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Cozumel Snorkeling Guide

Take a Peek Into the Sea

Updated June 2021

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Welcome to Cozumel Snorkeling

Into the blue. Into the wonder. Whichever way you term it, the meaning is the same, incredible Cozumel snorkeling. Get ready to open your eyes to an underwater heaven that is world famous for good reason. The variety of sites available, the-all year round warm waters, the shipwrecks, marine life and on and on and on. It is a perfect adventure and a true wonder of the Caribbean.

There are a multitude of ways to get yourself into the crystal waters here. You can go by small tour boat, mid to large size sail or catamaran boat, or simply walk into the sea from the shore. No matter which option you choose for your Cozumel snorkeling, the glittering sea, colorful fish and coral will amaze and delight you.

Into the blue. Into the wonder. Whichever way you term it, the meaning is the same, incredible Cozumel snorkeling. Get ready to open your eyes to an underwater heaven that is world famous for good reason. The variety of sites available, the-all year round warm waters, the shipwrecks, marine life and on and on and on. It is a perfect adventure and a true wonder of the Caribbean.

There are a multitude of ways to get yourself into the crystal waters here. You can go by small tour boat, mid to large size sail or catamaran boat, or simply walk into the sea from the shore. No matter which option you choose for your Cozumel snorkeling, the glittering sea, colorful fish and coral will amaze and delight you.

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Cozumel snorkeling guide, the best snorkeling in cozumel. Snorkel cozumel

Cozumel Shore Snorkeling Sites

There are numerous excellent snorkeling locations accessible from shore all along the west coast of the island. The clear water and abundant reefs make for plenty of spectacular Cozumel snorkeling sites for visitors to explore. Here are just some of the beautiful snorkeling sites you can reach from the shore.

  MONEY BAR / DZUL HA

(Depth: 10′ – 30′)

Accessible from the Moneybar Beach Club, Dzul Ha is famous for it’s clear water and abundant sea life. There are steps down into the water for easy access and typically minimal current, making this a great spot for novice snorkelers to jump in and play. Brightly colored parrotfish, schools of seargent majors, crabs, eels and more.

  PLAYA CORONA

(Depth: 5′ – 30′)

Calm and clear waters make this southern “locals” beach club a favorite for shore snorkeling. Bring your own gear or rent on-site at the restaurant. There is no entrance fee but it is recommended to spend some money at the restaurant to support the facilities. Trust us, it is well worth it for access to the nearby reefs where an abundance of tropical fish and even the occasional eagle ray can be spotted. Enter the water and go to the right (north) for 50-100m and stay in the shallows for some great sea life.

  CHANKANAAB PARK

(Depth: 5′ – 40′)

This reef is located in front of Chankanaab Nature Park and is one of the most popular Cozumel snorkeling sites due to the mild currents and shallow depths. You will be able to experience loads of colorful coral, the Cozumel Toadfish, rays, lobster and a plethora of vibrant fish species. The park entry fee is a bit pricey but there is much to explore.

  VILLABLANCA REEF

(Depth: 10′ – 20′)

Near town, Villa Blanca Reef is accessible from several docks near the Villablanca Hotel. There is a fair amount of boat traffic nearby, so it’s recommended more for adult snorkelers. Plenty of coral abounds and a large variety of sea life make for some lovely snorkeling close to town.

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Small Boat Snorkeling Tours

Something For Everyone

You have many options to choose from when picking a small boat snorkel tour in Cozumel. If you’re new to snorkeling or just short on time, a two-hour shallow reef tour might be perfect for you. If you’re looking for a longer experience that takes you further out, you have the option of several four-hour reef tours or even longer.

The pricing for these tours comes down to the length of the tour and the type of boat you choose. The boats for most of these tours are smaller, water taxi style boats that have roofs or canvas coverings for shade. Most of the time these smaller boats do not have restrooms on board but are otherwise fully equipped for your safety and enjoyment. All the small boat tours include drinks, snacks and an experienced guide. Some include lunch as well. These tours are a wonderful way to literally get your feet wet in the Caribbean. Some top-rated small boat tour operators include:

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Cozumel H2O

Private Snorkeling Tours, Night Snorkeling Tours, Diving Packages

Island Life Mexico 5 Stars

Cozumel H2O provides a different kind of snorkeling tour, where exploring the reefs is the primary goal. This isn’t a party boat, it’s a legitimate snorkeling adventure. Each Cozumel H2O group will have their own snorkel guide who will educate you about the marine life you may be seeing.  As an added bonus, each guide is a certified free diver therefore they will be able to dive down and point out the incredible creatures that call the reefs their home. If you happen to have a mixed group of scuba divers and snorkelers, no problem, Cozumel H2O can accommodate you all on the same boat, while ensuring everyone has an incredible time! Owners Loes and Miguel guide most of the trips themselves because like you, they love the water. It’s not just a job, for them it is a way of life. Whatever your experience in the water is, Cozumel H2O will do their best to create the most exciting and memorable snorkeling trip possible.

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Bavarian Fiesta

Small Group Snorkel Tours, Night Snorkeling

Island Life Mexico

Lively, fun and unique! A snorkel trip with Bavarian Fiesta is one you will not soon forget! The excellent crew will keep you safe and happy whilst whisking you off to fascinating snorkel spots like sunken shipwrecks and multiple colorful reefs. You can also choose a more luxurious, full day or half day snorkel adventure that includes a delectable three course BBQ on Passion Island. Just to be sure your trip is extra memorable, they offer delicious German beer on board all day long! Looking for an evening activity? Bavarian Fiesta offers an exciting night snorkeling tour as well! With multiple tours to choose from you can’t go wrong with Bavarian Fiesta.

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Catamaran & Sailboat Snorkeling

While you can access many beautiful sites from shore or a shallow reef trip, going on a catamaran or larger boat trip to the deeper reefs and farther locations around the island is something not to be missed. Yes, these tours cost a bit more but for good reason. These boats are typically set up for a higher level of luxury with plenty of space to lounge in the sun or relax in the shade, restrooms on board and multiple deck hands to provide you anything you need.  As expected, these types of tours include cocktails, beer, juice, water, soda, snacks, lunch, safety gear and knowledgeable guides. Most guests say they leave feeling like they have truly experienced a luxury snorkel experience. We recommend:

Fury Catamarans

Catamaran Snorkel Tours

Island Life Mexico

Luxury and an island party atmosphere make Fury Catamarans a very popular choice for Cozumel snorkeling. With visits to El Cielo, a private beach, multiple reefs and more, these catamaran journeys are an epic experience for sure.

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Best Snorkeling Gear

Best Budget

This great set from U.S. Divers comes in 6 colors and includes a semi-dry snorkel, vented fins and a durable, three-way adjustable mask.

Best High-End

Check out this top tier set from Phantom Aquatics that comes in 12 colors. It features everything you want, a panoramic mask, dry snorkel, vented fins and a compact design for travel.

Don’t forget to bring some snorkel mask defogger along as well!

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Responsible Snorkeling In Cozumel

Please keep in mind that sunblock, even reef-safe brands, are not allowed in the waters of the Mexican Caribbean as it kills the reef and the sea life. Please be mindful of this when you go snorkeling in Cozumel and bring hats, sarongs and towels to keep your skin safe when you are out of the water and a swim shirt for when you’re snorkeling. As you enjoy the beauty of the sea you will feel fabulous knowing your presence isn’t harming it.

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When To Visit Cozumel

The tropical climate in Cozumel is quite predictable and easy to make plans around. Without much of a temperature difference throughout the year, (the average temperature lingers around 83 degrees F) it’s the rainy hurricane season that most travelers need to pay attention to.

January – April

Perfect weather-wise, but sees the highest influx of tourists. If you are not a people person, consider this.

May – October

The hottest and most rainy months of the year but still plenty of sunshine. Also, this is the hurricane season so keep an eye on the forecasts. Fewer tourists so you can typically expect lower rates at hotels, resorts and tour companies during this time.

November – December

The autumn-winter months are considered by many to be the best times to visit Cozumel. The hurricane season has passed by this time and the humidity is low. Can be a little “chilly” in the evenings.

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    1. Seasonally, from around April thru August, Whalesharks can be found feeding on the plankton pushed to the surface off the coast of the small island, Holbox, which is west and north of Cancun.

  1. Thank you for the helpful info! We will be in Cozumel next week and are hoping to go snorkeling while there.

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