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Yal-ku Lagoon

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Address: Akumal, Mexico

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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Loved it so much we're planning to go back

Visited in August 2014 and absolutely loved it. Went first thing in the morning so it wasn't crowded it all. Saw loads of different types of fish. Very relaxing and a hit with... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited in August 2014 and absolutely loved it. Went first thing in the morning so it wasn't crowded it all. Saw loads of different types of fish. Very relaxing and a hit with all. Planning another trip and this place is on our list to visit again.

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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So others have covered a lot of the same ground we could cover... Yes, it can be busy at times (but, markedly less busy than someplace like Xel-Ha); yes, there is some brackish water; yes, for some that aren't strong swimmers, it might seem intimidating to swim further down. That said, both my wife and I are strong swimmers and... More 

Thank Daryl_from_YEG
Rothesay, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent a couple hours here with our kids. They loved swimming around looking at all the fish. Was very affordable for our family of five.

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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We arrived early, at opening, to beat the crowds. The beautiful lagoon was easy for kids of all ages to snorkel. Our group of 9 enjoyed ourselves, and saw a good number of fish. We spent about 75 minutes snorkeling and were able to see most of lagoon.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Abudant parrot fish with the possibility of viewing sea turtles, barracuda, and sting rays. Crystal clear water and beautiful rock formations.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful location, pretty crowded get there early to explore. Worth the cost of admission they supply all the gear and really good bars and restaurants nearby.

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful snorkeling experience. Lots of beautiful fish walking distance from half moon bay. very cheap and lots of fun.

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Whitby, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

WOW - the blend of fresh water and ocean water provides for great opportunities to observe the variety of fish. Use a life jacket and just float on the surface and observe through your goggles. Guides awesome with novice snorkelers.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went late in the day and visibility was very poor. We were disappointed so didn't stay long. There are showers, toilets and changing areas. The lagoon is beautiful, when we arrived there were lots of people. It would probably be a beautiful place in the morning.

Thank Dre S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed visiting Yal Ku. We were with a tour group - which I would stay a distance away so the bottom isn't stirred up. However, we saw so many fish and sealife it was fantastic. The closer we got to the ocean the less fish we saw. Stay around the perimeter and the rocks and you'll see the... More 

Thank TexasGingerbread

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