This was an amazing excursion! Listed as the Underground Mayan River excursion. It is a very long day, with a 45 minute ferry ride from Cozumel to Playa de Carmen and then a van ride to the area in which we'd be snorkeling. Bring towels and bathing suits and water shoes. Skip the sunscreen (bad for the environment and we were mostly in the shade or in caves) and swim fins aren't allowed due to the delicate formations in the caves. Snorkel, mask, waterproof flashlight and PFD provided or bring your own. Not a bad place to have a waterproof camera, either. Large lockers are available to rent for $3 as you won't bring anything with you into the caves except the aforementioned equipment. The underground river is truly amazing with many, many formations of stalactites, stalagmites, and columns, slowly developed over thousands of years. Our guide, Reuben, was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor; an excellent leader for our excursion. Plenty of photo ops in the caves or you can buy photos from the onsite photographer ($20 each, printed on a souvenir 8x10 sheet.) we had plenty of time to explore two different caves before returning to the main area for a lunch of tacos, rice, beans, fruit, and soft drinks. Plenty of food, all you could eat, delicious. Finally, there was a tequila tasting of organic tequilas from a family manufacturer - fun, but they really wanted to sell you the (fairly expensive but good) tequila. If you bring kids on this excursion, this is where the boredom sets in for them. Once back on the van, we returned to the Playa de Carmen area for an hour or two of shopping time. Quite frankly, we were so tired that shopping was the last thing we wanted to do, but there was only one ferry back to the ship that we could take; the shopping time is obviously forced on you to help out the merchants. We got back to the ship right before the all aboard time, after a pretty choppy ferry ride back. Bring plenty of tip money for your guide, van driver, lunch staff, etc. We were incredibly happy with Reuben and Roberto, our two guides on the trip and thought this was one of the best excursions we've ever taken.
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