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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
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, Outdoors
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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Chicago, IL
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82 reviews 82 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

While not as off the beaten path, or as cheap, as it was when we first visited here, it's still one of my favorite spots to go in the Yucatan. In December 2014 it was $14US per person, I don't remember exactly how much in pesos but I think it was at least 160 pesos as I remember looking at... More 

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White Hall
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6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

WOW !!!! This was Amazing !!! We Rented our snorkel Equip from PIRATAS DE AKUMAL ON THE BEACH @ THE BAY ... Then rented a golf cart & went to the Lagoon .... Best snorkeling EVER ! Very Very Very Awesome Place ... Somewhere you WILL NEVER FORGET

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

No better snorkeling experience in Maya Riviera. Can rent a palapa for the day or use one of many benches under the shade. Bring only natural sunscreen. All other prohibited. Great value. Stunning location in the clearest water you will find anywhere. You'[ll see fish and turtles!

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The last time I snorkeled here we drove the car up to the water's edge and jumped in among countless fish. Today, altho tastefully developed and subject to a fee, the fish are gone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This is a great place for snorkeling and watch tons of fish. It is a private park, so you pay for entrance. Once you pay for entrance, you get a parking spot, showers/restroom as well as an ok place to eat. The water is really calm so it is great for snorkel beginners. Be aware there is a small underlying... More 

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LONDON
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I loved my trip to Yal Ku. We travelled from Playa Del Carmen to Akumal by Collectivo (35 pesos per person one way) then took a taxi for 100 pesos to Yal Ku. As we didn't arrive until 3.30pm they charged us a child's price. They close at 5, but this was the perfect time to visit as there were... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

When I first road-tripped down this Mexico coast in the early 1980s, I stumbled across Yal Ku by accident. In those days, there was a hand-painted sign pointing to the lagoon. No gate, no entrance fees, no people. It was the best snorkeling experience I had ever had, turning me from a casual snorkeler into a hard core snorkeler. Perfect... More 

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Beaver Creek, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This was one of the highlight activities of our trip. They offer to sell you eco-friendly sun block, so pack some if you already have it as they don't want the toxic sunblock bugging the aquatic system. We took a van to get to this place. They do have a little snack area if you get hungry as it's a... More 

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Port Hope, Ontario, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Beautiful place to see, great snorkelling.Sculptures everywhere. A little hard to find so take a taxi. Negotiate a pice and have him wait getting a cab back impossible.

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Davis, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We went two days in a row. Water clear, lots of tropical fish, easy entry for swimming, air temperature showers to wash off in after swimming, bathrooms, and changing rooms. Also lockers, but we took few things and just left them on a bench. Everyone seemed to enjoy snorkeling there. It was fun to watch children discover the fish. One... More 

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