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HoneymoonCruiser April 8th, 2013 05:06 PM

Snorkeling in Cozumel
What is the best place to snorkel in Cozumel?

I have never snorkeled before but I want to see abundant marine life in my first trip!!

I have heard good things about Dzul Ha and Chankanaab.

I have also heard that you have to go on a boat for good snorkeling, is that true?


Donna April 8th, 2013 05:19 PM

I have heard that the snorkeling at Chanakaab Park is good. It is a short cab ride from the pier and they do have cabs waiting there to return you to the pier...The beach is huge, restaurant and the dolphin swim is also there...Great way to spend the day. April 8th, 2013 06:26 PM

To be honest, snorkeling in Cozumel is not that great. There are some places where it's okay, but you have to understand that fish like coral reef and rocks - it provides them food and shelter. The coral reef in Cozumel doesn't start until around 45' in depth, which is a bit deep for snorkelers to enjoy the fish.

But because of the amazing coral reef system in Cozumel, it's one of the best places in the world for scuba diving! I've dove there many time and it is absolutely awesome!!

Chankanaab does provide some decent snorkeling, but still not as great as other places such as Roatan (which is awesome), Belize, or Grand Cayman, just to mention a few.

Hopefully, your itinerary will take you to some island that provide better snorkeling.


HoneymoonCruiser April 11th, 2013 12:40 PM

I have been hearing soo many different things! *confused*

CruisePlanner- We are stopping at Labadee, Falmouth and Cozumel.

Thanks everyone for your advice! April 11th, 2013 05:15 PM

You're always going to get confusing information because obviously some people have different levels of experiences and expertise. As I always say, what one person loves, another will hate.

I'm a scuba diver with over 150 dives and have my open water, advanced open water, and rescue diver certifications. I've dove in many places around the world and snorkeled in many more. My wife can't dive because of ear problems, so we usually snorkel more than I like and I get to dive less than I want.

We've been to Cozumel about a dozen times on cruises plus we've stayed there a few times on vacation; a couple of times for 4 days, once for a week, and another time for 2 weeks. In fact, my first two scuba dives were done in Cozumel, which is where I fell in love with the sport.

Quite frankly, I can only say that those who say the snorkeling is really good either have no other place to compare it against or their 'wow' factor is very low.

As I mentioned, the coral reef in Cozumel doesn't start until around 45' deep. The majority of exotic fish stay around the reef system because it provides food and shelter. While some fish can be found in shallower areas and there are a few places where minor reefs can be found, if you've never snorkeled before, this can still be exciting and interesting. It doesn't compare to places more suitable for good snorkeling, but fun nonetheless.

Like I said, while it's not bad, it's not really all that great. Personally, one of the best places in the area we've ever seen for snorkeling is West End Beach in Roatan.

Labadee has some snorkeling that's okay - again, not great. But for beginners it's fun.

We've not yet been to Falmouth, so perhaps someone else can provide some information for you on that port concerning the snorkeling areas. We've been to Ocho Rios numerous times and spend the day at an all-inclusive resort that has some nice snorkeling - again, not great. Maybe Falmouth is better.


Moonlight Reader May 1st, 2013 09:52 PM

He is right, much of Cozumel has a constant current (we drift dive and the boat follows us scuba divers) and the natural bits are what we call "iron shore" (no sand). If you want to snorkel, one of the nicest ways is to go to Chankunaab park. You can take a taxi from the docks. Be aware that there is a charge to get in (a bit over $20 per person) but it is nice white sand, beach chairs and friendly staff. They even have a package for entrance and snorkeling gear so you don't have to take your own.

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