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Yal-ku Lagoon

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Address: Akumal, Mexico
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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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Great place to snorkel, especially for beginners

Fresh water flows from caves to mix with the Caribbean sea in this picturesque lagoon. Many reef fish, rays, barracuda, lots of caves and rock formations. We were there early and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Athens, Georgia, United States
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Athens, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fresh water flows from caves to mix with the Caribbean sea in this picturesque lagoon. Many reef fish, rays, barracuda, lots of caves and rock formations. We were there early and had great visibility and saw hundreds of great fish. The private cabanas with hammock is well worth the price. There was a strong thunder shower while we were there... More 

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Le Vesinet, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Maths are simple: you pay $89/p in Xel-Ha and here is $14 with more fishes (no food though included). Real heaven for your eyes and the chance to swim in an aquarium, much more different fishes compared to Xel-Ha

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good snorkeling. very pretty place, lots of flat rocks to sit on or to enter the water. I think they rent snorkel gear but we had our so not sure. Make sure you visit the sculpture garden which surrounds the lagoon.

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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place for all levels of snorkeling although those who snorkel a lot may find it not as challenging. It was just a nice clean place for us. Staying close to the rocks and following the shoreline does seem to show the most variety of fish. We just enjoyed the day as we are different levels of experience and there... More 

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Murphysboro, il
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice break to walk to from Akumal. Easy access and lots of fish to explore fun for all ages. Veery clear

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South River, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We rented a home with direct access to the lagoon - and what a treat. Our house offered the clearest waters, most tropical fish and a fun natural rock maze to snorkel through. It was one of the best highlights of a truly amazing vacation.

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Oakton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My second time snorkeling, and this was great! I expected a little more fish, but the trick is to stay by the rocks and sty relatively still, they come to you! We rented fins which were totally unnecessary. We rented the lifevest too, which perhaps wasn't necessary , but gives you more time to enjoy below without trying to stay... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the most gorgeous places I have ever been too. Took a taxi from our hotel which was quite close. All equipment is available to hire and is quite cheap. Entrance is around £10 per adult (so much cheaper than the bigger tourist lagoons) Lockers and changing rooms available and the on-site restaurant was very cheap and lovely. Snorkelling... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of four (Mom, Dad, two teenage boys) spent a few hours snorkeling at Yal Ku in late June. It was wonderful. The water is refreshingly cool on a hot day and so many fish. There are so many fish that you can stand by the water and watch them skitter about. Once in the water, the number and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have been snorkelling in Hawaii and in Cancun and Caribbean on a cruise many times. The number of fish here is disappointing. It is pretty but we left in about an hour after a quick loop around. My boys (15 and 12) thought it was a bust.

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