Cozumel snorkeling: An unforgettable experience
The coral reefs of Cozumel are among the best snorkeling areas in the world. Snorkeling in Cozumel is suitable for beginners and advanced snorkelers. Both, children and adults enjoy healthy corals and colorful fish, and the visibility for Cozumel snorkeling is fantastic. You can snorkel on Cozumel from the boat or directly from the beach. However, the most beautiful reefs can only be reached by boat. Therefore, on this page we give some helpful information for a very special experience: Snorkeling in Cozumel.
Even if you do not spend your holidays directly on Cozumel, you can easily go snorkeling in Cozumel during a day trip and discover the second largest coral reef in the world. It runs parallel to the coast of Cozumel. In 1996, the Mexican government established the Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park, which surrounds the entire south of Cozumel. Since then, fishing is prohibited in the protected areas and there are many fish and large fish.
Daily Cozumel snorkeling tours into the National Park
Ever wanted to see starfish or snorkel with turtles? During our Cozumel snorkeling tour by boat in the famous Palancar National Park we see an impressive underwater world. Our Cozumel snorkeling tour starts every morning at 10:00 am, 12:00 and at 2:00 pm and takes 4 hours. We offer a similar tour as part of a private Cozumel boat tour.
By boat we drive to the famous reefs in the Cozumel National Park and snorkel on 3 different spots with fascinating underwater scenery. At each we are about 30 minutes in the water. You do not need extra training, snorkeling on Cozumel is suitable for beginners and advanced. We drive to the following three spots during our Cozumel snorkeling tour:
Snorkeling in Cozumel El Cielo
"El Cielo" means "The Sky" in Spanish. It is one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in Cozumel, if not in the entire Caribbean. The white sand shines bright in the turquoise-blue water. Here we see various starfish, which are distributed throughout the sand. Sometimes we can even see stingrays.
Snorkeling in Cozumel Colombia Reef
The shallow part of the Cozumel Colombia reef is ideal for snorkeling on Cozumel. At a depth of about 15-20 feet; amazing coral formations are waiting for us and with some luck we might find a marine turtle. Stretching over one mile, the Colombia Reef offers enough space for a fantastic Cozumel snorkeling experience.
Snorkeling in Cozumel Palancar Reef
The large Cozumel Palancar Reef is already on our way back and is one of the most famous snorkeling reefs on Cozumel. There is a flat part with beautiful corals. The reef slowly gets deeper and finally ends in a steep wall. There are stunning coral formations and sometimes rays or moray eels.
Our Cozumel snorkeling tour includes:
- 4 hours boat tour into the beautiful Cozumel marine park
- Snorkel stop at stunning El Cielo (Spanish: Heaven) to see the starfish and maybe stingrays
- Snorkeling at two awesome reefs in the Colombia and Palancar national park
- Additional stop in front of the natural Palancar beach for a swim in crystal clear waters
- Snorkel gear
- New snorkel
- National park fees
- Water and soft drinks
- A beer for our way back
- Two different meeting points closed to cruise ship piers and the ferry from Playa del Carmen
Snorkeling on Cozumel: Day trip from Playa del Carmen
A Cozumel snorkeling tour should always be booked directly on Cozumel. Tourists in Playa del Carmen are often charge up to 50% more for commissions. The best idea is to book your Cozumel Snorkel Tour online in advance. Do not wait until you arrive on Cozumel. Because at the ferry port, many tour operators are waiting to sell their tours. Most usually have excessive prices or low quality. For example, Cozumel snorkel tours are offered in glass bottom boats at reasonable prices. However, these tours only go to nearby, less spectacular reefs and not into the national park !!! The glass bottom offers few advantages because the reefs are too deep anyway to really see.
Cozumel snorkeling from the beach
In recent years, a lot has happened and some beaches are no longer accessible for the public. If you want to snorkel on Cozumel off the beach, head to one of the beach clubs on the west side of Cozumel. There are beautiful corals and fish, for example, in front of the Moneybar and the Skyreef. But the really beautiful reefs are in the south at the national park and can only be reached by boat. So why not go for a Cozumel Snorkel Tour by boat if you're just one day on Cozumel?
Another option for Cozumel snorkeling off the beach is the Punta Sur Eco Park. But you need a Cozumel rental car to get there by yourself. Of course, you can also join us on our Cozumel Jeep Tour, or plan a stay at Punta Sur Eco Park during a private Cozumel tour.
Night snorkeling on Cozumel with octopus and lobster
Cozumel snorkeling at night is a very special adventure. We will start right after sunset, between 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Even if you are on a day trip from Playa del Carmen, you can easily participate. Because the last ferry to Playa del Carmen is at 10:00 pm.
We will start our Cozumel night snorkeling experience straight from the beach. Where we enter the water, there is tons of marine life. You will be equipped with waterproof flashlights and snorkeling equipment. For about an hour we snorkel at night and visually "hunt" for lobsters, cuttlefish and giant crabs. Depending on the lunar and current conditions, we may also see bio-luminescence. These are small particles of light in organisms that start to glow in the dark when the water moves.
If you are cautious because of the dark water, my colleagues and I are all trained dive instructors and we will be more than happy to snorkel right by your side.
The Cozumel snorkeling experience at night includes:
- Complete snorkeling equipment
- (Mask, snorkel, fins, life jacket, buoy)
- Experienced guide with first aid training
- Entrance fee