Yal-ku Lagoon
Yal-ku Lagoon
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Snorkel with multicolored fish in the pristine waters of the Yal-ku Lagoon, located north of Tulum. You can view the bustling marine life from the surface, but we guarantee that the snorkeling experience is way more fun and relaxing. The water is shallow and life jackets are provided, so it’s a great adventure, even for families with kids. Don’t swim beyond the marker buoys, though, as the current farther out can be quite strong. The Akumal area is a sea turtle sanctuary, so scuba diving is also popular. – Tripadvisor
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  • rlmptl
    Lloydminster, Canada1,166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aquarium like snorkeling go when they open avoid the tour bus crowds
    we hired a taxi from Barcelo maya Riviera to take us here and wait for us about 2 hours as we had tried it once before a few years ago. It did not disappoint. Aquarium like snorkeling till the tour groups arrive around 11 to 1130. They open at 9 go then. 550 pesos for two without snorkel rental which i advise to bring your own including a wet suit and gloves as the corral can be close. many people stand on it which is not good. it is quite long and this year they roped off the way towards the ocean which i was glad to see as the last time we went to far the ocean currents made it very hard to get back. There is not alot to see further down the best is towards the entrance and there are private resorts along the way sharing the waterway. We are glad we went when the ocean was too stirred up at the resort for a few days
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Alan E
    Brand Green, United Kingdom50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful cenote one to visit for sure
    So glad we tried this cenote. Set in lovely grounds, short walk to the lagoon. Once in you will be happy with the amount of fish and wildlife around. Snorkel heaven with a wide amount of varied and colourful fish making this lagoon their home. Easy for the less experienced swimmers as there are lots of rocks to stand on in shallower areas if you need to stop. Different currents arise from the mingling of sea and cenote water and you will feel differences in temperature between them as you swim. As others have said arrive early or late to experience at its best as it did get busy with tour groups whilst we were there as time went on. Best cenote we have found up to now. Would definitely recommend this one.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written November 13, 2023
  • Vicki B
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great little spot. Not too busy
    Lovely little spot with some great snorkelling if you go when the tour groups aren't there and haven't stirred the water up a bit. There are two owners/entrances to the lagoon the original one and the xcaret one. They both lead to the same swimming area but the main differences are that the original one is slightly cheaper (300 pesos) and life jackets are not mandatory whilst the xcaret one is a bit more built up i.e loungers food and drink etc. they both have showers and toilets. I have included a map to the original one in my photos as I believe this is the better of the two personally just because of the life jacket situation (the water is more than salty enough for floating!) The water is very clear though gets a bit blurry when stirred up by many swimmers as the lagoon is a mixture of fresh and salt in water. The current is relatively strong so would not recommend it for weak swimmers particularly if you swim further up towards the sea (as the current is against you trying to swim back to the entrances into the water). The landscape is quite rocky out of the water (and sharp) so definitely need either water shoes or flip flops if you're having a bit of an explore off the path. The rocks inside the water are covered in seaweed/algae and are not sharp. The original entrance does not have much shade which isn't under the dense trees (so comes with mosquitos!) So if you want to spend a whole day here (which is definitely possible) bring an umbrella if you want some shade along with food and drink (not alcohol though). There are around 10 spaces to park there so may need to get there early to grab a spot (we hired a taxi for the day which was cheaper or similar to the tour prices which di not stay at the lagoon long).
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 24, 2023
  • dslholmes
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    No rush go at your own pace
    For all ages and abilities. No waves and easy access. No coral but lots of friendly fish. $300 Mx per adult for entry fee for all day. Go to the entrance to the left for the best price and go early. Be respectful of the aquatic life and water, wear a shirt and leave the sunscreen in the car.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 3, 2023
  • Darrel B
    78 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Snorkel at your own leisure
    Where the fresh water meets the ocean. Tranquil location to snorkel at your own leisure. There are two entrances I suggest the first entrance to the left as this end of the lagoon appears to have the biggest variety of fish to see. As other have mentioned tour groups to arrive and they use the other entrance.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written December 16, 2023
  • puravida919
    Amelia Island, Florida24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Snorkeling
    Not sure how this attraction isnt 5 stars. It was an absolute highlight of our trip to Mexico. If you love snorkeling for lots of tropical fish in clear warm water and diving through caves and under mangroves, you will love this spot! We went to the Blue and White outfit and equipment rentals while not the cheapest, worked well. We paid around 100 for a family of 4 with admission and most gear. TIPS: wear rashguard since no sunscreen allowed and you really do not need water shoes. Also. My older son rented no equipment, he just brought goggles( he’s a good swimmer)and he did fine. End the day at the restaurant La Buena Vida around the corner- amazing oceanfront spot with incredible views, great food, hammocks, a pool and more. Loved Akumal.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written January 17, 2024
  • BrentlyNeel
    Kingston, Canada62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Snorkelling Experience
    Such a beautful place. Our first cenote. Great snorkelling among some beautful fish. My advice would be to head to the left entrance. That side is run by local folks and seemed less crowded.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 3, 2024
  • samwise
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful place to snorkel away from the hustle and bustle of some of the crowded parks.
    We really enjoyed snorkeling here! There are so many beautiful fish to see in a small area. We had our own snorkeling gear, but they do rent gear as well. There are 2 spots to enter the lagoon. Following advice of another post, we entered at the “left entrance”. From what I have read, this is operated by locals, and the other entrance is operated by Xcaret. The local entrance is slightly cheaper, with more basic amenities. They have rental equipment, bathroom/shower amenities, and a couple small dock/stairs for entering the lagoon, basically everything you need, but nothing more. As soon as we entered the water, we were surrounded by all types of fish. We enjoyed our time exploring the area and admiring the fish. We found that most of the fish were closest to where we entered the water, so that’s where we ended up spending most of our time. We arrived later in the day and spent about 1.5 hours swimming. Some groups looked like they had spent several hours there and had brought snacks and towels to sunbath on the rocks. We arrived in our bathing suits, swam, then left. Next time, I’d plan for a longer day there.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written March 27, 2024
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pro golfer
Gloucestershire, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Really good snorkelling and visibility. Lots of nice 👍 fish 🐟 and lots of good rock 🪨 formations. There were lockers. Go early.
Written April 3, 2024
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Steven W
Wadsworth, United States15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Worth a visit! We really enjoyed snorkeling here! It was less of a tourist trap as the turtle bay snorkeling was in Akumal. We saw a lot of fish right away which was great.
Written March 29, 2024
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samwise
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We really enjoyed snorkeling here! There are so many beautiful fish to see in a small area. We had our own snorkeling gear, but they do rent gear as well. There are 2 spots to enter the lagoon. Following advice of another post, we entered at the “left entrance”. From what I have read, this is operated by locals, and the other entrance is operated by Xcaret. The local entrance is slightly cheaper, with more basic amenities. They have rental equipment, bathroom/shower amenities, and a couple small dock/stairs for entering the lagoon, basically everything you need, but nothing more.
As soon as we entered the water, we were surrounded by all types of fish. We enjoyed our time exploring the area and admiring the fish. We found that most of the fish were closest to where we entered the water, so that’s where we ended up spending most of our time. We arrived later in the day and spent about 1.5 hours swimming. Some groups looked like they had spent several hours there and had brought snacks and towels to sunbath on the rocks. We arrived in our bathing suits, swam, then left. Next time, I’d plan for a longer day there.
Written March 27, 2024
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Starr T
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
So disappointed! For the price of admission (25.00 CDN PP) one would expect to see an area that is cared for and kept beautiful. It is NOT. It is supposed to be some kind of nature reserve but it just looks like a swampy lagoon that lacks care and grooming.

If you are going with expectations of actually seeing fish, I mean real beautiful fish in schools with hundreds of colurs and sizes then do not go here! We swam around for nearly an hour and hardly saw any fish at all. This is no exaggeration! Save yur money and go and visit an aquarium.

The photos that they post on the site do not show the real image. At one time this was an amazing place to visit, but now it is run down, dirty, antiquated and not inviting in anyway. Our first vision was several stagnant swampy areas that I could not even imagine swimming around in. There weren't any fish in this area so I guess they felt the same as I.

The wooden platforms where you get in are broken, crooked, slippery and quite dangerous. They have a spattering of old dried up wooden skids strewn around the area. I think they are for sitting on but not sure.

The tours come in droves so if you are going there to enjoy some peaceful quiet ocean time then you will be disappointed.

It cost us 1000 pesos for our time there, 600 entrance fee, 100 for locker, 200 for life jackets and 100 for 1 set of fins. None of the add ons are mandatory but if you are going to go near the ocean part you should have a life jacket on. A little pricey for 2 people , cannot imagine paying for an entire family or paying the high tour prices.

Bottom Line: Safe your money, spend it somewhere in Mexico that you will ? appreciate visually and have great memories to take home. This is NOT the place.

PS I am not a Karen, I was at Yal Ku 8 years ago and it was beautiful and I have amazing memories that I have shared with many people. This time I didn't even take photos because it was not worth it.
Written March 16, 2024
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barneythedog
Cheshire54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Stunning! Spent over 4 hours at this beautiful place, where the sea meets the lagune. A must visit, easy accessible foe wheelchairs to a near the steps entry point.
Written March 6, 2024
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vacationMN
Eden Prairie, MN114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
During our most recent spring break to Akumal, we snorkeled the lagoon at Yul Ku on the north end of town. Seeking to repeat the wonderful experience from our last visit, we booked online in advance to ensure our spot. Turns out there two entrances to the lagoon now - the original and a second ran by Xcaret. We ended up booking through Xcaret by accident and it turned out well offering a beautiful setting, lockers to rent, lifeguards, and gear to rent. They have a restaurant on site along with secure parking. We arrived just as they were opening, to avoid the crowd. The water in the lagoon is brackish, so visibility is challenging in many areas. Still the water was a nice temperature and plenty of fish to see. A fun experience for all levels of snorkel enthusiasts.
Written March 1, 2024
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Lasse L
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Blurry water, so crowded with people you wouldn't believe it. They will charge you for everything - everything. We did see some fish in the mangrove. Walking!
Written February 12, 2024
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Melissa A Allen
Saint Johns, MI19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We will be back! Such beautiful fish! The mix of fresh water & ocean salty water can make clarity of vision a challenge. Slower movement seemed to help lessen that.
Written February 10, 2024
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BrentlyNeel
Kingston, Canada62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Such a beautful place. Our first cenote. Great snorkelling among some beautful fish.
My advice would be to head to the left entrance. That side is run by local folks and seemed less crowded.
Written February 3, 2024
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puravida919
Amelia Island, FL24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Not sure how this attraction isnt 5 stars. It was an absolute highlight of our trip to Mexico. If you love snorkeling for lots of tropical fish in clear warm water and diving through caves and under mangroves, you will love this spot!
We went to the Blue and White outfit and equipment rentals while not the cheapest, worked well. We paid around 100 for a family of 4 with admission and most gear.
TIPS: wear rashguard since no sunscreen allowed and you really do not need water shoes. Also. My older son rented no equipment, he just brought goggles( he’s a good swimmer)and he did fine.
End the day at the restaurant La Buena Vida around the corner- amazing oceanfront spot with incredible views, great food, hammocks, a pool and more. Loved Akumal.
Written January 17, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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Yal-ku Lagoon admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost C$30.63, while a popular guided tour starts around C$123.54 per person.

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