are snorkeling tours that go to Isla Mujeres and Cozumel, both islands
near Cancun. You can go to both of these places by yourself for
much less money, and if you are a sightseer rather than a serious
snorkeler, or if you are already going on several other tours, you
might just want to go on your own.
To go to Isla Mujeres costs $13.50 US for the round-trip, and you
can find coupons for a 10% discount. The water-taxi leaves from
the marina near the "Fat Tuesday" bar in the hotel zone.
To go to Cozumel, you must leave early from the bus terminal downtown
for Playa del Carmen on the coast. Once there, you take a ferry
to Cozumel. The reason for leaving early is that the bus ride takes
a couple of hours, the ferry stops running relatively early in the
evening, and the ferry can be busy so you may wait a while to go
There are a variety of tours through the jungle (really a swamp
with jungle vegetation) surrounding the Cancun lagoon. You can either
pilot your own jet-ski, or cruise on a boat. You sail through the
twisty passages in the swamp until you reach a spot where you can
snorkel the rest of the afternoon.
Experienced snorkelers will probably prefer the jungle tour where
you ride the jet-ski. Beginning snorkelers or those travelling with
their families might prefer a boat tour like the one AquaWorld offers
to its private island, "Isla Paraiso". After going through
the jungle by boat, you spend the rest of the day on a man-made
island with change rooms, a restaurant, and free food, drinks, and
snorkeling equipment. You can snorkel by yourself or go on a guided
tour of the reef.
You can also snorkel off the beach in the southern part of the hotel
zone. Get off the bus at the Westin Regina hotel and head towards
the Club Med.
There is also great snorkeling at Xel-Ha, which is often combined
with a tour of the nearby
Warning: Don't apply any suntan lotion before snorkeling
as you are not allowed to swim with it on it's toxic to the coral