Manatee Swim and Chankanaab Park
Manatee Swim and Chankanaab Park Excursion
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 9:00 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 manatee tour. Guests in your party who will not be participating in the manatee 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.
This excursion was the highlight of our cruise! You get to spend so much time interacting with the manatees. The trainer was very informative. Everyone in the group gets to have several pictures taken withe the manatees (hugging, kissing, feeding, etc.) (We did not purchase the pictures because of the expense.) Then comes the best part...you get to swim with the manatees for what felt like half an hour! We also added on scuba diving for an additional $65. It was well worth it! Chankanaab Park is clean, beautiful, well-run, and ALL of the employees were extremely friendly. I highly recommend!
Reviewer: Miranda Brown
BEST EXCURSION EVER! We loved the opportunity to swim, feed, and play with the manatees. We also upgraded while checking in & was able to swim with the dolphins too!! Great park, lots to see & do. Food buffet wasn't great, but we will definitely choose this excursion again.
Reviewer: Jenifer Laver
This excursion was fantastic! I learned so much about manatee behavior! The guides did a great job at making us feel comfortable and getting us up close and personal with the manatees. As an added bonus we got access to Chankanaab park. I highly recommend this activity!
Reviewer: Jamie Streetz
The manatee swim was amazing! My daughter and I were the last excursion scheduled for the day, and were the only two to participate! We got to swim with, pet and feed the manatees. Our guide was very nice, and gave us a lot of information about them. They really are gentle giants! The only reason I didn't give five stars is due to the price of pictures. Extremely high so we didn't purchase any, and you couldn't take your own.
Reviewer: Tammy Mortensen
The manatees are the best! You get to feed them, hold them and swim around with them. My adult children, teenagers and 11 year old all loved it. The beach at the Chankanaab park has great snorkeling and the amenities at the beach (chairs and shade) are great. The sea lion show was pretty good and the buffet could have been better, but was fine. All in all, our favorite excursion. We could have stayed here longer - we loved it! Get there early. Van ride costs $24 each way. We paid $5 for each snorkeling gear at the gate, but it was $15 inside. We also paid $10 for the buffet at the gait and it was $19 inside.