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“A great snorkeling adventure for beginners”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Yal-ku Lagoon

Yal-ku Lagoon
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US$95.00*
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Caribbean Sea and Cenote Snorkeling Adventure from Tulum
Ranked #6 of 27 things to do in Akumal
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Atlanta, GA
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“A great snorkeling adventure for beginners”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2011

Yal-ku Lagoon in Akumal is a great place to do some safe and easy snorkeling that is good for beginners and even more experienced folks. It costs around $9 US and you walk through a jungle/garden that has some interesting sculptures to a landing area that has big rocks to change into your fins and mask and a set of wooden steps that lead into the water. This is really like an inland lake with scores of tropical fish and islands of rocks throughout you can hold on to.

A really safe and fun snorkeling experience without current, waves or sharp coral to worry about.

Visited August 2011
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“Not as great as we hoped”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2011

Went to Yal-Ku after other guests at hotel said it was loaded with fish. The areas near the entry point were not too great and there were not a lot of fish and no coral. Areas under the mangrove, rocks near a distant sandy beach and closer to the outlet to the sea were better, but were a long swim from the entry point. We ended up wishing we had stayed at Akuma Beach and saved the money. One thing is that the weather was really bad and surf was up when we first arrived. The other guests said that Akumal was really choppy and visibility was affected early in the week so Yal-Ku is probably a good alternative in poor weather.

Visited August 2011
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Breath taking water”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited September 2010
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oxford UK
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“Tons of fish, beautiful water, well-run and reasonable price - excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

Visited August 2011
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Taunton, Massachusetts
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“Yal Ku--Great place for kids to snorkel”
5 of 5 bubbles 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!!!

Visited June 2011
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