Don´t miss the great opportunity to visit Xel-Há, the biggest natural aquarium of the world, and swim with dolphins in the clear water.
Xel-Há Dolphin experience is an special all inclusive pack (dinks and food) that includes the park entry and swimming with dolphins for one hour.
The only way to buy this experience, with a great sale, is visiting the http://www.dolphinsrivieramaya.com.
Xel - hal the company believe is the largest natural Aquarium in the world. I am not sure how true this is buts is big. Basically is a lagoon/river which joins into the sea. All you need for the day is your swimming gear and snorkelling gear. You start at one end of the river/lagoon which is through all man grows and then end up in the huge lagoon and then finish where it joins the sea. There are hundards off fish to see as you go along. It took me around 3 hours start to finish snorkelling along., but there other things to do on the way like swing ropes, cliff jump , rope walk and plenty of wooden platforms to stop along the way as its a long way to swim. You have to wear a life jacket given to you included in the price of the park entrace. All food and drinks through out the day are included. You can pay extra to swim with the dolphins or walk along the bottom of the sea with a breathing helmet on your head. I am not to sure on the prices off these but it cost us $100 each for the day which inlucdes food, drinks and tranpsort to the park and back. They also have large areas of hammacks which are very good to relex in but are easy to fall alseep in, some of these are in the shade and some in the sun. The park is open 365 days a week and opens between 8.30 to 6pm. If you don't own snorkelling gear you can hire it from there and also get towels when you want and a locker to store items in. One bit of advise is they don't want you to wear normal sun tan lotion as it can harm the fish, i wore a rash vest to swim in but youcan by a natural sun tan lotion there which they allow in the water. A good place to go if you like snorkelling and swimming and see alot of different fish. Very good day out and would do it again.
Xel-Ha is a water theme park (not an aqua-park in its traditional meaning). This is a real great place both for families and individuals. You can do lots of interesting things here:
- visiting cenotes;
- walking in the jungle;
- swimming with dolphins;
- feeding fish;
- kayaking, etc.
There's a LOT to do and see. Despite the great amount of visitors, you'll see lots of wild birds, lizards and fish. I even saw a ray there, but that's a rarity, I guess.
The general idea is you will not be bored there.
You can see the prices in the site:
I paid about USD80, which included a transfer from/to my hotel (Barcelo Maya Caribe), entrance ticket to Xel-Ha and any drinks/food inside (all inclusive).
All water sports equipment (like snorkels, masks and fins) is provided by the park, but you have ta leave a deposit.
Important: it is forbidden to use regular sunscreen at Xel-Ha, because it badly affects the water flora and fauna. You can buy a biodegradable sunscreen at Xel-Ha. You can also deposit your regular sunscreen in exchange for a couple of free small packages of biodegradable sunscreen.
Your hotel or some place in Playa del Carmen will book you on a bus trip to Xel-Ha, about an hour south, where you can snorkle, ride down a tube on a river, jump from a rope into the water, hike trails, eat all you want at their buffets, swim with dolphins, lay in hammocks, etc.
Very beautiful ekopark a bit further from PDC. I recommend this if you are more into snorkeling. No animals exept for huge fish! The beach is worth seeing, dont miss it! Here we also got to do bicycling, kayaking and jumping high down to the water.
Xel - Ha (pronounced shell-hah) is a 10 acre ecological park, which is a perfect place to go snorkelling due to it's large lagoon. You can also relax in hammocks on the artificial beach, swim with dolphins. Xel - Ha is very close to Tulum and so most people combine a day trip to both, as we did. Inside the park you can rent snorkelling equipment and life jackets and I also bought an underwater camera, which proved to be well worth it as saw so many fish, especially near the bridge!!
Fresh water springs and an underground river feed the lagoon which mixes with the Caribbean waters. Mangroves grow along the waters edge leaving plenty of plankton for the fish to feed upon. The setting is beautiful and makes for some of the best snorkeling around. Plenty of activities, such as, a wall to climb and then jump some twenty five feet or so into the waters, underwater caves, and for an extra fee, swimming with the dolphins. Please view my Traveloque for more photos and details about Xel-Ha. Please view this picture fullscreen, I'm very proud of it.