Isla is so close that you can plan your own trip to
the island. All you have to do is catch the ferries to Isla Mujeres
that leave every 20 minutes from Puerto Juárez or Punta Sam. There
are also water taxis and shuttles leaving from the Hotel Zone, but
they are more expensive.
If you want someone else to do the planning and don’t mind spending
the money there are a number of excellent tours offered that include
a boat ride, snorkeling, shopping in downtown Isla, open-bar buffet
lunches, and listening to music or lounging at Playa Norte. Click
Tours Isla Mujeres runs
an Isla Mujeres day tour that departs at 10 AM from the pier in
front of Fat Tuesday's and returns at 5 PM. For reservations contact
(998) 849-4247. Aquaworld offers a similar trip with an all-you-can-eat
buffet. For reservations contact (998) 885-2288. Caribbean Funday
offers family cruises to Isla. Contact (998) 884-3760.
sails daily from Playa Langosta and Playa Tortugas to the company's
dock on Isla Mujeres. Their swim with the dolphins program includes
an instruction video, a 30-minute swim and time to explore the island.
Contact (998) 883-0777 or 883-0779.
Cozumel can be explored on your own but does take
some planning; day trips are harder since the Island is farther
away and there is a lot to explore. To get to Cozumel on your own
you must first go to Playa del Carmen and then take the ferry across
to Cozumel. It takes about 40 minutes for the bus trip to Playa
and another 45 minutes for the ferry ride over to Cozumel. The ferry
stops running early in the evening.
For quick day trips you may want to consider Aquaworld’s trip to
Cozumel aboard the deluxe Ocean Princess. The tour includes guided
shopping and sightseeing, a beach buffet with food and drinks and
a chance to snorkel, dive or just explore the island. The trip leaves
daily at 8 AM and returns at 6 PM. For reservations contact the
office at (998) 885-2288.
Once on the island, there are a number of tours you can take. If
you want to explore the northern end of the island, check out Wild
Tours (Tel: 987- 258-76 or 987- 267-47). It offers a 2.5-hour journey on
an ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) through the jungle. Tickets include
a light lunch, drinks, a visit to a Maya ruin and a stopover at
the beach. To see the brilliant underwater life around Cozumel without
getting wet, contact Fiesta Cozumel (Tel: 987- 207-25), for a three-hour
trip aboard the glass bottomed Principe or the partial-submarine
Nautilus IV. Each tour includes soft drinks and beer. You can also
stay dry and explore the Chankanaab Reef aboard the Atlantis Submarine.
Located at Carretera Chankanaab, Km 4. Tel: 987- 256-71. Click
There are a variety of tours through the mangroves
of Laguna Nichupté that end with a snorkeling trip out to the coral
reef. You can either pilot your own jet ski or cruise on a boat.
Those new to snorkeling or traveling with young children may 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 rest area. Food and drinks along with snorkeling equipment and
a guided tour to the reed is included in the price. Aquaworld also
offers a jungle tour where you drive your own speedboat through
the mangrove jungle, stopping off at the ocean to snorkel the reef.
The 2.5-hour trip includes use of a two-person speedboat, snorkeling
gear, soft drinks and lockers at the marina. Contact Aquaworld at
(9) 885-2288, Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 15.2.
Barracuda Marina. Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 14. Tel: (9) 885-3444 offers
a jungle tour on jet skis. You follow a guide through the mangroves,
exploring the plant life and most interesting places in the lagoon.
You continue to the ocean where you can snorkel or just relax on
the beach. The 3 hours trip includes drinks and beer. Reservations
are recommended. Click
Custom Jungle Adventures takes you on an excursion
just outside of Puerto Morelos for a guided jungle walk, swim at
a cenote and have lunch at a Maya ranch. An extended tour also includes
a 5-km walk to an unexcavated Maya ruin. Contact Goyo’s Info Center.
Av. Rojo Gomez, Puerto Morelos. Tel: Cancun (9) 810-6179 or from
outside Cancun 044-98-10-6179.
Snorkeling Adventure offers an all-day snorkeling
trip to Punta Tanchacté beach. The trip includes round trip transportation,
three snorkeling excursions to two different areas on the reef,
volleyball games, naps in the hammocks, all you can drink (beer
and tequila included) and a buffet lunch. For reservations, contact
The Tulum/Xel-há tour is the perfect combination for anyone wanting
to visit the ruins of Tulum and also do some snorkeling. The trip
covers round-trip transportation, entrance to the ruins and the
park. A special all-inclusive package is also offered to the park.
Contact (9) 884-9422 for more information or for reservations. Click
Enjoy the beautiful Cancun skyline in an Aquaworld
Skyrider. This custom-built para-chair lifts you into the sky where
you can see for miles around. Contact Aquaworld at (9) 885-2288,
Blvd. Kukulcán, Km 15.2 for reservations and price list.
Parachute out of a plane and enjoy a true bird’s eye view of the
beautiful Riviera Maya beaches. Your trip includes an in-flight
orientation followed by a free-fall skydive with a certified US
Parachute Association diver. You can arrange a video of your adventure,
including your landing onto the beach, to prove to your friends
that you really did it. This trip is only available in Playa del
Carmen. Contact Skydive Cancun, Plaza Marina, Local 32. Tel: (987)
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