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.
This was a perfect excursion. We saw a sea turtle and tons of fish while snorkeling. The boat was clean and well equipped. The staff were very helpful and kind. We (four adults) all loved this. Drinking margaritas while standing in the shallow water under the sunshine with that crystal clear aquamarine water was a time we'll never forget. We would all do it again and highly recommend it. The snorkeling portion may be better suited to those with a little experience but they will help you and let you hang onto a float if your a beginner.
Reviewer: Michael Abernethy
This was my first time going on a cruise ever and this Shore Excursion in itself was the highlight of the whole cruise for me! It will forever be etched in my mind because I left my go pro camera in the taxi that I took all the video footage with. Out there in that reef it was so beautiful and it was like time stood still. Greatest experience of my life ... honestly and I hope to do it again very soon! P.S. I don't drink but they offer you free alcohol on the ferry and at the buffet so for most people that should be a closed sale in itself. This is the Excursion you want to do!
Reviewer: Kris M.
This was a short but very good snorkel. Our family has snorkeled quite a bit and thought this was worth while. We snorkeled reefs and saw very large turtles; we had not seen turtles this big and this close. We went out on a fairly rough day but snorkel location was protected by a reef farther out breaking the waves. The duration was shorter and the price was less (than our other stops) so I thought it was great. Nice people/crew at excursion. From our cruise ship, we had to catch a cab going to and coming from the excursion but it was very easy and $8 each way, about 7-10 minute ride. There is a shopping area at Tequila Beach and we wish we would have had a bit more time there but our boat was in the port for a short amount of time and we had to get back.
Reviewer: Francois Burton
Good snorkeling experience. Water was nice and clear. Great visibility. Unfortunately, the reef is dying and the wild life is greatly reduced. Still an enjoyable day. Group was quite large, almost boat capacity (39 on a 40 seats boat).
Reviewer: mikyung stokes
Ocean was beautiful and boat crews were awesome. They were very helpful to made us to swim in^^ the ocean especial us who didn't have any experience about snorkeling before. They had a great young energy and spread to the people. My kids had a great time and wonderful experiences..