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Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and El Cielo Reefs

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Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and El Cielo Reefs

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Whether you're an experienced snorkeler or an absolute beginner, fully trained guides let you make the most of Cozumel's famous reef on this half-day snorkeling tour. Hit three of the island's hottest snorkeling spots: Palancar Reef, Columbia Reef and Playa el Cielo, known for the starfish that decorate its white sands. Your package includes drinks and snorkeling gear; marine fees are payable in cash on the day.
  • Snorkel Cozumel hotspots Palancar Reef, Columbia Reef and Playa el Cielo
  • Stay fueled with water, sodas, beers and a snack
  • Veteran guides point out marine life and can assist new snorkelers
  • Choice of departure times lets you plan your day and fit more in
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Visit to Palancar, Columbia reefs, El Cielo Sandbar and El Cielito Beach
Guided snorkeling tour
Drinks: Beers, Water, Sodas and a Snack
Snorkel gear: Vest,Mask, New tube
Insured Shaded Boat
Experienced trained guides
Marine fee $6 usd Not included
UltraMar , Av. Rafael E Melgar 1, San Miguel Cozumel, Centro, 77600 Cozumel, QROO, Mexico

Meeting time is 10 minutes before your tour time at the Cozumel Ferry Terminal. Please Read the “Before you Go” section in your confirmation voucher after making your booking.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No Sunscreen Allowed due to Reef protection (Please apply before tour starts)
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cozumel Tours and Excursions
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and El 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 El Cielo Reefs.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and El 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 El Cielo Reefs.
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What is the social distancing policy during Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and El 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 El Cielo Reefs.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and El 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 El Cielo Reefs.

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star-3
delayed trip
Gary_D
, May 2022
Boat left the dock 45 minutes late. Seas were too rough for me to snorkel the first two reefs we visited. Crew was fine, but we really shouldn't have snorkeled on this day; too windy
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Customer, Thank you for sharing your comments about this Cozumel snorkeling trip. We apologize if your experience was not the best or if you think the locations were rough. This Cozumel snorkeling tour is available for everyone and for all ages but you do have to have knowledge about snorkeling. If needed you could have request the assistance of our crew and tour guides, remember they are there for you at all times. Snorkeling tours in Cozumel operate according to weather and Ocean conditions and of Port is open we will operate on a regular way, so if you feel it was too windy for you we offer you an apology but weather conditions were suitable to perform this activity. However we appreciate your feedback as this will allow our tour guides to be on the look out if they see a customer is hesitant to do this activity and provide better insight. Thank you,
star-5
Amazing!
Lynn_S
, May 2022
We had a wonderful time. The snorkeling was amazing. The tour guide, captain and photographer were great and kept a close eye on everyone in the water. We ended the excursion at a clear shallow area and provided drinks and some great chips/ guacamole. While sitting in the water we saw numerous stingrays swimming by. Such a memorable experience!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Lynn, Thank you very much for your great comments, we are glad to know you truly enjoyed our Cozumel snorkeling tour. As mentioned in your comment, this tour is a great way to know the marine life and beauty of Cozumel reefs. We really appreciate you share your feedback with us and let us know it was a memorable experience. Thank you once again for your trust and preference. Kind regards
star-5
Excellent experience
Elsa_G
, May 2022
Excellent experience! The tour guys Alex & Philly were so helpful. The water was nothing I’ve seen better. So clear and clean. I would definitely recommend it.
star-3
Nice trip
Alun_P
, May 2022
Nice tour. Snack is only nachos and a dip. Obliged to tip at the end. Kids enjoyed it and we saw turtles, stingrays, barracuda and plenty of sealife.
star-5
Wow!
Alice_Q
, May 2022
The reefs were beautiful! Most beautiful thing I have seen in my life. The boat ride was fun and the capitain and the guide were super kind and helpful. Thank you again Alex and Juanito! We really appreciated our tour!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Alice, Thank you very much for your lovely comment. Even though our main purpose is for you to enjoy our Cozumel reefs, we are also focused on you to have a great and fun time while discovering Cozumel marine life. Thank you for giving us the chance to do that. On behalf of the Cozumel tours and excursions family, Thank you for your trust and preference. Kind regards,
star-5
Great Experience!
Gavin_M
, May 2022
The tour guides were very nice and always asking if we were ok during the whole trip. The chips and guacamole they made right on the boat was to die for and we got to see a lot of fish, a sea turtle, and a few stingrays!! Highly recommend for anyone wanting a fun adventure!
star-1
Shipwreck
Mark_F
, May 2022
The boat was small and uncomfortable. The engine gave out after 45 minutes. No snorkeling. No fun. At least the crew was pleasant.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent & Fun Tour!
DianaDunn
, May 2022
This was an excellent tour. The crew worked hard to make us feel safe & comfortable. They also were very fun!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Not very friendly
nap0320
, May 2022
When we showed up at the ferry the lady there was not very welcoming! She was like what’s your name ok I need your $6 marine fee. Ok you can stand over there . Motioning for us to move aside , mind you nobody else was there to check in! No explanations just follow me , to taxi puts in taxi and walks away. When we arrived at marina it was like ok now what. Two guys walked up and told us we could use restrooms and go wait over there. They were waiting for the rest to arrive . We were told to be there by 10 we didn’t leave out till almost 11. No explanations. The boat Capt was rude . The one who was the nicest was photographer (Miguel) the trip was ok for the price maybe a better crew!
star-2
Not what I expected
nitza_j
, May 2022
Pros: The snorkeling sites were great, and impressive, water the most gorgeous blue and clear I’ve ever seen. Cons: The boat was tiny, tight and uncomfortable and it kept leaning. Did not have appropriate equipment for children under 12. Our guide Alex was not very friendly. He made us put our phones away in a bucket before we got to any sites and we would have to ask to get it which wouldn’t happen right away so no memories except for the last stop I got to take some pics. He was also very arrogant with his responses and it made it awkward. Let’s just say nobody was very happy with him by the end. They limit you to 2 beers(oh and he counted) The snack was fresh guacamole but not enough for our group. So eat before you go. I’d return to sites but not with “maybe tours”

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