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Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs

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Quintana Roo, Mexico
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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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 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 a 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, refreshing margaritas, zesty juice, and purified water as you revel in the soothing Mexican sunshine. 

Return to the pier after the tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Columbia Reef
Amazing coral formations and sea life
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Palancar Reef
World Famous Snorkeling and Diving site
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Playa El Cielo
Beautiful crystal clear water area
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Restrooms/ showers available at Marina Fonatur after the snorkel tour." See review
  • "Be aware that the boat circles around the group as you snorkle."

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star-5
Amazing Snorkeling Experience
Jessica
, Jul 2020
We booked a snorkeling trip last minute with Juan, Rene, and Wilbur and had an incredible experience. We visited three snorkel spots and then got to swim at El Ciel at the end. Rene took incredible pictures of our family snorkeling and I was thrilled to be able to buy them at the end for only $45 for my family of 4. The pictures were in my email in the next few hours. The three crew members on our boat could have not been nicer or more helpful. I highly recommend this trip!
star-5
Excellent trip, great value, helpful staff
John_M
, Feb 2020
Our boat was crewed by Juan, Roman & the photographer, all really friendly guys. They took time to explain exactly what we would be doing, what we could expect to see, and looked after us very well. The snorkeling was better than we expected as we saw a turtle, shark, parrot fish, queen ocean trigger fish & many more. Juan kept the group fully informed during the snorkeling, telling us whenever he stopped anything interesting. The photographer took great photos of us and the turtle; we never normally buy 'tourist' photos, but made an exception as the photos were excellent. Really enjoyable trip, thoroughly recommended
star-5
Overall, a great tour with helpful guides
PTProfessor
, Jan 2020
I previously wrote a review that mentioned I never received the pictures i paid for at the end of the tour. I contacted the tour operator and photographer, and within two days, received all the pictures I was expecting. Other than that temporary problem, it was a great trip.
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-4
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.
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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.
star-5
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!
star-5
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!
star-5
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.

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