Cozumel, Mexico
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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 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.
  • 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
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.

Reviews

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J
, 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!

k
, 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.

F
, 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!

p
, 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.

R
, 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!!

r
, Mar 2018

The Cozumel Snorkeling Tour was enjoyable with each reef offering a diverse environment in fish and depth. The boat staff were very attentive to every snorkelers swimming ability and exercised caution to assure we were all safe in the water as a group.

S
, Mar 2018

This was a first rate excursion from start to finish. Taken to the dock, supplied with gear, and taken to three amazing places to snorkel. The guide spoke English, so everything was easy to understand. The reefs were beautiful and we had plenty of time to look at everything! A must do!!!!!

R
, Mar 2018

We had a great time!!!! The Guides we awesome and we got to see a lot of marine life. I would recommend this trip to anyone. If you do not want to get in the water the glass bottom boat allows you to still see everything.

M
, Mar 2018

Our group of 8 had a fantastic time on this tour! We are college students with little experience snorkeling, and this was a great tour for beginners like us. We were able to see a sting ray, sea turtles, starfish, and many other fish. Since it was a tour with people outside of our group of 8 we were swimming into people often really the only downside to things. The boat and crew were amazing!! There was a photographer that got amazing pictures of us and sold them for a fair price. There was plenty of beer to go around and the crew even dropped us off at a restaurant for lunch at the end of our tour! Everyone was very friendly and we would definitely do it again if given the chance!

B
, Mar 2018

The location of the tour was a 15 minute cab ride from the cruise pier. This was fine getting there but when the tour ended there were no cabs available and we had to wait 45 minutes for a cab to take us back. There were 10 people from our cruise taking this tour so a ride to and from the tour location should have been included even at an additional cost.
The tour itself was a bit disappointing for a few reasons. First, we were not made aware that we would be stopping at two other docks to pick up additional passengers. Granted, they were on the way to the snorkel spot but an advance notice would have been nice.
When we picked up 6 guests at one dock, those of us already on the boat were asked to move to the front of the boat because the water there was shallow at the pier. Once the new guests, boarded, they took the seats of the original guests who were now all crammed at the front of the boat.
In total, from the time we left the pier to the time to the first snorkel stop, it was close to 1 1/2 hours. And the first stop was a brief 15 minute snorkel to see a few starfish on the sandy bottom. That was a waste of time. We then went to the reef part of the snorkel tour and although there were numerous fish, and quite close, the actual reef was too deep to see much of it. We did see an octopus, an eagle ray and some turtles.
The boat staff also seemed indifferent. They did provide safety instructions and handed out the necessary equipment. But they instructed everyone to put their flippers on and walk to the back of the boat and jump in. And then the two staff members did just that, leaving everyone to fend for themselves including several very senior citizens on board who could have used some help. One lady actually fell while trying to get in the water.
We have been on many snorkel excursions and never have we been asked to try to walk on a rocking boat with flippers on and jump into the water.
Help while getting back on the boat was minimal with very little assistance from staff members.
There was beer, pop, juice and potato chips offered to everyone on the return trip.


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