Children under 12 OR under 4'7" must be accompanied by 1 paying adult (18+) per child. Children 13+ may swim on their own if an adult (18+) is present.
Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type Water/Beach, Active
Shore Excursion Duration 2+ Hours
Shore Excursion Leaves From
An approximately 5 to 10 minute taxi ride (not included, approximately $15 US to $20 US each way) is required to reach your departure location.
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing a swimsuit under comfortable clothing and shoes. A towel, sunglasses, and biodegradable sunscreen (for after the manatee portion) is recommended. Sunblock, jewelry, watches, rings, bracelets, or any object which might scratch the manatees is not permitted in the water with the manatees.
Restrictions The MINIMUM HEIGHT to participate is 3'3 feet tall. Children under 12 years old OR under 4 feet 7 inches must be accompanied by one participating, paying adult per child. If children are 13 years old and over, they may swim on their own, but they must have an adult present at the manatee facility. 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.
Manatee Swim and Chankanaab Park Excursion
There's swimming, and then there's swimming with manatees! The 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 as you swim with manatees in Cozumel. 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 9:00 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 manatee tour. Guests in your party who will not be participating in the manatee activity should book the "An Adventure in Chankanaab" tour in order to enter the park.
April 02, 2020
Me and my 2 daughters were the 1st to swim with the manatees , before the park got crowded . No doubt, we had the best experience!!!! 3 of us with 4 manatees and felt we got the best experience of the day out of any groups . Amazing experience ...Highly recommend
March 15, 2020
We enjoyed this a lot. Be aware that they won't let you take pictures yourself. It'll cost you $40 for 1 picture (and they spend a lot of time having you pose with the manatees). We paid $80 for 3 pics. You also have access to the park which is very nice. We found a couple of chairs under an umbrella and the guys walking around with sell/bring you drinks and food.
Reviewer: Richard Herrema
March 13, 2020
The manatee swim was a highlight of our trip! We got to spend a good amount of time in the water feeding and touching the manatees! Chankanaab park is beautiful. Be prepared to spend the day there! The only thing to note is no private picture taking is allowed while with the manatees. You can purchase a photo package which includes lunch, drinks (including alcohol), snorkel rental and a cab ride back to the ship. It's pricey but was very well worth it!
Reviewer: Sylvia A Lynch
Swim of a Lifetime
March 11, 2020
I selected this excursion after comparing these excursions with what Carnival offered. The prices and choices were so much better. I was a bit nervous about getting to and from the excursion on our own. I read other reviews and decided that we could make it happen. It was so easy to get a cab to and from the Park.
Everyone is right, the cost of photos with the manatee is ridiculous. Know that going in and you won't be so upset. Buy a package of food and pics when you arrive. They also have a package with cab fare included.
Now to the excursion itself. My family of 4 was the only one in our Manatee group. We had a full hour of fun with these amazing animals. for over 30 minutes we swam with them and just fed them. It was magical. They are so gentle and have so much personality.
We spent the rest of our day in the PArk swimming, sunning and eating. It was a lovely day!
Reviewer: Elizabeth H. Weaver
Fun for all
March 09, 2020
We had a wonderful time on the Manatee swim. My wife claims shes afraid of water. You wouldn't have ever guessed this if you saw her ear to ear smile the whole time we were in the water. The staff does a great job at providing a safe and fun environment. The Manatee's are gentle and obviously very well taken care of. The biggest complaint seems to be the price of the pictures. We bought a package deal at the park. It was expensive but it included lunch with drinks, every picture they took of us(over 100), and a taxi ride back to the port. So the price wasn't that bad. I would definitely recommend this.
Reviewer: Mark Bouchard
I love manatees
February 21, 2020
Great experience feeding and interacting with the manatees.
Reviewer: Coleen Williams