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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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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.

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 4 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 109 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsLoved it!!!!September 10, 2018

Reviewer: Robert
We loved this excursion!!

5 StarsAmazing experienceAugust 29, 2018

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.

5 StarsFun day in the SunAugust 20, 2018

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.

4 StarsFun swim with manateesAugust 20, 2018

Reviewer: Lisa
It was fun. A once and done thing. They r gentle creature and where else can u do this? We were at the end of a group of 10 particants and couldn’t hear what the guy said. They should have had smaller groups or the guy could have been in the center so everyone could hear. Pictures r outrageously expensive!

5 StarsChankanaab and Manatee SwimAugust 13, 2018

Reviewer: Angela
My daughter and I really enjoyed this experience. Our guide, "Dan the Manatee Man" was awesome. The manatees are just the neatest...we fed them lettuce, lots of lettuce. We also got to interact with them, hold them, hold them like a baby, and give them a kiss. The only downfall is there are no cameras allowed. They take pictures of all the interactions and then you can buy them at the end. The pictures are pricey, but they were fun to look at. We only had 4 in our group, so that was fun. Definately recommed swimming with these amazing creatures. My daughter also went ziplining at the park...she loved it and the guides were so much fun. She just booked the ziplining once we got to the park.The taxi ride to and from the park is $12 each way. This is not included in your excursion price. The taxis are everywhere, so it's very easy to get to and from the park.

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