Water activity

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

4.2 / 5

77 reviews

Activity provider: Barco Pirata Cozumel

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

Activity provider: Barco Pirata Cozumel

From US$ 51.58 per person

Enjoy a drink and ceviche at starfish-filled El Cielo while you swim with stingrays. Be marveled by giant corals at Palancar reef with a high chance of viewing turtles and exotic marine life alongside the most knowledgeable and friendly snorkel guides.

About this activity

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Duration 4.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Private or small groups available


  • Experience the at the turquoise-clear waters of paradisiacal beach, El Cielo
  • See the aquatic life up close with the turtles, stingrays, and giant corals of Palancar Reef
  • Snorkel with the starfish of El Cielo
  • Have a drink and ceviche always in hand with the open bar
Full description

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.

  • Soft drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Ceviche
  • Fruits
  • Tostadas
  • Music
  • Lifejacket
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Guide
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts. Look for the sales post of Caballito del Caribe at the pier, you can ask for Raul.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Biodegradable sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Touching marine life

Know before you go

  • Use of a facemask is mandatory to access the main ferry pier.
  • Tour lasts between 4 and 4 and a half hours, the staff is the most friendly and experienced on the island with over 15 years of service.
  • Tour may be canceled due to weather conditions.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 77 reviews

Review summary

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What we loved: the people, every single one, were extremely friendly, kind and helpful and did everything they could to make sure everyone was safe and had fun. My mother got sick on the trip and they were truly so kind and considerate with her. The boat was great and the drinks really were unlimited. The locations we visited were amazing. What we didn't love was that the snorkeling excursions themselves felt rushed and a little chaotic, with guides yelling at you to follow the group but it's hard to see who the main guide is in the crowd. My suggestion would be to have the guides wear flags so they're easier to see, and/or split the groups into smaller groups, possibly by ability.

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July 25, 2022

July 2022. Super fun snorkeling tour. Definitely good value for money. Duration about 4.5 hours and you will snorkel along 2 reefs where you will see a lot of fish/stingrays and if you are lucky a sea turtle. Then a beautiful part where you often see sea stars and then a stop at clear blue water with a tasty lunch where the rays swim in between. Definitely recommend. In addition, a nice guide who entertains you and knows how to show you all the beautiful things.

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July 17, 2022

The activity did not start well, since we had booked it online at 12 noon and we finally left at 1:30 p.m. Other than that, the boat staff, and especially our aquatic guide, Adrian, were most professional. They explained all the activity very clearly to us and in the sea he was very aware of the whole group. The food and drinks were very good, and they offered us several times if we wanted to repeat.

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July 10, 2022

Product ID: 410415