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.
We absolutely loved swimming with and feeding the manatees! They're so gentle and gorgeous. Definitely the highlight of our trip! We were in a small group and we each got our own manatee to bond with! Their lil tricks showed their sweet personalities and they gave sweet lil kisses! I could not believe there was not more interest in this activity! Totally personal 1:1 time. It was the absolute best!
This excursion isn't widely offered, so it was a very personal experience for my husband and me, who were the only two participants. The first part was getting to know the animals. After that, we left the platform for deeper water (thank goodness for life vests) and swam with the manatees. This was by far my favorite portion. The manatees "hug" you when you feed them (hold on to your shorts!). As long as you have lettuce, you've got a friend (or three!). As other reviewers have mentioned, the photos are expensive, but in my opinion, they are priceless. We opted to pay an additional fee per person that included ALL the photos, lunch, snorkel gear, taxi back to the dock, AND the dolphin encounter (with photos). We were treated like VIPs. It was so worth it! I highly recommend this excursion. I can't even begin to share how amazing it was. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I totally would. All excursions should be like this!
We loved this excursion!!
Reviewer: Renda Blackburn
These animals are simply amazing. We got to feed them and spend a good amount of time in the water. Overall a wonderful experience.
Reviewer: Robin Dusza
Easy to get to park. THey of course try to sell you a bigger package, which I did. Overall we swan with Manatees, which was AWESOME. They we played with Luna the Sea Lion. We had lunch which was ok, but when hungry, will do. Then we swan all afternoon, which was great. The park really did have everything and we have the pictures to prove it.