Yal Ku Lagoon in Akumal, Riviera Maya Mexico

The Yal Ku lagoon in Akumal is quite different from other snorkeling lagoons. When you enter to this paradise the first thing that you’ll notice is the art work. Many areas in the jungle are dotted with both traditional and contemporary statues.

There is no beach, nor are there any changing rooms. A small restroom is the only amenity


The Yal Ku lagoon in Akumal has fresh & salt water that comes from underground springs from the Caribbean Sea, hampered by the different temperatures

Some pieces are in the jungle like setting that take one to the shore-line while other pieces are out among the small islands. This is an extremely peaceful and picturesque setting. There were but a handful of people there the day we spent a few hours exploring the lagoon.

The yal-ku lagoon is great for snorkeling, you’ll be delighted hundreds of colorful fish. Incredible species can be observed in depths no greater than six feet with little or no waves at all. Many rock formations in the lagoon create a fascinating underwater spectacle . A special ecosystem for the exotic marine creatures which you can see perfectly while snorkeling, You can simply float on the surface or dive underwater to see them. Several species of tropical fish spend some time here before they reach the proper size and maturity.


Admire the starfish and urchins, damselfish, sergeant majors, hamlets, parrotfish, blue tangs and queen triggerfish, among other Caribbean species.

We recommend visit the Yalku Lagoon in the morning and try not to go on weekends since there are more visitors.


Take the highway #307 towards Akumal. When you are in Akumal, go through the arch, and then turn to the left. Go straight, pass a bunch of villas and La Buena Vida restaurant. After this restaurant, you will see the directions to Yalku Lagoon in Akumal.

Yalku lagoon

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