If you’re looking for the best places to snorkel in Cozumel, you’ve come to the right place!

Snorkeling on Cozumel is one of the best activities for those who enjoy nature, and rightly so! The landscapes you will find underwater are crazy.

So I prepared a full list of snorkeling spots, including budgets, schedules, phone numbers, and all the important information. I am sure you will love the marine life.

Without further words let’s get straight to the point. What do you say?

best places to snorkel in Cozumel

1. Palancar Reef

If you are a beginner this can be a great option (I tell you from experience). The depth is from 30 to 80 feet, enough to see fish, manta rays, and turtles. I recommend you to ask when making your reservation what season they are in.

The most common things to see here are turtles, Damselfish, Butterflyfish, and beautiful coral formations. There is always something to find and enjoy, nature in this place is abundant. Let’s remember that Cozumel is characterized by this!

2. El Cielo

As its name says, here you will get to know El Cielo Beach. If you like adventure-type excursions, this is the ideal option for you. For less than $60 you can do Cozumel snorkeling from shore. Something to highlight is that some agencies allow you to pay when you arrive. This means you don’t have to pay any money in advance.

Children and families prefer this beach. Forget about finding spring breakers making a mess everywhere. Here is ideal to come with kids, you have nothing to worry about!

3. El Cielito

Located in the same area as “El Cielo”. Normally tours visit both places which are 800 meters off the coast of Cozumel. To get there it is necessary to take a boat or catamaran.

However, when you make your reservation they include transportation, snacks, air conditioning, natural water, and sometimes they have other benefits. Remember to ask the company you contact by phone or message before preparing your packing list.

4. Dzul Ha

A beach that has a lot of rocks on top. So, walking and lying on the sand is a bit difficult. But when you enter the sea you will realize why! Under the water, there is a reef called Dzul Ha.

You can do self-guided snorkeling Cozumel for less than 45 dollars, maybe a little more. It depends on the duration and type of snorkel gear you want to rent. Several establishments offer this service, and even the restaurants themselves have agreements!

5. Columbia Reef

The depth ranges from 50 to 90 feet, the level is considered intermediate because not everyone can navigate freely in the area. If you have the experience you can go as deep as you want.

Many tropical fish will be seen here living their lives in peace haha! I think that’s the coolest part of the experience, being able to see other living creatures coexisting with each other. What characterizes Columbia Reef is the diversity of colors and sizes of the animals.

6. Paradise Reef

This is considered one of the smallest because the lowest you can go is 40 feet. For this reason, is ideal for beginners who like snorkeling tours. However, something to stand out is the wonderful ecosystem, do you want to know why?

Barracuda, Grouper/Coney, Trumpetfish, Trunkfish, Queen Angelfish, and Butterflyfish, among many others, are very common. It feels like a big city! If you like photography you have to come here.

7. Chankanaab Park

The eco beach park has underwater sculptures of El Cristo and La Virgen. If social media is your thing, I guarantee you will take great pictures here!

They also have other activities that you can complement with a day package. For example Swim with manatees or dolphins, temazcal, spa, and a delicious restaurant. Ideally, you should buy your tickets a few days in advance.

8. Villa Blanca Reef

Among the popular snorkeling spots is Villa Blanca located right across from the Villa Blanca hotel, which is a cruise ship port. Therefore, you should rent a tank to be able to dive deeper and avoid any accidents.

It is better to go with a Cozumel snorkeling guide to assist you along the way and help you enjoy the experience. So you don’t have to worry about the boats on the surface. 

Compared to the other options this can be the most expensive due to the care you must take.

9. Punta Sur

The largest ecological park in Cozumel where through 1,000 hectares there is a magical system of predominant flora and fauna. A great option if you like nature away from people!

The sand is very white and the water is turquoise. I highly recommend Cozumel for snorkeling. Also, the barrier reef system is amazing.

One thing to keep in mind. You need to check the tour schedule because is not an easy place to get to. The price starts at $120 in the low season. When it’s vacation time the rates can multiply, so keep an eye out!

10. Santa Rosa Wall

The deepest is 120 feet where you will find a sea wall that creates a movie-like scenery. The natural structure is very cool to swim through, but it is recommended to have an intermediate level.

They call it the best place to snorkel in Cozumel due to its privileged location in San Miguel. The plan I recommend doing it in the mornings when the light gives you a beautiful image. Although there are not many animals, the reefs are interesting. 

To finish this article I would like to ask you, when will you be here? I am sure you are going to have a great time. I wish you the best experience. Don’t forget to take a souvenir picture haha!

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