We have read that Dzul-ha and Chankanaab both have good snorkeling from the beach. Which has better snorkeling? We will be arriving on the Paradise at or after 1PM. Which snorkeling area is less likely to be crowded? We will be traveling with 2 boys (7 and 9) who can snorkel, but which has more to see without going out so far, and which has calmer water? Is it possible to go to both or do they close early?
We went to Dzul Ha April '03. It was not crowded. Good drinks & snacks. Not great beach - i.e., post-card pristine with white sand, etc. There was some sand & tables w/ umbrellas, etc. We were not overly impressed with snorkeling. I don't know if it was time of year, but there were quite a few "schools" of little jellyfish. Definitely not impressed w/ bathroom facilities - across the street and a tad disgusting. They may be better now, looked like maybe they were adding on.
Have not been to Chakanaab, so can't comment.
Our first time to Cozumel, we were headed to Chakanaab, taxi driver talked us out of it & took us somewhere down along the coast that we really liked. It had to be close to Chakanaab & Dzul Ha, but just don't know exactly where. We had a table & umbrella on the beach with some good snorkeling, great nachos & beers, etc. Bathrooms were adequate. Again, unfortunately, still don't really know where it was.
Overall, we have liked snorkeling in Cozumel (especially the first time) about the best of any Carribean, Grand Cayman & St. Thomas included. But, again, maybe it depends on the time of year you go, etc.
Frankly, have not heard anything bad about Chakanaab. Don't know why we haven't gone there yet. Maybe next time!
We took a taxi to San Francisco Beach, which is free admission, and snorkeled. It was as nice as the shore excursion snorkeling we took the day before in Cozumel. It isn't very crowded, there is quite of bit of sandy beach, there is a bar with tables that are covered, and you can rent wave runners there. We spent app. 3 hours there and it was worth the 10 dollar cab fair.