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February 10, 2007
We spent the whole day snorkeling in the bay, walking the iguana-laden trails, and just going down the waterway on a raft. IT WAS FUN. When we got hungry, we stopped at one of the many eating places and just ordered food without having to worry about the bill or having money (which is great when you're in swim trunks). If I felt like a beer or a drink, I just went into one of the waterside bars.
I saw loads of fish and took my photo in a cave that we had to snorkel into. My ex-girlfriend got mad because I didn't want to swim with the dolphins (this caused a fight). But I've never wanted to do this, and she wasn't going to cover the extra $150 for it. Anyway, this is a place where there you can encounter the famous "cenotes" and play in a land where the Mayans used to. (I don't think the bars or restaurants were there yet, though!)
There are lots of fish, and if you want, you can "Snuba," though I preferred to snorkel. Be advised, they DO NOT allow you to use your own sunscreen here because it will destroy the environment.
From journal Cancun and Cozumel: Land of the Mayans
Raleigh, North Carolina
December 22, 2006
The bus trip was interesting, it was about 1.5 hrs once we got on the right bus. The tour bus picked us up at the resort, then dumped us off at a market, where we were supposed to shop for 45 minutes until they rounded us up and we finally took off. We were a bit annoyed at this part. The bus guide gave us directions in both Spanish and English, and it was fun to hear the long Spanish explanation and then just a few words of English. We wondered if he was telling us all the same things!
Once we got there, we were amazed by the natural beauty of the park. The owners of this park (by the way, it is a privately-owned property) have obviously gone to great means to maintain the grounds. The snorkeling was outstanding, and we saw lots of variety and quantity. There are fun rope swings and other stuff for the little boys in all of us. The nature paths and local flora and fauna were outstanding. We can't say enough about this park. It was well worth the non-inclusive money.
From journal Fiesta Americana Cancun
May 9, 2005
We did the package that included a visit to Tulum, Mayan ruins on a cliff looking over the sea. There was a beautiful view and a very informative tour.
From journal Cancun in December
March 25, 2005
The park is in a circle, so it is easy to make your way around. Your entry fee includes 11 all-inclusive restaurants the caliber of any American theme-park restaurant. There are free bottled water depots, ice-cream depots, and mixed-drink depots all around as well. The photographers who take your photos all day do a great job. Make sure to check your photos before you leave, as we bought most of ours. Here you can go rock climbing and then jump into the ocean. You can go scuba diving, ride down the lazy river/ocean in a tube, visit with the dolphins, or just relax in the hundreds of coves they have set up for you - all included in your entry fee. You get your towels, a locker, and snorkel stuff at check-in, and it is very sad when the end of the day comes and you have to leave. There are millions of large fish. We have never seen such large, colourful fish in one place. It was well worth it. We will go back to Mexico just to visit Xel-Ha again!
From journal Reef Club Cozumel
del rio, Texas
May 10, 2004
Our tour guide was named Paco and he kept everyone on a schedule. He even left some people at Xel-al who got caught up in shopping. Xel-al is a natural aquarium where we went shorkeling and is one of the prettiest places on the tour. If you go, try to make time for the dolphin shows and snorkeling.
From journal Hola and Adios Cancun
September 7, 2004
A few steps from dolphin's encounter you can get into the caleta that's for scuba and snorkeling, a perfect place with really nice water and a lot of reefs.
If you have small children they may enjoy the bees farm, jungle train tour, floating bridge, mo's flight, courage jump stone, and the main attraction, Lazy River. They can get some loops to cross the river or may go swimming and do some snorkeling.
For adults, they have sea trek that is walking along the reef just wearing a helmet and boots, you may feed the fishes, and they'll take you a picture for just $9. It is the perfect place for family fun.
From journal SUN+FUN=COZUMEL!
September 17, 2004
My wife and I spent hours snorkeling around the lagoon. Although you can find coral all over the lagoon, the fish tend to hide out along the rocks and coral next to the lagoon's banks.
Afterwards, we spent almost a half hour floating down the River of Dreams, which made for a relaxing break from all of the swimming.
Although small, the Mayan Cave was a sight to see as well.
My wife and I went with the all inclusive package, which includes the park's entrance fee, locker, life jacket, and snorkeling equipment rental, and all of the food and drinks you can stuff down your throat. We felt it was well worth the money.
There are several snack areas and small restaurants located throughout the park and a large buffet-style restaurant right next to the lagoon. The restaurants serve everything from hamburgers and pizza to ice cream and seafood.
Most of the activities are free after paying your entrance fee, but some activities, such as the spa and swimming with the dolphins, will cost you extra.
My wife and I really enjoyed our day at Xel-Ha and other than the water being a little cold and a little rough near the beach (but not in the lagoon itself), we have absolutely no complaints about the park. It is a tropical paradise if ever I saw one. You are surrounded by nature at all times and can't help but feal like you are in some kind of surreal dreamland. Take a look at our photos and see for yourselves.
From journal A Memorable Honeymoon in Cancun
January 11, 2004
From journal Snorkling in the Riveria Maya
January 22, 2004
We loved Xel-Ha. It is a natural lagoon surrounded by miles of walking trails. You can enjoy the main section or disappear into secluded areas of the park for privacy. Xel Ha offers snuba (a combination of scuba and snorkeling), snorkeling, dolphin swim (additional fee of about $110), dolphin shows, cliff jumping, and an aquarium.
We spent two hours snorkeling, but it is possible to snorkel all day. The calm water is great for beginners. The water was very clear so we had great visibility. The reef is dull brown but the variety of brightly colored fish more than make up for it. As we got closer to ocean, we even saw a barracuda. They advertise a beach on one perimeter of the park, but it is over a mile from the entrance and the ocean current makes it too dangerous to swim in. For families with young children, they have a playground and a kiddie pool. For those who just want to relax they have rows of hammocks in a shaded area. We took advantage of them after lunch. I have pictures of my son asleep on my husband's chest in a hammock.
As you get away from the main gate they set up tables and chairs in small inlets on the rocks where a couple or family can be alone. There are also quiet walking trails throughout the park.
The wildlife in this park was amazing. At the entrance, we were greeted by beautiful Macaws. The area is covered with dragons and iguanas. They will come up to visitors looking for fruit or scraps of food. I choose not to get too close, but I watched a little boy share his pizza with one.
We highly recommend this site. It was absolutely beautiful.
From journal Cancun in November
August 16, 2003
From journal Riveria Maya Vacation Oct 2002