Playa El Cielo, Mexico

Playa El Cielo: Our most recommended tours and activities

El Cielo and Palancar: Snorkelling with Open-Bar and Ceviche

1. El Cielo and Palancar: Snorkelling with Open-Bar and Ceviche

Board the boat or 45 ft yacht (if available) at 12 pm to sail the coast until arrival at Palancar reef. Meet with friendly staff and be provided with all the necessary snorkel equipment and lifejackets to safely enjoy one of the most beautiful sites in the Caribbean. Marvel at the corals and colorful marine life at Palancar Reef, known for its corals, rays, sponges, sea turtles, and tropical fish. See a dreamlike view of the ocean floor at El Cielo, known for its basket stars and sea stars. Snorkel the shallow clear waters of El Cielo, before returning to the boat and traveling to El Cielito beach to relax with a drink, ceviche, and fruit. Arrival back at the port between 4 and 4:30 pm.

Cozumel: El Cielo, Palancar Reef, and Beach Party with Food

2. Cozumel: El Cielo, Palancar Reef, and Beach Party with Food

Join one of the most luxurious catamaran tours in the Caribbean and discover the two best parts of Cozumel's marine park: El Cielo Beach and Palancar Reef. Later, relax or play on the pristine white beach while enjoying unlimited beer, margaritas, and lunch. Set sail on board a first-class 65-foot Fury Catamaran, with shade, fresh-water showers, bathrooms, sanitized snorkeling gear, and a brand new snorkel pipe for you to keep. Explore one of Cozumel's finest snorkeling sites, Palancar Reef. Then, get ready to discover the world-famous El Cielo Beach: a secluded sandbar that can only be reached by boat. Snorkel and swim in this pristine paradise and play in shallow waters surrounded by starfish. An ultimate beach experience comes next: sail to a private white-sand beach. Enjoy an Angus cheeseburger, unlimited margaritas, beer, sodas, and purified water. Relax on a lounge chair or hammock, play on a floating water park, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard.

Cozumel: Snorkel Tour, El Cielo Bay & Playa Mia Beach Day

3. Cozumel: Snorkel Tour, El Cielo Bay & Playa Mia Beach Day

Brace yourselves and jump in, as you’re going to indulge in some of the most enchanting aquatic sights and beach activities that Cozumel has to offer. The best way to start a wonderful day filled with adventure and relaxation in Cozumel is with the breathtaking sights of the brilliant coral reefs of the Palancar Reef and snorkeling with friendly aquatic animals. Set sail on a catamaran through the clear waters of El Cielo Bay and look at the gorgeous starfish at the beach. Because every good beginning has to have a good ending, we will end the day with an exquisite lunch at Playa Mia Beach Club enjoying the white sand and the beach.

Cozumel: El Cielo Cruise with Snorkeling & Beach Club Visit

4. Cozumel: El Cielo Cruise with Snorkeling & Beach Club Visit

Hop on board our comfortable Catamaran to visit Cozumel’s Landmark: El Cielo. Sunbathe while sailing along the beautiful coastline of Cozumel on way to its world famous coral reef barrier, the second largest in the World. Enjoy of music and a spectacular views while working on your tan or just relax before arriving to the first of two snorkeling stops. Snorkeling in Cozumel is the most popular activity among locals and visitors, as the shallow and turquoise waters create the perfect set up to enjoy the spectacular sea life of the Caribbean. The experienced crew will gear you up and guide you in a two reefs underwater adventure to admire the majesty of the “inner space”. Every snorkel trip is different, so be ready to spot multicolor fishes, turtles, sea rays, dolphins and many more species. Then is off to the breathtaking El Cielo. A natural bay of crystal clear waters, named after the sea stars you may find at the sandy bottom. You’ll be able to snorkel and also enjoy leisure time at one of its unparalleled sand banks just like a gigantic natural swimming pool. This spot is just perfect for kids and adults alike. Enjoy refreshments, seasonal fresh fruit, snacks and freshly made fish ceviche during this stop. Now is sail back to the starting point, The Coolest Beach Club in the island: Tortugas Cozumel. A funtastic inflatable water park, music, beach lounge chairs, umbrellas, bathrooms, delicious Mexican food, fresh sea food & incredible drinks await for you at this hearth welcoming place. Don’t miss out on this adventure and book it now!

Cozumel: Island Snorkeling and Instagram Tour by Speedboat

5. Cozumel: Island Snorkeling and Instagram Tour by Speedboat

Visit Punta Morena Beach, Punta Sur Eco Beach Park, Turtle Beach Club, and more on this multi-stop Cozumel tour. Explore San Miguel de Cozumel on a guided walk before venturing to four snorkeling spots via speedboat. Get plenty of photo-ops in between. Start your adventure by meeting at the dock in San Miguel de Cozumel before starting the ground tour. Walk along the Central Plaza and see this classical Mexican plaza and its many shops and restaurants. During your trip, your guide will also double as your photographer and direct you to the best photo-op spots, including the enchanting Coral Reefs Monument, a structure that depicts divers exploring the coral reef of Cozumel. After roaming around town, head to Punta Morena Beach for some time to rest and relax. With exclusive beach club access, you’ll be able to participate in beach activities such as paddleboarding and kayaking. Not up for the water? Soak up the sun on a sunbed instead. From there, head to Punta Sur Eco Beach Park where you can take photos of the picturesque stretch of the shoreline and turquoise waters. Snap some shots at the Celarain Lighthouse, which sports breathtaking views of the sea. Next, visit Turtle Beach, where you can refuel with a flavorful lunch (at your own expense) and relax on the beach before going snorkeling. Turtle beach club access includes paddleboards, kayaks, sunbeds, showers, changing rooms, washrooms, WiFi, and other perks. Once on the boat, enjoy snacks and drinks as you venture to four amazing spots for snorkeling (Columbia, Palancar, Cielo, and Cielito). Glimpse the colorful fishes and starfish, abundant coral reefs, and maybe even a turtle or two. After getting an up-close look at some of Cozumel’s vibrant underwater life, head back to the starting point for drop-off.

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What people are saying about Playa El Cielo, Mexico

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 61 reviews

Guide Adriano and Captain Lola did a great job, really cool guys. Have explained a lot, were funny and have given a super good instruction. Totally worth the tour, we saw the reef, El Cielo with the starfish is super cool and at the end we spent time eating and drinking in the shallow water. Again and again rays swam past, great experience! I would do the tour again anytime and it was worth every penny!

Lorenzo, captain, Adrian tour guide did a great job, especially with the non-swimmer guests. They were informative and entertaining. Beautiful ocean. Palancar may not be best snorkel for beginners, non-swimmers, or not so great swimmers. All in all, we had a terrific day. Muchas gracias.

Best tour ever! Adrian, the tour guide was great, made sure everybody has a good time. At the last stop at El Cielito, Adrian and the captain prepared snacks, cocktails and a delicious fish ceviche. I'd definitely book this tour again

It was fabulous. Capitan & Adrienne(our guide) were amazing. Fernando our photographer got great shots of our party underwater with fish, starfish & stingrays. EXCELLENT value! highly recommend!

It was great, an activity full of surprises and discoveries