Manatee Swim and Chankanaab Park
There's swimming, and then there's swimming with manatees! The Cozumel Manatee Swim and Chankanaab Park excursion will be the absolute highlight of your Cozumel visit.
Manatees, once thought by sailors to be mermaids, are beautiful and enormous creatures that can grow as long as 13 feet and weigh up to 1300 pounds. Submerse yourself in the underwater world of the manatee.
During this unusual Manatee Swim and Chankanaab Park Cozumel excursion, you will be able to meet and interact with these magnificent creatures. Start with a 15-minute briefing about the manatee and an explanation of the activities you will experience.
You will then enter the water on a submerged platform from which you'll be able to interact with the manatee, including the very popular kiss and hug. You will also have a chance to feed them in their home in the sea.
Each session is 30 minutes, with 15 minutes in the water. The group size is limited to 10 people to ensure that you have a very personal experience on this Cozumel excursion. There will be a professional photographer on hand taking pictures and videos.
Please Note: The tour duration is only for the encounter portion. Your tour ticket includes admission to Chankanaab National Marine Park. Guests can arrive at any time and make use of the facilities at the park. Your animal encounter begins at the time on your ticket.
The taxi ride is not included in the tour price so you can come and go at your will. The park is open from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM local time. The park offers a beach, swimming pool and snorkel area. Restrooms and showers are available. Beach chairs and snorkel gear can be rented. There is a restaurant offering food and drinks for sale. There is a Sea Lion Show and Dolphin Presentation most days; check the schedule when you arrive for shows that day. There is also a Manatee Exhibition and self-guided Archaeological Tour available. The park admission is included in your dolphin tour. Guests in your party who will not be participating in the dolphin activity should book the "An Adventure in Chankanaab" tour in order to enter the park.
Pregnant women may not participate in this tour. All participants should be competent swimmers and comfortable with the use of mask, fins, and snorkel. Each person is required to wear a life jacket. Sunblock, jewelry, watches, rings, bracelets, or any object which might scratch the manatees is not permitted in the water with the manatees. The instructors have the final say on what can and cannot be worn in the water with the manatees. For security reasons, personal cameras are not allowed in the water, nor in the program area. A professional photographer will be on hand to take pictures, which will be available for purchase.
Reviewer: Lesley Clurman
This was even better than I imagined. We got to spend so much time in the water with these beautiful gentle creatures. They love to eat lettuce and we loved feeding it to them. We got great photos and had a blast. Highly recommend.
Reviewer: Doris Hanneman
Get to this experience as early as you can. We were in a group of four and had the three manatees to ourselves. It was great! We were not rushed at all and had time to swim with them, feed them and generally interact. The park area was beautiful, but we were only interested in the Manatees. They took pictures of us, which were very nice, but they were outrageously expensive!
Reviewer: Xin meng
it was the best part of our trip. my kids loved the ocrean animals and had agreat time in the park!
Reviewer: Karen Lansing
I purchased fur passes to swim with the Manatees and visit Chananaab Park and enjoyed the swim experience very much. The manatees were a bit uncooperative at first, but changes their attitudes when a new trainer came in the water. Our family was disappointed about the cost of the photographs and could not afford to purchase addition the family photo because after paying the entry fee it was too expensive.
Reviewer: Suzanne and Charles Marcil
We swam with the manatees and added a swim with sea lions as well as a photo package and meal with drinks. The cost ended being way up there but it was worth it! You only live once and these experiences are priceless!