Cozumel Chankanaab National Park Tour Excursion Reviews
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.