My wife and I (30) will be in Cozumel on Sept 25, and will be coming in on the RCI Navigator of the Seas. I am interested in the best snorkel/scuba experience and hear that Palencaar would probably be our best bet. Neither of us are certified divers but would like to dive in deeper water, is there a way we can do that without being certified? I would also be interested hearing good/bad experiences people have had with different dive boats in the area.
Yes, you can do a "resort diving" course where an instructor goes out with you. You can dive in upto 25 feet of water I believe. The cost is about $110/person. Try Cozumel Sports. I'm using them in Oct.
check and see if the cruise ship offers a resort diving course, you aren't PADI certified but you can dive up to a certain depth with a dive instructor. We snorkeld the Palencaar Reef a couple of years ago, its amazing. Its fairly deep but you can see bottom when you snorkel that is until you hit the "wall" then it drops off..... We saw all kinds of fish, sea turtles, moraey eel, barracuda it was great. We booked our shore excrusion through our ship (Sea Princess) we had a great boat and dive master.
Snorkeled both Palancar and Columbar reefs last year while on the Grand Princess. It was a combined tour with about two hours at each location. Both reefs are considered "open water" snorkel/dive sites. (Far enough off shore that it requires a boat to get there.)
Columbar was good but, as LisaK says, Palancar was awesome.
In addition to all that Lisa saw we also say a Manta ray. It just came out of nowhere, "flew" on by and was gone in seconds. The dive crew said it happens occasionally but is still fairly unusual.
If you have the opportunity to do Palancar don't pass it up. Definitely worth the time and cost.
I contacted Eduardo Echeverrķa at http://www.Cozumelsports.com and he is recommending other sites instead of Palancar. He mentioned Dzul Ha, Paradise, San Clemente as alternatives, anybody been to these?
Also, what will the time difference be between the ship and Cozumel?
We went to Dzul Ha 4/03. It was okay. Kind of just another snorkeling place. There were a lot of little jelly fish "schools" when we were there that we had to kind of look out for. the beach was small and kind of just ok. Facilites were not great. Drinks & food were good. However, in the really good side, it's basically free. Maybe we were just snorkeled out on that cruise, (had already been to Grand Cayman).
I think next time we will try a trip to Palencaar. Dzul Ha was not awful. But not great like I'm hearing about Palencaar.