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Manatee Swim and Chankanaab Park

Price: $65.00
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.
This tour operates Monday through Saturday.
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Manatee Swim and Chankanaab Park Excursion

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 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.

Shore Excursion Size
Small Group
Shore Excursion Type
Water/Beach, Active
Shore Excursion Duration
2+ Hours
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
A 15-minute taxi ride (not included) is required to reach your departure location. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
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.
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.
5 Stars5Based On 137 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsWe loved this excursion!September 06, 2019

Reviewer: Tammy Mortensen
The manatees are the best! You get to feed them, hold them and swim around with them. My adult children, teenagers and 11 year old all loved it. The beach at the Chankanaab park has great snorkeling and the amenities at the beach (chairs and shade) are great. The sea lion show was pretty good and the buffet could have been better, but was fine. All in all, our favorite excursion. We could have stayed here longer - we loved it! Get there early. Van ride costs $24 each way. We paid $5 for each snorkeling gear at the gate, but it was $15 inside. We also paid $10 for the buffet at the gait and it was $19 inside.

5 StarsThrilled my manatee-loving heartAugust 29, 2019

Reviewer: CM
All I wanted was manatees. I love manatees! And I got manatees! We ended up being the last ones to have our 1:1 so it was a lot of waiting. But worth it. We got to kiss the manatee and have it kiss us, then feed him, all with pictures. They also got a picture of us holding the manatee floating on his back and floating on his front. The ticket we got said we couldn’t wear jewelry or sunscreen in with the manatees, but no one actually checked or told anyone to remove any watches, rings, etc. We had swim shirts for our upper bodies, but I would have put some zinc oxide on my face if I'd known they wouldn't ask us. Wearing a hat would be awkward while doing the manatee bit, but you could wear one and leave it on the edge. My daughter kept her sunglasses on the whole time - she is very light sensitive - and there was no problem with that. I'm glad we did it. Sounds like I could have bargained more on the photo price though.

5 StarsDream come trueJuly 29, 2019

Reviewer: Tim Miller
My wife, 8 year old, and I truly enjoyed ourselves on this excursion. She had always wanted to swim with manatees. We truly loved learning about the animals. They were enormous yet so gentle. We paid extra to have a photographer take photos. For a nominal fee we received 237 digital photos. After the encounter we snorkelers and enjoyed the open bar and buffet. It was a great day.

5 StarsAmazing ExperienceJuly 29, 2019

Reviewer: Tracy VanNostrand
My family of five enjoyed this excursion very much. A dream come true for my youngest (age 8). We entered the water and spent about 45 min with four manatees and the trainer. We first took pictures and then fed them and then swam with them. They gave us lots of kale so the manatees were happy to be with us. We were the first group to arrive and they let us start at 9am though our time was at 10am. This was nice as we were the only ones with the manatees. The facility is nice - they are in the ocean waters not a pool. Seemed very environmentally friendly. We were asked about upgrading the package which I hated to spend so much but had to get pictures. The upgrade was the same price as the excursion (per person) but included all pics, unlimited food and drink (including alcohol), snorkeling eqipement for one hour and taxi back to cruise ship. Food was not great but was not our focus. Drinks were strong. The pics were really good quality. Would highly recommend to manatee lovers.

5 StarsFantastic Experience!!July 17, 2019

Reviewer: Maxine klossner
We loved the Manatees and the time we spent with them. Thank you for this opportunity.

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