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“Awsome Dolphin Experience”

Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park
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Owner description: Chankanaab Adventure Beach Park is the most popular attraction in Cozumel. It is conveniently located just ten minute taxi ride from the cruise ship terminal. It´s a favorite for cruise ship passangers, day trippers, beach lovers. Enjoy the natural beauty of our beach and reef area,amaze yourself with our eco archaeological tour. All facilites included: restrooms, showers, huts, hammocks and beach chairs. Now your ticket includes: Sea Lion Show, Dolphin Presentation, Manatee Exhibition, Crocodile Exhibition and Eco Archaeological Tour. At Chankanaab Park you can also enjoy world class snorkel tour, scuba diving tour, snuba tour, seatrek tour, spa, temazcal, swim with dolphins and manatees tour for an additional cost. All fun in one place !
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage
Reviewed August 14, 2013

This park has sea lions, dolphins, snuba diving and zip lining. Its a nice park and I had a blast swimming with the dolphins and also a new experience with the one on one sea lion encounter. The staff/trainers were very professional and explained everything in depth. The food at the restaurant was local and delicious. I would recommend this park to my friends visiting Cozumel!

2  Thank Al J
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

We and another family (friends of ours) sailed on the Mariner last November during Thanksgiving week. We took a 2-yr old and a 13-yr old and the other family took a 7-yr old and a 3-yr old. Chankanaab was awesome! At first, we booked the glass boat excursion with Royal Carribbean, which was awful (overpriced, everyone was in an area underwater which caused it to become quite stuffy, mom got seasick and went back to the ship afterwards). The glass boat was such a letdown, but we decided to go to chankanaab park afterwards because we heard some good things about it. DO NOT BOOK THE EXCURSION WITH YOUR CRUISE LINE UNLESS YOU WANT A DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER. let me explain. By the time we bought our tickets, the lady said all the dolphin encounters were all sold out, so try to book with the ship if you're really looking forward to this. For general admission, this is what we did: we caught a taxi which was very large (could seat 10 or more people). There was no haggling with the prices as I think the taxi was a part of a business (there were many other taxis of similar appearance around a curb) and the prices were set. It was about $20 or so for our two families (there is a sign in the area where the taxis are that shows you the various prices for getting to various destinations). At first, we couldn't find any taxis, but just ask around with the shop owners. The taxis were located behind the shops and it was super busy there. It took about 10 min to get to Chankannab from the port, and from there, we went and explored. Again, basic admission tickets are $21 per adult and $14 per child (I think, check on their website). Also there's a coupon for the tickets floating somewhere around the Internet (which we didn't use but will be sure to use once we go back!!) that let's you take $2 off adult admission.
We went to their sea lion show which was cute, they basically did a couple tricks and the trainers told you about them. We also toured the dolphin area (which looked like a lot of fun, I wish I got to do this) where a guide gave us information about the dolphins. Then we walked around the gardens (the little ponds are beautiful!) and came to this georgeous beachy area. This was awesome, you could rent some snorkels and fins and a life vest for around $15 and ask the guy to teach you how to snorkel (for a tip of course, which is expected). The reefs were absolutely beautiful. The species of fish there are so unique. They told us not to touch the reefs, as to not harm them, but you know some people are just rebels... Anyways, so you don't need to actually rent the snorkel equipment if you've brought your own or don't need equipment at all! The beaches around the park were fun and georgeous, the 3-yr olds loved them. There were also some pools but we decided not to go in them for lack of time. Another note on snorkeling, it's pretty deep so it isn't like some shallow pool with nothing, it's the ocean with rocky steps leading down to the water (which shouldn't be a problem for most people). We wanted to snorkel for at least another half hour, but we didn't have time due to that awful glass boat experience... Also, there's like a restaurant there. We were very hungry so we decided to get something before the snorkeling. It was extremely busy. By the time it was our turn to order (there's a line), all they had left were nachos (which were actually pretty good) for around $7 a plate. We bought three plates for our two families. This by no means is a lunch, but it's filling enough that we were comfortable until we got back to the ship (plus on port days, we always load up with the breakfast buffet). We had to leave too soon, but this November, we're going back on another cruise with Carnival, and the kids are super excited!! We're making sure mom goes this time and we're even bringing grandpa. Sorry for this long note, I just know how some people love details (myself included). Overall Chankannab was a little commercialized but everything was beautiful and we enjoyed ourselves very much. This next cruise, we were thinking about going to Xel-ha, but we decided against it because of the price point, because of the longer drive, the 3-yr old, and the fact that mom and grandpa never got to see it. This is a wonderful experience even for people who don't want to swim, plus it isn't too expensive. Some people out there says it doesn't have some of the "extreme activities" that Xel-ha has, but for a port day from a cruise, it's a good taste of Cozumel and its beauty.

Oh and bathrooms and everything were pretty clean but gift shop and ice cream sold out front was overpriced.

11  Thank Angela Y
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

This park is beautiful!! The experienced with the dolphins was amazing. Trainers are friendly and loving persons with the dolphins and tourists. Walking in the park was fun,visiting the Tequila Factory Store, ruins, beach, restaurant ( great Mexican food), and store (beautiful souvenirs), was a wonderful day!!
I got my Bola Maya... a sign of friendship!!

1  Thank SanBabebull
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

We loved getting to swim with dolphins, although it seemed a little rushed and not quite as one on one as we would like. Understandable though because they have so many visitors. The dolphin trainer we had was really nice and funny and the dolphin, Frieda, was great! The sea lion show was cute and worth seeing and the people were nice.

1  Thank Allison S
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

good for kids but very busy and over developed. It will cost you $120 to swim with dolphins which is overpriced i think. The crocodile area was good. Snorkelling was excellent -but bring your own equipment as this was pricey.

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