Manatee Encounter

Swim with manatees at Xel-Há and have an unforgettable day!

Meet one of the gentlest and noble creatures in the Caribbean area in the Manatee Encounter at Xel-Há.

Swimming with manatees is also an educational activity that has as an objective to spread knowledge about this species and help its preservation. As an endangered species, the habitat of these marine mammals has been degraded. Xel-Há has a permanent program with the objective of rescue and to preserve them.

This swim with manatees activity takes place in their natural ambiance, besides learning several facts about them. An expert guide will talk about their reproduction cycle, how they feed, and their importance in the ecosystem. Also, you will get some advice about what can be done to contribute to their preservation.

These friendly mammals are known for their intelligence and being noble creatures. During 40 minutes, you will interact with a manatee, feed them, and watch the gracious swim of these gentle giants.

If you want to have an outstanding experience with a manatee in Mexico during your upcoming vacation, book your space in advance. As soon as you arrive at Xel-Há, ask for the activities’ desk to choose your schedule, and have a memorable interaction.

Duration: 40 min.

Hours: 11:00 a.m.; 1:00 p.m.; 3:00 p.m.

Minimum age: 10 years (minimum height of 4.3 ft or 1.30 m).

  • Snorkel equipment.
  • Life jacket.
  • Certified instructor.
  • Activities subject to weather conditions. You must choose your schedule upon arrival at the park.
  • Duration: 40 minutes (20 min of welcome and platform interaction/ 20 min snorkeling).
  • Minimum height of 4.3 ft (1.30 m).
  • Visitors up to 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all moment.
  • Maximum capacity: 10 guests.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult during the activity, both paying.
  • Activity not recommended for pregnant women or those suspected of being pregnant, and for people with asthma, claustrophobia, hypertension, diabetes, heart condition, back problems, epilepsy, or recent injuries or surgeries.
  • Photos are available at an additional cost.



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You need to purchase a park’s admission to enjoy this Optional Activity on the same date of your visit.

Xel-Há Admission

Manatee Encounter


Children from 0 to 4 years of age enter FREE.
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