Private Cozumel Boat Tour to El Cielo with Snorkeling

2 Ratings
Duration 4 hours
Difficulty easy
Max. participants 16
Language Englisch, Spanisch


Private Cozumel boat excursion El Cielo with snorkeling

Experience the best spots of Cozumel on a private boat tour to El Cielo. Whether romantic just with a partner, as a family or with good friends, our private boat tour El Cielo with snorkeling shows the island from its most beautiful side.

Enjoy the impressive view of the Cozumel coast and lean back while our boat brings you into the National Park of Cozumel. Various stops on the way invite you to snorkel:

  • Snorkeling at the famous Cozumel Reef Palancar with the impressive underwater world of Cozumel
  • Snorkeling on the southern reef Colombia with great coral formations
  • The crystal clear water of El Cielo with starfish, rays and white sand

El Cielo is a sand bank off the coast of Cozumel that can only be reached by bot. EL Cielo is famous for its crystal clear water and the numerous starfish. A little further is El Cielito, which means little sky. We serve a picnic made from guacamole, fresh fruit or cheviche in waist-high, clear water.

Relax in the shallow water, experience the reefs of Cozumel through snorkel goggles and enjoy a meal in waist-high water - all of this is included in the private boat tour El Cielo with snorkeling.


Our private boat charter on Cozumel to El Cielo with snorkeling includes

  • Private boat charter for a maximum of 16 people (there are other options for larger groups)
  • Flexibility within the 4 hours booked
  • Possibility to snorkel
  • Experienced, English-speaking guide
  • Experienced captain, English speaking
  • Complete snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, life jacket, buoy)
  • Water and soft drinks
  • Food (guacamole / tropical fruit or cheviche)
  • Beer

Excluded features

  • Tips


Private Cozumel Boat Tour to El Cielo with Snorkeling

Make the most of your day in Cozumel: with our private boat excursion to El Cielo with snorkeling. This tour brings us to the National Park of Cozumel, with a breathtaking underwater world and coral reefs. Enjoy the peaceful and crystal clear waters of El Cielo, an excellent change from hectic everyday life.

The Private Boat Excursion to El Cielo with Snorkeling is a half day tour. You can choose between the morning and afternoon tour. If you come to us in Cozumel on a cruise ship, please check your lay times with us. The excursion takes about 4 hours. If you want a longer tour, please ask. As a private excursion, the tour can be adapted to the wishes of our guests and further stops can be included.

Cozumel El Cielo and El Cielito

In Spanish, El Cielo means "heaven". It is one of the most spectacular and beautiful spots on Cozumel, if not the entire Caribbean. The white sand shines in the turquoise-blue water. Here we see several starfish spread out in the water. Sometimes stingrays swim in front of us or hide in the sand. El Cielo is a shallow sandbar. We slowly swim to the deeper places where the starfish lie. The water is the color of a swimming pool and the visibility is up to 30 meters.

Snorkeling at Cozumel Colombia Reef

The Colombia Reef on Cozumel is only about 5 minutes away from El Cielo. The shallow part of the Colombia Reef is particularly suitable for snorkeling. At a depth of about 6-7 meters, amazing coral formations await us and with a bit of luck we will find the large parrot fish or a sea turtle. The Colombia Reef is over a kilometer long and offers enough space for a fantastic Cozumel snorkeling experience.

We let ourselves be carried by the current and snorkel along the reef. We don't have to swim back, the boat picks us up at the end of the snorkel stop. Sometimes we see divers among us, the Colombia Reef on Cozumel is a popular diving spot.

Snorkeling at Cozumel Palancar Reef

The large Cozumel Palancar reef is already on the way back and is one of the most famous reefs for snorkeling on Cozumel. There is a shallow part with beautiful corals. This slowly gets deeper and finally ends in a steep wall. In addition to beautiful coral formations, there are many tropical fish. On the steep face, the sun's rays cast magical light formations into the deep blue water. We let the current drift again and are picked up by the boat.

Private Cozumel Sunset Boat Trip

Our private boat tour on Cozumel can also be booked for a romantic getaway into the sunset. This private boat excursion starts flexible and we are guided by the time of sunset. Of course, you can also snorkel or swim, the water is still pleasantly warm in the evening.

Meeting place

Cozumel port Caletta (details will be given with the booking)

What should I bring?

  • Swimwear and things to change
  • Hand towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection: To protect the corals and the water quality, it is no longer desirable to use sunscreen on Cozumel. Please apply sunscreen BEFORE the tour starts. If possible, use biodegradable sunscreen on your vacation. To protect against the strong sun, we recommend wearing a lycra or a light T-shirt
  • Camera / underwater camera
  • Final payment in cash
  • Tips

More Information

A deposit of $ 10 per person is required to secure your reservation. It can be paid on our reservation page. Please pay the open payment in cash before the tour starts. Please note that payment by credit card is not possible. There are very few ATMs and some might not work.

Small group sizes are important to us. We therefore use smaller boats for our excursions for a maximum of 12 people. This boats do not have a bathroom. If you prefer Cozumel snorkeling in larger groups on larger boats or catamarans, we are happy to make you an alternative offer.

It may happen that our Cozumel snorkeling tour has to be canceled due to bad weather (strong wind and waves). Typical season for this is between November and March. This is an order of the harbor captains and we cannot influence this decision. All Cozumel tour operators are equally affected and the ports in Cozumel remain closed. Also, the safety of our guests is important for us. Our captain is responsible for the boat and the safety of its guests. Sometimes he may decide to cancel a Cozumel snorkel tour due to bad conditions, even if the Cozumel ports are open. If the tour cannot be postponed to another day, we will of course refund your deposit. For other costs incurred (for example, when traveling from Playa del Carmen) we cannot be held responsible. However, we strive for replacement services. In addition, we do everything we can to inform as early as possible about such cancellations.

Cancellation policy

With the reservation we charge a small deposit of $ 10 per person. We keep these as administration fees for "no-show" guests.

We refund the deposit, if

  • Cruise ships cancel their stay in Cozumel
  • You cancel the tour at least 7 days before
  • If you have to cancel the excursion for whatever reason, please inform us as soon as possible. We might be able to sell the excursion elsewhere and will refund the deposit.
  • Cozumel Snorkel Tour was cancelled by Leon Tours

With the reservation we need a contact number in order to inform you about possible changes.

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Great Tour by Jane S.

The tour was just amazing. The captain and the guide did their best, the food was delicious

El Cielo is the place!! by Tim B.

We loved EL Cielo. The water is amazingly clear, we saw starfish and sting rays and just enjoyed our time in the water.