Cozumel Snorkeling Excursion Reviews
Best day of ALL!!! Did the Fury Catamaran Snorkel and Beach Excursion. Great snorkeling and great service. The private beach was fabulous!!!! Highly recommend!!!!
We enjoyed Cozumel. The 3 reef snorkeling was enjoyable, except for my 8 year old who never snorkeled before and freaked out a little. Enjoyable anyway.
Avoid "FURY" catamaran excursions. Horrible and unfriendly crew. We stopped only a mile from the dock to snorkel and only had 10 minutes in the water before going to their cheap-ass beach break that didn't include any food or water. Just horrible.
Palancar Snorkel & Playa Mia
On-time and on schedule, our dive master Issac explained well and was very knowledgeable. The crew were helpful and attentive - unlimited water, soda, beer, and margarita.
We saw many flying fish on the boat to the snorkeling site - nice ride for 45 minutes one way.
Snorkeling itself was interesting (about 50 minutes); this is our first time to do the 'drift' snorkeling - you do need to feel comfortable swimming in the open water and pay attention to the current and the flag (where the guide is). Not recommended for the first time snorkelers. Quite a few fish and reefs - a small school of fish were following us and I almost bumped into one. We drifted from 30 feet to a drop of about 700 feet and saw a group of the scuba divers too.
After the snorkeling, they took us to Playa Mia Grand Beach & Water Park for a light lunch/open bar and half day at the beach. The food was so-so but the beach was good. We used the shower room and the beach lounge chairs to enjoy the sun, the beach, and free WIFI. Looks like it is a private beach and there were less traffic. Plenty of kid pools and a nice slide - good for kids.
Water very very eye burningly salty. Not a lot of snorkel time and if cloudy you don't see much. Life jackets cause atomic wedgie. Too much beach time and charged for the things we were told were free (temporary tattoo's cost 65 dollars!)
I did the snorkeling at Channakabaha (spelling?). If I had to do it again, I probably wouldn't book this one. I didn't have a bad experience, I just don't think it was a great one either. My boyfriend isn't the strongest swimmer and I felt like they didn't really help people out if they were struggling with snorkeling. Also, you didn't actually go on a boat and get dropped in the sea to snorkel. You are just at a beach and go in the water so there weren't a ton of fish. There were some, but they would come when the staff was feeding them. They did get really cool pictures of you snorkeling though because they would feed the fish and then snap a picture. Just an okay experience. You don't have to take a tender to get to this port though, so that was a plus for this port. Cozumel itself seemed nice. I didn't really get to see the port much because of our excursion though.
Booked on our own - contacted the owner beforehand who gave us tons of excellent information before we arrived. Taxi was $10 each way. Make sure you have them take you to "Money Bar" rather than directly to Pal Mar, or they will charge you even more. Its a quick walk and you're there. $21 got two of us unlimited snorkeling for the day. While you're there, wait for the excursions booked through the cruise lines to show up - they throw out food for the fish.
The sea life I encountered just a few feet from the beach while snorkeling was amazing. I was able to rent the snorkeling gear for the full day for just $12.
I had specifically chosen Tortuga Carey as I wanted to dive and my mom wanted to snorkel. They had availability for us to do both on the same trip. First of all, the service was awesome. They were so accommodating to the both of us as well as the other divers on the boat. Second of all, the dive sites were amazing! Wilberth ensured all of us saw all of the highlights and marine life on the reef. It was the best excursion we had throughout out whole week. Hats off to Wilberth and his first class crew and shop!
Much too crowded. The guides kept herding us together and so we kept bumping into each other. No real refreshments to speak of--glasses of soda only. No beer, cocktails or snacks.
We did the NCL excursion on the Fury Catamaran – Snorkeling and Beach break. We still had windy weather, which made the air temperature somewhat coolish, but it turned out the water was very nice and the wind didn’t really make the snorkeling much more difficult. The main way we were affected was by the wind once we were wet – chilly! We snorkeled only about 20 minutes, I think – this is the downside of this excursion if you are choosing it for snorkeling. If you want a longer snorkeling experience, choose something else. This is great if you just want a taste of snorkeling and then some fun on the beach. Their private beach has lots of water slides, kayaks, paddle boards, etc., as well as a bar and grill. For us, with a young daughter, the amount of snorkeling was fine, but I just want people to be aware of the actual time spent doing it.
I also want to note that you should BEWARE in the shops right at the port in Cozumel. There were many friendly vendors and not overly aggressive or anything; however, there were some shady ones as well. In particular the first store on the right when you cross the bridge to the mall had a wall full of shell-cross ornaments ... I watched someone BARELY touch an ornament on one end of the wall, only to have one on the OTHER END fall down and break ... they were clearly very loosely hooked on, very precarious, and one of the shop workers, who had been hovering and watching, promptly showed up with a shopping basket, picked up the broken ornament and placed it inside, and demanded that the browser pay for the item. I wanted nothing to do with that kind of store after that!! Bad business.
Our excursion was cancelled but we did take a taxi to Paradise beach. Great, friendly staff. Weather was bad so most attractions were compromised.
We are repeat customer's of Rosi's and her team ALWAYS provides an amazing experience. I cannot recommend her highly enough- the small number allowed on her excursions guarantees a memorable event even in less than ideal weather conditions. They go above and beyond to insure a positive experience. I wish Princess sold excursions based on experience levels.
Snorkeling was fun. I wish I would have known in advance the gear was used, I would have brought my own on the ship. Otherwise, very fun and eventful, could have lasted a bit longer.,
Of course we arrived late - so once off the ship we didn't have time to take a taxi into town. We shopped across the street from the pier area then went to the bar at the soon to be open Hard Rock and had a beer. Went back to the cruise terminal area to shop - noticed several stores - probably half - that had their selling license suspended due to selling fake silver. Huge signs taped their display cases shut. Met up with Carlos and the Aqua Dream 2 catamaran for a snorkel tour.
Left late - but we weren't worried because it was a cruise ship tour. Had a short ride out to snorkel area and were given great instructions. Catamaran had lots of space for the large group and was comfortable - with bathrooms. Snorkeled in 2 sports - very strong current, and minimal fish spotting. Water was beautiful and warm. Enjoyed complimentary rum punch, beer and margaritas on the cruise back. Very good! Once in port - saw a line out to the street to get back on the ship. It was 2:50 and we needed to be back on board by 3:30. We got back on at 4 pm. Waited forever for security to look for alcohol in everyone's bags. Of course we left late and waited and waited for 4 missing passengers. No one from the cruise ship was informing anyone standing in line that we were fine, just left us all to worry.
We booked a sail and snorkel experience through the Shore Excursions Group and it was EXCELLENT! We snorkeled at two different reefs close by to the ships. We saw tons of fish and coral. The tour guides were phenomenal. During the 3-hour excursion, we snorkeled for an hour. We were also given pineapple and sodas/water prior to snorkeling and margaritas, tequila, and chips with guacamole after were finished snorkeling. Highly recommended!
Felt a bit rushed, but from listening to others it was like that no matter who the excursion was booked with. We saved money, and had a great time by booking on our own.
Don't pay for an excursion! Walk to the end of the RC pier and get into the water with your snorkeling equipment tons to see, best stop ever, lots to do!
We never been here so we figured we try it since we didn't know what or where to go.
Our next excursion at Cozumel was a snorkeling trip. It went to three different reefs (which are actually one reef, but three different spots along it) by boat. The snorkeling wasn't too bad but the water was rough and they subcontracted out the boat. Many people got sea sick on that boat trip, not us luckily. The worst part was getting on and off the boat at the pier. The boat was moving up and down at least 3 feet. It was very dangerous and I am surprised nobody fell overboard. The excursion was also cut 1 hour short, which was fine since so many people were ill, but I did pay for a full 3.5 hours.
Cozumel saved the port portion of this cruise for us. After the failures that were Jamaica and Grand Cayman, we all truly loved Cozumel. This was our second visit and our first time doing an excursion. We did the paddle-boarding / snorkel package and it was absolutely amazing. I was horrible at paddle-boarding but the rest of my family had so much fun I couldn't help but to enjoy it. The snorkeling was an absolute blast as I attached my 'Go-Pro- to my head and got beautiful video of all of the fish and surroundings. We will definitely do this again.
Was supposed to be about 4 hours, spent 3 1/2 hours driving all round the area plus a tequila tasting and got 25 mins of snorkeling. There were a couple of first timers in our group and they were left to their own devices, the cove area the guides had chosen to enter the sea had a strong tide and people were being pushed back to the shore, the guides didn't hang around to help the stragglers but they did remember to remind us that tips are appreciated! There was a 15 min walk to get to/from the Jeeps from the harbor area, that wasn't mentioned in the brochure.
Great time for a First Time Snorkeler and Kayaker ! Very professional
first time snorkeling, panicked at first, but calmed down after getting used to breathing through mouth. saw some interest fish and stingray.
Mini-Speed Boat, Snorkel and Beach Adventure
The mini-speed boats were great fun and our tour guide, Luis, was terrific, making the excursion extra fun!!! We were in luck as the day was gorgeous and the sea was an amazing turquoise blue. The highlight was when a large boat passed by and we were able to catch the waves and go airborne. What a high!!! The snorkeling area was smaller than I was expecting but we were able to see some sea life. When we returned back to the beach after the excursion, we bought a tasty lunch at the excursion site. We had a terrific day!
We booked this excursion on the ship and the day before we were in Cozumel and were so happy we did! It was a great excursion with great tour guides and we had a blast!!!
They took us to Chakanaab park where we got our snorkel gear and got in the water and saw some really neat fish, stingrays and a statue!! Afterwards, we had free reign of the park for a couple hours and ate lunch there (great fajitas) and then got in the very nice huge pool!! We would totally do this again!
For the price this will be a great time. Not pure luxury, but a serious amount of fun and memories. I would recommend to anyone looking for a short get away with kids or without!
Really enjoyed learning how to snorkel.
Snorkelling was great (Cozumel has the most beautiful blue water of anywhere on earth) and the excursion staff were wonderful EXCEPT they had woefully inadequate masks and snorkels. If we had taken our own it would be 5+ stars. Unfortunately they told us no need to bring anything and we regretted not taking our own masks.
We really like Cozumel and they are in port longer – 9 hours. We elected to go snorkel with the sea turtles which required taking the ferry to Playa and then a van so it took 7 hours total including the hour long snorkel with the sea turtles. But it was a great experience and included a good buffet lunch and unlimited drinks at the resort so I do recommend it. Our friends went to Tulum to see the Mayan ruins and liked it as well. Both excursions end in downtown Cozumel so we had an hour to shop before catching a taxi ($8 per car) back to the Freedom.
We also went clear kayak which was fun, but the snorkeling with Mario and Julio was the highlight of the entire cruise for me! It was pretty deep water, but they made us feel safe and showed us moray eel, coral reef, stingray and tropical fish! The beach was clean, quiet and had lockers (small fee) and a little café and bar. Totally enjoyed it!
looked at 2 reefs and 1 sand bar. free beer, friendly staff. a little rushed. and by the time you got off the boat he was already like 40ft away. but beautiful.
We took the Fury Snorkel and Beach Break. My breakdown of the ratings are this: Snorkel 2 and beach break 5.
The snorkel sites were very good. There were a lot of different sea critters to see and the water was extremely clear. The problem with the snorkel was the they tried to group the people and herd them like a bunch of cattle or sheep, It was not enjoyable at all to be hit with arms and/or flippers every few seconds. Further, the snorkel equipment was one size fits all. That worked well for my wife, but mine leaked continuously in spite of being swapped out twice. I am an experience diver and I am very well versed in dive/snorkel equipment.This stuff was garbage.
The beach break was fantastic. It was a private beach and the facilities and amenities (including beverages) were very good.
The catamaran tour was amazing! The staff on board the tour company was friendly and explained everything very clearly. The snorkel tour was awesome- clear water, and thoroughly guided. They even took pictures of us underwater which was really cool! Then we were taken to a private beach area where we were able to rest and relax and play in the water. There was an open bar as well, and food and water available. Overall, great value for our money and a really fun excursion. Would definitely recommend this to a friend.
Very disappointing - we had to enter the water via a horrible rocky area - sunny day became overcast when we got to snorkeling part of tour and we saw very few fish and no coral. Guide insisted that this was the only place on the island to snorkel, which we found hard to believe. At end of this part of tour the guide informed us that we tourists are the only form of income they have and that they need our tips - we found this very offensive. we paid for the tour and tipping should be optional, not mandatory. we did not tip!
Norwegian was extremely helpful in helping us change our excursion, since the day before's was cancelled. They refunded our money and helped us re-book and re-jig our day in Cozumel. We enjoyed some time walking the stores and restaurants in the morning. Much better shopping in Cozumel (but they still sell the same stuff, store after store after store). We did stumble across some unique, authentic (i think) delicious stores with beautiful art and clothing. The people were great, although you could see the wear'n tear and frustration for unfriendly/gracious tourists. We were witness to some very pushy and rude tourists ourselves. I felt for the people at each port. Anyway....we had fantastic walks and then awesome drinks at a cafe ("Cougars" I believe, great waiter!). We then set off to catch our catamaran for some snorkelling fun with our kids. Neither of them had ever snorkelled before, so we were excited to show them beautiful fish and reef or coral or some semblance of nature? Unfortunately, they took us along side land for quite owe time. We never went "out" far and we could pretty much see our cruise ship the whole time. At our "dive" spot, they basically said "here's your gear", no training really, just rules. "Oh well" we thought. we're here, lets make the best of it and it's a first time for our kids. We jumped in with the other 200 people and the other 4 boats with the same amount of people. We noticed we were maybe 200-300 feet away from a bar and it's patio. We were not allowed to venture very far from our boat at all and ALL the coral and reef was dead. There was really only one kind of fish and they are there for whatever it is the guides feed them to entertain us. Sad and un-environmentally sound for sure! We didn't want o dampen the kids experience with what we really knew was going on, so we enjoyed their faces and watched them dive for the fake things that humans put on the ocean floor (so that there was at least something to see and fish to hide in). If you have any sense of true snorkelling and an appreciation for underwater nature...don't do this tour. We again, made the best of it and enjoyed the crew and their dancing and free drinks on the boat and the views as we sailed past resorts and bars along the port. They also took us to a private beach where there were floating slides and obstacles and sea-doo's to rent. Our kids couldn't wait to get out there. Our son rented a Sea Doo and we played a bit int he very dirty, bad smelling water. Turning again that blind eye, we made the best of it. (Still worthy of noting however). There is potential for change, I don't know about their knowledge or infrastructure to make it happen though. It would be nice to see.
Cozumel: Totally enjoyed the Fury Catamaran and Snorkel tour. We motored out to where we could snorkel, drifting along in a pretty significant current. Saw lots of cool fish and coral in ~45 minutes and our daughter finally got the hang of snorkeling. My daughter and I get seasick and were worried about the boat, but it was really stable and we had no problems. Husband enjoyed the free beer on the way back to the ship.
We did the Xel-Ha snorkeling/river tubing trip. It was quite a ways from the Cozumel port-had to take a 40 minute Ferry ride(bring the Dramamine for that!) then walk through the streets a little to a taxi that took you the rest of the way there. The transfers were seamless and our guide Juan was perfect. He even told us to use our snorkel flippers for paddles while on our tubes. You could easily spend a few days at this park, but we only had time for a short slow tube ride down the river, some zip lining into the river, and snorkeling back to where the restaurants are for an all inclusive authentic Mexican lunch. The fish were gorgeous, although I didn't get to snorkel that much because my 6 year old was crying most of the time. (I think he was overtired and wary about the river water-solely because it wasn't a pool)
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Did easy walk in snorkel. Was not impressed with location right off main road between cruise ship ports but the water sights and reef were better than expected. I am not a good swimmer and wife did not want to try it (she was able to pay for the $10 taxi ride while I snorkeled for 1 hour, plenty of others to talk to and drinks/snacks available while she waited). The guide gave us instruction as I'd tried to snorkel in St Thomas & Cancun on my own with limited success. Good equipment provided and we went way out onto reef and saw tons of colorful fish, coral, small barracuda, starfish, even 6" sea horse. Was fairly tired on return since not a good swimmer but held on to guide's marker float until got in.
Booked a Catamaran Snorkeling Trip (Fury Tours). This included about 45 minutes snorkeling, after which they offered plenty of drinks (we don't drink, so we had some good punch) and
The waters were clear and pristine, so you could see so well. There was nice coral reef and some fish. .
A great start to our cruise!
So we left on a beautiful catamaran, nice wind available and yet we motored everywhere we went. Very unpleasant diesel odor abounded. We went to the "marine park" within sight of the cruise terminal, sparsely coraled, I did see a moray eel and a scorpion fish, a first for me.
We loved this tour. Had a great guide. Snorkelled, enjoyed beach time, saw a sea lion show, learned about the Mayan's. Great park-there is a dolphin encounter and also a zip-line there.
This was a lot of fun. The Speed boats are 15ft fibreglass two-seaters with 25 HP 2-stroke outboards. They go fast enough that you can catch some air on a big wave (if you choose). The tour starts with a 20 minute ride to the beach and about 20 minutes of prep and orientation. The group takes off the the beach and stops in front of one of the resorts (I think Coral Princess or nearby) for a short bit of snorkelling. Shore snorkelling isn't great in Cozumel since the hurricane a few years ago and the current is strong so you have to stay close to the shore, but it's a destination for the boats and still fun. The staff are diligent about keeping track of everyone. After snorkelling you rip around in the boats for a while longer. Altogether about 1.5 hours with boating and snorkelling. After the tour you spend about an hour at the beach where you can buy lunch, photos, drinks and the tour guide gives a demonstration on making Mexican salsa. The chips and salsa are free but everything else costs. Be sure to bring a few bucks for a locker ($3) at a minimum.
Wow, great time on the double reef snorkelling tour. We totally loved this excursion and would highly recommend it. You get a boat ride to two separate locations and the staff on the tour were so much fun. Snorkelling was great and we even got free beers after the two snorkelling activities were done. Awesome!
LOVED LOVED LOVED this port. From the excursion to the shopping. Everything. We enjoyed the excursion with Miguel as our guide. We felt bad, as he had to swim out 100+ yards to tell us we had gotten too far out. We were snorkeling, and got carried away enjoying ourselves.
If you want to go Scuba diving, ask for the lady with the Hummingbird Tattoo's, she was awesome.
100% recommend the excursions here.
Though it rained for portions of the trip, we still have a great time. One negative (Not explained in description) was that we had to walk to the start of the tour, which was (10) minutes or so away from the International Cruise port. But once we started, it was fun from then on. We stopped at a ruin replica of an old lighthouse and was give some history of the construction and use. We then proceeded along the main road to the Blue beach. We had time to relax, snorkle and swim. It was beautiful. We then proceeded along the main road into the "jungle" where we had some fun in the mud and on the pathways. We finished the trip at another beach and relaxing area, where the rain unfortunately started. Overall a great experience and the guides were very knowledgable.
We liked snorkeling. Our tour guide took us to 3 different spots. It was fun, except at one of the locations there were tons of jellyfish and we all got stung about 20 times! These little jellyfish were like bees stinging us. We negotiated $100 for 3 of us, included beer, water and soda.
Had a great time with the knowledgeable crew and the food was excellent.
We took a $20 cab (for 6 people) to Chackannab. It's a great place to snorkel, eat, drink, relax and not have anyone bother you. They have lockers and clean showers/changing rooms. Bring an underwater camera and enjoy!!!
We decided NOT to use Carnival's excursions and saved lots of money! For an $11 taxi ride about 10 miles from the boat to Chankanaab National Park and about $21 entry fee each to the park, we spent the entire morning snorkeling almost completely alone! We had most of the park to ourselves. I guess we beat all the cruise excursions there.
We rented our snorkeling equipment right there on the beach for very little cost. I did have trouble with my mask leaking and had to return it three times until I got one that sealed, but they gave me no problems exchanging it.
Water was a little rough, but clear with lots of fish to see. This was the first snorkeling experience for my boys, ages 8 and 11, and they absolutely LOVED it. Biggest thrill was the HUGE barracuda hiding under the dive platform...freaked me out a little, especially when he turned his head to look directly at me - I think my wedding ring caught his attention!
Once others started getting to the park, we were able to swim near all the scuba divers and see exactly what they had paid to see. Their guides even shared their finds with us!
The park had someone swimming around taking underwater pictures (about 20-30 pics) that they put on a CD, which we purchased for only $25! We did not get to check out all the other goodies the park offered because we wanted to do some shopping in Cozumel, but I know they offer scuba, snuba, swimming with dolphins, and other tours as well.
On the way out of the park, we came up on one of the wild iguana sunning in the front. My youngest inched his way close to it for a pic. Overall, a great experience for much less than Carnival charged!
Great activitiy for all ages!
We snorkeled at Playa Palancar which is nice.
Great excursion. Really fun guides - open bar and Latino dancing on the boat commute, for those interested -- and then fun snorkeling. Would have been nice if we hadn't been so far above the reef, but we saw lots of fish, a baby shark and a baby turtle. Good for beginners. Nice beach as part II, with fun sea toys for kids - ie. water trampoline. Pretty bad lunch. Highly recommend for children.
What a perfect day....sea, sun and snorkeling. Cozumel
We had a 9am start time for our glass bottom boat/snorkeling tour with Chi Chi Charters....great great and great. After the long, and I mean long walk from the ship to the terminal and then again through the shopping gauntlet...crazy long. Be aware that there are some peddle bikes (good tip only) for the first half but nothing through the shopping area?? Not ideal for the disabled.
Taxis were available...$8 for a sedan and $16 for a 10 person van..Down to Carleta Marina to catch our boat. Amanda met us for final payment and handed us over to Angel and Al, our captain and snorkel guide. We cruised 30 mins in crystal clear turquoise seas to Columbia reef, our first stop. Gear on and jump in. Clear down to the 50 foot bottom...huge schools of colorful fish....which we swam through the beautiful yellow and black stripped Trigger fish and grey groupers.... Barracuda, couch shells, moray eel, stingray, flounder, starfish, and more....I could do this for days...it was like swimming in a huge aquarium.
Off to Palancar, Chankanaab Reef and El Ceilo (which means heaven and it is)... No more than knee deep turquoise water and white silky sand....it is truly heaven. This is where Al lays out a table full of snacks...homemade salsas, guac and chips, and fresh fruit while we lazy in the water drinking Coronitas and sodas.....love that! Thanks ChiChi for a wonderful day!
Islander Tours outsourced us to another provider which caused a significant delay of more than 2 hrs. The outsourced operator was good but he also delay by picking people all around Cozumel before we snorkeled. He was very good in the water and knowledgeable as well.