Things to do in Cozumel

Our most recommended things to do in Cozumel

El Cielo and Palancar: Snorkelling with Open-Bar and Ceviche

1. El Cielo and Palancar: Snorkelling with Open-Bar and Ceviche

Board the boat or 45 ft yacht (if available) at 12 pm to sail the coast until arrival at Palancar reef. Meet with friendly staff and be provided with all the necessary snorkel equipment and lifejackets to safely enjoy one of the most beautiful sites in the Caribbean. Marvel at the corals and colorful marine life at Palancar Reef, known for its corals, rays, sponges, sea turtles, and tropical fish. See a dreamlike view of the ocean floor at El Cielo, known for its basket stars and sea stars. Snorkel the shallow clear waters of El Cielo, before returning to the boat and traveling to El Cielito beach to relax with a drink, ceviche, and fruit. Arrival back at the port between 4 and 4:30 pm.

Cozumel: VIP Glass Bottom Boat & Snorkeling 3 Reefs Tour

2. Cozumel: VIP Glass Bottom Boat & Snorkeling 3 Reefs Tour

Meet the crew either at the Hotel "El Cid la Ceiba" by the cruise ships at the Puerta Maya pier and the International pier, or at Hotel Barracuda for visitors from the mainland. Climb aboard a glass bottom boat and take part in a 3 reefs snorkeling tour perfect for those who want to swim or those who want to stay dry. The boat has bathroom facilities, a sundeck, and a glass bottom that will allow the non-swimmers of your group to be part of the party just as the ones that decide to do the snorkeling. The crew will make sure to keep you safe and of course, help you have a blast. During the activity, water and sodas will be available at all time, and after the snorkeling, beers will be provided.

Atlantis Submarine Expedition in Cozumel

3. Atlantis Submarine Expedition in Cozumel

We invite you to experience why Cozumel is one of the top five dive destinations in the world. Go to 100 feet (30 meters) underwater and enjoy the magic onboard a real US Coast Guard Certified submarine as you make the underwater journey to Chankanaab. An environmentally protected marine park, Chankanaab is home to a huge variety of sea life until now seen only by divers. Your submarine dive adventure begins on board ferry vessel that will take you on a 12-minute cruise along Cozumel west coast. Upon arriving at the Chankanaab dive site you will be transferred to the Atlantis Submarine where you will have the opportunity to view this underwater paradise through large windows in air-conditioned comfort. Marvel at the huge variety of tropical fish including parrotfish, grunts, and groupers as your captain expertly navigates through magnificent 30 foot coral heads, all in air-conditioned comfort. Throughout your voyage an informative, live narration is provided by an experienced co-pilot who will be happy to answer any questions. You will not want to forget your cameras for an once-in-a-lifetime glance into this amazing undersea world.

Playa Del Carmen: Round-Trip Ferry Ticket to/from Cozumel

4. Playa Del Carmen: Round-Trip Ferry Ticket to/from Cozumel

Pre-book a quick round-trip ferry service between Playa Del Carmen and Cozumel. Get maximum flexibility with continuous daily departures and a 6-month ticket validation period. Enjoy added perks including a snack bar, open-air decks, live music, TVs, and electrical outlets. On the day of your chosen departure, hop on board a high-speed 157-foot JETLINE Class catamaran type ferry, constructed of aluminum and featuring 3 decks with a capacity between 150 and 800 passengers. Enjoy new generation gangways for express boarding and carry-on baggage handling. On board, take advantage of covered and open-air decks, panoramic windows, TV screens, a snack bar, electrical outlets, live music, and underwater illumination. Ride in maximum comfort with on-board air conditioning, leather seats, and restrooms. As you head to your destination, take some time to relax with plenty of legroom in high-quality ergonomic high-quality leather seats designed and constructed in Europe by the same high technology companies that work with Porsche and Ferrari. Premium Class Tickets include round-trip transportation with general ferry access. If you’re looking to add a little more to your trip, choose First Class Tickets for referred access to the ferry, reliable seats with more space, and access to a lounge area. Whatever ticket option you choose, you’ll get to experience a ferry transfer focused on passengers and making their journey something even more special. The beauty of the islands, coupled with the comfort and quickness of the boats, make this the preferred trip for visitors to this area. 

Cozumel: El Cielo, Palancar Reef, and Beach Party with Food

5. Cozumel: El Cielo, Palancar Reef, and Beach Party with Food

Join one of the most luxurious catamaran tours in the Caribbean and discover the two best parts of Cozumel's marine park: El Cielo Beach and Palancar Reef. Later, relax or play on the pristine white beach while enjoying unlimited beer, margaritas, and lunch. Set sail on board a first-class 65-foot Fury Catamaran, with shade, fresh-water showers, bathrooms, sanitized snorkeling gear, and a brand new snorkel pipe for you to keep. Explore one of Cozumel's finest snorkeling sites, Palancar Reef. Then, get ready to discover the world-famous El Cielo Beach: a secluded sandbar that can only be reached by boat. Snorkel and swim in this pristine paradise and play in shallow waters surrounded by starfish. An ultimate beach experience comes next: sail to a private white-sand beach. Enjoy an Angus cheeseburger, unlimited margaritas, beer, sodas, and purified water. Relax on a lounge chair or hammock, play on a floating water park, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard.

Cozumel: Snorkel By Catamaran, El Cielo Bay And Beach

6. Cozumel: Snorkel By Catamaran, El Cielo Bay And Beach

The tour begins with a scenic cruise sailing along the coastline as your snorkeling Catamaran is on its way to a Cozumel Reef system for drift snorkeling. Then the helm is set to the most secluded treasure in Cozumel, El Cielo Bay, a heaven on earth paradise, sanctuary for starfish and other protected species. Receive snorkeling instruction and gear and then follow your PADI certified guide for drift snorkeling over famous Palancar Reef. You will discover an infinite array of colors and forms of exuberant marine life. Then owe at El Cielo named after the incredible blue and starfish. After the adventure, you will enjoy a satisfying lunch at one of Cozumel´s most relaxing and beautiful beaches. Then it is up to you, take a splash into the ocean, or engage in any of the services and attractions included. Later on, it´s time to navigate back to the pier for you to return to the comfort of your stay after a memorable day.

Cozumel: Manatee Encounter with Chankanaab Park Entrance

7. Cozumel: Manatee Encounter with Chankanaab Park Entrance

Experience Cozumel memorably with direct contact with the cute, chubby marine mammals known as manatees. At Dolphin Discovery-Cozumel, interact with and even feed these lively creatures. Go snorkeling while you're at it, and enjoy included access to Chankanaab Park. With the Manatee Encounter program, listen as your instructor gives a short briefing on how to play with the sea mammals. Get happy as the manatee swims by you so you can touch and pet it. Fear not, as the manatees are very gentle. Then move in for a close-up as it gives you a big, charming hug. Bond with your new pal as you even get to feed him. For yet more fun, visit Chankanaab Park, where you can admire the local flora and fauna and take advantage of the top-notch facilities to relax.

Cozumel: ATV Adventure to Jade Cavern

8. Cozumel: ATV Adventure to Jade Cavern

An opportunity to venture into the jungle of Cozumel onboard thrilling ATV’s. Let your senses guide you through your adventure as you traverse dirt paths surrounded by an abundant nature, with your experienced and enthusiastic team taking care of you while teaching you many fun facts about the cenote of Jade Caverns. The cenote is connected to several underground tunnels on the island, and once in the cenote, you will have the opportunity to take a dip with plenty of time to admire all of the incredible nature. During your adventure, you will admire the Coral Cove cave system, cross El Cedral village, travel over several rocky trails, swim in a cenote, and travel through many mud pits that will test your driving skills. You also have the option to bring back many wonderful moments after they are captured by a team of paparazzi throughout your journey.

Cozumel: Dolphin Royal Swim

9. Cozumel: Dolphin Royal Swim

Experience this beautiful island that offers natural adventure, with a wide variety of activities to do. Cozumel Island hosts some of the most idyllic beaches to rest by the ocean, and take in the sunshine. Swim with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery-Cozumel. In the Royal Swim program, interact with two dolphins in their natural environment. Feel the rush of being foot pushed by the dolphins to rise above the water. After your dolphin program, visit Chankanaab Park and enjoy nature’s beauty. Take in the diversity of nature and sea life on a quick snorkel adventure at the Park.

Cozumel: Pirate Ship Cruise with Dinner & Show

10. Cozumel: Pirate Ship Cruise with Dinner & Show

Enjoy the first pirate show and dinner tour in Cozumel with more than 15 years of giving joy, excitement, and delicious dinners to its guests. Be entertained by the pirate stories, sword fights, games, & dances as you cruise the Caribbean aboard the 17th centurty replica galleon and feast on gourmet food options for your dinner. Sail the beautiful caribbean sea with the pirate crew, win prizes, dance, laugh, and have a drink always in hand with a premium open bar. Delight in a gourmet dinner including: salad with artisan dressing, vegetables, rice, baked potatoes, lobster, and uniquely seasoned steak. Feel the sea breeze and experience the best landmark of the island. You can also give a boost to the night with a Deluxe Open Bar ticket that includes bottles like Don Julio, Johnnie Walker, Zacapa, Grey Goose, Champagne, and more.

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What people are saying about Cozumel

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 356 reviews

We loved this tour! We felt well taken care of! They fed us an amazing meal after the caving experience and gave us free water along the way as it was a hot day. The underground caving was such a neat experience I would definitely do it again. The only thing to remember is the actual excursion takes about two hours and the rest is travel time. Which is a bit of a bummer but well worth it. Our guide was fun, kind, knowledgeable, and fair. There was a slight communication error in that we thought we would see a cenote at the end of the caving tour and we did not. So definitely ask about that before you go.

Guide Adriano and Captain Lola did a great job, really cool guys. Have explained a lot, were funny and have given a super good instruction. Totally worth the tour, we saw the reef, El Cielo with the starfish is super cool and at the end we spent time eating and drinking in the shallow water. Again and again rays swam past, great experience! I would do the tour again anytime and it was worth every penny!

Alex took us around the island, very chill and pleasant view of it. Stopped at a tequila place, chocolate factory, gave us some history and had a good lunch. The snorkel didn’t go as well due to the ocean getting choppy but gave it a try. Definitely recommend.

Best tour ever! Adrian, the tour guide was great, made sure everybody has a good time. At the last stop at El Cielito, Adrian and the captain prepared snacks, cocktails and a delicious fish ceviche. I'd definitely book this tour again

We had a great time, everyone there was amazing, easy going and very knowledgeable. Highly recommended!