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Grasp an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with gentle manatees during a 45-minute session at Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park in Cozumel. Delight in interactive fun with these majestic mammals, learning incredible information as you feed and frolic in the tank. After you’ve swum with the manatees, enjoy the varied attractions the exotic seaside park offers; stroll around the beautiful botanical garden, swim in refreshing pools and snorkel in the colorful reef before returning to your hotel.   


  • 45-minute encounter with manatees in Cozumel’s Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park
  • Share kisses and hugs from manatees and witness their powerful gracefulness in the water
  • Feed the gentle giants lettuce and watch them glide around you
  • Learn from a resident trainer about the behavior and physiology of manatees
  • Select from several departure times throughout the day
  • Enjoy complimentary access to the park’s botanical garden, pool, snorkeling area and changing room amenities

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What You Can Expect

Manatee Encounter in Cozumel at Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park

Share a kiss and feed manatees during this program

Make your own way to Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park in Cozumel to begin your interactive adventure. Upon entering the eco-nature reserve, greet your expert guide and listen to insightful information about the manatees you’re about to meet. 

Journey to the manatee’s habitat and learn about their characteristics and how best to interact with the calming creatures. Discover fascinating facts about manatee’s maximum length and weight, discovering that they can grow as long as 13 feet (4 meters) and weight up to 1,300 pounds (600 kg). 

Relax in the water and wait for a manatee to glide over and greet you. Swim with the gentle giants and observe the strength of their movements and their tranquil temperament. Feed the manatees with lettuce as watchful trainers ensure your complete safety and security during the session. 

Photographs and videos will be taken throughout your session to capture your magical moments with manatees. Purchase photo or video footage at the end of your experience to ensure your incredible memories last forever. 

Wave goodbye to your newfound friends and set out to explore the rest of the seaside park’s amenities. Discover the protected coral reefs of the park, renting equipment that allows you to snorkel with troves of tropical fish in crystal clear water. Experience the exotic beauty of the botanical garden, wandering amid bright blooms and intriguing plants or simply relax in a tree-harbored hammock with a fruity cocktail.  

Please note: We are sensitive to the issues surrounding swim-with-marine-animals tours, and recognize that this activity isn't suitable for everyone.

Customer Reviews

Jody K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

It was fabulous! The manatees were friendly and it was a laid back, gentle experience that was thrilling. My mom and I were the only nes there, so it was unique and intimate. Loved feeding all 4 of the manatees at the same time. It was an experience of a lifetime!

Gina R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The experience was excellent. The kids said that it was more fun than the dolphin experience. You get one on one time to cuddle and the feed the manatees. Don't pay for the buffet that they offer. The food is horrible and a huge waste of money.

Andrew P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016


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5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Five stars because swimming with manatees is an unique opportunity.

Not five stars because the photos are very expensive similar price to dolphin swim at Cabo Dolphins and one has to look through them while still in bathing suits right after the encounter.

We spent the time in the pool with pool bar at Chankanaab prior to the manatee encounter. Lockers are free. Showers and changing rooms available.

Thomas B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was fun, in the water handling and feeding manatees. Go early to beat the crowds. Pictures are taken throughout, the cost of the pics is outrageous , it's a soft sell. Lockers are provided at no charge, you can shower and change, bring soap and towel. Added benefit is everything else going on at the park. Pict

Edgar W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Wonderful experience! Staff was professional and knowledgeable, but fun! Loved the manatees - I was surprised that they were so interactive. Everyone in my group 4 was able to have one-on-one time with two manatees Edgar and baby Lorenzo. The facilities at Chankanaab were clean and organized. Will definitely recommend it to my family/friends.

Judi H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Incredible! Loved swimming with the manatees. Would suggest anyone doing it. Such gentle giants.

Terri I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great value and well organized facility. Photos were pricey though.

Chris S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The manatees are the best. The gal who was the trainer while we were there answered our questions about manatees. She was a lot of fun during the time she was working with us and helping us with the manatees. We were able to swim and play with the manatees. They are so lovable. This was the highlight of our day.

Todd H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Best experience every. The manatee's were so sweet and fun to swim around with. Can't wait until I can do it again.

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