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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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Bueatiful inlet, many fish

You can pay these guys or........drive to the end of one of the streets(you'll have to look at a map), and you can park and drop in the the very same inlet for free. They'll... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Nathaniel W
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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can pay these guys or........drive to the end of one of the streets(you'll have to look at a map), and you can park and drop in the the very same inlet for free. They'll suggest(require) you wear their eco sunscreen, but this is a HUGE Ocean inlet, with HUGE volumes of water.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were last here four years ago and just marvelled at the beautiful setting and gardens. All very eco-conscious with lovely sculptures and pathways around the cenote. When we went back this September the large part has been sold and we could only gain access to the main area to access snorkelling. All the beautiful gardens have now been lost... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Coming yo Yal-Ku its a great experience, it does have plenty of colorful fishes swiming. Salt and Sweet water mix so you can experience diferent temperatures and the xpu- ha effect. unless you are coming on a tour bring towel, fins, mask and snorkel. or ask your tour guide whats included on the tour. great time

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

After snorkeling at Akumal Bay, we also tried at Yal-Ku. Yal-Ku has tons of fish, and the interesting landscape from the fresh and saltwater mixing is fun to explore. The cold freshwater stays on the top, but if you dive down a bit, water gets blurry - the warmer ocean water sinks to the bottom, and the blurryness is caused... More 

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Red Deer, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

All natural snorkeling in real environment. Lots of area to explore, no time limit. Easy access, fair parking, excellent washroom facilities. Never ever crowded, a local spot that locals are willing to share with you!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Snorkel to see some fish and coral - only go out to the reef if you want a hard 1 hour swim with lots of current.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

After visiting Xel Ha the day before, we decided to give Yal Ku a try. It was much cheaper, but without the all inclusive that Xel Ha offered. This place was easy to get to from Playa del Carmen, we took the colectivo from Av 20th. it cost 3 pesos a person. The ride was about 35 minutes. Just remember... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Yal-ku is always on our list of places to visit when we go to Akumal. There's not a lot of frills like Xel-ha or Xcaret, but for around $15 you can burn a half a day snorkeling and hanging out by the lagoon. There are a decent number of fish in the lagoon, but not much in the way of... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cloudy water. Slime in water. Barely enough fish to put on a snorkeling mask. Worst place I've been yet.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a chilly, rainy day but the snorkeling could not have been any better. We rented a little cabana type thing and the admittance came with life jackets.

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