About Cozumel

The worlds most popular cruise port, Cozumel, is just a small (12 miles long) island off Mexicos Yucatan Peninsula but it has a vibrant, pulsating Latin heart. Everywhere is all action and activity from the music-playing downtown bars, cafés and shops to the watersports on offer from the glorious beaches.

Probably the best beach is at the Chankanab National Park which also boasts a beautiful botanical garden with 800 plant species. Best of all, though, is that it has a pool linked by an underground tunnel to the sea where you can swim with the dolphins who come and go freely there. Inland, there are jeep and horse-riding trips through the mangroves, while the most popular tour to the mainland is for the Caribbean-facing Mayan ruins at Tulum.


Shore excursions in Cozumel

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 9 hours

Visit one of the new Seven Wonders of the World; the world famous Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site Chichen Itza, meaning ‘at the mouth of the well of Itza’ is the 2nd most visited archaeological site in Mexico, after Teotihuacan. This sacred site is one of the greatest Mayan centres of the Yucatán peninsular, and was awarded the prestigious title of one of the new 7 Wonders of the World in 2006.

Your journey to Chichen Itza begins by ferry, taking you across to Playa Del Carmen. Once on dry land, board your coach and relax as a 2¼ hour journey takes you to Chichen-Itza.

Upon arrival your knowledgeable guide will have around 1¾ hours to lead you around this incredible site. Throughout it’s nearly 1,000 year history a number of different cultures have left their mark on the city which is evident in the different architectural styles. You’ll visit the Pyramid of Kulkulcan, the largest and best preserved Mayan ball court, the mystical Cenote where human sacrifices were performed, the Temple of the Warriors and the Observatory, where Mayan priests accurately calculated celestial events from over a million year span. Step back in time as your guide brings the colourful history of the city to life, providing you with a wonderful insight into Mayan culture.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by ferry, coach and on foot. From Cozumel, the ferry transfer is approximately 45 minutes to Playa del Carmen and a further 2¼ hours coach ride to Chichen Itza. Total time spent at Chichen Itza will be approximately 1¾ hours. The ferry transfer may be choppy which may affect those who suffer from motion sickness. There is a 10 minute walk from the ferry to the bus and also to the ruins from the bus parking area. Due to time constraints lunch is not included, however a small snack pack will be provided onboard the coach. A hearty breakfast is recommended. This tour involves around 1¾ hours of walking over uneven ground, as well as around 20 steps to negotiate. There is a government tax of $5 - $8 for the use of video cameras in all areas of ruins. Tripods and/or professional video cameras are not permitted.

Clear Bottom Kayak and Snorkel

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

An opportunity to glide across the coral reef in a clear kayak and snorkel the clear waters at the Underwater National Park.

Take a short drive to the Underwater National Park, where your kayak adventure begins. Upon arrival your guide will lead you to the beach where you’ll receive a safety briefing and instruction, before boarding your ‘double clear kayak’. These unique kayaks seat 2 people and have a window to the wonderful marine world within the bottom of the kayak. As you paddle over the Coral Reef look out for the many colourful tropical fish swimming beneath you.

After your kayak adventure, you’ll have the opportunity to don some snorkel gear and head into the crystal waters to experience more of the underwater world. You’ll then have some free time to relax on the beach or perhaps explore Chankanaab National Park. During your tour a light snack of local fruits and refreshing drink will be offered.

Your return drive will take you via downtown and back to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by taxi and kayak. This excursion is only suitable for those in good physical condition. Participants must be competent swimmers. Pregnant women and children under 8 may not participate. There is a weight restriction of 30 stone per kayak. The kayaking will last around 45 minutes. Please remember to wear swimwear and take non-oil sunscreen, a hat and a towel. Water shoes are advisable; however you will be requested to remove shoes whilst in the kayak. You’ll be required to wear a life jacket. Passengers who wish to remain at the park will return to the ship at their own expense.

Cozumel and Shopping

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover some of the sites of Cozumel, enjoy a tipple of tequila and while you’re at it, enjoy some local retail therapy too!

Discover Cozumel's vibrant history and experience its charm, while taking in its many captivating highlights. You'll travel by coach to the Mayan Cacao Company, where you’ll learn about the cacao bean and how it is made into chocolate. Indulge your taste buds with a delicious sample of chocolate, before visiting a nearby Mayan house to discover how Mayan people used to live.

Continue to Discover Mexico Park to marvel at the unique works of art at the museum and remarkably accurate, scale models of famous Mexican landmarks.

Afterwards, head downtown to visit to a local tequila outlet. Here, you’ll learn about the process of making tequila, as well as having the opportunity to enjoy a sample of the local tequila.

A photo stop will be made at the Two Cultures Plaza, where you’ll see the Mestizo monument, before moving on to Cozumel’s popular shopping district. You’ll have around 40 minutes to shop for your own unique Cozumel keepsake.

Essential information

This tour involves approximately 2½ hours of walking, as well as some steps. Insect repellent and sunscreen are advisable. Passengers choosing to remain downtown after the shopping are responsible for their own return transportation to the ship.

Cozumel by Land and Sea

Activity medium

Duration: 3½ hours

See the sights of Cozumel by land, before taking to the water in a glass bottom semi-submersible to view the underwater world.

Your tour begins by coach, stopping first at the Mayan Cacao Company. Learn all about the cacao bean and how it’s carefully crafted into delicious chocolate. Make sure you try some!

Continue to a Mayan house and discover how Mayan people used to live. Your next stop is a ‘Tequileria’, where you’ll learn how this traditional Mexican tipple is made (samples provided).

Afterwards, your glass bottom semi-submersible awaits you. Submerged 4 feet below the water line, gaze through your window at the sparkling underwater world. As you relax and enjoy the experience, your guide will provide you with information about the surrounding marine life.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and semi-submersible. The semi-submersible is not suitable for those who suffer from seasickness or claustrophobia. There are several steep steps leading in and out of the semi-submersible.

Discover Mexico and Chankanaab Park

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShoppingFamily

Duration: 4½ hours

Visit two of Cozumel’s highlight attractions for a delightful combination of culture and natural wonders.

‘Discover Mexico’ is a vibrant cultural park that brings the country’s heritage to life in a colourful and educational exhibit. Upon arrival a colourful video presentation will introduce you to the different regions of Mexico. Afterwards enjoy a walk around the miniature archeological sites and colonial buildings, before visiting the Arts Museum, the Diorama Garden and the parks newest attraction the Papantla Flyers.

During your visit you’ll be offered a light snack of Mexican tortilla’s accompanied with a beer or soft drink.

Continue to Chankanaab National Park, a beautiful beachfront oasis set on a natural lagoon. Once inside the park you may choose to take a stroll along one of the nature trails, explore the botanical gardens or simply relax on the white sandy beach.

Your guide will advise you of the meeting point for the return to the ship. If you wish to remain longer at Chankanaab Park, you may do so and take a later return taxi.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by taxi and on foot. The time at each site is unguided. Walking is required although this is at passengers’ own discretion. At Chankanaab there are some rocky areas and steps to negotiate in order to access the water. Snorkel equipment is not included, but is available for hire. Children under the age of 8 are not permitted to take part in the snorkelling activities. Please remember swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. Lockers are available for hire. US Dollars are accepted for purchases. There are independent suppliers at Chankanaab that may offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises. There are some on site activities which are not included and are payable locally.