Fast Facts

  • Location: Located within “Riviera Maya” on the Caribbean coast of Quintana Roo in Mexico, about 120 km south of Cancun and 240 km north of Chetumal.
  • Attraction Type: Water theme park.
  • Significance: A water theme park for thrilling underwater activities including the most famous — swimming with dolphins.
  • Best time to Visit: December to February.
  • Visiting Hours: During day time.
  • How to Reach: In order to go to Xel-Ha Water Park, you need to come at Riviera Maya. Riviera Maya is connected with rest of Mexico and also a number of other destinations overseas by air. Xel-Ha Water Park is located within Riviera Maya.
  • Nearest Airport: Cancun International Airport (CUN).

There is hardly any destination in the world to explore the thrilling underwater activities other than Xel-Ha Water Park. And it is a sheer dream of any traveler to step through the aquarium glass of Xel-Ha Water Park and drift into an astounding world of underwater magic. Undoubtedly one of the most famous water parks in the world, Xel-Ha Water Park is a place to explore the underwater life in a different way, it is a place that offers a myriad of land and water activities and it is certainly a place which can imbue you with such an experience that hardly can be forgotten.

A commercial water theme park located within “Riviera Maya” on the Caribbean coast of Quintana Roo in Mexico, about 120 km south of Cancun and 240 km north of Chetumal, Xel-Ha Water Park is set around the natural inlet and lagoon. Here the salty waters are mixing with fresh underground water currents to make it one of the main attractions of the park. The inlet, actually a natural aquarium, is the place where hundred of species inhabit including tropical fish and abundant of flora. There is also a turtle reserve inside the park which is dedicated to marine life and ecological maintenance studies. Tourists can swim and snorkel in the lagoon with a shark fence across its entrance. The other attractions that have made Xel-Ha Water Park a world-famous one include scuba diving and surely swimming with dolphins.

Things to Do

Xel-Ha Water Park is full of thrilling activities. Once you enter through the main entrance a whole range of water activities are in front of you. You either can go for snorkeling or scuba diving, or you can opt for the famous swimming with the dolphins. There is a small pond for kayaking as well. You can also take the pathway that will lead you to some bicycles or tram.

Swimming with Dolphins:

One of the largest attractions of Xel-Ha Water Park is the scope of swimming with the dolphins. There are two modes of dolphin program. In ‘Interax’ program, you get a chance to know the dolphins through contact and games, whereas the ‘Primax’ program consists of some additional activities including the popular ‘foot-push’.

Opening Hours:
Interax: 01.15 p.m. / 03.00 p.m.
Primax: 10.00 a.m. / 11.00 a.m. / 02.00 p.m. / 03.30 p.m.


Xel-Ha Water Park is also a known place for snorkeling. It offers unique location to explore the underwater world. You will find 70 recorded species of freshwater as well as seawater fish including surgeonfish, parrotfish, yellowtails, jackfish, grunts, sergeant majors, snappers, stingrays, bonefish, doctorfish, chubs, and also barracuda. There are six snorkel equipment distribution centres in Xel-Ha Water Park located around the inlet. Instruments are distributed free of cost. Those who want to learn the art of snorkeling; there is also a snorkeling school inside the park.


Kayaking in the untouched areas of Xel-Ha is an enormous attraction to the visitors of Xel-Ha Water Park. Individual and twin navigation vessels are available.

Other Attractions:

Xel-Ha Water Park has many other attractions that you must go for. The most popular of which is perhaps the Floating Bridge. You can also go for sea trek, trepachanga, Mo’s flight etc.


Most of the visitors who visit Xel-Ha Water Park stay at Riviera Maya. There are plenty of hotels in Riviera Maya. Some of them are as below:

Maroma Resort and Spa
Carretera Cancíºn Tulum Km 51
Riviera Maya, Solidaridad, Quintana Roo
CP 77710, Míéxico
Tel: +52 (998) 872 82 00
Fax: +52 (998) 872 82 20

Ceiba del Mar Beach & Spa Resort
Costera Norte, lote 1 S.M. 10 Mz. 26 C.P. 77580
Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Míéxico
Tel: +52 (998) 872-8063
Fax: +52 (998) 872-8061

Related Links : Check out the great fun activities at Xel-Ha in this travel video! Enjoy!

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