Yal-ku Lagoon, Akumal

3.7
#2 of 16 in Wildlife in Akumal
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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  • October 4, 2017
    The place felt a bit sketchy. You walk across a rickety bridge to get to a set of stairs that you step down into the water. Just two wooden benches to sit on to put on snorkel gear. No shade, no real ...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    A sovereign disgust we get to reach the Lake and see that there is now not only a company: there are 3! Yes, 3 companies contested the territory of the lagoon after an amazing, unpleasant and very poorly made division of the physical space around the lagoon. This coupled with the fact that, except for the traditional entry was that we use and continues with the same characteristics always: provides equipment rental and has a small bar with the entry there is right to use the bathrooms, showers, benches and parking the other two were in reality companies tours arriving constantly crowded vans and dozens of people entering the lagoon causing chaos out of control to the point that people clashed each other into the water. One of them, Mayan Adventure, bequeathed to have in the water in unison several tours of 30 people each, in some moments in the lagoon were hundreds of people. It is well known that a place is so small you impossible to resist this aggression so we vaticinamos you a prompt extinction at this beautiful place. Like Akumal, Yalku tours are advertised left and right in agencies, hotels, tour operators, leaflets of glossy paper, etc. Quiet and frequented by lovers of snorkeling has become another attraction invaded by hordes of tourists which little or nothing about the natural conditions and survival of the habitat. All trampling, screaming, putting insecticides before entering the water, the hordes of clients of the enuevas companies transformed another paradise in a forgettable place. What infamous Akumal authorities allow and promote I'm not Mexican and hurts me what I see, I guess for Mexicans what should be show on its land in the hands of these predatory companies (many of them foreign) and these mercenary politicians.
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  • October 1, 2017
    I snorkelled in this lagoon as part of a trip. We were given all equipment necessary. Just before we got in we came across a blue crab in the jungle which we were told was very rare. Whilst we snorkel...  more »

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For comfortable beachfront options near the town itself, look to Half Moon Bay, whose curving coastline serves as the hub of diving and other beach activities in the region. Budget options can be difficult to find in Akumal and in the neighboring coastal towns--expect to pay the same, if not more, per night in the nearby town of Puerto Aventuras.
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