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Enjoy Cozumel's endless beauty on a port of call tour combining outdoor adventure with some local Mayan heritage. Your shore excursion begins with a self-drive buggy ride to snorkel Chankanaab Reef, then continues to Cozumel's first town—El Cedral—to explore some ancient ruins. Engage with local residents, sample a traditional Mayan snack and follow it all up with a leisurely visit to Hotel Cozumel and Resort to enjoy a Mexican lunch and Cozumel's largest freshwater pool. 


  • Half-day shore excursion of Cozumel by self-drive buggy, including snorkeling
  • Drive around Cozumel in a state-of-the-art buggy that holds just four passengers
  • Snorkel in the Caribbean Sea with an experienced guide at Chankanaab Reef
  • Visit the Mayan ruins of El Cedral and the home of a contemporary Mayan family
  • Sample traditional Mayan snacks and feast on a mouthwatering Mexican lunch
  • Four ice-cold refreshments plus full snorkel gear and swimming at Hotel Cozumel and Resort included
  • Covered by our Worry-free shore excursion guarantee

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What You Can Expect

Cozumel Shore Excursion: Self-Drive Buggy, Snorkeling, Mayan Heritage and Mexican Lunch

El Cedral ruins in Cozumel

Disembark your cruise ship in Cozumel's port, then meet your guide a trip to the Chankanaab Reef.

Get a brief orientation, slip in to your provided snorkel gear and make your way into the clear Caribbean Sea. Spend an hour exploring the aquatic environment, full of different species of coral and groups of tropical fish flitting by. 

Your next adventure is on board a state-of-the-art dune buggy with up to 3 fellow passengers. In a caravan, maneuver through the island's landscape toward your destination, El Cedral. Once you arrive in this historic town, founded in the late 19th century as the first town on Cozumel, take a look around the ancient Mayan ruins on a guided tour. Additionally, visit the town church and the original house where the town's first settlers lived. 

Enter the home of a local Mayan family for a break and a snack made of local ingredients in the traditional manner. Learn about the modern Mayans traditions, festivals and culture. 

Back in the buggy, head back to your starting point, stopping at Plaza San Martin or El Mirador for photo ops and scenic views. When you arrive at Hotel Cozumel and Resort, dig in to a delicious meal of Mexican favorites accompanied by 4 included ice-cold refreshments. 

Relax on the provided lounge chairs and swim in the largest freshwater pool on Cozumel. Lockers, towels and a bar are also available at additional cost. At the end of the day, return to the cruise port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the Cozumel port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

George R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Ronny and Hernan were wonderful guides. They had our safety in mind throughout the day. Driving the buggy was really a lot of fun. Getting out of the crowds in the downtown was just what we needed. There were at least five ships in port and the city was crowded with spring breakers. We enjoyed a tranquil beach and the Mayan heritage house. Lunch was more than we expected. Well worth the price.

Joseph O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We had a great time! The guides were very knowledgable, patient, accommodating and helpful. We would do this tour again!

Louise N Ireland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

Juan, Omar, and Daniel were fabulous. My friend and I were the only two on this tour and we were made feel very special. After speaking to other people who booked tours on the Cruise Ship, we certainly got the best value for money and the longest trip.
So the tour starts off with snorkelling... it was very good, some colourful fish, but if you've been snorkelling in proper places before, don't expect too much, it was fun though.
Then 'Mexican Lunch'- its a buffet in a hotel poolside bar. Just ok.
Then the buggies, not as state of the art as I had imagined, but a lot of fun, and we got to drive for what seemed like an eternity.
The mayan ruins were not ruins, it was a traditional house, a little stange if Im honest, but good to see, and then the beach was AMAZING....
This was well worth it, wish I could do this trip all over again.

Randy H

4 star rating: Recommended September 2016

The tour guides were great. There were only the two of us on the tour which was great for individual attention and help. This was really true during the snorkeling. The Mayan village was not very exciting. The history was interesting and the food was good, but the small temple was not much to see. Driving around the island was fun but not much to see.

All in all a good time and we enjoyed it.

Pamela N

4 star rating: Recommended January 2016

Hernan, Ronny and Omar were great guides! We were a group of 11 of us in our group and the guys took great care of us! We took a short cab ride from the cruise pier to the Hotel Cozumel. Driving the buggies around the island was a highlight for all. I only rated 4 stars as we did not get to go snorkeling due to the weather, which was no fault of the company. Longer time at the beach would have been nice, but we only have so much time. We loved going to Cedral and seeing the village and having an authentic mexican snack prepared for us and learn a little more of the culture. I would definitely recommend!

Gary M

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2015

Cars were fun, snorkeling was OK--would have been more enjoyable without the windy weather, lunch was OK--counter/grill style--narrow selection. Guides were very good, very personable, some interesting Mayan information.

Valerie W

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2015

There were some issues with the tour there was an issue with one of the buggy's and a replacement had to be brought out but the biggest problem is the excursion tries to do too much. Some in our party had to choose between having lunch and swimming in the hotel pool and snorkeling. It would have been better to cut something out of the day so everyone could experience everything the tour offered. BUT this should not take away from the tour guides they were all great and the Caped Crusader theme was great.


3 star rating: Worth doing October 2013

This is my second time using Viator for my excursions. I was disappointed with the description of the excursion. There are no "Mayan Ruins" to see. They take you to a authentic looking building, talk about the Mayan history, and a woman inside speaks "Mayan" and prepares a snack. The snack was delicious. The history was interesting, however, we were lead to believe we would see "ruins". The tour guides, Juan, Omar, and Daniel were very helpful, friendly and interesting. None of the instrument gauges or the horn on our buggy worked. We were able to stop at a nice beach area and swim for 30 minutes. Then drove on around the island back to the hotel, walked to the snorkeling, and had a very nice Mexican lunch buffet. Well worth the money, but I would have given the rating five stars if we hadn't been led to believe we were going to see "Mayan Ruins".

Seema J

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2013

Tour guides were wonderful, very friendly and entertaining. Self drive buggies were awesome but there should be warning before purchase for people to be aware all these buggies are manual and not automatic.
Also need more time on the beach. Food was good but we didn't have enough time to eat

Diane O

1 star rating: I do not recommend this December 2013

very bad disappointing didn't see the Maya ruins and we when to the beach we was not in the schedule etc

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