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Snorkelling for "Novices" on Cozumel

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Snorkelling for "Novices" on Cozumel

Planning to make a day trip to C. from Playa. Am a "not- completely confident" swimmer. Yal Ku in Akumal, is definitely my speed - narrow channels, rock walls, but abundance of fish - don't send me out to the open seas!!!! :). Will only bring down mask, snorkel, (luggage issue.) so will want to rent fins. Suggestions from the frequent C. visitors, or residents??? Grasias

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1. Re: Snorkelling for "Novices" on Cozumel

Just returned and enjoyed sorkeling off the shore at Chen Rio on the east side. There is a large rock wall that protects the snorkeling area from the rough sea, and this makes it easy to just float around...

enjoy!

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2. Re: Snorkelling for "Novices" on Cozumel

ontbear51,

If you liked Yal-Ku then you should also try Xel-Ha...

As for Cozumel try snorkeling at the Money Bar or possibly Punta Sur Park. But Punta Sur Park requires a bit of a swim out to the reef. The best snorkeling on Cozumel is found on the offshore reefs. But it is all very safe and a dive-master/snorkel guide will go in with you to help... Give Palancar Beach Club a try for their offshore snorkel tour...

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3. Re: Snorkelling for "Novices" on Cozumel

Snorkeling in front of our hotel the El Coz was awesome. I saw a huge variety of fish and it was a thrilling experience every single time. I also enjoyed snorkeling in front of the Corona Club because of the huge purple fan plants that float so elegantly with the movement of the water.

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4. Re: Snorkelling for "Novices" on Cozumel

CHEN RIO

T&DSQUARED, is there any beach left there? are there Palapas for shade?

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6. Re: Snorkelling for "Novices" on Cozumel

Look into a snorkel vest. Won't take up any luggage room, and will add confidence. So you can spend more time looking under the water rather than on top of it.

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7. Re: Snorkelling for "Novices" on Cozumel

Thanks for the good ideas - a few options there to explore. Did get a helpful note back from the folks at the Chankanaab Park; they clarified that the Atlantis Sub is located 7 miles away - which probably won't work for us, we didn't want to be divided up - My wife likes the sound of the boat trip out from Playacar Beach Club - guessing they will rent life vests ??

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8. Re: Snorkelling for "Novices" on Cozumel

FLOYD:

There is plenty of beach at Chen Rio. Umbrellas and tables are part of the adjoining restaurant. Buy a drink or a quick snack, park your stuff and wade out into the water. Very nice!

Dzul Ha aka Money Bar was also very nice off shore snorkeling.

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9. Re: Snorkelling for "Novices" on Cozumel

I have watched this post since it first appeared & so far no one has really hit the mark re your "not completely competent" issue. For someone that is ONLY planning a 1 day visit, and has snorkeling in mind as part of it (vs being the entire reason) then I suggust you consider the following areas as ideal and they are free. You can take a taxi to Money Bar (AKA Dzul Ha) and stay reasonably close to shore where the current is minimul, and work your way both north & south slowly while looking off shore for interesting things to investigate; OR taxi up to the area where the El Cozumelino Resort is located & use the area the guests there regularily snorkel which sounds very interesting, and has a mild current (never been in that area, but there are lots of previous messages about it).

If you want a truely life changing experience then I urge you to do a boat snorkeling tour (which includes them providing a snorkeling vest) then you will want to visit Columbia Shallows, which will blow your mind if you are into snorkeling.Copy & paste these addresses for an idea of what I am talking about.

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10. Re: Snorkelling for "Novices" on Cozumel

You're right cicopo - the not completely confident is critical. My wife is a good swimmer, and we are now quite leaning to being taken out on a boat, to a good reef.. ( me in a doinky life jacket - but if we see neat stuff, who cares!!! ) Have heard some good reviews about the boat trip from Planacar Beach Club - if YOU were choosing just one (we're only over for a day) Columbia Shallows over Planacar??

Any other good snorkelling boat trips to consider. Will look into those sites cipopo, thanks!!