Cozumel Chankanaab National Park Tour Excursion Reviews
Chankanaab! $12 taxi ride (for up to 4 people) to get there. Then $22 per person to get in. They have a beach, pools, zip lining (extra), snorkeling (around $10 - $15 pp includes snorkel, mask, locker, and life jacket), sea lion show, dolphin & manatee show, ruins, bar, restaurant, etc
Beautiful and safe. Fun getaway!
Chankanaab National Park is very nice, although I only experienced a small part of it, remaining on the beach most of the day. The entrance fee is about $20. We did watch part of a free sea lion show, but it pales in comparison to the shows at Sea World. My wife received a reasonably-priced massage in a large cabana just a few feet from the beach.
The guides for this excursion were beyond wonderful, however the timing for this excursion is all wrong. After gathering the group and driving to the park, we had an incredibly limited amount of time to spend at the park prior to it closing for the day. Big bummer.
In Cozumel, our snorkeling excursion was cancelled due to low participation. They wanted us to go on another sail, snorkel, and beach but we declined. We decided to instead check out Chankanaab. We have been to Cozumel before even stayed a week but had never checked out this place. Decided to go with the ship excursion which we knew was no doubt a rip off and it was but for the first time wanted to check out how to get there, etc. Well, if you are going there, just take a taxi and there are plenty of taxis at the place to go back. We only wanted to check out the snorkeling from shore. Small square lockers can be rented for $5. There is a huge snorkeling area and we were told to go out beyond the white floating dock. We did and saw about nothing. Then decided to circle back to one end and do a slow snorkel along the shore and it was a decent snorkel - saw lots of different sea life. I would go back there again to snorkel as it is hard to find good shore snorkeling. The ship excursion said it included a Sea Lion show, Tequila Tasting, and a walk through the botanical gardens. Well, actually anyone who pays to get into the park gets can do all of those things so the ship excursion is stretching the point a bit. We didn't do any of those things and after we were done snorkeling we asked to be taken back early. You can do that if you sign a release that you want to leave early land they call and pay for a taxi back to the port.
Yantar and his helper are very good at their jobs. We snorkeled, swam, went on an interesting tour, saw a sea lion show and a tequila history tour with tasting of 6 different grades of tequila.
We booked a ship tour of Discover Mexico and Chankanaab National Park. Not a bad way to while away an afternoon, and the price was okay.
This was such a great excursion! The guides were friendly, the meet up location was convenient, and you get such an amazing deal! The park it takes place at is gorgeous and very well maintained. I can't imagine finding a better beach in all of Cozumel. I'm so glad we picked this excursion.
You start off the excursion by spending about an hour snorkeling. The water was clear and there were so many fish to see! The best part was how close they all got. None of them were scared of us. They swam all around us and you could reach out your hand and touch them if you wanted too! There were even Mayan ruins underwater and a few Spanish canons. That was the icing on the cake!
After snorkeling you have a bit of free time to spend on the beach, grabbing a snack, or getting ready for the rest of the tour. Then you all meet back up for the Sea Lion show. Although the show is pretty short it was a lot of fun. The sea lions get up close and personal with the audience. I got so many wonderful pictures!
After the show there is a quick tour of the replica Mayan ruins. It was a bit disappointing that they weren't authentic, but it is a great opportunity to learn about the Mayans and to see how they lived. It was very interesting!
The final bit of the excursion involves a tequila tasting! I expected a few sips of tequila. However, we tried probably 8 different types! It was a lot of fun and definitely exceeded my expectations.
All in all it was a great tour and I would definitely do it again! It was a great way to spend our time in Mexico!
We kind of ran out of time to be able to enjoy the part other then Swimming with the Dolphin, we wanted to do some shopping. I will say the buffet that came with the package was not very good at all, I did enjoy some fresh Papaya. Shopping in Cozumel was the best of all three ports we stopped at.
The tour group - Tripping Cool, was very efficient and our guide was knowledgeable and flexible. We went on the guided tour at 11:00 of the botanical gardens. The rest of the time we spent exploring on our own --- in the water and watching the dolphin encounters.
Cozumel: Chankanaab park - $25 one way cab for 6, $21 admission. Then we sprang for the dolphin/manatee encounter which my wife expertly negotiated for $70 pp. The photos are where they really nail you - $194 for the digital DVD of all pics, also negotiated down by wife to $127 (all US$). Excursion from boat was like $120pp I think.
Verdict: expensive either way if you do Chankanaab dolphins - not much difference there.
This was pretty special, once-in-a-lifetime thing to get so up close and personal with the dolphin. The manatee was cool, though brief.
The rest of the park feels like a massive tourist trap - parts were cool, parts were forgettable - I would not go out of my way to get there other than for the dolphins.
Whoever owns that place makes a LOT of cash!!
The first port-of-call was Cozumel: this port was well-maintained, but extremely crowded. On the day of my stop, there were 6 ships present. My wife and I did a shore excursion to a local resort, Chankanaab Park, with a dolphin encounter, and snorkeling. This shore excursion stated it had a buffet and unlimited drinks. The drink menu was offered at two locations, which were about 2000 feet from the beach, and was stripped down to include only 5 'custom drinks'. The buffet was just as interesting; there was nacho cheese, hotdogs without buns, and steamed vegetables. Additionally, there was no seating available- after 2 hours of walking around, I was still unable to find a spot on the beach. Upon exit, I realized that the park price was $21 with $16.67 buffet; which was $40 cheaper than what I paid. Carnival informed me that their price-match guarantee was not valid for my claim as my picture of the sign was not sufficient.
We loved the swim with the Manatees at Chankanaab however after it was over when we went to buy some photos, we were shocked at the pricing. The lady's "best deal" was $40 for one .jpg photo if you can believe it! She started the "negotiation" with $250 for a CD of photos, which had me about fall over. She then lowered it to 20 photos for $120. After coming off of Grand Cayman shore excursion of swimming with the stingrays and only paying $45 for a CD of about 50 photos, they must think we're dopes. We quickly left. The cruiseline didn't have anything to do with this as I booked the excursion independently.
Manatee encounter was fabulous - trainer was great - even though he was Cowboys fan... He really cared about manatees and it showed. 5.5 for that - even though the photos were very expensive we had been warned to expect it.
Was able to get very reasonably priced bathing suit, when I left mine in the cabin, and t-shirts
Snorkeling afterward was marginal - although the roped in area was big enough to do some nice swimming - not much in the way of fish - underwater bronzes were ok - raft was a plus - 3 stars
Food was good - had the shrimp tacos
Absolutely beautiful beaches. Although there were about 4 other ships, this location and beach park was not crowded. NAtional Park was beautiful and had replicas od MAyan Ruins
You snorkel for half hour, take a short very informative nature hike, see the crocodiles, watch a sea lion show and best of all, Tequilla Tasting. Afterwards went to Senor Frog’s – enuf said.
We looked this with the cruise line for $105 under dolphin swimming. However the port offers this for $89. Though we only purchased dolphin swimming the package came with the manatee swim, sea lion show, the park adventure (including beach and snorkeling) and tequila tasting all which the cruise line charged separately for. We also went zip-lining at the park and I must say everything was excellent! Way more than the price we paid.
BEAUTIFUL!!! Save yourself almost HALF the price that Carnival charges and grab your own cab and take a ride out there. The beach was phenomenal, the snorkeling great and the staff very friendly!
That wasn't the name of where we went .xcaret, an ecological park. Lovely, lots of wildlife, rivers, beach, Mayan culture. It was a long trip, 40 minutes on a ferry, then a walk to a bus and a 15 minute trip to the park. Park itself was great.
Always love this park. Had a few added features this trip. Sea Lions show was very good. Not too many fish for our snorkel trip but the water was great. The coral was not as good this time. Maybe the time of year. Loved our tour guides. Great day.
The water and beaches were beautiful. Snorkeling was fun and they had lots of fish to be seen close to the beaches. The food was about as sad and the food on the ship and very over-priced.
Charly, our guide was outstanding, took such good care of everyone. IF you take a tour through the ship you don't get hasseled by the vendors trying to sell you excursions as you walk through the shopping plaza. He guided us all the way, was very enthusiastic and friendly, and genuinely wanted us to have a good time. So much to do here. Sea Lion show, you can swim with the dolphins. The value is good,a s it is $11 each way by taxi, and $22 to enter the park, and $12 for snorkeling. I believe we paid $49 each for this tour. Instructions all the way for snorkeling and where everything was in the park. Showers and change rooms, very clean. Ate on the beach, and joined up with the tour at the Sea Lion show. Not quite enough time here, you could definilty go on your own, very close to port. But we got back to the ship after walking around the shops for half an hr, and the torrential rain hit, so glad we came back. A great excursion.
amazing tour with Charly, he really took good care of us. Avoided us being hassled by everyone else for tours. So much to do at this park. Had an excellent time snorkeling, great visibility, even told everyone how to put it on, and kept a watch on everyone in the group to make sure they were safe are enjoying themselves. Lots to take in at this park, but really good value for the money paid. You could spend the whole day here. Our timing was great,after we got back to the ship, down came a torrential downpour. Would highly recommend this excursion. Cozumel itself looks bleak, as they have never cut down any of the dead trees from the hurricane years ago.
You can find a $2 off per person coupon online bringing the admission to $19 each. Snorkeling was nice but not a ton of fish. A locker was $5 for all of our stuff. Besides the snorkeling, the Sea Lion show was really fun and there were many other things to do on the grounds. Definitely do this on your own to save money. Cab was $16 each way for 5 people and is $11 for 4 people.
The kids LOVED the snorkeling at Chankanaab. This was my second trip there. Went last March and again this March because we loved it so much. The older two girls, 15 and 16 went snorkeling and I felt safe knowing that they would be safe in a Taxi back to the ship as I had to take the 11 yr old back since she had such a horrible migraine that started earlier in the day on the smelly ship. She enjoyed the dolphins, but having had the headache and having to take some migraine medicine she needed to be back on the boat to rest. Would definitely return again for a third and many more visits.
Waves were very choppy when we arrived but later settled down a great deal. Lots of beach area to sit and relax and read while the kids play in the sand. Small swimming hole was very crowded by 11:00.
Do not miss Chankanaab!...and select always Charlie and Oscar as guides, they are both amazing!...specially Charlie who feel a great love for his island and his mayan ancestors. The park is more than beautiful and friendly and the ocean water of Cozumel is always unique.
Great, had a 'free run' of the place. Just stay in the areas as the tour guides say to go to get your free food and drinks. You are issued a wrist band to identify you and what you are there for to make your excursion problem free. Great...the only complaint is that excursions are far shorter than advertised...wish we could actually be at excursion location longer than we actually got to visit. Keep this in mind!!
We arrived in port and were off the ship around 8am local time to beat the crowds on what we knew was going to be a very crowded day at Chankanaab. We quickly exited the International Pier Complex, grabbed an official taxi from the stand at the pier, and for $11USD the four of us were on the way to Chankanaab! It was $21USD per adult and was totally worth it. We made no reservations and just went for it. It saved us a lot of money going it on our own. While in the park we hopped on to a guided tour with an awesome guide Felipe, who explained all of the Mayan culture and history. The Tequila tasting was great. For $7USD you can get a very strong margarita served in a souvenir clay cup which was cool. The Sea Lion show was fun! We brought our own snorkels, and the snorkeling right from the beach was much better than I anticipated. Amazing day on a budget in Cozumel. Avoided feeling restricted to a ship excursion. Freedom in paradise!
Chankanaab park was beautiful, and had abundant marine life to view while snorkeling. The vendors seemed to be competing for our business which was slightly annoying, but overall it was a very good experience. Lots of amenites, and while there were 3 cruise ships in port that day, we did not have a very difficult time in finding a shady spot to hang out while on the beach.
Great location to swim with the Dolphins. great photos taken by the company. this location is about 15 mins. from port and you can take a $12 taxi and pay at the location and save 45% from ship prices.
Cozumel was my favorite port of call by far. We booked the excursion for the dolphin/manatee encounter at Chankanaab. The dolphins were amazing, and the manatee was neat. They have a free sea lion show that was an adorable hoot. Chankanaab has a very nice beach area with plenty of shady spots to relax. It was very low-stress getting to/from the area - the excursion arranged taxis to take us all to the facility, and whenever we wanted to leave we simply had to report to a certain place at the entrance and they would arrange a taxi to take us back to the port at no additional cost to us - it was included in the excursion fee.
I wish we had owned and brought a waterproof camera with us to document the amazing experiences we had with the dolphins and manatee. The pictures the Chankanaab staff took were very cool, but insanely expensive. I would absolutely do this excursion again, would recommend it to anyone ... and would be sure to bring my own waterproof camera for next time to save money on pictures.
My mother-in-law's curling iron died during our trip. She went to the spa to ask if they had one she could borrow to do her hair for dinner and they weren't very nice about it. In Cozumel on the way back from Chankanaab she and my father-in-law were able to take a taxi to a store called Mega (?) to buy a new one, and the taxi driver waited for them to make the purchase and then drove them back to the port.