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Dick Hambridge Jan 9th, 1999 08:31 AM

Cozumel Snorkel Tours
 
Ww are going to be staying at the Presidente in Cozumel in April,99. Although we own our own snorkeling equipment, we are new to snorkeling. Can anyone recommend a good dive/snorkeling service that caters to snorkelers? We don't want to "accompany" scuba divers,but rather would like to go with a company more specialized in snorkeling.We also want to avoid "cattle boat" operations.

TC Jan 9th, 1999 05:38 PM

Hi Dick; We liked the snorkel tour (either half or full day) with Aviomar. Any hotel travel desk can set it up. Half day was $38 and full day was $44 last year. You will go to Palancar, Columbia, Santa Rosa and Tormento reefs, no divers. This IS a tour so there were other people, maybe 25. They provide soft drinks and a guide. The most fun was jumping in the water, hanging onto a trailing rope and being slowly pulled over one of the larger reefs. We covered a lot of territory and saw larger fish and coral than those found nearer shore. Its a good introduction to snorkeling. But trust me, you won't have a hard time snorkeling from lots of wonderful shore spots. The reefs are very accessable. Email if you need more. Tonna

TC Jan 13th, 1999 10:40 AM

Hi Dick, Tonna here again. A friend of mine just returned from Cozumel. He raved about a new snorkling experience called "snuba". The day trip is run by Sea Sports. The trip is on a sailing catamaran. The group snorkles and take turns "snuba-ing" four at a time with an instructor. Wearing snorkle gear they are connected to a tank of air floating on the surface. They are able to descend about 20 feet on a long hose and can stay down for quite a while before resurfacing. It gives the feel of scuba without the worry of individual tanks, dials, gages, etc. The diver just has a regulator in his mouth. My friend loved it. The trip also included a beach picnic, volleyball, and even some deep sea fishing. Another new attraction at Chankanab Park is swimming or snorkling with dolphins - $120 per hour. I'll be down there in March, so stay in touch for more news.

Ti'Ana Jan 15th, 1999 07:00 PM

Dick...We stayed at El Presidente in November. The travel desk in the lobby can arrange a snorkel trip for you. Most will come and pick you up in their boat at the hotel pier, some you need to go into town to their pier. Many were all day and included lunch. We took a three hour snorkel trip. It was a small boat, there were just two families! They served beer, lemonade and chips.We also went snorkeling at Xel Ha on the mainland, and did the swim with dolphins ($55. US each). The best snorkeling on Cozumel was right there at El Presidente! Don't go to Playa Corona (Cozumel). The cruise ships drop off tons of people, it is REALLY crowded and the water very murky. Ti'Ana

DAVE Jan 30th, 1999 03:47 PM

DICK,THE BEST SNORKLING IS AT YOUR HOTEL..YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK OUT CHANKUNUB,WE BOOKED A BOAT OUT OF THERE FOR 150$US 6 PERSONS,SODA BEER ECT.ALL DAY.DEAL WITH THE PARKS DIVE SHOP.THEY WILL TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOU.WE STAYED AT THE PRESIDENTE LAST JUNE,,,LOVED IT.ENJOY YOUR TRIP,DAVE

Anne Feb 8th, 1999 04:52 PM

I would recommend the Principe for snorkelling. They have a smaller boat so it is just a small group, they do half day trips, 2 reefs,provide drinks and pick you up right at the dock. They are really a good group of guys and you will have fun. Stay away from the cattle boat ones as snorkelling in large groups is not a pleasant experience.


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