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Swim with the Dolphins and Chankanaab

Chankanaab is Cozumel's greatest natural landmark. In 1980 Chankanaab was declared a national park and refuge area for protectingmarine flora and fauna on the west coast of Cozumel.

One of the main attractions at the park is the natural lagoon. In the Mayan language, Chankanaab means small sea. Hard coralas and limestone formations worn away through centuries have shaped Chankanaab making it a worldwide renowned ecosystem. Ocean flood streams allowed the growth of corals as well as the development of large communities of fishes, mollusks, crustaceans and marine gardens. Its survival depends on the sea that flows in through two underwater caves.

There are 60 different types of palms, a garden of orchids and water lilies and bamboo in the botanical garden. Replicans of 60 famous Maya, Toltec and Aztec cultures are scattered throughout the park.

Snorkeling is great in the lagoon and a statute of Christ and a virgin are submersed in the sea and said to be the protectors of Chankanaab.

Enjoy lunch, drinks, shopping in the sourviner stores, snorkel, scuba or snuba dive at Chankanaab. Chairs, palapas, lockers and restrooms are available.

Swimming with the dolphins at Chankanaab is an incredible experience of a lifetime. Dolphin Discovery program of Cozumel offers a one hour program available to anyone who can swim (8 years minimum age). Prior to swimming with the dolphins, you will have a 30-minute swim with dolphinseducational briefing instructions for swimming with these magnificent creatures. Then experience 30 minutes in the water with the dolphins. You'll have the opportunity of interacting with these naturally playful sea creatures as they pull you through the water, push you by your feet or leap over you. Don your snorkeling gear and complete your adventure during the freestyle portion of your swim. Race the dolphins across the water's surface or dive to the sandy bottom to enjoy their playful antics. Optional video is available to capture these magical moments.

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