Atlantis organized a pickup at Akumal Beach Resort. There were various pickups along the way to Playa del Carmen. There you meet at the Atlantis office where you are given instructions and tickets to board the 11AM Cozumel ferry just down the street. The ferry ride is about 45 minutes and there is a band that plays music on the upper deck of the ferry. Once on the Island of Cozumel, a transport is offered to the Atlantis boarding point. Here there is instruction and information about the submarine and a gift shop. From here you board a ship that brings you to the submarine that is about 10 minutes away. Once inside the submarine, it will feel like you are in a small bus. The windows are large enough to see the corals and sea life. Our maximum descent was 107 feet. My husband who is claustrophobic, felt very comfortable.
We saw barracudas, groupers, turtles, queen angels, rock beauties,etc. The 2 guides on board keep a sharp eye for anything on the move.
Once the tour is done you have an afternoon in San Miguel to browse the shops and have some lunch. A great thanks to our guide, Paul, who was extremely well organized and gave us a restaurant recommendation, La Mission while in San Miguel. Really good food and great ambiance. At 5 PM, you board the ferry back to Playa del Carmen. You are escorted to a taxi and brought back to your hotel.
It is a whole day excursion costing about $130/ person and highly recommended if you need to take a break from the beach. It includes guides and transports, but no lunch.
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