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.
The port and shops here were new and clean looking. Taxis were easy to find and no BS, a straight price of $12 for our group of 4 to taxi to Chankanaab. We checked in and were given full size lockers at no charge. The manatees were awesome, you get to pet them, feed them etc, but most importantly you get to actually swim around with them and feed them all the lettuce you want. We never felt rushed at all. The sole down side is that they try to sell you pictures for an ungodly amount of money and will not allow you to take any pictures. After that we went to the beach, which is awesome too. White sand, with tons of personal shade palapas. The drinks were cheap in price and in quality. The ocean was sapphire blue, truly incredible. The snorkeling was fantastic, fish were eating our of our hands and the water was crystal clear! They also had a fresh water pool that was nice, but pretty crowded. I would highly recommend this trip to everyone!
Reviewer: Karen Holmes
The Manatee swim at Chankanaab Park was absolutely an amazing tour. It started with getting into the water with 3 manatees and the trainer giving some information about the manatees. Then I was able to feed them and finally swim with (life jacket on) them while feeding. I was super fortunate to be the ONLY one in my session! It was a once in a lifetime experience for this 54 year old traveler.
Reviewer: Lorena Day
I would definitely do this again. The park was awesome, clean and fun. Something for everyone -swimming pool, seal show, dolphins and manatees. Couldn’t want more! Recommend this place highly.
Reviewer: tom boyum
Absolutely fantastic. Lots of time with the Manatees. You feed them by hand, rub their bellies and hug them too. Add the sea lion exhibit. You are in the water with them and there were only the 2 of us so we had a private show. They lay in your arms and even kiss you. Great show.
This excursion was the BEST! My daughter and I got to learn so much about the Manatees while being in the water with 2 of them. We each got one on one time with a manatee, and then, we were able to swim with them and feed them lettuce.