Yal-ku Lagoon, Akumal

#2 of 40 in Things to do in Akumal
Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
Snorkel clear calm waters in search of incredible marine life at Yal-ku Lagoon. Explore a beautiful coastal environment with an unusual underwater topography, showcasing exciting small caves and canyons that could harbor seemingly anything, from sea turtles to parrotfish. If you're new to snorkeling or have younger children, this makes the a perfect environment to learn, thanks to calm waters and depths not exceeding 4.5 m (15 ft). Be sure to bring your own snorkel, water, snacks and sun block, as you won't find any amenities onsite. A visit to Yal-ku Lagoon represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Akumal attractions planner to plot your vacation.
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  • We brought our own gear to this lagoon with the exception of FINS. You definitely need FINS as you're fighting the current in the bigger part of the lagoon. Cool fish, cool views looking down into...  more »
  • We arrived at Yal Ku around 2:30 pm and asked if they had any palapa. The lady at the counter said they only had one available, but it didn't have its own entry into the lagoon. We didn't mind and I.....  more »
  • This is a family favorite. It is so cool! Cash only, so be prepared. It looks scary as you walk to the dock, but underneath is magical. Great structure. Stay near the edges for best fish viewing. Awesome!
  • One of the very few places to snorkel without needing a tour. You can bring your own equipment and only pay the $12 entrance fee or rent theirs for around $10 more. Wide variety of fish and even crabs. Beautiful rock formations. It reminds me of xel-ha but much less crowded and a fraction the price. Pack your own lunch though or take a break at one of the restaurants nearby. Once you have your wristband you can go in and out
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