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July 4, 2004
After entering the park, well marked paths lead to the snorkeling lagoon. Snorkel gear rental is available with choices of mask & tube, flippers, and life jacket. Rental of all this equipment is approximately $10.
It is not necessary to take a boat to the snorkeling area. You simply walk into the water directly from the beach area. The water is very calm, making it easy for novice snorkelers. There is a variety of beautiful fish, coral, and plants. What I found the most interesting was you can be snorkeling along and the bottom of the lagoon is only a few feet down, then suddenly you are at an area where you cannot even see the bottom.
The beach area has an abundance of chairs in which to relax. There is a small bar with drinks. Farther away from the snorkeling area is a restaurant, and a swim with the dolphins activity.
This is a beautiful, relaxing area at which to spend a day. To reach the park: take the ferry from Playa del Carmen (approximately $14 round trip); upon arrival at San Miquel on Cozumel, take a cab to the park (approximately $20 round trip); park entrance is approximately $10. Depending on the number of persons in your party, it is possibly less expensive to take a snorkeling tour offered by the MANY tour companies. However, by going to Chankanaab independently, you are not limited to the amount of time you have to spend and you have an opportunity to do things other than snorkel.
From journal The Mayan Riviera
May 16, 2004
From journal A Wonderful Week in Cozumel, Mexico
Toms River, New Jersey
July 28, 2003
From journal Galaxy 10 night Caribbean Cruise
January 6, 2003
Chankanaab does not have a sunscreen policy and I was pretty badly burned, so we slathered lots of the SPF45 stuff on before going out. This snorkelling place was different from Xel-Ha. It was open water instead of protected lagoons. There was a huge swimming area, with rocks and fish and even some sculptures and such under water. Katie loved diving down while snorkelling. This was tougher for mom, because she has a higher percentage of body fat. Got some good pics of Katie, though. Katie also loved the underwater cameras, and used a great deal of the pictures.
We spent a couple of hours snorkelling here, discovering a Chac-mool under the water, a tombstone, a statue (Katie thought it was supposed to be Jesus) a couple of anchors, and one of those fish that hides under the ground with both eyes on one side of its head. Katie dragged Mom all over the place, and Mom was beginning to feel like this snorkelling was, like exercise.
We broke for a snack (ice cream) and a nap, before going back into the water. We snorkelled all the way out to the barrier. Its strange, when snorkelling you feel like you could keep it up forever, even when you are getting tired. SWIMMING that deep (maybe 20 feet deep or more) for an hour or so would have been incredibly tiring, but snorkelling seemed easy. Still I knew I had been working, and I ended up the trip not gaining weight, so I must have been doing SOMETHING right!
Afterwards we did some shopping, and I saw something that I HAD to buy for Mikey and Paula's kids, so I did. Won't say what they are, as they are getting them for Christmas. Around 5:00 we were staggering back to the taxi, as the park was closing.
Chankanaab also has a small museum, a beautiful botannical garden, two restuarants, changing facilities and lockers, diving and snorkelling rental and instruction, and dolphin discovery. The beach is very rocky in most places, but behind the beach is a very sandy area where palapas are set up.
From journal Mom and daughter in the Yucatan
by LAC in STL
St. Louis, Missouri
December 1, 2002
We took the scooter south about 10 minutes, so less than three miles, I'm sure. Tours do this as a bike ride in a half hour, too. We found a secluded spot at the south end of the property at the mouth of one of the underground river caves and "dropped" to snorkel - cold, cold, till "riverwater meets oceanwater" a few yards out (strong current out, too). There's a nice variety of fish and no 'contrived" setting so that you see some places.
Dolphin "experience" is the money maker at $75 to $150 per person depending on what you want. Call in advance to book this. We swam around the dolphin area hoping for a glimpse, but all "curtained" off from the general public. People are nice and helpful.
Chankanaab also was our pick for souveniers - decent prices, no pressure. Felt safe at all times everywhere we were on this island, all day, walking or driving.
From journal I know you're afraid to Cruise, but . . .
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
July 18, 2002
From journal Cozumel
by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
November 13, 2000
San Miguel is a colorful place with pastel buildings, a pedestrian only area and a happy and carefree tropical atmosphere without the overdeveloped look and feel of Cancun. The few blocks around the ferry terminal are filled with small shops,
restaurants and bars. The shops sell the standard souvenir items like t shirts, arts and crafts, etc. Cozumel is a popular diving and snorkeling area because of the large Palancar Reef and there are dive shops nearby where you can rent equipment or book a tour.
We wanted to do some snorkeling so headed to Chankanaab National Park. The beach was filled with sun bathers and fellow snorkelers. I had my own equipment but my husband rented his mask at the beach and we
both rented life jackets. I’m not a very good swimmer but luckily, we didn’t have to go far from shore before we came across colorful coral formations and all kinds of tropical fish and anemones. The colors were amazing - bright yellows, blues, greens and more. We saw parrot fish, angel fish, butterfly fish and lots of others that I wasn’t able to identify. The coral was eye catching – gray
brain coral, named because of the tracks along it that look like brain channels and fan shaped coral in brilliant pinks. It was a fabulous underwater playground for fish and the only thing that would have made it better for me would have been an underwater camera to capture all the shapes and colors. Definitely next time!
From journal Exploring the Yucatan
October 30, 2000
From journal The Best of Cozumel