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One of the strangest creatures in the sea has to be the manatee. Called "Mermaids of the Sea" by early explorers, manatees are also known as sea cows for their slow movements, large size (up to 13 feet long and 1300 lbs!) and grazing on sea grass. Manatees are rarely seen in the wild, and are an endangered species. However, with our Manatee Encounter, you'll have an opportunity to get up close and personal with our manatees and interact with them in the water.

Manatee Encounter Highlights

Free entrance to famous Chankanaab Park, where you can enjoy the beach and snorkeling before and/or after your dolphin swim (park hours 9AM - 5PM).

Feed the manatees, get a hug, and feel their special skin!

After the swim, purchase a keepsake photo of you with your manatee, or a video of your actual manatee experience to remember forever!

When: Monday through Saturday at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

Where: Taxi to the Dolphin Center at Chankanaab National Park on Cozumel.

How Long: Manatee Encounter is 45 Minutes.  You can use the park facilities all day - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


  • Entrance Fee to Chankanaab Park
  • Manatee Encounter Program
  • Hug, Free Time, Swim-By, and Feeding
  • Certified English Speaking Instructor
  • Lockers, Showers, Restrooms, Pool
  • All-Day Use of Chankanaab Park Facilities

Don't Forget:

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Extra Money for videos, photos, or to spend at Chankanaab Park

Observers:  Non-participants will need to pay the entrance fee to Chankanaab Park at the gate.  Entrance fees are $21.00 for adults and $14 for kids.

Kids: Kids with heights between 3'3'' (1m) and 3'11'' (1.20m) can participate if accompanied by 2 paying adults. Those taller than 3'11'' (1.21m) can participate with only 1 paying adult. Kids with heights above 4'7'' (1.41m) can participate alone if they pay full adult price.


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Make a day of it and spend the day at Chankanaab Park. Entrance is included with this activity, and you're already there, so you might as well enjoy snorkeling, swimming, exploring and sunbathing!

Location: Chankanaab Park is located about 10 minutes south of downtown, at Km 9.6. Just take a taxi from your hotel or ship pier to the park - very easy.

Cruise Passengers:  Yes! This makes a great cruise shore excursion. You can spend the rest of the day at Chankanaab Park enjoying snorkeling and the beach!


Punta Langosta
15 Min. by Taxi
International Pier 7 Min. by Taxi
Puerta Maya 7 Min. by Taxi
Check with your ship to see which pier you are arriving at.
Taxis are lined up waiting for you as you get off the ship.  Very easy. Should cost only about $12.00 USD  from the cruise ship piers.
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