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Address: , Akumal, Mexico
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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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Turtle snorkeling in Yal-ku Lagoon

On your way to Tulum from Mexico or Playa del Carmen, you MUST stop and do the snorkeling at Yal-ku Lagoon at Akamal Beach. We got there early (around 9:30-10am) and beat much of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

On your way to Tulum from Mexico or Playa del Carmen, you MUST stop and do the snorkeling at Yal-ku Lagoon at Akamal Beach. We got there early (around 9:30-10am) and beat much of the crowds, finding a guide onsite near the lagoon. He was great and the price point was fair. We saw lots of huge sea turtles (free,... More 

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West Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This place really blew me away. It´s become a must when I visit the Mayan Riviera. It's like swimming in an enormous aquarium. Big parrot fish, trippy jelly fish on the floor, some young barracuda, an occasional eel, crystal clear refreshing waters and fantastic swimming terrain. Great place to visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was like swimming in an aquarium although the water is a little chilly. There are various places to get in and out of the water, stations with seats and roofs to take a break. Lots of Fish and crystal clear water.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Crystal clear water. Funky sculptures in the park. Please do not feed fish and use sun lotion. Keep Yal-ku clean!

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Corvallis, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

A somewhat unusual snorkeling venue where fresh water comes and mixes with sea water. This increases the variety of fish. The water temperature is on the cool side with variations because of the mixing of the 2 waters. You can spend as much time as you want, go in and out of the water. There isn't much in the way... More 

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Parker, CO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Had read several reviews and found this Lagoon to be beautiful and nicely kept but expensive and the waters were murky...am hoping it was just the time of year, but do believe that the numbers of tourist who come and do NOT obey the signs are ruining the waters here. So, first of all...to get here....well, we took the Combi... More 

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Feasterville, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We went there with Edventure tour and saw a lot of fish. The only disappointment was the seaweed there.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I traveled here with my husband and 2 boys, ages 3 and 11. We rented a cabana and snorkeled around the lagoon for hours. Very relaxing and perfect for kids.

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Bothell, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Amazing. Like snorkeling in an Aquarium. Beautiful gardens and sculptures too. Nice cafe for lunch. $14.00 admission.

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We came here after swimming with the turtles in Akumal Beach. Parking was easy and close to the lagoon entrance. We left our shoes and towels on the benches and they were still there when we got out. The lagoons are rich with tropical fish and weren't too crowded in the afternoon. We brought our own snorkels and swam easily... More 

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