Cozumel is a popular Mexican cruise port. It isn’t unusual to see 10 cruise ships in port at the same time. Adjacent to the port, you’ll find lots of shopping opportunities for Mexican handicrafts, souvenirs, T-shirts and even duty-free shopping.
Popular excursions from this port include snorkeling, scuba diving, and other water related activities. It’s also possible to take the ferry to the mainland to go visit the archeological Mayan site of Tulum. An excursion to Tulum with the cruise ship is recommended in case of delays. If you go on your own, don’t be late getting back, the cruise ship will leave without you!
We’ve been to Cozumel multiple times and on our first two visit, our main objective was scuba diving. We did drift dives over a beautiful colorful reefs thriving with sea life. Absolutely amazing!
Our last visit was dedicated to exploration of the island itself. We visited Punta Sur, an eco beach park located on the southern end of the island. We climbed up a light house, snorkeled in pristine water, observed various species of birds from the lagoons view pointing saw a small Mayan ruin.
We hope to return for a longer stay for more scuba diving and to explore the island further.
On the Reef
A few minutes into the water and this cute turtle showed up!
Then as we got deeper, this graceful 6 – 7 foot shark swam by.
A bit further, this stingray rose up from the sea floor and glided away.
Sticking its head out from its hiding place, this moray eel tried to look menacing. (It’s actually just breathing.)
This large lobster was crawling around without a care in the world; after all, he was in a protected marine sanctuary…