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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 Colombia 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.

Highlights

  • 4-hour snorkeling tour 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
  • Enjoy access to the facilities of the popular Money Bar Beach Club after the tour

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What You Can Expect

Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs

Admire abundant marine life during your tour

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.

Customer Reviews

Laurenmmurray

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had an absolute blast! Tony, our leader, was enthusiastic and helpful. The beer was plentiful, the memories even more so. We saw starfish, stingrays, and even a full grown sea turtle! It was the highlight of our vacation!

Amy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was spectacular! Only thing was a bit of a hassle at the beginning was having to get a cab to the tour site. We weren't aware of that so were scrambling a bit.

Jaimie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Awesome tour! Great guides..was able to see 2 sea turtles, a sting ray and a multitude of fish. Would definitely recommend.

Tina T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was amazing! The 4 guys on the boat we wonderful ! One of the guys takes pictures and you can buy the disc that has pics of you on it. They are very knowledgable in their job and make your experience fun! We saw star fish and a sea turtle along with other fish.

Ronald A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Enjoyed the whole excursion. Antonio (Tony) and the whole staff was attentive, fun and genuine. Would do it again.

Katherine K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Had a great time!

Gregory F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Had a great time. Boat ride is a little long if you're a hardcore snorkeler, but if you like a slow boat ride on beautiful water and free beer, even that part is still kind of fun. Great guides really added to the fun factor of the experience.

michelle e

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

we had a great time with the crew. i have a fear of water, but wanted to take this on and challenge my fear. the crew was very supportive and helpful. all the gear worked great and i ended up having a lovely time on the beautiful reefs. starting and ending at Money Bar gave us the option to shower and have lunch or keep on snorkeling closer to shore if we wanted. glad we chose this tour!

James C

4 star rating: Recommended November 2016

Excellent. We were bumped from the morning to the afternoon not sure who was at fault but Viator made is right by giving us a discount. We were very worried about getting back to the ship on time. No problems! We walked to the tour both ways - about 30 min each way. Meet in the main waiting area next to the cab stand. Bring a dry bag to keep your stuff from getting wet.

Vince A

4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

Very good diving. Highly colarful.

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