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Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs

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Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs

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Sail the shimmering sea on a glass-bottom boat and snorkel at specular reefs off the coast of Cozumel on this half-day guided tour of the National Marine Park. At El Cielo, named after heaven itself, marvel at the sea stars that decorate the sandy ocean floor. Float beside sea turtles at Columbia Reef then plunge into the crystal clear waters of Palancar Reef to discover fascinating fish, nurse sharks, and colorful coral reefs. Between sublime snorkeling stops, refresh with complimentary beverages as the warm sun soothes your skin on this unforgettable ocean odyssey.
  • Snorkel at three locations off the island of Cozumel
  • Gaze at groups of sea stars in the shallow waters of El Cielo
  • Discover the abundant marine life teeming around Columbia and Palancar Reefs, including turtles, rays, and colorful fish
  • Refresh yourself with unlimited drinks on board, including beer, juices, and bottled water
  • Choose between a morning and an afternoon departure
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Professional guide
Snorkel gear
Snorkeling at 3 different locations
Unlimited drinks (fruit juices, bottled water and beer)
Alcoholic Beverages
Hotel pickup and drop-off
National Marine Park Fee of $ 5.00 U.S. p/p
Marina Fonatur Cozumel , Marina Fonatur, Carr. Costera Sur km 6, 77688 Q.R., Mexico

Please take a taxi and ask to be taeken to The Marina Fonatur. At Guests arrival kindly proceed to the boats ramp and look for Chac Choc Tours

1:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Depart from the pier and dive headfirst into your ocean adventure. Embark your stylish glass-bottom boat and follow your skipper and guide as they offer a tour of the onboard amenities and explain important safety information. Then, set sail to the first of three incredible snorkeling locations. 

Sink into your cushioned seat and soak up the sunshine as the boat propels you towards your first destination of El Cielo, a place so beautiful it directly translates as ‘heaven’ in Spanish. Don your snorkeling gear and sink into the inviting water, investigating the sea star colony that inhabits the ocean bed.   

Next, journey to Colombia Reef, a sublime snorkeling spot hailed as one of the Marine National Park’s finest. With excellent visibility and a diverse variety of marine life, Colombia Reef is a perfect place to spot sea turtles, coral communities, barracudas, eagle rays and schools of shimmering fish. 

Cruise to Palancar Reef to discover a submerged showcase of underwater wonders; gaze upon nurse sharks, lobsters, moray ells and kaleidoscopic tableaus of tropical fish. Return to the boat to enjoy a complimentary onboard bar of chilled beer, refreshing margaritas, zesty juice, and purified water as you revel in the soothing Mexican sunshine. 

Return to the pier after the tour.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age to snorkel is 5 years
  • Minimum age to drink alcohol is 18 years
  • Passengers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Maximum weight is 127 kg (280 lbs)
  • Please bring cash to pay the marine fee
  • Not recommended for pregnant women or people with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
  • It is recommended that you wear a swimsuit and bring sunglasses, biodegradable sunscreen and a towel
  • Note: Time spent at each of the reefs is approximate and depends on weather conditions and group size.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs.
What is the policy on sanitization during Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs.
What is the social distancing policy during Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs.

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  • "Beverages were provided throughout the tour, although beer was only available after the snorkeling for safety purposes." See review


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Adventure /Great Experience
, Mar 2022
The Friendly Staff also very good with communication in whats taking place. The How too's and Why not, Best part was being with my Bestfriend/ Husband . And seeing the beauty of under water life💦🐟💙
Great family fun.
, Dec 2021
It was a bit of a slow start - we had to make two pick ups on the way to the reef. Once we were there it was great. Guides were very helpful, polite and kept the group happy! A fair amount of sea-life and I was happy to pay the tax towards conservation.
Quick snorkel tour on a day trip in Cozumel
, Nov 2021
Good time with the crew on the boat. They show you on a quick trip what needs to be seen, sea life at different depths with some drinks and fruits. Good for half a day.
Too much time waiting
, Nov 2021
The snorkeling part was nice The peopele that work there were very nice. They treat you very good. The beverages were nice. But picking up people in 3 hitels was too much, we spent more than rwo. Hours before getting to the snorkeling place
Over Priced!
, Sep 2021
The guides were lovely. However for 3 - 20 minute snorkling experiences it was very expensive ($60 US each). Sadly there is virtually nothing left to see in the reefs. Climate change has taken the color and life away from the 3 areas. The 3rd was only a very few starfish on the bottom. Could have seen that swimming out from a beach.
2 travelers found this review helpful
, Aug 2021
The boat personnel was amazing the snorkel was amazing and the locations were breath taking ❤ I would come back again the same tour again.
Snorkeling was fun…beware of possible scam
, Jul 2021
5 dollar tax not mentioned when we booked this excursion. Photographer worked on commission and had a complete photo shoot with one family and took about 6 pics of us. And tried charging us the same price for way less pics
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hello Philip, Thank you very much for your feedback and four points rating. I apologize for any wrong impression you could have on the photo concession work. We'll take care of those details right away in order to avoid any possible misunderstanding. In regards the $5.00 US p/p National Marine Park is clearly indicated on the section "What's Included" of the tour description which you may review. Sincerely yours,
Had a lot of fun! Good deal!
, Jul 2021
We had a great time snorkeling with pachie and the crew! Cool fish to look at and drinking beer on the sandbar was a nice highlight. Maybe seeing more of the reefs would have been nice but very fun time and well worth the money!
Amazing Snorkeling Experience
, Jul 2020
We booked a snorkeling trip last minute with Juan, Rene, and Wilbur and had an incredible experience. We visited three snorkel spots and then got to swim at El Ciel at the end. Rene took incredible pictures of our family snorkeling and I was thrilled to be able to buy them at the end for only $45 for my family of 4. The pictures were in my email in the next few hours. The three crew members on our boat could have not been nicer or more helpful. I highly recommend this trip!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent trip, great value, helpful staff
, Feb 2020
Our boat was crewed by Juan, Roman & the photographer, all really friendly guys. They took time to explain exactly what we would be doing, what we could expect to see, and looked after us very well. The snorkeling was better than we expected as we saw a turtle, shark, parrot fish, queen ocean trigger fish & many more. Juan kept the group fully informed during the snorkeling, telling us whenever he stopped anything interesting. The photographer took great photos of us and the turtle; we never normally buy 'tourist' photos, but made an exception as the photos were excellent. Really enjoyable trip, thoroughly recommended
2 travelers found this review helpful

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