on January 31, 2011
My husband and I spent a glorious 2 & 1/2 hrs. snorkelling yesterday at Chankanaab. We arrived at 9:30 a.m. to a completely empty park and were greeted by a reservations clerk who barely spoke English and who had no enthusiasm at all for her "ecological paradise" or what could be a paradise. The botanical gardens are overgrown and unkept; the cages where the manatees and dolphins are housed are partially surrounded by an old green link chain fence covered in garbage; there are no safety fences to protect visitors from falling off the wooden boardwalk onto the sharp coral below; and in order to see manatees and dolphins up close, you need to pay an additional fee to walk on a private pier which gives you the opportunity to swim with the dolphins. The $21.00 entrance fee should afford better upkeep for the park. Were it not for the fact that our priority was to experience good snorkelling, it would have been a hugely disappointing day out.Eileen from Cambridge, Ontario,Canada.
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