Better Shore Snorkeling - Park Royal or Chankanaab
Posted 13 October 2011 - 07:55 PM
Thanks for your help.
Posted 13 October 2011 - 08:03 PM
Posted 14 October 2011 - 09:09 AM
You can catch a cab over there from the pier for alot cheaper than an organized snorkeling tour, provided you own your own snorkeling gear.
Either that or the area across the street from Park Royal is walking distance from the cruise ship pier and would cost you nothing at all.
The prices @ the money bar are not too good - they dont call it the money bar for nothing lol
Posted 14 October 2011 - 12:39 PM
Another possibility is to use the facility at Fiesta Americana. They don't seem to mind that as long as you order some drinks/and or food.
What several of my local friends do is park themselves at a table at either the Money Bar or Fiesta Americana depending on which way the current is running -- north or south. They drift snorkel between one place and the other and then either fin their way back if they want exercise and aren't tired or get out and walk back as it's pretty close and a pleasant walk.
It is fair to have to pay for the use of a table and umbrella. These businesses have to make money like anyone else and they provide a good service.
Money Bar rents snorkel gear. Not sure about Corona. I'm guessing not. If you decide to try snorkeling/walking as mentioned above, wear surf booties under strap on adjustable fins as the dead coral shorelines in the good snorkeling spots is owie on barefeet. Big Time.
Sadly, close to shore snorkeling still hasn't recovered from Hurricane Wilma which took out most of the coral heads in 15 feet or less of water. There are fish and some coral but nothing like before. It's coming back thanks to the strong currents that clean the coral and keep it nourished but it's not there yet.
If you really want a definitive snorkeling experience, consider booking a 3 hour boat trip -- morning or afternoon -- that visits the far south reefs and is quite stupendous for snorkeling. I always rec. my pal, Rosi Flury, because she is so enthusiastic, organized and conscientious. (Very good for new snorkelers, for example.) To read more about that trip go to http://www.cozumelmy...rkelingTour.htm
Posted 14 October 2011 - 01:56 PM
Posted 14 October 2011 - 01:59 PM
Posted 14 October 2011 - 03:35 PM
One thing I did notice this past trip was the increase in boat traffic near Park Royal / La Cieba... Luckily, I was scuba diving, but still several of the Fury cats cruised directly over us... Over at Money Bar, I saw only 1 boat come into that pier and was nowhere near the snorkelers.
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