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Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs

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    What to Expect
    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 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, zesty juice and purified water as you revel in the soothing Mexican sunshine. 

    Once your boat has returned to the pier, you can spend some time at the Marina Fonatur which features restrooms, showers and a convenience store to purchase snacks and sodas if needed.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Tour departs from Marina Fonatur. Check-in takes place 30 minutes prior to departure.
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Professional guide
    • Snorkel gear
    • Life vests
    • Snorkeling at 3 different locations
    • Unlimited drinks (fruit juices, bottled water and beer)
    • Access to the Marina Fonatur facilities after the tour
    • Entry/Admission - Palancar Reef
    • Entry/Admission - Playa El Cielo
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
    • Marine fee, US$3
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    Additional Info
    • 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 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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 18 July 2019

    I signed up for this tour through my hotel and was quite disappointed. The sign clearly stated we were going to three reefs: Palancar, Columbia, and El Cielo. Only when I got on the boat and was already out to sea did I find out...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank Digby818
    Reviewed 30 June 2019

    This was a solid snorkeling trip. Pros - you get to see all 3 main snorkeling areas. The first is only star fish, the next 2 are actual reefs. They have a Mexican Papparazi who jumps in with you and takes great pictures you can...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank CaliTrisha
    Reviewed 19 June 2019 via mobile

    Many false statements in their advertisment! PROS. Beautiful sites. Awesome homemade guacamole and salsa. Plenty of drinks. CONS. The advertisement does not give clear directions on where to meet if coming from the cruise port. We waited outside a sporting good store which had no...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    2  Thank Amy Marie T
    Reviewed 17 June 2019 via mobile

    So here’s the deal...it’s pretty dang pricey for what you get. Still fun and a good experience for the kids, but here are the cons and pros that you need to consider: CONS: -Coming from Playa, you have to pay more money than you think...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Nikki M
    Reviewed 29 April 2019 via mobile

    We had a fantastic time! Yes the water is as breathtaking as you might imagine. We felt like we were in a brochure. We saw so many beautiful things coral, small stingrays, starfish, fish, sea turtles and large stingrays who act like they enjoy playing...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    1  Thank MyThoughts99
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    Kaushik R
    18 June 2019|
    Response from Nikki M |
    There is NO glass bottom...the boat ride is 40 minutes EACH WAY and very wet.
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