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Cozumel Private Secluded Marine Park Reef Snorkel and El Cielo Sandbar Excursion

Cozumel, Mexico (Excursion ID S3469)

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  • New Mako 284, 29ft. boat with twin 350 HP Verado outboards, perfect for up to 11 passengers to sit comfortably!
  • English-speaking captain and crew!
  • Choice of what to do!
  • Guided snorkel at one of Cozumel's most famous reefs (all equipment included)!
  • Visit famous El Cielo sandbar!
  • Drinks (cold bottled waters, sodas, beers, Rum, and Tequila) and freshly prepared snacks and lunch are provided!
  • Option to either deep sea or bottom fish (tournament-winning boat and crew)!
  • All licenses and permits are up to date, with US safety standards!
  • Full toilet on board!

Enjoy a private trip to El Cielo, snorkel, relax or even take in some fishing. You even get to choose half or full day! This brand new Mako 284 center console 29ft. offshore boat with twin 350 HP Mercury Verado outboard motors is the hottest charter boat available in Cozumel.

You get to customize your trip on the "First Lady" so you can mix and match, and choose the activities that suit your interests best. There is plenty of space and room on the brand new, 29 ft boat so you and up to 10 others in your private group can join in the fun. Your adventure starts just a short taxi ride from your cruise ship pier in Cozumel to a local marina where your private captain and crew will be waiting for you. You and your private party will hop aboard and settle in for the fun day to begin.

An example of a standard trip would be first snorkeling at one of the best snorkel spots inside Cozumel's Marine Park according to our knowledgeable local captain (all gear and guide provided, easy ladders to get in and out of the water). The crew will assist you with the gear and help everyone into the water before leading them on a guided snorkel, pointing out some of the marine life along the way. Note that snorkeling is from the boat and guests will not be able to touch the bottom - the depth is approximately 15 to 25 ft (4.5 to 7.6 meters). Guests will use a comfortable snorkel boat ladder to enter and exit the water.

You would then continue to the famous "El Cielo" sandbar located in a protected cove area that is only accessible by water. It is known for the starfish that may be spotted on the white sandy bottom of the cove. But remember, look but do not touch! The captain sets the anchor and you are free to jump into the knee-deep and crystal-clear water. Enjoy the music, snacks (fresh fruit and homemade freshly prepared guacamole with chips and the best ceviche!) as well as ice cold drinks (bottled water, sodas, and beer), wade ashore and go for a stroll on the virgin beaches, snorkel the coral heads, relax....the boat is all yours. The "First Lady" is equipped with a full stand-up marine toilet for complete privacy.

If you choose (optional but free of charge), the captain can take you a bit further south past El Cielo, a few minutes "around the corner" to Punta Sur where you can drop some lines in the water for a fun bottom fishing adventure! Bottom fishing is suitable for young and old alike, experienced or novice. Or, you can try your luck at deep sea fishing where you will head out into deeper water to troll for some Wahoo, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, etc. Please note that this excursion has an emphasis on snorkeling with the option to do a little fishing. If you are looking for something that includes more fishing, please see Cozumel Private First Lady Sportfishing Charter which includes the same great boat and crew. 

All fishing equipment is included and this boat and crew reached 3rd place at the 2017 International Fishing Tournament in Cozumel and 1st place at the International Wahoo Fishing Tournament (Cozumel), 1st place at Xpu-Ha Tournament (Mainland Mexico), and 2nd/158 place in the Cozumel International Tournament last year, so you know you are with the best! They take their fishing seriously and will give all guests a helping hand with the gear and fishing experience. All fishing gear including rods, reels, live bait, and lures are included as well as fishing licenses.

At the end of the trip, the boat will take you back to the original meeting location where you will catch a taxi back to your Cozumel cruise ship pier or off to explore the island more.

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4 Hours - Base price is for up to 6 participants. Max 11 pax: $ 549.99 $ 549.99$ 44.99$ 44.99
5 Hours - Base price is for up to 6 participants. Max 11 pax: $ 674.99 $ 674.99$ 49.99$ 49.99
6 Hours - Base price is for up to 6 participants. Max 11 pax: $ 749.99 $ 749.99$ 54.99$ 54.99
8 Hours - Base price is for up to 6 participants. Max 11 pax: $ 949.99 $ 949.99$ 64.99$ 64.99
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Cozumel Private Secluded Marine Park Reef Snorkel and El Cielo Sandbar Excursion Reviews

Enjoy a fun-filled private day at one of Cozumel's most exclusive locations - exclusive snorkeling inside Cozumel's Marine Park and visiting El Cielo! Perfect white sandy, shallow, turquoise blue water, great snorkeling, and the famous starfish of Cielo! There is a lot to see and do on this private speedboat charter in Cozumel. Maybe even some fishing too!!


20 Reviews

Phoenix, Arizona, US
Fantastic adventure for our fami,hoof 5
     5/5  (Visited on November 2021)
The captain and first mate/ guide were outstanding. The boat was cLean and well kept. Our first stop was deep sea fishing. After a bit of instruction; we all got a chance to cast a line and troll it back. After fishing we snorkeled at a reef and a large star fish area. The guide and the boat stood with us the whole time. The guide even pointed out fish and coral formations. After snorting we spent about an 90 minutes on the sand bar. The water was calm as we swam with the stingrays. Lunch was delicious; consisting is fresh ceviche, salsa, chips, fresh fruit, and open bar. Couldn’t ask for a better excursion. Hands down- highly recommend
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     5/5  (Visited on February 2020)
We had a group of 10 friends that took this boating excursion on 2/14/2020. We had an amazing time! The crew was extra accommodating and went out of their way to make sure we had a great time. Everyone on our trip caught a fish, and the crew later used the fish to make the best ceviche I've ever had in my life! The guacamole they also made was incredible! Our group liked to party, so they kept the drinks flowing and music loud. Luis also guided us and pointed out fish and a conch shell during our snorkeling adventure. Our group collectively agreed that this was the best day of our week long cruise vacation. Highly recommend! You won't be disappointed!
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Great day
     5/5  (Visited on January 2020)
The crew of the First Lady took great care of us. Boating, snorkeling and fishing. Lunch with ceviche and guacamole was phenomenal. Benny, Jairo and Louis were awesome
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     5/5  (Visited on November 2019)
We took this tour with our family and really had lots of fun! We took the 5 hours tour to snorkel and do a little bit of fishing. The guides were very friendly and knowledgable and help us out a lot. The snorkeling spots were awesome we couldn´t ask for more and our grandchildren learn to use the fishing equipment, big dad had the luck to catch a big fish, but we decided to release it. Definitely, the excursion was worth the price and had a really memorable time with our family.
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Awsome trip
     5/5  (Visited on August 2019)
So much fun. Good music and great service. Luis kept us well informed of what was going on and made us feel part of the crew. Everyone was great and we´d definetly go with this crew again
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Love you all
     5/5  (Visited on August 2019)
Great crew, great friends we enjoyed the whole trip, Caught fish, crew prepared cheviche, took very good care of us. We will be back, Cozumel is our snd home.
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Perfect crew
     5/5  (Visited on July 2019)
We loved every minute of it! you guys are the best. The food and drinks are top 10. Luis was awesome. Very knowledgable in Cozumel + it' s history. Will definitely book again
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We all had a great time!
     5/5  (Visited on June 2019)
A private excursion is the way to go. Our guides were super nice, knowledgable and very accommodating to our young kids. The boat was very nice, snacks delicious - Highly recommended.
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our best day excursion
     5/5  (Visited on June 2019)
We had the best day out of the 3 islands here with these guys. Super chill and awsome dudes, 100% will come back to hangout with them again. Jairo and Luis you are the best!
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Padre Island, Texas
Custom Snorkel Trip
     5/5  (Visited on May 2019)
Short Review: Just do it. Luis and the Captain know where to go for the best experiences and they make it happen. Exceptional. The Best. A rock solid 5 out of 5 stars. Long Review: Our private group of four very experienced adult snorkelers (30+ years snorkeling worldwide) with two dozen plus snorkeling trips on the Cozumel reefs. We met with Luis (the exceptional guide) and the Captain, and reviewed what we wanted to visit on this trip: Columbia shallows, Palancar, and El Cielo. Luis said Punta Sur was calm that day and we could work that in too. YES! He also knew where the star fish were congregating and said we could add that in too. YES! (One of our group is a starfish fanatic). First, we dropped into Punta Sur and drift snorkeled the full length of the reef. Outstanding variety of fish and coral. Good water, good current. That stop showed me Luis and the Captain really knew the sites, currents, and water conditions. Punta Sur can be tricky. I told Luis that he was so good that we would just go with his instincts (not my detailed directions) and drop us in the best locations that day. We drift snorkeled in Columbia shallows, swam over to Planacar, drift snorkeled in Planacar, re boarded, dropped in and swam with the starfish, and ended the day swimming with the rays in El Ceilo. In total, five locations, and five absolutely exceptional in-water experiences. We saw one particular fish on the Columbia reef which no one in my group had ever seen before, and Luis and the Captain identified it. Other than that, Luis simply followed along with us in the water as we drift snorkeled and let us do our thing, but kept a good watch over us and the current. That was exactly what we were looking for in a guide - support and assistance if we needed it, but no mothering. At our last stop, El Cielo, the Captain prepared an outstanding cerviche, guacamole and fruit plate lunch. Equal or better than any 5-star restaurant (and with really, really fresh fish). My group has snorkeled in excursion groups and by other private charter boats, every major snorkel site in Cozumel. Never have we had any trip reached the heights of excellence that was provided by Luis and the Captain. They are a rock solid 5 out of 5 stars.
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Fantastic day
     5/5  (Visited on April 2019)
Thank you for a fantastic day Jairo, Luis and Manuel! Best port trip ever of all our vacations, today was the best day! Everyone took great care of us - so much fun snorkeling, swimming, fishing + eating.
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Will be back
     5/5  (Visited on April 2019)
I can not recommend this trip more! The care the team puts in to making you feel at home on board, and the through safety briefing is perfect. they genuinely care about the reef, and more sure we respect it too, while having a blast, we will be back! Kelly
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Austin, TX
Best sail
     5/5  (Visited on April 2019)
Fernando and the team are the Best! Thank your hospitality, was amazing drinks and food! My 10 time in the Ocean and he gave me the best tips. We will recomend again! See you soon Boys! Samatha
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Atlanta, Georgia
Best day ever!
     5/5  (Visited on April 2019)
This has been the most incredible day ever! The crew and the service had been absolutely amazing. We had small children and the crew were so kind and helpful to their needs. We have traveled the world but nothing compares to the wonderful experience we had today. Luis was especially kind to our children + the captain was an incredible chef. We will defininitly refer you to everyone we know in United States! Thank you so much.
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Atlanta, Georgia
Just amazing
     5/5  (Visited on April 2019)
This was so amazing! Everyone was so nice. The captain & crew were such amazing chefs. I can't wait to tell all my friends what amazing time had & all the new foods I tried. BEST DAY EVER!
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Hands down, best day of the trip.
     5/5  (Visited on March 2019)
Stop reading reviews, just book this. We arrived early at the marina - took us <25 min to get off the boat and there. Everyone at the marina was very helpful in directing us to the boat. We figured we'd have to wait, but Luis and the captain loaded us up and off we went. We did a little fishing first, then 2 snorkeling stops, saw the starfish then to El Cielo. They made lunch out of some of the fish we caught and brought out fruit and freshly made guacamole. Luis took us snorkeling, he is very familiar with reef and pointed out everything we should take note of, all the while keeping an eye on everyone and making sure all were safe. The Captain is the skilled fisherman and snagged quite a few fish the girls could "catch" by reeling them in. This was just a great day, there was something for everyone to do, we all had fun and the guys were great hosts. Would highly recommend and book again if back in Cozumel!
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Loved It
     5/5  (Visited on February 2019)
Wow Best Snorkel excursion ever! This was the highlight of our trip. Jairo(The Captain) and Luis were Awesome, My picky 15 yr old son said this was the best thing he did in our trip. Beaches were Beautiful. I do not know how to swim and Luis helped me so that I can snorkel for the first time, While we had fun they were preparing Guacamole and Ceviche which was Amazing yum. We will definitely go back and do this excursion again. Thank you
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     5/5  (Visited on April 2018)
HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! Great bunch of guys, super friendly, very easy to communcate with, and they catered to our every need. The boat was very spacious with plenty of room for the 7 of us and the 3 crew members. The crew prepared a Ceviche with fish and guacamole it was all AMAZING! They also had plenty to drink. We went on the 4 hour Excursion Fishing catching beautiful Mahi Mahi and Snorkeling at two different locations that were beautiful. One was a shallow sandbar with star fish and there were tons of rays swimming around in the chest deep water. Couldn’t have asked for a better trip. The crew even made sure we caught a cab back to port. THANK YOU!
Cozumel Private Secluded Marine Park Reef Snorkel and El Cielo Sandbar Excursion HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!Cozumel Private Secluded Marine Park Reef Snorkel and El Cielo Sandbar Excursion HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!Cozumel Private Secluded Marine Park Reef Snorkel and El Cielo Sandbar Excursion HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!Cozumel Private Secluded Marine Park Reef Snorkel and El Cielo Sandbar Excursion HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!Cozumel Private Secluded Marine Park Reef Snorkel and El Cielo Sandbar Excursion HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!Cozumel Private Secluded Marine Park Reef Snorkel and El Cielo Sandbar Excursion HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!Cozumel Private Secluded Marine Park Reef Snorkel and El Cielo Sandbar Excursion HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!Show Management Response

Bocaraton FL
     5/5  (Visited on March 2018)
Great day on a beautiful boat and excellent crew! Jairo and Roberto were more than accommodating, we went snorkeling, then fishing for just one hour and caught 3 Mahi-Mahi!!! Spent some time at "Cielou" and Jairo prepared a Ceviche with the fresh fish. What a wonderful day. Thank you all on the First Lady!
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Flagstaff, AZ
Cielo is great
     5/5  (Visited on March 2018)
I have been to Cozumel many times on cruises and this time came for a week's stay. El Cielo has been on my Wish List for many years. This time we decided to go and booked this excursion to take the family. It was fabulous from start to finish. The boat was spacious enough for my husband and 3 kids with room to spare. The captain was very nice and spoke pretty good English especially considering it is not his native language. The ride to Cielo was fast and we stopped to snorkel at one of the reefs before we got there. The snorkeling equipment was brand new and in excellant shape. They took us for a short snorkel and showed us lots of fish. Then it was on to El Cielo just a few minutes away. It is a large, very shallow bay that is like a big sand bar. The depth ranges from chest deep to a few inches as you get closer to shore. There were a few other boats but it was not crowded. We floated in the water and snorkeled there as well. We saw several star fish on the bottom that Cielo is famous for but also some small rays swimming around. They are harmless so do not be scared! The captain had drinks for us onboard as well as some killer guacamole! 2 thumbs up on that. He offered to let us do some fishing too but we just wanted to stay at El Cielo. My husband said the fishing gear was really nice and talked to the captain for awhile - he has helped catch some award winning fish in tournaments. This was just a great option and are so glad we did it. Our only regret is that we did not book for the full day 8 hours but only did 5 hours. We know for next time!
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