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Yal-ku Lagoon

Akumal, Mexico
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Ranked #8 of 14 Attractions in Akumal
Type: Bodies of Water, Reefs
Activities: Snorkeling, Group tours/day tour
Traveler Description: Yal-ku Lagoon is wonderful for both adults and children.  There are no  ocean waves.  There are several easy entry stairs with railing into the... more »
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Kent
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This place was dreadful - do not visit!! Very expensive and terrible value for money. Hardly saw any fish and when we asked the men where the fish were they just shrugged their shoulders and forgot how to speak English - funny because when we paid our fee and hired the life jackets their English was perfect?! Water was very... More

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Seattle, Washington
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

OK so we didn't see any turtles but we saw lots of fish and found this was a great lagoon to explore with our children. From what we saw it looks like this place can get crowder which would kill the whole experience, however, we chose a good time and had the place to ourselves. Fun and well worth the... More

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Mexico
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57 reviews 57 reviews
24 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Beautiful lagoon within a 5 minute car ride from Akumal Beach (still in the Akumal town). Very easy access, very calm place, you can enjoy swimming and it is ideal for little kids. The only thing is that we expected to see more fish than we did. Would still recommend it as a different kind of activity in the Riviera... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

I loved this place. I traveled with my mom and she's very afraid of the water. The guide helped me and took her to every corner of the lagoon thru every step showing her all the different types of fishes. She got the best tour out of everybody. We could 't go to the reef because they were xpecting a... More

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Culiacan, Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I was scared to swim and snorkel all throughout,but the guide was very helpful and got me through! You would love this lagoon! I loved it here!! It is very safe and all the coral reef and fish is so pleasant!!

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

The place is amazing for swimming or snorkeling. Very clean and well maintained by a local administration. You can rent all snorkeling equipment there and remember not to bring sun blocker as just the eco friendly brands are permitted in order to prevent pollution in the lagoon. I recommend buying the ones sold at the place to avoid bringing a... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I love this place. The grounds are small, but beautifully landscaped with a blend of tropical vegetation and wonderful sculptures. The lagoon itself is full of fish (which seemed more plentiful at certain times of the day). I like the fact that Yal-Ku doesn't allow regular sunscreens and repellents -- you have to use "natural" products that have less of... More

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Montreal
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Been here many times. Gorgeous location, the statuary art on the grounds is absolutely stunning. Unfortunately the lagoon seems to be over attended by humans, many of them likely wearing chemical sunscreen (which kills the coral). Not many interesting fish to see most of the time, but sometimes you get lucky. Nevertheless, a lovely little place.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My first time snorkeling ever. How amazing. The water is so clear that you can see the fish swimming around before you get in. It took me a while to get the hand of the gear, not because it's hard to use but because I'm a chicken when it comes to being on water with sea creatures around you. The... More

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Wyoming
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I completely agree with the review by "Melawell" below. We had better snorkeling for free in Half Moon Bay right in front of our condo. The visibility in the lagoon is poor and the tour groups (even before 11 am) are a nuisance.

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