We enjoyed our visit to Yal-ku Lagoon so much a couple years ago that we knew we needed to return again - this time on our own (collective + taxi) rather than through an expensive excursion. This visit was even better, since it was on our own time, and was VERY quiet on the day we went (only maybe 1 or 2 excursion groups came through).
The lagoon is an excellent place to snorkel because it has lots of variety and is safe for all ages. The entrance fee has gone up in recent years, and locker rental costs a bit extra (which we paid for simply for our phones & extra money), but plenty of people just leave their bags at the waterfront and it seems to be fine.
During this visit we were again able to see things like jellyfish, needlefish, angelfish, sergeant major, parrotfish, barracuda, blue tang, runners, wrasse, grunts, etc. As mentioned in other reviews, there isn't much in terms of coral, but the abundance of fish and the size of swimmable area in the lagoon make it exciting nonetheless.
Our snack bar lunch (pulled pork quesadillas) wasn't good, and their other menu items didn't look great, so we'd recommend to bring your own snacks and just eat them outside the front of the entrance so that you're not breaking their no-food rule.
Overall a highly recommended place to visit strictly for snorkeling - a different feel than the various reef snorkeling that you can do along the coast.
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