Heading south from Cancún you’ll find Xel-Ha. This is normally combined as a day-trip from Cancun with a visit to Tulum. Xel-Ha is a fantastic place to relax and take in the natural beauty of the lagoon. It’s a great place to snorkel and my favourite part of Xel-Ha is the drifting down the river that flows into the sea, watching the marine life. It’s also possible to swim with dolphins here. Their website will have the latest prices and let you book online, which is recommended
Great snorkeling . . . Natural sinkholes create an ideal atmosphere for snorkeling . . . Exotic parrot fish, angel fish, butterfly fish and over 50 species of aquatic and plant life populate the poolsXel-Ha began as a port . . . Once the largest city on the coast, its influence stretches to the Teotihuacan culture of central Mexico . . . Xel-Ha, meaning 'where the water is born,' is often recognized as a microcosm of natural beauty
Our bus drove about 15 minutes and we were in the middle of a beautiful fantansy land. There is alot to do here. We snorkled (a barracuda actually swam right past me)! Many swam with the dolphins or just relaxed by the many pools. There are alot of places to grab snacks. I highly recommend!!
South of Playa there is another eco park called Xel-Ha. One day we decided to go there but to save some money we decided to rent snorkelling gear in Playa instead of in Xel-Ha. When we rented the stuff the guy in the store recommended that we should go to a place called Akumal instead of going to Xel-Ha. The places basically have the same but Xel-Ha is more commercial. So we got on the buss once again and we jumped of at Akumal. When we looked at the map it looked like it would be a short walk from the main beach to the lagoon but it turned out to be like 3 km J. But we reached the inlet/lagoon in the end and it was great. The water wasn't that clear because people were splashing around. But there were fish everywhere. Rocks surrounded the lagoon so there wasn't really a nice place to camp down but we spent most of the time in the water anywhere.
Visit the Interactive Aquarium in the Isla Shopping Village (Hotel Zone) and swim with dolphins, or feed a shark if you prefer. There are several places to swim with dolphins including Parque Nizuc, Isla Mujeres, XCARET, and Xel-Ha, however the overall price is better at the Aquarium considering the transportation costs and entrance fees of the other places. The aquarium is conveniently located, and you swim in cleaner water (no sand to cloud your view). We purchased a video of the experience for $30 and it was very professionally done. Don't miss out on this experience!
Rivalling with its neighbour Xcaret, this park is an absolute "must see". It doesn't have so many attractions as an amusement park, but it is gorgeous as a natural park. It is a breeding area for fish, and bathing in such a natural environment a fabulous experience. Only a few dozens kilometers far from town, it is easily reache by bus, and usually seen together with Tulum ruins.
Fernanda didn't swim, preferring to sit by the water, with a small bag to feed the fish. A big one jumped out of the water and grabbed the entire bag, with her shouting and laughing.
Xel Ha (pronounced Shell-Haw) national park seems like the largest aquarium in the world, only you are in a natural environment and it is a park, with many other attractions. Swimming and snorkeling in the warm protected lagoons and canals offer even the novice a chance to enjoy thousands of brightly colored tropical fish. This can be combined with walking trails and even a small museum. There are parrots, dolphin shows, hammocks and music, ice cream vendors and of course - rolling beer bars. Everything you need can be rented, there is even an all inclusive entry package that includes meals and drinks along with your snorkeling gear. Xel Ha is a really great place to spend the day and is both relaxing fun for the whole family.
In every half an hour dolphins are doin' their show in Xel-Ha. I know that everyone don't like keeping the dolphins captured but if you don't mind that much, then show is worth watching.
Nice way to see some Mexican jungle for a city boys. There is also a natural aquarium where dolphins do their tricks.
Fantastic snorkelling, dolphins, parrots, iguanas, jump into rivers or cruise lazily down the rivers in a rubber ring. Highly recommended...for snorkelling with big blue fish alone!