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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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My only current concern about YalKu is that with the suspension of snorkeling in Akumal Bay, the tourists will be offloaded at YalKu instead. In my youth, I wandered up the... read more

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Benelux
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

My only current concern about YalKu is that with the suspension of snorkeling in Akumal Bay, the tourists will be offloaded at YalKu instead. In my youth, I wandered up the street to the lagoon and wandered over the scrub, rocks and bushes and plunged into the glassy water. We all just knew not to wear sunscreen. Now the site... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Snorkeling here is as cool as snorkeling Akumal bay. Must do! Very affordable and safe! We saw parrot fish and tons of tangs.

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Akumal, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This would be best in the morning, at opening, per report. We arrived to check it out because I was interested in the temperature experience of fresh water and salt water mixing, and to see the wildlife. Goals met there - very cool salt inclines etc. and fish and birds. The surprising thing to me was the amount of vans... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Took a day-trip outside our resort to visit Tulum, a cenote and to snorkel here at Yal-ku Lagoon. This was the highlight of the day. The difference in sights above the water compared to under the surface is mind-blowing! The water is super clear, the fish are abundant and colorful and navigating the terrain is loads of fun. We swam... More 

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A gorgeous little lagoon that you reach by driving through the more commercial and residential areas of Akumel. While the "beach resort" nature of this facility is not my preferred way to access the ocean, this little gem of a lagoon would probably be completely ravaged if it were a true free for all given the volume of tourists here.... More 

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Canyon Lake, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Easy access & protected lagoon make this a great spot for new snorkelers or trying out your gear before boat dive. We saw more fish at the entree spot than as we swam out toward the ocean. Fresh water springs feed into the lagoon and ocean water cycles in with the tides . When the two waters meet it creates... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were staying in PDC, but rented a car to drive to Akumal I recommend you do this- you do not need to pay a taxi 100-150 USD to get there... superb snorkeling that is very easy to get to...very inexpensive...we even saw a sea turtle! they said that was very rare --as they are usually over at the Akumal... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We have visited the lagoon several times over the last few years. This year the man at the front desk tried to keep my change from admission on two different occasions. Know what you need to pay, know what money you give and count your change. Simple I know but I don't appreciate a thief and that is what he... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an adventurous hike along the beach and rocky shore to the lagoon. Once there it was nice to cool off , but I would be lying to say the snorkelling was amazing. It was decent, and certainly some nice fish, but the water was brackish which resulted in a blurred appearance until you got away out, and the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After snorkeling in Akumal Bay, we decided to go to Yal-Ku Lagoon. I recommend going early in the day before it gets busy. Once many tour groups get there, the water gets cloudy and harder to see the fish. We saw lots of beautiful fish and some sting rays. Very easy to snorkel in because the water is so calm.

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