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Paradise Reef (Paraíso Reef)
Paradise Reef (Paraíso Reef)

Paradise Reef (Paraíso Reef)

Cozumel, Mexico

The Basics

Paradise Reef is an ideal spot for snorkelers and novice scuba divers, as well as advanced divers who want to experience the reef’s colorful atmosphere. Most cozumel snorkeling and diving tours include a visit to Paradise Reef along with Palancar Reef and El Cielo Marine Park. Some Cozumel-based tours include hotel pickup and drop-off, while other excursions include round-trip transportation from Cancun and Riviera Maya-area hotels.

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Cozumel Coral Reef Snorkeling by Glass Bottom Boat with Guide
Cozumel Coral Reef Snorkeling by Glass Bottom Boat with Guide
USD30.00 per adult
Traveller Favourite
Just good salt of the Earth people
Sorry for no pics, but I was wrangling 2 kids. I got to snorkel though! This crew went above and beyond to make sure my hubs and I got in the water. They held my 8 month old, got my 4 year old in the water close to the boat because she was scared, and didn’t blink an eye at anything my daughter needed from bathroom needs to beverages. There might be swankier invisible boats but this crew understands hospitality.
Blair_B, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cozumel

star-4
This excursion was very...
Kansas_F, Apr. 2022
El Cielo reef by Catamaran with Beach Club
This excursion was very very fun. The guides were very entertaining and accommodating in terms of safety and hospitality. The did tour did seem slightly rushed and was not a full four hours as stated. The snacks were great as were the drinks. Overall I do believe it is worth the money.
star-5
Rockin Zeus!
Timothy_M, Mar. 2022
El Cielo reef by Catamaran with Beach Club
We got to go snorkelling on the reef, saw starfish and enoyed some guacamole and beer in clear beautiful water. The crew was the best. They were very good explaining safety and watching over us while snorkelling. They made the guac and we rocked out to tunes while riding the catamaran
star-5
Highly recommended
Gilbert_L, May 2022
Cozumel Coral Reef Snorkeling by Glass Bottom Boat with Guide
One word to describe the tour 'AWESOME". Good organzied staffs and responsible guides let you peace of mind to enjoy the trip
star-5
Fun snorkling in Cozumel
Sharon_M, May 2022
Cozumel Coral Reef Snorkeling by Glass Bottom Boat with Guide
We had a great time on this trip. I would highly recommend it- we went to three locations in two hours, saw a ton of fish, and our guide was terrific. The whole thing went very smoothly, including a last minute change we requested, and pleasantly agreed to by tour - the early trip at 9:30 was lovely, and sunny but not too much sun!
star-5
Amazing snorkeling & great tour guide!
Deborah_R, Feb. 2022
El Cielo reef by Catamaran with Beach Club
Tour guide Dave was welcoming and fabulous! Very attentive to snorkeling safety and making sure we were having a great time as well with plenty of tequila, cerveza, & non-alcoholic drinks. Tour stopped at three places from deep to shallow waters so you could see different marine life. Colorful fish, lots of stingrays & starfish etc...Amazing fun experience &adventure that I would highly recommend when you visit Cozumel Island.
star-4
Nice trip
Bernie_W, May 2022
El Cielo reef by Catamaran with Beach Club
Nice trip but note that "motorized catamaran" is not a sailboat. Crew was very helpful, especially when we struggled with a strong current at one location. Also, captain was nice enough to drop us off at our hotel.
star-5
Would definitely do again!
Karla_G, Apr. 2022
Cozumel Coral Reef Snorkeling by Glass Bottom Boat with Guide
Excellent service from start to finish! Enjoyed the conversation we're had with owner and they explained everything we would be doing, even making sure we got on boat currently. Julian was our snorkle guide and I can guarantee you he loves his "job". Very informative and put us at ease with our excursion. I can say this was the most amazing day we've ever had!! We will for sure book with them again.
star-5
Well worth it
Scott_L, Apr. 2022
Cozumel Coral Reef Snorkeling by Glass Bottom Boat with Guide
Great tour guides on the boat, friendly family run business that get you transport to the boat and back.
star-5
Great time!!
John_S, Apr. 2022
Cozumel Coral Reef Snorkeling by Glass Bottom Boat with Guide
The 2nd stop to the north was outstanding snorkling. The crew was very friendly and even pucked up a couple that missed the boat when we first keft.
star-5
Seeing the Eagle Ray was...
Gordy_M, Apr. 2022
El Cielo reef by Catamaran with Beach Club
Seeing the Eagle Ray was great! The crew were very fun and informative. Always enjoy the relaxing time in the bay.
star-5
Great mini day out!
Nathan_N, Apr. 2022
Cozumel Coral Reef Snorkeling by Glass Bottom Boat with Guide
This is a great trip for people short on time/less experienced with snorkeling. We saw lots of tropical fish, a sting ray and an eel. There was only 3 of us on the trip, which made it really personalised and fun!
star-5
Sailing away….
Michael_S, Apr. 2022
El Cielo reef by Catamaran with Beach Club
An excellent trip was had by all, the crew was outstanding! Very interactive and helpful, not to mention the wonderful snacks and beverages, would sure do it again!!! Thanks to all who made it happen…well done!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Paradise Reef is a must-see attraction for nature and wildlife lovers.

  • Remember to bring sun protection and water. It’s also a good idea to wear a wetsuit or rash guard to protect your skin from rough coral and jellyfish.

  • Evidence of scuba diving certification is required for certified dives.

  • Be careful not to touch or disturb the wildlife.

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How to Get There

Paradise Reef is located off the island of Cozumel near Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. It lies south of the Puerta Maya Cruise Ship Pier and is one of the first dive sites in the Cozumel Marine Park. Experienced swimmers can do the dive from shore, but most choose not to fight the current and instead dive from a boat. You can opt for a private charter boat or a guided tour.

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When to Get There

You can visit Paradise Reef year-round, but it’s busiest from December through April, when the weather tends to be sunny and warm. There are fewer crowds during hurricane season (May through October), but be sure to check the weather for storms.

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Cozumel’s Coral Reefs

Cozumel is best known for its expansive coral reefs, some of the largest in the world. Paradise Reef and the Palancar Gardens are ideal spots for novice divers and snorkelers due to their shallow depth and offer a chance to glimpse sea turtles, colorful fish, towering coral spires, and gently waving sea fans. The Palancar Caves are probably the most famous dive site, with huge brain corals and swim-through tunnels. Palancar Horseshoe is another massive formation of corals.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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