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.
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.
Reviewer: Eva McGuigan
My grandson (13) and I really enjoyed the sea lion encounter at Chankanaab Park. We arrived as soon as the park opened (short taxi ride from the ship’s pier, there were 6 of us and price was reasonable). We spent 2 hours swimming and enjoying the park grounds, thought about renting snorkeling gear but thunderstorms were approaching so we didn’t. Free lockers. there were only 8 others in the group for sea lion encounter. We really enjoyed being in the pool with the first sea lion, a young female who seemed to enjoy the attention and showed off a bit to our delight. We then met a much older sea lion who performed on the stage, giving us kisses and posing for photos. We did purchase a photo package and we were surprised that we were given several upgrades, including a voucher for taxi ride back to the pier and lunch and drinks. Lovely way to spend 5 hours. 3 others in our group did Mayan Lazer Tag and 1 did a dolphin encounter. Everyone had a good day.
Reviewer: Monica Roberts
We were a group of 6 in a small pool-sized tank with about 4 feet of water around the sea lion platform. Everyone had a great view, and lots and lots of personal time with the sea lions. Our trainer was Miguel, and our sea lions were Carla and Luna. Miguel was very knowledgeable and spoke great English! The sea lions were so much fun! Carla is a grandmother; sweet and slow. We got to pet her, hold her, hug her, and learn about how she swims and interacts in nature. Luna is her daughter, younger, sleeker, and faster...Luna is a great kisser (and quite the camera ham!). I went with my mother and my kids, and all of us agreed that is was a fantastic experience well worth the money. The pictures the professional photographer took were truly fantastic - some of the best pictures of our entire vacation. It is worth the money to buy the picture pack and not worry about missing any of the experience trying to take your own.
Our time with Carla and Luna, the sea lions was a wonderful experience!! We learned a lot and had a great time taking pics with them! We would do this again!!
Reviewer: Ronald Gardner
This was an amazing experience at a great price. I would Do this again if I return. I will continue to use shore excursions group to purchase all my excursions as they save me thousands of dollars with a group of 12 last year and 9 this year on our vacations.
Reviewer: brandon & staci
Using Shore Excursion Group instead of booking through the cruise ship, worked out greatly in our favor. As our cruise didn't offer this excursion; it ended up being a private show for my wife & I . The Park is nice, with 2 pools, beach & gulf access. Can watch the Dolphins, and the Sealion encounter was fun! The only down side is the 'photo(s)' shakedown $35 for 1 pic or $100something for a disc of all the pictures they took (good & bad) also taxi costs $12 each way (for up to 4 people)