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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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Refreshing swim retreat

This was our second time snorkeling and this was a laid back place to learn. The water temperature was just right. Parking was easy. 14 dollars for the day. Very nice.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I started coming here a few years ago, where we found it to be a magical place. Certainly, crowds were in issue at times, but never like this year. We visited in mid-January on three separate occasions. We did quite a bit of research to try to visit during times when group presence would be low, even... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our second time snorkeling and this was a laid back place to learn. The water temperature was just right. Parking was easy. 14 dollars for the day. Very nice.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The fish variety was amazing! Loved our time there. Yes, there were many areas of murky water and brackish water. But, there are so many nooks to explore. The longer you stay the more you figure out where all the fishes are. I even saw a HUGE eel. Would definitely go back if I am in the area again. Do... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My hubby and I have snorkelled at Xel-Ha a few times now but we wanted something less commercialized and less crowded. We definitely got that with Yal-Ku. We took a taxi from our hotel and he dropped us right at the gate. We got there a little before it opened at 9 and was perfect since there was only us... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We enjoyed snorkeling there, saw many fish we never seen before. Beautiful and calming view and grounds, the lagoon was wonderful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Was an awesome time! Lots of fish to see 😀 Was perfect not a lot of people around, so lots of room to snorkel.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A comfortable place for snorkeling. Nice fish - in number and variety, mostly closer to the landward end. A bit crowed, which makes the water a little more murky. Good facilities, including lockers, changing space, and rental gear.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Not much to see! Only some local fish in murky waters and jellyfish on the bottom. Visited during overrated trip. Do not waste your time and go to Xelha park etc.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Awesome easy snorkelling site, massive array of fish. Must do if you are in the area, good on an off day. Still as good as the firsts time some 15 years ago. Kit to rent if needed, small entry charge and on-site facilities. Bigger stuff out in the mouth of the cove.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Enjoyed snorkeling there, saw many fish, cost $14 to go in and $3 to rent a locker, rode bike to it since we were staying in Akumal. Brought all my own gear but you can rent stuff there.

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