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“Breath taking water”
Review of Yal-ku Lagoon

Yal-ku Lagoon
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US$110.00*
and up
Caribbean Sea and Cenote Snorkeling Adventure...
Ranked #10 of 29 things to do in Akumal
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 25 August 2011

This has to be one of the most spectacular and easy snorkeling I have ever done. The water is crystal clear and filled with an endless array of colorful fish and occasional turtles.

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Reviewed 7 August 2011

This place is a real hidden gem. It's USD9 to get in to the little park, and you have good parking, good shower and changing facilities, a little outdoor restaurant, all incredibly well maintained and nicely designed. It's eco tourism as you would hope it would be - not overly commercial, just understated and well-run way to see something very unique in nature. The snorkeling itself is self-guided in a large lagoon with a mix of fresh and salt water. You can honestly spend hours here without getting bored. There are no waves, so it's a great place to teach kids how to snorkel. I have been snorkeling around the world and have never seen a place with so many fish, especially fish that let you swim right up to them without skitting away! The fish seem incredibly calm and used to people - you can literally swim among them. It's a fantastic place - physically beautiful and peaceful, and very well-run. Impressed - worth a visit! You can rent cabanas by the lagoon for the day for USD20, seemed very reasonable and if I had known that I would have planned to do so and brought a picnic! Fantastic place for couples or families or anybody, really!

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Reviewed 16 July 2011

Been here twice with Edventures and love this place as it provides a nice contained area for kids to snorkel and see loads of fish... Highly recommended!!!

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Reviewed 13 July 2011

Tucked way at the end of Akumal itself and it's famous turtle beach- lies this hidden gem of a lagoon. This is where the cool fresh water mixes with the sea and the perfect place to begin snorkelling. The lagoon is well sheltered from the wind and sea and there are plenty of nooks and crannys to explore. if you swim to the left to the end of the lagoon you come across a wide variety of fish, turn to the right and you just may encounter more sea creatures - like turtles and rays. The lagoon itself has plenty of room to swim in as well as caves to poke your nose into. There are 2 main entry points and the first one is very kid friendly - flat and shallow and contained. Just around the corner, past the collection of " interesting' statues ..is another deeper place to get into the water, along with Palapas you can rent. The grounds are well sheltered and shaded and there's a nice little stand that has a good selection of food and my beer - Corona. You can easily kill half a day here and at a very reasonable price - an adult was 110 pesos( $9 cdn). The challenge is getting here. There's not a lot of signage - particularly in English. But it's actually very easy to find - just drive in past the Arches, take the road to the left past the Dive Shop and just keep going. You will get a tour of Akumal itself, it truly has it's own laid back vibe . There are plenty of restaurants, dive shops and stands along the way - well worth checking out. Just keep going until there is no more road, hang a bit to the left and ...there it is. But have a look at the Google Map of Quintana Roo @ www.yolotraveller.com to get a real feel for the location and what the lagoon is all about.

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Reviewed 26 June 2011

Yal-Ku was amazing. Calm water and lots of fish. The water was very clear. The snorkeling was better than Xel-Ha and MUCH less crowded! There was also a local vendor there who was selling home-made candy that we bought and it was all delicious!

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