Snorkel El Cielo and Colombia Reef with Playa Mia
Sale Price: $65.00
After arriving at the pier downtown, you will board your boat 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.
Reviewer: Mulloy Yvonne
We were late because it’s hard to get out from the boat on time, there was a long line. The guy at the booth just gave us a transportation and a pass to the resort.
The excursion directions were easy to follow off the cruise ship. The guides gave clear directions as well. The divers were fun and interactive. Lots of beautiful fish and starfish.
We weren't really sure what we we're going to see on this excursion, but it turned out wonderful. Staff was very nice and attentive. If I could post pictures on this review I would have. The water was crystal clear and warm. We only saw one star fish but shortly after finding the starfish a sting ray swam by. (BONUS!). We stopped.and two places to snorkel.and we really liked both. Would definitely do this one again.
This excursion was really fun and the tour guides were really entertaining. The snorkeling was great and the sand bar was gorgeous. The reason I am only giving 4 stars is because we showed up on time but had to wait around for an hour before they even loaded us on the boat. This made it so when we got to Playa Mia we didn't have any time and had to rush to get back to the cruise ship on time. We were really excited about spending time at Playa Mia and the Mexican food buffet that was described, but due to poor time management on the crew's part we were not able to enjoy this part of the excursion.
Reviewer: Kent Folsom
The boat ride was so relaxing nd fun. Crew was friendly and knowledgeable. I will do this excursion again