Snorkel El Cielo and Colombia Reef with Playa Mia
Sale Price: $65.00
After arriving at the pier downtown, you will board your boat with a maximum capacity of 75 guests and set sail on the shimmering water for one of Cozumel's best reef areas, Colombia and El Cielo, located inside the National Marine Park. In transit, your crew will prepare your snorkeling equipment and give instructions on its use during the approximately 1 hour trip.
Jump in with both feet and begin your Cozumel cruise excursions as you will first enter the water from the boat and drift snorkel (carried along by the tide) as the wonderful underwater world of Cozumel appears below you. You will spend approximately 35 to 40 minutes in the water at each vibrant reef.
At El Cielo, named after heaven itself, marvel at the starfish that decorate the sandy ocean floor. This sandbank in the southwestern tip of Cozumel is an incredibly beautiful spot with turquoise waters and shallow areas where the starfish are known to gather. The water depth at Cielo is very shallow, usually only waist deep, and is known as a sandbar. El Cielo is only accessible by boat and is about a half mile from the coast. The powder white sand will massage your feet every step you take.
For the next part of your Cozumel tour to Colombia Reef, a sublime snorkeling spot hailed as one of the Marine National Park's finest. Mild currents greet you in a protected bay like area where the shallow coral heads rise around 10-30 feet above the sandy ocean floor. Situated near Colombia Lagoon this area sometimes gets cool, fresh water coming from the lagoon. With excellent visibility and 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.
From here, you will climb back aboard your boat and make your way to Playa Mia, which is only 15 minutes away. Upon arrival at Cozumel's most popular full service beach, you will have approximately 1 hour of fun.
Playa Mia offers something for everyone. In addition to the white sand beach and beautiful Cozumel water, there is a shopping area, swimming pool, lounge chairs, beach volleyball and soccer courts, ping-pong tables, restrooms, kayaks, paddle boats, water bicycles, floating mats, and a relaxing oasis island pool and hydro massage tub.
Your time at Playa Mia also includes the delicious buffet at the main restaurant with international and national specialties. For an additional fee, the following activities and items are also availabile at the park: drinks at the espresso bar, beach umbrellas, snorkel gear, other water sport equipment, outdoor massage, hair braiding, a fish spa, parasailing, and more.
For the younger kids, there is Buccaneer Bay, complete with a pirate ship, water cannons, and slides. For the older kids and kids at heart, there are two 200-foot water slides in addition to the pool and ocean. Under the ocean, there are sunken Mayan relics you can snorkel over and discover.
At the appointed time and place you will meet for your return trip.
We found our connection in Cozumel and all the employees were very helpful and friendly. We started our snorkeling instruction and got to the sight, but a storm kicked up and we never got to go snorkeling. We did have a yummy buffet and got to play at Playa Mia for a short time, but it would have been nice to get some compensation for not going snorkeling.
Reviewer: Brandi Adams
Found this excursion online and read all the great reviews and they were definitely right! The staff was absolutely amazing and so friendly. We were taken by boat to two different snorkel spots where the crew gets in the water to help you and then we were taken to a little island to enjoy food, drinks, and water fun. They also provide you with alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks on the boat! This is a great deal and I don’t think you can beat it. I would book this excursion again if I ever went back! Had an amazing time! Water was absolutely gorgeous. We didn’t want to go back to our cruise ship!
We've 2 adults and 1, 8 year old thinking that's a minimum age as mentioned under Shore Excursion restriction section. However, Playa Mia's rep at the booth said it's for kids with minimum age of 10, a bit of conflicting information. We signed a wavier form anyway and got on-board to a catamaran heading to Colombia Reef the first deep sea snorkeling. The currents were very strong and possibly too much for our 8-year-old who knew how to swim. I was worrying the whole time but Emamuel who was our guide did a great job guiding us along in the sea to spot beautiful reefs. We survived our fist deep sea snorkeling! The 2nd snorkeling site, El Cielo was beautiful with turquoise water like a swimpool. Water was at our waist level. Our 8 year-old really enjoy this shallow area and we got to see starfishes very beautiful. Our bartender came into the water and served us Margarita drinks. We didn't have much time at Playa Mia (45 ins left) but GREAT all-inclusive tour & highly recommended.
This excursion was awesome! The guides were extremely entertaining, friendly, and professional. Snorkels by was amazing, the drinks after wee great, and Playa De Mia was perfect for kids and adults; not too crowded. But most of all, the staff was wonderful! They took great care of us, made sure we made it back to the ship on time, and never pressured us for additional gratuity.