Perfect Day at CocoCay Snorkeling Excursion Reviews

CocoCay snorkeling is a fun excursion for cruisers of all experience levels. The private island has a lot on offer, but snorkeling is always a win for sea-loving traditionalists.
Not much to see.
Sail Date: February 2019
Not much to see. Wrecks were nice but not much wildlife.
Not much to see. Wrecks were nice but not much wildlife. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Loved cococay but I'm a beach person so this day was a great day for me.
Sail Date: February 2019
Loved cococay but I'm a beach person so this day was a great day for me. The island is under updating renovations but you only see when you are tendering to and from ship. There is tropical barrier up every where else so you ... Read More
Loved cococay but I'm a beach person so this day was a great day for me. The island is under updating renovations but you only see when you are tendering to and from ship. There is tropical barrier up every where else so you don't see construction. I would love to go back once its all done. I started on one beach and ended up on another that I found more to my liking. The water is absolutely gorgeous. Crystal clear blue water. The snorkeling was ok. I wish i remembered my own equipment so I didnt have to rent. If you arent a good swimmer, don't do this. There are floating platforms for you to rest should you need to regroup. There are also guards out there on jetskis should you run into trouble. Lunch was good but nothing extraordinary. Perfect for a beach day. Beach drinks were delicious. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The snorkeling and sandbar excursion on Coco Cay was excellent!
Sail Date: December 2018
The snorkeling and sandbar excursion on Coco Cay was excellent! Very fun for singles or families, experienced with snorkeling or not!. The vendors are top notch!
The snorkeling and sandbar excursion on Coco Cay was excellent! Very fun for singles or families, experienced with snorkeling or not!. The vendors are top notch! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We chose on your own snorkel equipment rental.
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose on your own snorkel equipment rental. It was nice to be able to go off on your own and we were able to see lots of marine life and reefs. Highly recommended.
We chose on your own snorkel equipment rental. It was nice to be able to go off on your own and we were able to see lots of marine life and reefs. Highly recommended. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The water very clear and the fish were beautiful even had a sea turtle come into view.
Sail Date: September 2018
The water very clear and the fish were beautiful even had a sea turtle come into view.
The water very clear and the fish were beautiful even had a sea turtle come into view. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We really enjoyed the underwater features and marine life.
Sail Date: August 2018
We really enjoyed the underwater features and marine life. Nice variety of fish and sea creatures.
We really enjoyed the underwater features and marine life. Nice variety of fish and sea creatures. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Did not see much.
Sail Date: July 2018
Did not see much. I think it is so busy now that the fish have fled.
Did not see much. I think it is so busy now that the fish have fled. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
As I mentioned in my review, this experience was billed as "family friendly~newbie snorkeling ...
Sail Date: July 2018
As I mentioned in my review, this experience was billed as "family friendly~newbie snorkeling experience for children as young as 5" This is not really the case. We were in 30 plus feet of water, paid extra for snorkels that were ... Read More
As I mentioned in my review, this experience was billed as "family friendly~newbie snorkeling experience for children as young as 5" This is not really the case. We were in 30 plus feet of water, paid extra for snorkels that were supposed to be AWESOME, but never sealed and caused many problems. They forgot to warn us about the jellyfish, yes they are to be expected, but it was a bit of a shock when they were floating ON us. My son was incredibly frightened by them and pushed me under the water to get away from them. It was a good thing I had a life jacket on, as the seal on my $10.00 (extra) snorkel came away from my face, and I had water up in my nose, mouth and eyes. It was a good thing I had a life preserver on, and that they had two life guards, or this could have been a very tragic day of "family snorkeling". The sand bar was lovely, and the drinks were good. The life guards were very kind to our boys, and even took time to show them some Jellies on the boat. The take away is "know before you go". Make sure of water depth, they do say you need to know how to swim, which we all do, but be aware that you may come across jellyfish and barracuda, so don't panic! The water is extremely deep as well. If you are aware of all of these items before you purchase this excursion, you will be fine. Finally, there are a lot of "extras" for this excursion, masks $10.00 for each one (you can get the regular ones, but they mention that they have been used over and over again - they do pour disinfectant in it before you put it on). I will say that neither the $10.00 one nor the regular one had very good seals. You do get some yummy Rum Punch for free and then if you want more to drink you can purchase more on board. All in all this did not meet our expectations. The staff and captain were awesome, but this was an extremely expensive RC excursion, where you, again, had to pay for extras. They also state they will take pictures and give you a CD for $10.00 or you can rent a camera for $20.00 and they will give you the SD card. They actually did not have a photographer taking any pictures. Although they did have the cameras on board to take pictures for a $20.00 rental fee. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This was not our favorite place.
Sail Date: July 2018
This was not our favorite place. We did the snorkeling at your leisure excursion, and were disappointed in the attitudes of the people handling it. Maybe it's because we were spoiled by the positive attitudes and friendliness of ... Read More
This was not our favorite place. We did the snorkeling at your leisure excursion, and were disappointed in the attitudes of the people handling it. Maybe it's because we were spoiled by the positive attitudes and friendliness of everyone on the cruise ship, I don't know. The people were abrupt and didn't seem to care whether or not we knew what we were doing (we didn't). We got our equipment and were excited because we thought we'd have to rent it, but it was included in the price. We soon learned why it was included, though - it was substandard equipment. The masks kept fogging up and we couldn't see anything. Even if we had been able to see something through the masks though, we still wouldn't have been able to see anything. The water was not gorgeous and blue and wonderful like the pictures suggested. It was murky, full of seaweed, and smelled bad. We did not enjoy our time on CocoCay at all. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Great experience, lifeguards were very accommodating and helpful as new divers and one parent with ...
Sail Date: May 2018
Great experience, lifeguards were very accommodating and helpful as new divers and one parent with young child. They stayed very close with us and brought up a sea slug and starfish for my child to experience!!! They took pictures as ... Read More
Great experience, lifeguards were very accommodating and helpful as new divers and one parent with young child. They stayed very close with us and brought up a sea slug and starfish for my child to experience!!! They took pictures as well!!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
It was great for our first time snorkling.
Sail Date: May 2018
It was great for our first time snorkling. I do wish there was more sealife to see but we did see a Sea Turtle and Stingray as well as many fish.
It was great for our first time snorkling. I do wish there was more sealife to see but we did see a Sea Turtle and Stingray as well as many fish. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
A thunderstorm delayed the start of the tour for our teen.
Sail Date: April 2018
A thunderstorm delayed the start of the tour for our teen. Weather cleared up but no effort was made to get the group back together and coordinated. I don't believe in letting anyone snorkel or dive alone and we were forced to buy a ... Read More
A thunderstorm delayed the start of the tour for our teen. Weather cleared up but no effort was made to get the group back together and coordinated. I don't believe in letting anyone snorkel or dive alone and we were forced to buy a second package for common safety reasons. I will say she in the end enjoyed it even seeing a sea turtle and sting ray but without peers or guide it waas very impersonal. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Beautiful Island, very clean, VERY HOT.
Sail Date: April 2018
Beautiful Island, very clean, VERY HOT. Get a spot under a tree if you can umbrellas sell out. Do not just grab the first beach seat you can find, further down the beach was gorgeous too and less people. Also next to the floating bad ... Read More
Beautiful Island, very clean, VERY HOT. Get a spot under a tree if you can umbrellas sell out. Do not just grab the first beach seat you can find, further down the beach was gorgeous too and less people. Also next to the floating bad pelicans were diving down to catch fish. Very cool to see. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Not pleased in having paid for excursion that others were doing for free.
Sail Date: March 2018
Not pleased in having paid for excursion that others were doing for free. I had provided my own equipment for the excursion as well.
Not pleased in having paid for excursion that others were doing for free. I had provided my own equipment for the excursion as well. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The boys took full advantage and snorkled for a couple of hours.
Sail Date: March 2018
The boys took full advantage and snorkled for a couple of hours. They explored a shipwreck as well as just looking around.
The boys took full advantage and snorkled for a couple of hours. They explored a shipwreck as well as just looking around. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Saw a lot of fish!
Sail Date: February 2018
Saw a lot of fish! The water was clear and there were resting platforms and points of interest to see in the water. Great experience.
Saw a lot of fish! The water was clear and there were resting platforms and points of interest to see in the water. Great experience. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The reef area at Coco Cay was a great introduction for my wife who has never snorkeled before, and ...
Sail Date: February 2018
The reef area at Coco Cay was a great introduction for my wife who has never snorkeled before, and we had a great surprise of Manatees swimming with us. Very excited about that.
The reef area at Coco Cay was a great introduction for my wife who has never snorkeled before, and we had a great surprise of Manatees swimming with us. Very excited about that. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We did the kayak and snorkeling combo.
Sail Date: January 2018
We did the kayak and snorkeling combo. We ended up renting wet suits because it was a bit chilly. We were pleasantly surprised at the price of the rental. It definitely made snorkeling much more enjoyable! The guides for the kayak tour ... Read More
We did the kayak and snorkeling combo. We ended up renting wet suits because it was a bit chilly. We were pleasantly surprised at the price of the rental. It definitely made snorkeling much more enjoyable! The guides for the kayak tour were very friendly and informative. We would do it again! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Fun and plenty to see in the water.
Sail Date: December 2017
Fun and plenty to see in the water. Most of the snorkel vests had a missing strap that is supposed to go from the back collar through your crotch to a latch at the bottom front - this keeps the vest from hiking up on you. The attendant ... Read More
Fun and plenty to see in the water. Most of the snorkel vests had a missing strap that is supposed to go from the back collar through your crotch to a latch at the bottom front - this keeps the vest from hiking up on you. The attendant handing out the equipment kept arguing that there was only supposed to be one strap - though he was clearly wrong as each vest has two receiving buckles and you could see where the strap had been cut or torn off the the top of the back collars. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Snorkeling here was fabulous.
Sail Date: November 2017
Snorkeling here was fabulous. However, two bad customer service experiences almost wiped it away. The lady at the dive shack was cold, unsmiling and not very happy. You can upgrade the mask for $10. She indifferently informed me I was ... Read More
Snorkeling here was fabulous. However, two bad customer service experiences almost wiped it away. The lady at the dive shack was cold, unsmiling and not very happy. You can upgrade the mask for $10. She indifferently informed me I was required to sign up on board the boat first. So I opted to not do it, but she quickly said she could do it for the same price. No smile, no appreciation...I understand you see thousands of idiot tourists a month...they can get on your nerves but she didn't represent the RC very well. Neither did the young lady in the excursion shack who was playing a game on her cell phone (larger, dark skinned lady) Her excursions were filled so she didn't even bother to look up and acknowledge us as guests in front of her. Very rude. She didn't give a bean. She just kept playing her cell phone game and wouldn't make eye contact or answer a question. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This was the Teen Excursion.
Sail Date: November 2017
This was the Teen Excursion. It was run by the one of the teen staff from the boat so my son was comfortable and enjoyed his time. He had access to the water park which he didn't spend a lot of time at. He also managed to have ... Read More
This was the Teen Excursion. It was run by the one of the teen staff from the boat so my son was comfortable and enjoyed his time. He had access to the water park which he didn't spend a lot of time at. He also managed to have access to the giant slide. Not sure if that was a mistake as I didn't see it included in the description but he enjoyed it immensely. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
$35 per person for a mask, flippers, and life vest.
Sail Date: November 2017
$35 per person for a mask, flippers, and life vest. You have to sign a waiver and watch a quick video, but then it's self guided. There's a large snorkeling area along the main beach. Tons of fish and reef, it was awesome. We ... Read More
$35 per person for a mask, flippers, and life vest. You have to sign a waiver and watch a quick video, but then it's self guided. There's a large snorkeling area along the main beach. Tons of fish and reef, it was awesome. We went out twice for quite a while. There's also a sunken plane that you can explore. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
I can not express how amazing the experience was.
Sail Date: October 2017
I can not express how amazing the experience was. The water was beautiful, we had an amazing crew and just an overall unforgettable time. I recommend snorkeling to anyone who loves the ocean.
I can not express how amazing the experience was. The water was beautiful, we had an amazing crew and just an overall unforgettable time. I recommend snorkeling to anyone who loves the ocean. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We just rented the necessary gear to swim around their private beach/jetty area.
Sail Date: October 2017
We just rented the necessary gear to swim around their private beach/jetty area. Here's a tip, the underwater wreckage that has fish swimming around it are located at the orange buoys! Overall, great snorkeling in water that never got ... Read More
We just rented the necessary gear to swim around their private beach/jetty area. Here's a tip, the underwater wreckage that has fish swimming around it are located at the orange buoys! Overall, great snorkeling in water that never got scary deep or too far from the shore. Crystal clear water, tons of fish!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Our original time needed to be changed because the jet skiing was changed.
Sail Date: August 2017
Our original time needed to be changed because the jet skiing was changed. The tide had gone out and water was very shallow so not much opportunity. Plus we book a clam shell beach cabana and it was far from the snorkeling.
Our original time needed to be changed because the jet skiing was changed. The tide had gone out and water was very shallow so not much opportunity. Plus we book a clam shell beach cabana and it was far from the snorkeling. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International