Tour lenght: 3.5 Hours    Max People: 20
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Snorkeling at Colombia, Palancar & El Cielo for Cruise Ship Passengers by Boat

Voyage on a boat to the world famous El Cielo in the south. Located in the Arrecifes de Cozumel national park. El Cielo means heaven, sky, paradise to Heaven. You will not be disappointed when you see its stunning crystal-clear turquoise water, and idyllic white sandy ocean floor. This snorkeling adventure really does take you to heaven on earth.

Let the sea set you free, when exploring the Palancar reef. Typical fish to see in this area are angel fish, butterfly fish, triggerfish, and parrotfish.

Journey onto the Colombia reef, which sits in shallow sand with a maximum depth of 30 feet. The coral formations that reach up to 8 to 10 feet of the surface, gives you superb views of marine life.

Drift away in Heaven at "El Cielo", this breathtaking paradise where sting rays come out to greet you, while cruising the shallow luminous waters, along the sparkling white sand.

Ice cold Beer and refreshments are served with fresh fruits and snacks. It’s the perfect way to end the day.


  1. We'll meet outside the Hotel "El Cid La Ceiba", you’ll receive a quick debriefing, and a guide will collect your remaining balance. Located within walking distance of the two largest cruise ship ports at Cozumel.
  2. You'll board your boat, and the guide will explain safety measures and the protocol you'll have to follow underwater, as well as how to use your equipment correctly. It's essential to pay close attention.
  3. The boat ride to the first stop takes around 40 minutes.
  4. The guide will hand you your equipment with your new snorkel tube, courtesy of Safe Tours Cozumel. This is a sign that it is time to start jumping into the water.
  5. Your first stop will be Colombia and Palancar Reefs.
  6. You will be accompanied by a certified guide in the ocean. They will be able to help you identify typical fish that you are likely to see in the area. Like angel fish, butterfly fish, triggerfish, and parrotfish at Palancar. In Colombia is where the coral formations are made of sponges and a variety of hard corals. These are home to several varieties of fish including filefish, parrotfish, and angel fish.
  7. The next stop is “El Cielo,” there you'll spend another 20-25 minutes. This beautiful and fascinating area really lives up to its name. As you snorkel with the starfish, you will also find large gray sting rays cruising between the sand and grassy areas.
  8. Afterwards the boat will take you to the last destination, the one you have all been waiting for, “El Cielito.” This is where you’ll spend your remaining time at sea.
  9. Here you can sit back and relax, while the guides bring fruit, snacks, and drinks. The water here is so shallow that you can sit in the sand and party like a rock star.
  10. At the end of the 4-hour tour, the boat will return you to the original meeting point at the Hotel "El Cid La Ceiba".
  11. This concludes your snorkeling experience at Cozumel.

Duration: 3.5 hours

Meeting point: outside the Hotel "El Cid La Ceiba”. Located within walking distance of the two largest cruise ship ports at Cozumel.

Meeting time: 30 mins before departure time

Starting point: The tour starts from El Cid la Ceiba pier.

Minimum # of passengers: 2

Max Pax: 20

✅English\Spanish speaking guide

✅ Very Comfortable Private Boat

✅ W.C., changing room, and shower to use at hotel before and after tour

✅ Snorkel tube (free to take as souvenir)

✅ Use of snorkel gear (fins, mask, and life vest)

✅Fully equipped boat trip with first aid kit, GPS, VHF radio

✅Refreshing drinks (including Beer)

✅Snack and Fresh Fruits

❌ 8 USD per passenger for Marine and Pier fees

❌ Gratuity Optional


❌Biodegradable sunscreen

❌Taxis for those who require transportation to their next destination.

It is important to be aware that the remaining balance will be charged at the meeting point (preferably in cash). Credit cards may be used, but you will have to pay the added 10% bank commission.

IMPORTANT: SafeTours Cozumel is committed to protecting the ocean environment and the Mesoamerican Barrier reef; the use of sunscreen, sunblock, or suntan lotion which could eventually make its way into the ocean is no longer allowed, unless Biodegradable. We suggest using long-sleeved UV-filtering shirts, hats, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun. Coral, fish, and all other wildlife thank you for your cooperation!

Recommended Dress:

  • Casual, comfortable clothing. Swimsuit and Hat
  • Your bathing suit under your clothes
  • Biodegradable sunscreen (you can only apply it 30 minutes before the activity)
  • Bring a long-sleeved T-shirt to protect yourself while swimming.
  • Bring a towel.
  • Sunglasses.

  • FREE cancelation and full refund if notified within a minimum of 24 hours of your tour time; if done within less than 24 hours, the reservation fees cannot be refunded.
  • In case of showing up under the influence of drugs or alcohol, we will not permit you to partake in the activity and will not issue a refund.
  • This activity is subject to adequate weather conditions; in case of bad weather, you will receive a full refund.
  • If you fail to show up at the meeting time established, there will be no rescheduling or refund. 
  • For cruise ship passengers: If your cruise ship is delayed, the activity will be automatically rescheduled for a new time or date of arrival. A full refund will be issued if there is a problem with the cruise ship and it fails to dock. 
  • With the current world climate, we find it necessary to let potential passengers know what we are doing to ensure their safety and lessen the spread of the virus.
  • Actions being taken: 

    • All our staff has been fully vaccinated.
    • Face masks are required for staff in public areas.
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Staff are required to wash their hands regularly.
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • We reduced our boat’s capacity to a maximum of 60 %
    • Face masks are required for travelers in public areas.
    • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use (the snorkel tube is new and meant to be taken as a souvenir)
    • Social distancing enforced throughout the experience.



Special Price $ 49.99 p/p
Reserve with $ 14.99 p/p
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