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: Laurie Horn
Great experience. I highly suggest getting the picture package when you check into the park. Once you've completed your excursion it's more than double! Will be back again
Reviewer: Lala T.
My experience swimming with manatees was AMAZING!!! I chose this excursion because it was something different to do and experience that I could not experience within the U.S. The manatees are true "sea cows" in that they are so gentle and slow moving. The pricing of the pictures was not as bad as others have described it. I paid about $70 for all the pictures to be on a CD, print out two pictures, and have lunch. I think this is a very good deal since the excursion costs around $64-69 and it didn't include lunch. Oh, and be prepared to actually swim with them in the area they are located in. I didn't know how to swim and even with the life vest on, I was still struggling. But I'm a person who likes to try new things and learn how to do basic tasks along the way. I really enjoyed this experience and know this is a great excursion to do for any age.
So great and knowledgeable. We could have stayed all day long. It was a once in a lifetime experience. They gave us plenty of time to swim with the Manatees. It was FANTASTIC!!!!
Reviewer: Laura Korzinski
We had an excellent swim with the manatees. We were able to feed them while pictures were being taken of the group. After the pictures we had 1/2 hr. free swim with them. About an hour total time in the water with the manatees and we loved every minute of it. Chankanaab Park was lovely. We walked around and stopped to have a beer at the pavilion on the beach. Would highly recommend.
Reviewer: Lesley Clurman
This was even better than I imagined. We got to spend so much time in the water with these beautiful gentle creatures. They love to eat lettuce and we loved feeding it to them. We got great photos and had a blast. Highly recommend.