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SNORKEL THE FAMOUS PALANCAR AND COLUMBIA REEFS

Per Person $73 USD
Child (Ages 5 to 11) $62 USD
Child (Ages 4 and under) $28 USD
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SNORKEL THE FAMOUS PALANCAR AND COLUMBIA REEFS

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If asked what one should do on Cozumel, Barry will tell you to get in the water! The reefs you visit on this tour are exceptional and known worldwide.

Due to the unique beauty of their crystal clear water, all the reefs found around the island have been declared National Parks. Reef Palancar is stellar and the Columbia Reef, just a few miles away, has turtles and mantas floating sporadically by. Scuba divers come from all over the world to dive these reefs and you will find these snorkel stops some of the finest of your life. The visibility of the azure blue waters is often up to 200 feet so it is easy to drift over the marine life and capture views of tropical fish and coral that you might never see again. What is most amazing will be the size and the formations of these protected waters.

Highly suggested are underwater cameras as there is much to capture in this lovely sea of life. After plenty of time viewing these magnificent reefs, you will get a chance to see El Cielo, a perfect place to swim and also see the starfish gardens for which it is known.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Small customized and comfortable glass bottom boat with shade
  • Services of a bilingual guide
  • Use of full snorkel gear (mask, tube, mandatory life vest, and fins)
  • Snorkel at Palancar and Columbia Reefs
  • Swim time at El Cielo, known for its starfish gardens
  • Fresh water, soda, fruit juice, and beer (available after snorkeling)

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Departures (local time)

  • 8:30 AM (4 hrs) Check-in time is 8:30am. Tour departs promptly at 9:00am.
  • 12:30 PM (4 hrs) Check-in time is 12:30pm. Tour departs promptly at 1:00pm.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

Taxi and Transfers Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• The tour is perfect for beginner to advanced participants.
• You will need to take a short taxi ride to/from the departure location for this tour. It is a 5-10 minute ride that will cost approximately $10 USD each way for up to 4 passengers.
• There is a restroom on this boat.
• Marine Park Fee of $3.00 U.S. p/p to be paid in cash upon arrival.
• Please note that once aboard the boat stops will be made to pick up hotel guests en route to the snorkeling sites.

Restrictions

• PLEASE NOTE: During the time period of December 2019 through March 2020 El Cielo will be roped off to boats and snorkelers. This is to preserve the reef due to a bleaching phenomenon that is killing the coral. Any tours during this time period will still operate, but at an alternate reef location that is still open for snorkelers to visit. The actual reef location will be determined by the boat captain on the day of the tour.
• Minimum age for snorkeling is 5 years old.
• Maximum weight limit is 280 lbs.
• During high season, there is a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 24 people per boat. During low season (September 1st-November 1st) the minimum is 6.
• Guests should consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate or not.
• Pregnant women, as well as guests with recent surgery (within 2 months), asthma, epilepsy, or heart problems are not allowed to participate in this tour.
• No one under the influence of alcohol, drugs, etc. will be allowed to board the boats.
• PLEASE NOTE: This tour does not operate on New Years Day.
PLEASE NOTE: The morning departure will NOT be available in the months of September and October. If you are taking this excursion during September or October, only the afternoon time will be operational. If you are unsure if the afternoon time will work with your cruise ship schedule, please contact ShoreTrips for assistance.