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Yal-ku Lagoon

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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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Beautiful setting

This is a beautiful place to snorkel and swim. Azure waters, and lots of fish to view. The sculpture garden is fun too. Bring lunch as the food there is not good, rent a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
AprilinVT
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Burlington, Vermont
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Burlington, Vermont
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful place to snorkel and swim. Azure waters, and lots of fish to view. The sculpture garden is fun too. Bring lunch as the food there is not good, rent a palapa, and spend the day!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I'm a little confused by reviews saying there was no visibility and pollution. The water was perfectly clear when we were there (although when the salt/fresh water gets mixed up by someone swimming ahead of you, it creates an oily or blurry effect but that's natural). We saw tons of fish, and I saw a rare smaller type of parrot... More 

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Townsend, TN
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This lagoon was simply beautiful! The grounds are landscaped and give you a feeling of a very peaceful place inspite of the many people there. The water was clear and there was an abundance of fish to view. There was quite a large area available to swim and snorkel at your own pace.

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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Went on a snorkel tour with Mayan adventures, it was very interesting. The draw back is that Yal ku is a mix of salt and fresh water so you always have what looks like an oily haze in the water. If you go do it in the morning before the crowds stir up the sediment in the water

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Great place to go for a half day trip. Calm clear water and a fun change of scenery from open ocean snorkeling.

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Calgary, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Pleasant way to spend the day, snorkling with fish. There isn't a lot of room to sit if you aren't in the water. Go early as it gets very busy

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Yal -ku Lagoon provided a fun afternoon adventure for my husband and myself. We are scuba divers, so we are not easily satisfied with snorkeling, but we felt that our experience there was worthwhile. The grounds are lovely, and the day we went it was not crowded at all. The lagoon is big and if you swim in a leisurely... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Easy access, safe, no current, great fish for beginners. The coral is long dead from so many people not knowing you shouldn't touch it, but the fresh water mixed with the salt, continues to bring lots of fish to see.

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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

took a taxi there, no problem. Hard to find one back. Lots of fish, although not a huge variety of them, very easy to navigate, but long line to pay. BRING CASH, no credit taken. Also, no snack bar, etc there. I didn't rent life jacket or fins--this is pretty quiet water.

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Memphis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Laguna Yal-ku is tucked way down the road from the crowds at Akumal Bay and Half Moon Bay. It is perfectly set amongst trees and fauna with a great little restaurant, and perfect snorkeling. Also, beautiful bronze sculptures by Mexican artist Alejandro Echeverria are hidden within the trees and plants. Admission was $10 for adults and $6 for kids and... More 

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