Just 12 miles (19 kilometers) off the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, Cozumel island is an easy day trip from Cancun. Take off on a day-trip adventure to time swimming, snorkeling, or scuba diving, or go exploring on a buggy tour. Here are your options.
Cozumel Water Sports Tours from Cancun
The scuba diving in the Mexican Caribbean is known as some of the world's best, so many divers make the trip to Cozumel to explore the offshore coral reefs. Take a scuba diving day trip to Cozumel from Cancun, and choose one that includes everything from the ferry to the tanks and gear. Snorkeling is another way to enjoy the reef around Cozumel (and get some sun while you're at it). A large boat tour is a fun way to snorkel, while a small-group or private tour ensures you have the full attention of your tour guide.
Cozumel Adventure Tours from Cancun
For those wanting to explore Cozumel's inland, a dune buggy tour from Cancun is the way to go. Drive a buggy to the north side of the island, perhaps spotting some crocodiles along the way. Families will enjoy spending time at Playa Mia beach park, with its pools, waterslides, and kid-friendly attractions.
Things to Know
When visiting the island from Cancun, it is only accessible by taking the Cozumel ferry in Playa del Carmen.
Ferries depart hourly, beginning at 6am, and the crossing takes just under an hour.
It's a 50-minute drive from Cancun's hotel zone to the Playa del Carmen bus terminal, then a two-block walk to the ferry terminal. Book a tour with included round-trip transport to skip the hassle.
Independent travelers to the Riviera Maya can arrange a taxi or bus pickup to Playa del Carmen. Travelers on guided Cozumel day trips are collected from their Cancun hotel and transferred directly to the ferry.