Costa Maya Snorkeling Excursion Reviews
I had a great time. My partner isn't as strong a swimmer and he found it a little too much. The seas were a little rough. I would not do the snorting again. Would probably get a taxi to one of the beaches past the light house and enjoy the beautiful beaches and cheap food/drinks!
Snorkeling on the Mayan Wind. 10 min. ride to catamaran. Scenic 45 min cruise out and back. The Great Maya Reef was the best snorkeling every. 45 minuets snorkeling, great living coral heads, tubes, fans and tons of beautiful fish. Friendly staff and open bar after swim. Noticed that a ships officer inspected the boat before leaving, verifying radios, safety equipment,etc.. Well worth the cost and would do this again in a heartbeat. Bring an underwater camera as there is much to see and film.
Nice and safe not a lot to see but still decent for right off the beach and free
area was ok water was not the best for snorkling. shopping good.
Probably would not go snorkeling in this area again. Very few fish and really no color on any of the reefs.
We didn't know this going in, but Costa Maya is basically a port designed by cruise companies. There isn't much to see beyond the port. We chose a power snorkel excursion and it was the worst excursion we've ever been on. After riding for an hour on a bus, we arrived at a beach that used to be a dolphin sanctuary before it was ruined by a hurricane. We were briefed on the power snorkeling equipment and then were told to follow the guide through the water. Twenty minutes later, we were out of the water and all we saw under there were concrete slabs and wood poles. Not my idea of a good time.
When we returned from snorkeling, we made the mistake of having lunch at Senor Frogs. The prices are 3x the amount of a normal restaurant and we ended up paying $90 for a two-person lunch! This didn't even include alcohol. Do yourself a favor and just eat lunch on the boat.
I did not snorkel but my kids did and loved it
My problem was getting to the tour which involved walking down a long pier in the heat and across the shopping area to a parking lot. I thought if my granddaughter could push the wheelchair to where there was a free shuttle that I could probably walk from the end of the shuttle to the bus. But the shuttle had just left when we got there so the man who was in charge of leading the tour just pushed the wheelchair himself to the shopping area and then took it back. The bus took us to the dock for the glass bottomed boat and snorkel tour. I had a hard time walking down the dock and had to stop several times and rest, but I got there eventually. First we went over the reef in the glass bottomed boat. Then they showed us how to put on and use the snorkels. My granddaughter did really well for her first time. I was having a problem staying with the group because there was some current. I saw two squid swimming along the sea floor. Eventually I just hung on to the boogie board with my granddaughter and let Diego the guide tow us. They brought the vans for the ride back to the port out on the pier so I didn't have to walk far to get on. Then when we got back to the port, Diego got the EMTs to put me in a wheelchair and take me all the way back to the ship. My granddaughter was thrilled that she didn't have to push. They also brought us in the far gangway and we were the only ones coming in there. Then the gangway people gave us the wheelchair and pushed me back to the room. This was a very successful excursion.