Snorkelling at Cozumel, Mexico

When you come to a seaside place like Cancun, you cannot avoid water activities. Of course you can. But that would be a sin. It would be a sin to ignore the beautiful green-blue coloured water that is so comfortably warm and soothing. There are all kinds of water activities offered here – snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming with dolphins and even submarine rides.

There are several snorkelling spots near Cancun / Playa, natural and artificial, but we chose Cozumel because of natural coral reefs there. Cozumel is an island less than an hour away from Playa. There are hourly ferry rides till there. One can also decide to stay there for a day or so.

You will be bombarded with snorkelling photos and tour guides the moment you exit the ferry. You can haggle and get a decent deal. We paid USD 22 per person. The trip was for 2 hours and involved 3 spots. There was also a guide or captain with us on the boat all the time. This made the whole thing very comfortable for a non swimmer like me.

I had failed at snorkelling three years back in Whitsundays, Australia. I was too scared and intimidated by the rough, salty ocean. This time, I was determined to crack it. There were some other people also in our boat and we ended up becoming friends. They were so encouraging! I was the baby of the group. Last one to jump into the water. The one given most attention. In fact, I hung on to a tube (despite wearing a life jacket) and the captain pulled it (and me) along with him all the time!

Of course I was scared. Not of the water, but of failing. I really want to do it this time. So I jumped. I sputtered, choked and panicked a couple of times but eventually sailed through. The first sighting of underwater world was unbelievable. It was magical. White sand was glimmering below crystal clear water. The warm bright sun made the whole scene glitter. The sounds I could hear were my own breathing and bubbling sound of water. Everything else was shut off.

I left the whole world behind me and let the underwater world hypnotize me. When you see such beauty – pure magnificence in its purest form – and come to an understanding that the natural world is very huge, of which you are one tiny part, a change runs through you. Everything else in the materialistic, fake world seems so insignificant, so small.

Cozumel is a popular tourist destination. It has several restaurants, shops and souvenir shops to entertain tourists. You can spend at the maximum 2 days there, relaxing and indulging in water activities.

Some views of Cozumel…


Usual Mexican style facade

cozumel main plaza

A large souvenir store at Main Plaza

cozumel main plaza 1

Street surrounding Main Plaza Square

cozumel restaurant

A duo band playing lovely rock music at a restaurant

cozumel shops

An artisan store

cozumel souvinier seller

One of many souvenir sellers in Cozumel

cozumel sunset

Sunset on our way back

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9 thoughts on “Snorkelling at Cozumel, Mexico

  1. Breath-taking pics. It looks life u had lifetime fun:)

  2. Thank you Vishal. Mexico is a fun place. No wonder I had the time of my life..

  3. anusrinath

    I am a non-swimmer waiting for a moment to snorkel in warm waters! This post came as an inspiration, especially after knowing that you are a non-swimmer too ๐Ÿ™‚ The place looks so colorful!!

  4. Oh just go for it ! You just have to practice breathing from mouth. Thats the only thing. And you can do it after a couple of minutes of practice..

  5. Nice post. With even knowing ABCD of swimming, even I also snorkel in the middle of the sea once ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Thanks!

      Not knowing swimming can be scary but once you get over it, snorkelling is really really fun..

  6. ah, i really like the pictures ๐Ÿ˜€ and can imagine how the experience must have been ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Our cruise to Cozumel was fantastic, we fell in love with the island and its beautiful people. As we were on a cruise and did not have a lot of time to be spent, we booked the Palancar, Colombia and Cielo Snorkel Tour with Cozumel Water Sports and had a great time! The ocean is so clear and Cozumel’s underwater world is simply fantastic! Cannot wait to be back on a land based vacation! Our next port then was Belize and we went on a cave tubing excursion as their snorkel tours were a bit too far away for us, too much party the night before. That one was a great experience as well we definitely recommend!

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