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Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs

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Cozumel, Mexico
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4 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Sail the shimmering sea on a glass-bottom boat and snorkel at specular reefs off the coast of Cozumel on this half-day guided tour of the National Marine Park. At El Cielo, named after heaven itself, marvel at the sea stars that decorate the sandy ocean floor. Float beside sea turtles at Columbia Reef then plunge into the crystal clear waters of Palancar Reef to discover fascinating fish, nurse sharks, and colorful coral reefs. Between sublime snorkeling stops, refresh with complimentary beverages as the warm sun soothes your skin on this unforgettable ocean odyssey.
  • Snorkel at three locations off the island of Cozumel
  • Gaze at groups of sea stars in the shallow waters of El Cielo
  • Discover the abundant marine life teeming around Columbia and Palancar Reefs, including turtles, rays, and colorful fish
  • Refresh yourself with unlimited drinks on board, including beer, juices, and bottled water
  • Choose between a morning and an afternoon departure
Depart from the pier and dive headfirst into your ocean adventure. Embark your stylish glass-bottom boat and follow your skipper and guide as they offer a tour of the onboard amenities and explain important safety information. Then, set sail to the first of three incredible snorkeling locations. 

Sink into your cushioned seat and soak up the sunshine as the boat propels you towards your first destination of El Cielo, a place so beautiful it directly translates as ‘heaven’ in Spanish. Don your snorkeling gear and sink into the inviting water, investigating the sea star colony that inhabits the ocean bed.   

Next, journey to Colombia Reef, a sublime snorkeling spot hailed as one of the Marine National Park’s finest. With excellent visibility and diverse variety of marine life, Colombia Reef is a perfect place to spot sea turtles, coral communities, barracudas, eagle rays and schools of shimmering fish. 

Cruise to Palancar Reef to discover a submerged showcase of underwater wonders; gaze upon nurse sharks, lobsters, moray ells and kaleidoscopic tableaus of tropical fish. Return to the boat to enjoy a complimentary onboard bar of chilled beer, zesty juice and purified water as you revel in the soothing Mexican sunshine. 

Once your boat has returned to the pier, you can spend some time at the Marina Fonatur which features restrooms, showers and a convenience store to purchase snacks and sodas if needed.

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Reviews by Viator travelers
Good Snorkel trip
Connector37277709525
, May 2019
Did have a really good time on the boat and in the water. Lots of fish to see. The crew does a good job of providing a safe and enjoyable trip.
A very fun snorkeling experience
Compass06199184408
, Jan 2019
Our crew was very friendly, and the three locations where we stopped to snorkel were beautiful. We had some pictures taken of our group underwater, which all turned out great and we were able to purchase for a very reasonable price. Beverages were provided throughout the tour, although beer was only available after the snorkeling for safety purposes.
Awesome times!
Lisa M
, Jan 2019
We had an amazing time on this snorkeling excursion. The reefs were beautiful even without 100% visibility. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Needed to read the fine print regarding the taxes of $3.00 each and not being met at the port.
Very disappointed -- falsely advertised
Sunshine47444768890
, Dec 2018
We are a family of three (all adults) and have trusted Viator many times for our world travels and this experience was our first disappointment. The description online is severely misleading. While the description says that each boat will carry between 10 and 20 people out for the snorkeling trip, our boat was crowded with 33 total passengers, plus 3 crew members. There were three unannounced stops to pick up additional passengers before we reached the first reef. It took one full hour to reach the first reef to begin snorkeling. Generally speaking, the crew was not immediately responsive to our questions or concerns. The snorkeling equipment was cheaply made: the straps on the mask were too loose and one of us lost a flipper in the water because the strap was too loose. The ratio of snorkelers to crew members in the water was dangerously out of proportion: with 30 swimmers in the water, we had only ONE guide. There was another crew member in the water, but his responsibility was only to take photos and not assist swimmers. At one point, one of us felt unsafe in the water and immediately made the emergency signal that the boat needed to return to pick us up. The crew member we signaled to was extremely dismissive and did not respond to our need to get out of the water. The boat itself is in no way a glass bottom boat. There is a small glass through-hull port at the bow, visible only if you crawl way up to the front. The bottom itself of the boat is all fiber glass. Note: The location itself where you board is a small marina with no cafes or eateries (so be sure to have lunch before you reach the Marina) and you are responsible for calling your own taxi to return to town as taxis do not regularly pass by this area. We in no way recommend this tour and strongly suggest that you look elsewhere for a better experience.
Fun day on the wayer
Maps585030
, Dec 2018
Enjoyed our day with this excursion. Friendly folks. Safe snorkeling. Great underwater photos taken. Very glad we chose this snorkeling tour!
Awesome tour operators. Crew was always...
Jason H
, Sep 2018
Awesome tour operators. Crew was always attentive especially when we were in the water and the currents would push us and the boat around. Wonderful variety of marine life. 5-star operation all the way!
We had an excellent time on this...
kenny.sharon
, Jul 2018
We had an excellent time on this trip. We arrived too early as we were still on ship's time but the local fishermen completely looked after us by phoning the company to find out when we should expect them. The crew of the boat were all great - really looking after myself, husband, son 17 and daughter 15. I was a little scared in the water but the crew looked after us and helped my daughter try a bit of free diving which she was over the moon with. A photographer accompanied the trip and took some great pictures which we bought for 30 on a disk. However, they also said they would email them to us but they never did. Tequila and beer was included on the trip and there was a great sun deck on top of the boat which we took advantage of.
The deck guys and the skipper were...
Fanny M
, May 2018
The deck guys and the skipper were really nice and customer friendly. Smaller boat with 10-15 people plus crew but totally safe. Good equipment. Water and soft drinks on the way out - Beer added on the way back. Best if you know how to snorkle and a decent swimmer. I am not and hadn't snorkeled in years. I panicked and had to be helped back in on the first stop. They were patient and helpful and gave me a few tips so that I could hang on the the ladder and use my mask and snorkle look down at the reefs from the safety of the ship for the next two stops. Be aware that the boat circles around the group as you snorkle. I didn't realize that they were going to do that and when I first got in and wasn't breathing properly, I panicked further when I looked up and they had moved away slightly. It was my issue and not theirs because I didn't have my technique down. SUMMARY: Great guys -worth the trip- Que Viva Mexico ! Gracias!
I am 64. This trip was a long trip...
pamela g
, Apr 2018
I am 64. This trip was a long trip out to the snorkeling site. Water was drowning everyone on the small boat on the way out. Everyone was miserable. I had my snorkel mask over my eyes to stop the salt water burning my eyes, I had the snorkel in my mouth to keep out the salty water and my finger in my ear to keep the water from pounding my ear. I did enjoy the snorkeling but it was not as fantastic as I had anticipated. My sister and I purchased the photographers disk, it was 35 and we gave him 40. The disk is empty. We are hoping this is a mistake and will be worked out. As this was my sister's first time snorkeling we really wanted the pictures. My advice snorkel from the shore. Others on our cruise did this and saw more sea life than we did.
Amazing experience! It was our first...
Rahul Vasant N
, Mar 2018
Amazing experience! It was our first time snorkeling and we were super excited for this activity. The Chac Choc Snorkel Tour providers were very professional. Great instructor, underwater photographer, on-board drinks juice, water, beer, fresh cut fruits. There was an eco-bathroom on the boat no toilet paper in flush, as well as a glass bottom section to view the sea floor, which was pretty cool. They also provide pickup points from selected Resorts Secrets Aura, Iberostar, but you need to call/visit them to confirm that. Had a trouble finding the exact location of Chac Choc tours at Marina Fonatur language barrier plus not visible on Google Maps. Restrooms/ showers available at Marina Fonatur after the snorkel tour. Also, the photographer emailed us all photos the same day, which was great! Highly Recommend this one!!

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