Cozumel is known for the beautiful reefs and fish life, and it’s perfect for those who like to do diving and snorkeling. Some people are staying at the island for many days, some are coming back year after year and some people are coming just for a day with a cruise ship. No matter how long time you are staying, try to get time to check out the life under water.
Diving is beautiful if you want to come closer and experience the sea as a fish, but snorkeling is also great if you dont have experience with diving or want a cheaper option. I like to do both. But now I will tell you about snorkeling at Cozumel. Sign up for my newsletter if you want to get a mail when I have written about the diving.
Snorkeling tour with Cozumel Cruise Excursions
The easiest way to see many beautiful places under water in one day is by going on a snorkeling tour. I went on a snorkeling tour with Cozumel Cruise Excursions and can really recommend that company. The staff was friendly and was checking out that everybody on the group had a nice tour. The group was also much smaller than on many other boats that we saw. Drinks and snacks on the boat was also nice to have after snorkeling.
The day began with getting together with the group on the pier to a hotel. It was a bit windy that day, so the lady in charge told us that there was a chance that the boat couldn’t go to the last snorkeling spot El Cielo, but that they would try. There was always other places to go if not.
We got into the boat and went to the first snorkeling spot on the reef called Palancar.
The staff gave us a mask, snorkel and fins, and a life jacket to those who wanted it. We jumped into the water one after one and began to look for fish. We were swimming where we wanted as long as we could keep track of the group. Once in a while the staff pointed out some cool fish. A barracuda was the coolest and scariest fish we met in my opinion. Just 3 meters away from me. After a while we got into the boat and drived to a new place.
The next reef we visited was called Colombia. I liked this place. Quite early, I saw a big Stingray and I tried to swim after him for a while before he dissappeared. He was over 1 meter big and was swimming so glamorous over the ground. To give us a fun experience, the staff gave some food to the fish around us. Fish up to 30 cm long was swimming around us and was everywhere we turned. Everyone was laughing and got surprised when a fish sometimes touched them.
The boat got to El Cielo even when it was a bit windy. This was our last stop and it was time to look for starfish. The starfish was not hard to find. They were everywhere. El Cielo has sand on the ground instead of corals like the other places, and it was only around 2 meters deep. The guide showed us one of them by swimming down to the ground. The starfish was hard and was not like others I have seen before. Always hold it under water, he said. And be sure you lay it down the right way on the ground again.
The trip was now over, and we got drink, chips, guacamole and pine apple on our way back. To enjoy the sun and view, the staff said I could sit on the front of the boat. It was a nice snorkeling trip with Cozumel Cruise Excursions. Click here if you want to read more about their trip or book it.
Snorkeling from the shore
It is also possible to do snorkeling from land in Cozumel if you have or will buy your own snorkeling gear. Since Cozumel is an island, you can try to snorkle everywhere, but here I have at least 2 places you can check out.
Near the airport
Around 1 km away from the main pier, next to the airport, there is a small path down to the sea on your left side. This is not a beach, only hard rocks, but it is very nice to do snorkeling here. The water is clear and the place have a lot of fish life.
La Playa mas hermosa
This is an another option to visit El Cielo and the starfish. It is a bit far from the city and you have to pay an entrance fee to get there, but you can enjoy the beach and swim out to El Cielo.
This is a restaurant right with the sea. Buy your food and drink, relax in the sunbed and snorkle at the same place.