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.
Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type Water/Beach, Active
Shore Excursion Duration 2+ Hours
Shore Excursion Leaves From
An approximately 5 to 10 minute taxi ride (not included, approximately $15 US to $20 US each way) is required to reach your departure location.
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.
Restrictions The MINIMUM HEIGHT to participate is 3'3 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.
Manatee Swim and Chankanaab Park Excursion
There's swimming, and then there's swimming with manatees! The 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 as you swim with manatees in Cozumel. 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.
It was amazing
June 28, 2023
I've always wanted to see a real mantee and this experience was everything and much more. The whole experience was positive.
Meeting two Manatees
June 25, 2023
We didn’t know what to expect, but here’s what we received: 30 supervised minutes with two manatees. We (6 people) took turns feeding them lettuce leaves , then cuddling them and having them kiss us. We petted them and fed them again.
It was fantastic! Loved every minute and couldn’t believe how much we engaged with them.
June 14, 2023
We had a fantastic time at Chankanaab Park and the manatee swim was a highlight of our vacation. Everything ran smoothly and exactly as promised. The time with the manatees was extremely fun. We would definitely book again.
Reviewer: Kelly Grecco
May 16, 2023
This was my second visit to this park and the manatee encounter. Just like 5 years ago, the manatees were the highlight. We had a small group and lots of time to interact with the critters. The park itself seemed nicer than last time - cleaner, better organized, and the photo package was a better deal.
Reviewer: Ann Marzano
One of my favorite excursions
May 09, 2023
My husband and I did this excursion several years ago and we still talk about how unique of an experience it was. By far, my favorite cruise excursion ever!!
Reviewer: Colleen D Raper
So Much Fun!
April 20, 2023
Our family of 4 really enjoyed this. We have swam with dolphins also and this location was much better. We swam with angel!! The property also has a beautiful wading beach and also a deeper area for snorkeling. There is beautiful white beaches with chairs. Henna, hair braiding, food, and photo prop options are also available. There is also an area where multiple locals are selling items. The taxi ride is short and very easy to navigate!
Reviewer: Niki Settergren