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: Lindsey George
A few days before we got there, a big storm broke the dolphin and manatee cages, so they were fixing them when we were there. Luckily they let us swim with the sea lion and it was like we were at sea world or something because she did a lot of tricks. It was fun but they don't let any cameras in except for their own and they wanted us to pay between $60-$80 USD to get our pictures! We were pretty upset and didn't get any since it cost about as much as the excursion itself.
Reviewer: Donna B. Werner
We were in Cozumel on Jan. 25th. There were five of us signed up to do this excursion, but after quite a downpour, 3 canceled due to wind and rough water. The two of us who went were with 4 other people, so it was just the six of us. We spent about 45 minutes in the water (which was nice and warm) feeding the manatees and trying to get them to pose for pictures. It was one of the best excursions I have ever been on and I would love to go back to the park and do the Dolphin swim.
Reviewer: Ruth Ware
I have always wanted to swim with the manatees, and I finally had the chance in Chankanaab Park in Cozumel, Mexico. Everyone one was very nice and helpful. The price of the photos are extremely pricey. Because you are not allowed to have anyone take pictures of you, I bought 10 two weeks after we got back for $120.00 US. It was very rough waters and my life jacket was not tight enough to stay down from my face, and we were thrown around a lot in the rough waters, however, the manatees were hilarious, loving, sweet, adorable, and gentle, I would definitately do this again next time I am in Cozumel. I highly recommend it.
Reviewer: LISA WARREN
This is one of the best excursions I have ever experienced. The trainer was excellent. The reason that I do not give 5 stars is the rip off at the end on the cost of photos. I would have gladly paid more for the experience but I felt like it was a sad way to end such a beautiful day with a crazy price for a picture or pictures. They should reevaluate their business model.
We had so much fun swimming with the manatees. The park was clean and easy transportation from the port. Staff were friendly and so good with the animals. Nice area to walk around and explore after the excursion was over.