The snorkeling was a bust. Too many people and only 45 minutes which began when the first people got in the water. Then they kept herding us like cattle to stay together so you saw mostly the folks around you not the ocean. The stop at the island was fun with the inflatable slides and other activities.
3 Reef Snorkel by Boat was the excursion we did through Royal Caribbean. It was a last minute decision and we're so glad that we chose it! It ended up being a relatively small group of people and we were able to go to three different reefs to snorkel. They were so fun! Our tour guide, Gil, and his crew were fantastic! Gil would find a fish, tell us about it, and then dive down to point to which one it was. We had a great time! Highly recommend this excursion to others! It's pretty affordable too!
We enjoyed our excursion very much. The only thing was the amount of travel time. We had to take a taxi to the yacht and then the yacht sailed a good 45 minutes to an hour away to even start snorkeling. We had limited time at the beach afterwards, which was kind of sad but all the water was just beautiful. The instructors were very informative and helpful.
I give 3 stars because the tequila tasting and lunch were good but the snorkeling from the beach was dismal. There are much better snorkeling spots in Cozumel if you are an experienced snorkeler. Probably fine for the beginner. In retrospect next time I would recommend trying the Catamaran snorkel to sail to a better spot.
Slight issue getting onto the excursion as the guy wasn't happy we aren't overly strong swimmers but his manager was happy and once we got going the excursion was great. It was our first time snorkelling and they were very helpful telling us what we needed to do and keeping an eye on us. The underwater pictures were fab and great value. Only $25 which we thought was good as they were great pictures.
We did the Palancar Reef snorkel and Starfish Sanctuary trip. It was great! Carlos and the rest of the staff on the tour were fun, safety-minded, and went the extra mile to make the trip enjoyable. They even had free rum punch, beer, and margaritas (all you can drink) on the trip back, which is not advertised on the website. Highly recommend this tour.
snorkeling the cenotes and turtle cove. By far the best adventure we had this vacation. After a 30 minute ferry and a 45 minute drive we were in Tulum snorkeling in the amazing reef with beautiful sea turtles. After an hour there we were on our way to the cenotes (underground rivers) which was refreshingly cool and the views of the caves were unreal. Adrien our tour guide was super pleasant and helpful at every stop, providing water and snacks, as well as a full lunch afterwards.
We did the Three Reef Snorkel By Boat excursion, offered by Carnival and run by a crew aboard the Siete Mares (or Seven Seas) a really cool wooden boat. As long as you don't mind the 4 foot jump into the water, that is. Or the ladder with round bars for rungs to climb out--at least there were grips on the rungs. The crew was great at helping to jump off and climb out of the boat. We snorkeled three locations, always as a group. The sky was a little cloudy and the water was sort of cool, but the snorkeling itself was very decent.
Three reef snorkel. Overall a very good trip. Great outfitter/guide, and two of the three spots were outstanding. Sharks, stingrays, various fish, spider crabs. Very nice. The third was a bit too deep to see much, and there didn't seem to be as much life to see there. If they could find a different spot with more reef / fish life that would be good.
This excursion did not start off on the best note, as the tour was scheduled for 10:30am, and when we arrived we found the 9:30am group still waiting! The host, "Carla" was late and appeared flustered. Though we had prepaid a deposit online, she did not have us on her list. Thankfully, we found space on the boat.
Booking & communication was easy. Reefs in Cozumel have been damaged due to hurricanes, but the snorkeling was still good. I enjoyed having an option to snorkel independently and without time limits (unlike the ship excursions).
When we got to Cozumel we asked which was the best place to go snorkeling and we were told Sky Reef beach resort. They charged us $27 for a 10 minute drive in which the driver never said one word to us and then another $27 to drive back. Sky Reef resort was terrible. The food had no taste, the drinks were terrible and they really gyped us. The price to get in was ridiculous for what you got. In terms of snorkeling, I saw maybe 3 different fish and that was about it. It was a disappointing experience.
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