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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
January 31, 2011
April 9, 2007
Chankanaab Park was a wonderful day trip on our Western Caribbean cruise. We decided you only live once and to shell out the cash to meet the dolphins. We paid $100 per person for entrance to the park and the dolphin encounter. I believe admission to the park is $12 without a dolphin package. We spent approximately 45 minutes with one dolphin. She approached each person in the group and we got to hold her fins and then give her a kiss. The park does not allow digital cameras in the dolphin encounter area, they do however allow waterproof cameras. I strongly suggest buying a waterproof camera prior to your visit to the park. The gift shop sells waterproof cameras, but you can purchase them much cheaper elsewhere. Staff at the park took photos and a video of your experience and then tried to sell it to us after the encounter.
We spent the afternoon wandering around the grounds, enjoyed relaxing in the hammocks by the beach, tanning by the pool and looking at the ruins scattered throughout the property. Many other guests were snorkeling but we didn’t try it since we didn’t have any gear with us. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and sports shack that rents gear. I would plan at least half a day at this park to do and see everything.
From journal Dolphin Encounter in Cozumel
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
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
Millville, New Jersey
April 1, 2010
February 14, 2008
October 20, 2006
From journal Western Caribbean Cruise via Princess Cruises