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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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Beautiful Lagoon

This place is gorgeous. The grounds and the lagoon are outstanding. It can get crowded but its still worth it. Our visibility was effected by the thermocline. We walked in from... read more

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place is gorgeous. The grounds and the lagoon are outstanding. It can get crowded but its still worth it. Our visibility was effected by the thermocline. We walked in from our condo in Akumal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was my very first time snorkeling and I couldn't have asked for a better experience! It took a little time to get used to mouth-breathing and flipper use but once I got the hang of it, I didn't want to stop. I saw some really beautiful fish and coral and before I knew it several hours had passed.

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Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Yal-Ku is a little off the beaten path but definitely an attraction worth checking out. The lagoon makes it perfect for all ages and experience levels. Tons of colourful fish to check out and very calm water. The water at time can seem blurry due to the salt/freshwater mix but hardly an issue as you snorkel around. We snorkelled for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you snorkel or not you need to go here and snorkel! Inland lagoon makes this perfect for beginners and kids. No current or waves and steps ar entry point make this easy to do. You can rent gear here for the day and take to Akumal Beach and Half Moon Bay for a day of snorkel fun. Saw so... More 

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We love stopping in to snorkel here. The staff is always great and it's a nice little spot to snorkel. One suggestion, arrive early!

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Thank kevinandmandyritchie
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My family of 4 went there on July 18,2016. We had a great time snorkelling and the grounds are gorgeous. They aren't kidding when they say swim left....if you swim right it's very difficult to get back the other direction. We saw gorgeous fish that were very colorful some as big as a foot long or longer. We stayed about... More 

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Hampton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful lagoon, lots of snorkling, clear water until too many snorklers kick up the sand! We stayed in a home on the lagoon.

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Ukiah, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

although a bit touristy it is worth the visit. What a beautiful place. We snorkeled and saw so many beautiful fish. The water was gorgeous and full of adults and kids. There are steps down to the water in some places. The pathways are lined with interesting art sculptures. It is a bit expensive to get in but worth it.... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a beginner snorkeler, and this was a perfect outing. Price was $14USD each for entry, and there was also rental equipment if needed (looked to be of good quality, but we had our own). Take everyone's advice and GO EARLY. The posted hours were 9am-5pm daily, and we got there at 9am and there were already a few... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

To be fair, the day we chose had been rainy and the water was a bit cloudy. Not sure if it affected the turtles, but we snorkeled for over an hour without success. Just about time to leave and a guide spotted one. We happened to be close by and got to see one up close- in fact he swam... More 

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