Ride an open-air All Terrain Vehicle through the island's back roads to a secluded ecological reserve for a snorkeling adventure.
Depart from the pier for a quick trip to your vehicle, a Polaris RZR 800, a 4-seat "dune buggy" that makes the ride around Cozumel as adventurous as it is fun. Over the next hour or so, you'll drive down jungle roads and sand paths, taking in the spectacular natural beauty of the island. Chances are, you may see saltwater crocodiles lazing in the sun or lingering in the lagoon's still waters. Iguanas, flamingos and migratory birds are also commonly observed.
Upon reaching Punta Sur Park on the southernmost tip of Cozumel, you'll stop for photos at Celarain Lighthouse, which looms over the rocky shoreline. The views from the top of this whitewashed beacon are inspiring, as is its marine navigation museum. Nearby are the ruins of El Caracol, which is believed to be a lighthouse built by the Mayas 700 years ago.
Still, it's the beaches at Punta Sur Park that leave the most lasting impression. During the approximately two hours you'll spend along the shores of this 2,500-acre ecological reserve, you can snorkel, swim or simply relax. The serenity and sheer magnificence of the natural landscape are so mesmerizing that time seems to slow to a near standstill, the only interruption being the sound of the waves gently lapping the coastline. Following this tranquil respite at the beach, you'll retrace your path back to the pier.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops; however, there are natural, uneven and sandy surfaces to negotiate. The vehicle will at time travel over bumpy unpaved roads and paths. This tour is not available to wheelchair guests; pregnant women; those with back, neck, knee or shoulder injuries; heart conditions or mobility issues. Guests with diabetes, asthma or heart conditions must abstain from snorkeling. Light weight clothing; swimwear; a change of clothes; towel; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Helmets and goggles will be provided and are mandatory. The RZR 800s are open air 4-seaters and will be shared with other guests. There is a maximum weight allowance for each vehicle of 650 lbs. Participants who are driving must be at least 16 years of age and present a valid drivers' license. The minimum age to participate in the tour is 12 years of age and the maximum age limit is 65. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Those taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. The operator does require that participants sign a waiver before being allowed to take part in the tour. It is suggested guests bring cash if they wish to purchase souvenirs.