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Sea Lion Encounter and Chankanaab Park

Price: $65.00
Children must be accompanied by 1 paying adult (18+) per child.
This tour operates Monday through Saturday.
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Sea Lion Encounter and Chankanaab Park

Meet the funny sea lions and their curious behaviors, which are sure to make you smile, at this family-friendly Sea Lion Encounter and Chankanaab Park Cozumel excursion.

During this fabulous program, you will meet and actually interact with these cute marine mammals. Start with a 15-minute briefing about the sea lion and an explanation of the activities you will experience.

You will then enter the water on a submerged platform from which you will be able to interact with the sea lions, including the very popular kiss and hug. You will learn about their diet while you feed and pet them.

Each session is 30 minutes, with 15 minutes of time in the water. Group size is limited to 10 people to ensure that you have a very personal experience. There will be a professional photographer taking pictures and videos on this Cozumel cruise excursion.

Please Note: The tour duration is only for the encounter portion. Your Cozumel 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
Chankanaab National Marine Park which requires a 15 minute taxi ride (not included) from the ship pier (details will be provided when this excursion is booked).
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 sea lion portion) is recommended. Sunblock, jewelry, watches, rings, bracelets, or any object which might scratch the sea lions is not permitted in the water with the sea lions.
The MINIMUM HEIGHT to participate is 4 feet 7 inches tall. Please be sure your child meets the height restriction. Children must be accompanied by one participating adult (18 years or older) per child.

Pregnant women may not participate in this tour. Each person is required to wear a life jacket. Sunblock, jewelry, watches, rings, bracelets, or any object which might scratch the sea lions is not permitted in the water with the sea lions. The instructors have the final say on what can and cannot be worn in the water with the sea lions. 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.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 42 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsAmazing time with sea lions! November 02, 2019

Reviewer: Stormie Sims
Loved the encounter, handler was knowledgeable and clearly cared for the animals. They are funny, sweet and smart! We fully enjoyed all the park had to offer after the encounter. Ruins, snorkeling, beach front. Free lockers and much more. Worth every penny!!

5 StarsEnjoyableOctober 15, 2019

Reviewer: Chris S.
Guide was knowledgeable. Not rushed at all. Sea lions were well trained. Would recommend.

5 StarsSea Lion encounter at Chankanaab parkJuly 22, 2019

Reviewer: Lori Hoff
We had a great experience. The sea lion trainer was very good and knowledgeable. It very easy to get to the park from the cruise port.

5 StarsAn amazing experience July 05, 2019

Reviewer: Natalia
We got so lucky choosing sea lions swimming experience at 1.30. it was nobody except me and my husband. It was so so much fun and it worst every dollar. They are amazing animals! We love it! Photographer did a great job. We bought a package with tons of cool pictures. It was very pricey ( about $130 for pictures plus complimentary buffet and drinks for 2 included in a price). Buffet wasn’t good, no options, plane flavor. Try to get in to the park early, it’s made very well. Clean, nice chairs, not bad for snorkeling. Overall an amazing experience

3 StarsIt was okayJune 29, 2019

Reviewer: s.
We were the only ones at the 11 o'clock encounter. We felt that they were kind of rushing through everything just to get some pictures. We only met one sea lion for about 10-15 min. After the encounter we were taken back to the store to look at the 70 pictures just taken. You could tell by the pics that were taken that they didnt care to much about a nice memory. They told us 240$ for the 3 of us. They went down to 165$. We still declined bc out of 70 pics maybe 5 came out good. It was still a nice excursion. We had a good time in the park.

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