Ok, we are thinking about the Stingray excursion or the 3 reef snorkel. Have any of you done these and what did you think of them?? Which Cozumel excursions would you recommend? Thanks in advance for your advice. I know you wont steer me in the wrong direction.
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We've been to Chankanaab Park twice, two excursions with the ship: Dolphin Swim and Helmet Dive. It's a very nice park, in my opinion. Last time we were there was in 2002. I would not do the helmet dive again, just a bit "lame"....
This next time we plan to Parasail (through Carnival). We never had much desire to see the ruins. I would LOVE to swim with the dolphins again, perhaps some day. Have never parasailed before, on my list of things to do this next cruise.
Hope this helps a little. This is our limited experience.
When we went to Cozumel, my cousins did the stingray excursion through carnival and loved it.
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Here's a mini-review of our excursion in Cozumel that i've been working on.
We start off meeting our guides Migueal and Fito, a couple of funny and informative guides. We then all pile into our open-top dunebuggies. We go for a nice scenic drive down the coast. Or first stop was at what was probably the smallest myan ruin in Mexico (but still important to the area). Our guide gives some good history lessons and then we walk across the road to see some crocodiles. We load back up and head to Punta Sur, a gorgeous beach with nice facilities. They had the largest palapas hut i've ever seen. We donned our snorkel gear and headed into the water for a swim out to the reef. This was quite strenous and not recommended for weak swimmers. A few people had to drop out early. Once out to the reef you were amazed with some colorful fish and maybe the thickest mass of fan coral that i've ever witnessed. It was one of the best snorkel trips ever.
We returned to the beach for a locally flavored lunch with emanadas and toquitos. While shopping for some souvenirs a thunderstorm moved in and never left. Might I remind you we were in open-top dunebuggies. Needless to say we were about to get wet again. Well, our dunebuggy wouldn't start, even after a couple of pushes from the buggy behind us, so we jumped into the guides buggy. Several more people's buggies died along the way due to the massive amount of rain. They also had to climb into other buggies and leave theirs behind. Riding with the guide was a hoot. Migueal had us in stitches the whole way. We get near the port and the flooded streets were impassable due to a downed powerpole so we made a long detour around it through downtown Cozumel. Migueal said "Watch this, everyone in Cozumel is named Pancho!" and he proceded to shout "Hey Pancho!" from the buggy and throughs an arm out and waves. He was right everyone waved back. Hey told us to try it too and it worked. The ride in the downpour was incredible and I wouldn't change a thing about it, rain and all. We tipped Migueal for our safe return and headed to Carlos and Charlies with water dripping from us, looking like drenched rats. Our server said " I'll be you waiter, My name is Pancho" and I thought we would die laughing.
If you have a day I would do X-Caret which is a fabulous park with a lot of attractions. I liked the river float and the Mexican equestrian show (free) next to a really good restaurant (not Taco Bell gruel). If you are adventurous try Senor Frogs right by the cruise ship pier.
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