We did the Three Reef Snorkel By Boat excursion, offered by Carnival and run by a crew aboard the Siete Mares (or Seven Seas) a really cool wooden boat. As long as you don't mind the 4 foot jump into the water, that is. Or the ladder with round bars for rungs to climb out--at least there were grips on the rungs. The crew was great at helping to jump off and climb out of the boat. We snorkeled three locations, always as a group. The sky was a little cloudy and the water was sort of cool, but the snorkeling itself was very decent.
Three reef snorkel. Overall a very good trip. Great outfitter/guide, and two of the three spots were outstanding. Sharks, stingrays, various fish, spider crabs. Very nice. The third was a bit too deep to see much, and there didn't seem to be as much life to see there. If they could find a different spot with more reef / fish life that would be good.
This excursion did not start off on the best note, as the tour was scheduled for 10:30am, and when we arrived we found the 9:30am group still waiting! The host, "Carla" was late and appeared flustered. Though we had prepaid a deposit online, she did not have us on her list. Thankfully, we found space on the boat.
Booking & communication was easy. Reefs in Cozumel have been damaged due to hurricanes, but the snorkeling was still good. I enjoyed having an option to snorkel independently and without time limits (unlike the ship excursions).
When we got to Cozumel we asked which was the best place to go snorkeling and we were told Sky Reef beach resort. They charged us $27 for a 10 minute drive in which the driver never said one word to us and then another $27 to drive back. Sky Reef resort was terrible. The food had no taste, the drinks were terrible and they really gyped us. The price to get in was ridiculous for what you got. In terms of snorkeling, I saw maybe 3 different fish and that was about it. It was a disappointing experience.
we paddle boarded and snorkeled. It was just off shore and just okay. Would have liked to paddle board longer and snorkel out in the sea, but this was in a fenced in area. Pretty expensive for about 1 hour of time.
Open bar (beer, margarita, coke)..YAY. Snorkeling fun but short. The music on the catamaran was too loud and distorted...small weather beaten speakers. Beach time on a private beach was great...again open bar. Over all...it was fun. 4 hrs. long.
Walked about 15 minutes to a shop where we met the catamaran. We snorkled twice in the same area just off the International pier where the Liberty was docked. Great water and a good crew but too many boats, snorklers, and divers. Find a tour that gets you out away from the ships and crowds.
The excursion as fun. It took too much time to get everyone checked in and shortened the time we had to snorkel to only about 15 minutes. We arrived at the designated meeting point at 12:15PM but didn't board the bus to leave for the excursion until 12:50PM due to filling out the release forms and other paperwork. It was a 25 minute trip to the excursion site, so that could have all been done on the way. By the time we arrived, watched the safety video, and got our boats assigned it was already 2:15 so we have just over an hour to boat and snorkel. We were supposed to have closer to 2 hours. The boats were a lot of fun, so definitely worth doing, they just need better time management.
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