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Xel-Ha Eco Park

Xel-Ha is one of the most popular tourist destinations along the Riviera Maya. A truly paradise for nature lovers and a spectacular natural aquarium. Snorkeling and swimming with dolphins are the top attractions. It is only about eight miles south of Akumal and not far from the famous Aktun Chen park. The park's main attraction is the large clear water lagoon, ideal for snorkeling swimming, because of its calm waters. Fresh water from the river and sea water from the Caribbean mix to form a turquoise oasis in the jungle.

Snuba and Sea Trekking are also available in Xel-Ha. Snuba is a variation of scuba diving; divers breathe through long tubes connected to air tanks that float on the surface of the water. Sea trekking is a fun way to explore the bottom of the lagoon. Using a plastic helmet with breathing tubes, even non-swimmers can get close to the sea life without even getting their hair wet. Swimming with dolphins is also available and, at the right time of year, visitors can even assist in releasing hatchling sea turtles. The lagoon teems with exotic fish and so in order to keep the memories alive, underwater cameras can be hired with the snorkeling gear.

A shuttle service takes guests upriver where they then have the option of snorkeling, swimming or floating on a rubber tube down river and back into the lagoon. There are also jungle paths that lead to two sinkholes, naturally formed holes that connect to an underground passage filled with water from a subterranean river. Cave diving in these 'cenotes' is a popular activity for certified divers.

Xel-Ha is more of a theme park than an eco park. While it allows for close interaction with sea life the primary attractions are the water activities that and there are no archaeological ruins. Some effort is made to educate the public on the wild life that surrounds them but not much. It is a commercialized tourist attraction that can get quite busy during high season.

Xel-Ha is open daily from 8:30am to 5pm and parking is free.

Included with All inclusive admission

  • All-Day Open Bar
  • All-Day All-You-Can-Eat
  • 5 Restaurants and Bars
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Lifejackets
  • Towels
  • Lockers
  • Floaties
  • Deck Chairs
  • Hammocks
  • Showers
  • Bicycles
  • Kayaks
  • Childrens World
  • Security Bags

Included Activities

  • Natural Inlet
  • Mayan Wall
  • Floating Bridge
  • Mayan Cave
  • Mangrove Chaac
  • Cenotes
  • Tree Nursery
  • Train Ride
  • Bicycles
  • Kayaks
  • Nature Trail
  • Apiary
  • Bay of Caprices
  • Hammock Island
  • The Beach
  • Rope Bridge
  • Courage Cliff
  • Childrens Playground
  • Natural River
  • Rope Swing
  • Conscience Path
  • Snorkeling

Available at additional cost

  • Swim With Dolphins
  • Aquaventura Tour
  • Spa

How to get to Xel-Ha

Xel-Ha is located 76 miles (122km) south of Cancun, just 8 miles (13km) from the Mayan Ruins of Tulum, the close proximity makes this an easy combination to visit in a single day. The vast majority of visitors to Xel-Ha go with a tour. This is by far the easiest and most convenient way to get there - it even includes hotel pickup and drop-off.

For the independent traveler, you can also rent a car, take a taxi, or catch a collectivo from Cancun.  The Collectivo will let you off the highway by the Xel-Ha sign.  Taking a taxi from Playa Del Carmen will set you back about $30 each way, from Cancun will cost more like $75 each way.

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