Manatee Swim and Chankanaab Park
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: Tim Miller
My wife, 8 year old, and I truly enjoyed ourselves on this excursion. She had always wanted to swim with manatees. We truly loved learning about the animals. They were enormous yet so gentle. We paid extra to have a photographer take photos. For a nominal fee we received 237 digital photos. After the encounter we snorkelers and enjoyed the open bar and buffet. It was a great day.
Reviewer: Tracy VanNostrand
My family of five enjoyed this excursion very much. A dream come true for my youngest (age 8). We entered the water and spent about 45 min with four manatees and the trainer. We first took pictures and then fed them and then swam with them. They gave us lots of kale so the manatees were happy to be with us. We were the first group to arrive and they let us start at 9am though our time was at 10am. This was nice as we were the only ones with the manatees. The facility is nice - they are in the ocean waters not a pool. Seemed very environmentally friendly. We were asked about upgrading the package which I hated to spend so much but had to get pictures. The upgrade was the same price as the excursion (per person) but included all pics, unlimited food and drink (including alcohol), snorkeling eqipement for one hour and taxi back to cruise ship. Food was not great but was not our focus. Drinks were strong. The pics were really good quality. Would highly recommend to manatee lovers.
Reviewer: Maxine klossner
We loved the Manatees and the time we spent with them. Thank you for this opportunity.
Reviewer: Angie Jenkins
We thoroughly enjoyed this. The instructors were great and the animals were really fun! Our favorite part was free swimming with the manatees. Our only complaint was the price of the photos afterward. We would have loved to purchase some momentos from our experience but $40 for one little photo is outrageous. Buying photos of our family of six would have cost way more than the actual excursion. Other than that, we loved it!
The Manatees were so fun. They are like gigantic teddy bears. We will always remember this excursion. The pictures were very expensive, so be ready to fork out the cash.