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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 »
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW 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
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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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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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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Our group of 3 snorkeled here on 08/01/2014 as part of a tour. It was surprisingly beautiful. At Yal-Ku the fresh water from underground mixes with the sea water. This mixing of water makes for an interesting experience. The water changes from warm to cool at different depths around the lagoon. The underwater rock formations are cool as are the... More

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Milwaukee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This was a really cool place, we saw tons of fish and even saw a stingray when we swam out toward the ocean area. Make sure you bring ORGANIC sunscreen as they will not let you use any other kind. They do sell organic sunscreen, but you will pay a lot for it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

cannot believe what a treasure this is. We snorkeled for several hours, ate lunch and then snorkeled some more. The views and the area was great.

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Toledo, Ohio
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Yal-ku Lagoon is a VERY tranquil place to snorkel. The lagoon is well-protected from the waves of the ocean and is very calm - a great place for a beginner snorkeler. There is a good variety of fish to see. It's just like snorkeling in a huge fish aquarium. The only drawback to our snorkeling experience was that the lagoon... More

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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We did not go onto the grounds at yal-ku so I can't speak to those. We swam into the lagoon. The lagoon itself is really amazing. The rocks and the formations are amazing. Some people have complained about the oily water. Its not oily. Its nature. Its what happens when salt water mixes with freshwater. It also happens when cold... More

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