the ecosystem.a man and his son were feeding bread to the fish.... More

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

It was really beautiful but there weren't that many fish. We went early in the day so we didn't see many other people there. If you stayed up near the stairs that was where most of the fish were and there wasn't a lot of current there but if you swam out in the middle to the mangroves the current... More

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Akron, Ohio
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Beautiful beach,snorkling,close to resort,the locals,enjoyed with friends we met up with they were returning guess also

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I would have liked a greater variety of fish but the snorkeling was otherwise great and the surrounding gardens and statues were lovely. This was a great addition to our itinerary!

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