Cozumel Snorkeling Tour
Cozumel Snorkeling: Star fish, Corals and Sting Rays
The coral reefs of Cozumel are some of the best snorkeling areas in the world. On our Cozumel snorkeling tours we go by boat to the famous Cozumel National Park. We snorkel the
- Colombia Reef and Palancar Reef: Healthy corals, colorful fish and excellent visibility
- El Cielo: Known for its starfish in the white sand
- El Cielito: stop for a swim and enjoy
We first stop at the Colombia and Palancar reefs, in the very south of Cozumel. The reefs are right behind each other. We can expect beautiful coral reefs, lots of marine life and maybe even stingrays and turtles.
The famous El Cielo, which means "heaven" in Spanish, is not far from there. El Cielo is a magical sandbar in shallow waters, its colors shimmering turquoise in the sun. Also known for the starfish in the white sand, El Cielo is a perfect place for snorkeling. With a snack and drinks we relax in the shallow water, with a little luck rays join us. The Cozumel snorkeling tour takes around 4 hours.
Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Star Fish, Corals & Sting Rays
- Certified and experienced, bilingual snorkel guide
- 4 hours boat tour to the beautiful Cozumel marine park
- Snorkel stop at stunning El Cielo in Cozumel to see the starfish and maybe stingrays
- Snorkeling at two further awesome reefs in the Colombia and Palancar National park
- Additional stop in front of the natural Palancar beach for a swim in crystal clear waters
- Complete snorkel gear (mask, snorkel, fins, life vest)
- New, unused snorkel
- National park fees
- Licensed captain
- Water and soft drinks
- A beer for our way back
- Max. 13 participants
Cozumel Port Caleta
Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Star Fish, Corals & Sting Rays
Cozumel Snorkel Excursion: Colombia reef – Palancar reef – El Cielo – El Cielito
Make the most of your day in Cozumel with our Cozumel snorkeling tours. This excursion takes us to the National Park of Cozumel, with a breathtaking underwater world and coral reefs. Enjoy the peaceful and crystalclear waters of El Cielo, an excellent break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Ever wanted to see starfish or snorkel with sting rays? Discover an amazing underwater world during our Cozumel boat snorkeling tours to the famous El Cielo, Colombia and Palancar National Park in Cozumel.
Our snorkel excursions start every morning at 10:00 am and in the afternoon at 2:00 pm and takes 4 hours. We only take small groups to give a more personalized Cozumel snorkel experience. We can also accommodate larger private groups, please ask for individual offers if you are looking for a private snorkel tour in Cozumel. We take our guests to the best snorkel reefs in Cozumel, the Colombia and Palancar National Park as well as El Cielo.
Our first stop will be the reefs Colombia and Palancar. We spend about 40 minutes snorkeling these amazing reefs. Then we continue to the starfish beach in El Cielo. Next to El Cielo is El Cielito, where you can swim in the clear water, have beer and snacks and enjoy the magnificent Caribbean.
We include the following three snorkel stops in our Cozumel snorkeling tour: Cozumel Snorkeling Colombia Reef
The Cozumel reefs Colombia and Palancar are located directly behind each other and are several miles / kilometers long. The shallow part of the Colombia Reef is perfect for snorkeling. At a depth of about 6-7 meters / 20 feet, amazing coral formations are waiting for us and with some luck we will find some big parrot fish or sea turtles. The Colombia Reef runs parallel to the island of Cozumel for over a mile and offers enough space for a fantastic Cozumel snorkeling experience.
Cozumel Snorkeling Palancar Reef The large Cozumel Palancar Reef is one of the most famous snorkeling and diving places in Cozumel. There is a shallow part with beautiful corals. The reef slopes slightly deeper and finally ends in a steep wall. There are stunning coral formations and a lot of tropical fish. We drift with the currents in one direction and at the end, the boat comes for us. Sometimes we see divers below us, the Colombia reef in Cozumel is also a popular dive site.
Cozumel Snorkel Tour El Cielo In Spanish, “El Cielo” means “Heaven”. It is one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in Cozumel, if not in the entire Caribbean. The white sand shines in the turquoise-blue water. Here we see various starfish.
Cozumel Snorkel Tour El Cielito El Cielito is the shallow part of El Cielo and means “little heaven”. Sometimes stingrays are swimming or hiding in the sand. Here we are having a snack of Guacamole and fresh fruits, something to drink and enjoy the water.
What should I bring?
- Swimwear and things to change
- Sun glasses
- Sun hat
- Sun protection: It is not allowed anymore to apply sunscreen in the National Park to protect corals and water quality. Please use sunscreen BEFORE the beginning the tour. If possible, only use biodegradable sunscreen in your vacation.
- (Underwater) Camera, charged
The availability of our excursions can only be guaranteed after confirmation by us. If an excursion is not possible on your desired date, we will suggest another date or refund any payments already received.
We work with different boats to guarantee the minimum number of participants. The excursion in always the same.
For a binding reservation we charge a deposit of 20% of the tour price. The remaining payment will be made in CASH on site. Please note that payment on site by credit card is not possible. If you would like to inquire about the tour without a binding reservation, please contact us.
Customization of Excursions
Under special circumstances we adapt our tours to external conditions. We discuss this individually with our customers. Adjustments will be made, for example, if the weather changes at short notice. We also adapt excursions for cruisers to the berthing times of cruise ships.
- With the reservation we charge a deposit. We keep these as administration fees for “no-show” guests.
- We value small group sizes. Therefore, we use smaller boats for our excursions for a maximum of 13 people. These boats do not have a toilet on board!!! For those who prefer snorkeling tours in larger groups on bigger boats or catamarans, we will be happy to make an alternative offer.
- It can happen that our boat excursion on Cozumel has to be cancelled due to bad weather (strong wind and waves). Typical season for this is between November and March. This may be at the direction of the port captain or may be a safety decision by our captain. If the tour cannot be rescheduled to another day, we will of course refund any deposits made. Unfortunately, we cannot pay for any other costs incurred. However, we will gladly make every effort to provide substitute services. In addition, we do everything in our power to inform about such cancellations as early as possible.
We refund the deposit, if
- You cancel the excursion at least 24 hours 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.
- This excursion was cancelled by Leon Tours
- If your cruise ship does not dock in Cozumel on the day you booked, we will be happy to provide you with a voucher for a future visit or refund 50% of your deposit.
We ask for a phone number for each reservation to contact you in case of any changes.
Why Leon Tours
- Small or private groups
Our tours are either private or small group excursions.
- Certified tour guides
Our tour guides have the required SECTUR (Secretary of tourism in Mexico) certifications
- Quality Service and Support
Enjoy our excellent customer service. We have local knowledge and love to give you recommendations.
- Locally owned family business
If you book through Leon Tours, you will support local businesses. We use local guides wherever possible.
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- Small refundable deposit
We charge only a small deposit to secure your reservation.
- Mexico Experts
We strive to give you the best service and bring you to the most beautiful places.
Brady H. –
Top snorkeling tour
It was a very great trip. We visited 3 reefs (Columbia, Palancar and El Cielo) and afterwards we went to a remote beach. It was a very successful trip. The crew members took great care of us. At the last point we even had guacamole and nachos. Very tasty. It was a great trip and I can only recommend it to others.
Bartosz G. –
Absolutely recommendable snorkel tour on Cozumel! We have done a few snorkeling tours in our lives, but no other tour even comes close to this one. You are literally in the middle of paradise, we have never seen such clear water in so many different shades of blue before. During our tour we saw, among other things, numerous rays and starfish. The guides take a lot of time, they are super nice, there are delicious cold drinks and snacks. An unforgettable day and our highlight on our three-week Mexico trip.
Alex N. –
We spent a day on beautiful Cozumel and booked the snorkeling tour. It was a wonderful experience. We liked El Cielo the best. The reefs are in good condition and the water is super clear.
Albert L. –
We had already booked a snorkeling trip from home. Everything was simple and uncomplicated. Since we were on cruise and only stayed one day on Cozumel, only this one day went. Unfortunately, exactly on the day for Cozumel extreme wind was announced. Birgit has informed us in advance and said that the tour may not take place. So it came then unfortunately also…but since we were informed already one day earlier, we could consider already an alternative, about which we were very glad. Also the deposit was already transferred back the next day. So despite everything full recommendation from me.
Krissy A. –
We were very lucky on our tour and saw starfish, small rays, two turtles and a giant eagle ray. It was an amazing day.
Tracy M. –
The trip was beautiful, we saw a giant lobster, baracudas, giant starfish and of course many other fish. Emir, our captain, really made the best ceviche we have eaten so far ?Lazaro is a super guide who knows his stuff. He always named the fish ? The reservation with Birgit worked wonderfully. I always have thousands of questions, which were answered patiently.
Doral P. –
We were welcomed right after our arrival from Playa del Carmen and drove together to the boat. The sea around Cozumel has gorgeous colors and we already enjoyed the boat ride to the reefs. The first stop at El Cielo is an absolute dream!!! Besides numerous starfish we also saw rays and a small baby shark. The reefs are colorful. Many thanks to Leontours for this unique experience.
Candace J. –
We did the private island jeep tour as well as the private snorkeling trip Cozumel.
Our whole family was thrilled, especially by the animals in the wild that we could admire.
Thank you Birgit for the uncomplicated and very nice communication the whole time!
We recommend you without reservation!
Very dear greetings!
Nicole S. –
We spotted rays and two turtles on our snorkeling tour. Our guide made us aware of the great sea creatures. It was a dreamlike experience
Eduardo M. –
We booked a snorkeling trip on Cozumel through Leon Tours. The organization and directions to the meeting point were excellent. On the day of the snorkeling trip we were a small group of 6 people (very personal). The four stops were incredibly beautiful! Definitely to recommend! Price, performance top
Sarah P. –
It was quite a fantastic excursion. We don’t like to travel in large groups and never book an excursion through the ship. Here we experienced the best tour of our whole 2-week cruise. The contact beforehand was very professional and caring, giving all the info needed ahead of time. The trip itself was personal and the two very friendly guides showed us such great snorkeling spots and we as beginners felt very well taken care of. It was a great and entertaining tour. Unfortunately we did not have so much time. But we will come back in 2021 and in Cozumel we will definitely book an excursion with Leontours again. Thank you very much.
Kai U. –
We have made a total of 3 tours with Birgit.
– Boat trip to isla Passion
– Snorkeling in the south of cozumel
– Choice shark snorkeling
All tours were super organized and we have had wonderful days ?
Birgit took super care and gave us a lot of additional information about the country and the people.
Overall a clear recommendation, we would do trips through Leon Tours again anytime ! ?
Edward D. –
On our 4 week round trip through México we had planned 3 days Cozumel and immediately got in touch with Birgit via WhatsApp ( boss of Leon Tours ).
Birgit organized 2 fantastic snorkeling tours in the north and south. On the 3rd day then the jeep tour over the rest of the island. The weather conditions were also perfectly coordinated on which day which tour is best. So we had 3 wonderful days on Cozumel although we unfortunately landed in a bad hotel (Sunscape). Without the great organization of Birgit, who personally picked us up every day, the stay would certainly not have been so wonderful.
Every tourist who wants to experience something special in Cozumel or tulum on a cruise or round trip should choose Leon Tours. Also the photos you get for free what is not self-evident in México.
You feel like you are being taken care of and not simply dispatched as is the case with other Mexican tour operators.
We will recommend Leon Tours to all our friends
Frank J. –
Booking and meeting worked perfectly. We were on dream beaches and visited 3 different spots. The guide was professional and very friendly and open. Birgit our guide is highly recommended
Maraike M. –
We booked this snorkeling tour on Cozumel spontaneously one evening before and were very excited! One explained to us the entire course of the tour in detail, so that nothing could go wrong?.
Sabine S. –
We asked for the next bookable snorkel trip on Cozumel and got a super quick answer from Birgit that there were still two places available for the next day. A deposit via PayPal was made and the next day we were off! Good description to the meeting point on Cozumel, great guide (Alex), who pointed out many interesting animals in the water and even two turtles we could observe. Super organization, great service!
Amanda S. –
We booked and experienced a “Private” snorkeling tour on Cozumel at short notice. It was an unforgettable experience with many great moments in a friendly atmosphere with exciting information and many beautiful memories. For the great organization and care by our captain Alex we thank you very much.
Pancho L. –
A great tour. Especially the first stop at the Cielo was so beautiful, the turquoise blue water and next to the starfish we even saw small rays.
Paul D. –
We booked a private snorkeling trip on Cozumel with Leon Tours. We had a wonderful day. The captain Milton and the guide Raul fulfilled our every wish!
We saw turtles, rays and many other fish.
We can recommend this trip 100%!
Thanks again to Leon Tours!
Daniel D. –
We booked a snorkeling tour on Cozumel totally spontaneously through Leon Tours and it was the best decision.
The entire organization was top. We felt safe and comfortable at every moment.
A big thank you to the captain and our guide.
It was an unforgettable experience and we can absolutely recommend this snorkel tour and especially Leon Tours, because of the organization.