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Cozumel's Dune Buggy Tour- $99/adult   $55/child makereservationnow.png

This all day tour includes a dune buggy drive to the other side of the island, down the coastline, to the Southern tip of the island and back to town.  You drive your own buggy and we guide you in ours.  We include all the beer, soft drinks, water you can drink and a delicious lunch on the beach of chicken, rice, tortillas, and more.  The tour stops to allow snorkeling in crystal clear waters, and discovery of white sand beaches.  They also include a stop at the Cozumel butterfly farm, with a fresh water pool, facilities, and time to photograph the butterflies.  Note that the butterflies have seasons and you may or may not be there when there are many butterflies.  This all inclusive tours is the perfect way to see Cozumel and it's beaches.  Drivers license is required.  Tips for guides are not included.


Cozumel's Resort Dive Tour - $75-$115/person

For the Un-Certified Scuba Diver, a resort tour is a fun easy way to learn to dive in Cozumel! It's fun and easy!  Experience Cozumel diving even if you are not certified.

We offer two options:

· 1 tank only $75!
  all of your equipment is included - fins, mask,
  BCD, regulator, weights, and a fun 3-hour
  lesson from shore!

· 2 tanks only $115!
  includes all of your equipment, a fun 3-hour
  lesson and two reef dives from the boat!

Cozumel's Snorkel Adventure Tour- $50-$65/day

Spend a day living a dream aboard our Caribbean vessels being pampered by our crew. Snorkel the world famous Palancar reefs while relaxing in the tropical sun.
Our snorkel adventures offer you a peaceful day at sea laughing and snorkeling with family and friends in our turquoise water.  Relax to the rhythm of the sea and let our friendly fish share their Mexican paradise with you!
  
3 Reef Snorkel Trip
· Price: $65  (kids 7 & under and those wishing to ride along, half price)
· Time: Departs daily at 10 a.m. (maximum of 15 people)
· SNORKEL TIME: three reefs with 45 minutes to one hour at each
· Trip includes: snorkel equipment, three reefs inside the Palancar National Park, snorkel guide, a lifejacket, fresh fruit, cookies, soft drinks, beer, and water and lunch at one of Cozumel's beach clubs

Our 3-Reef trip is ideal for our guests who want to spend a day at sea enjoying the ocean breeze and the more distant reefs. We will explore 3 of the following reefs during your visit: Colombia, Palancar, Santa Rosa Shallows, Cardona, Chankanaab Shallows, Dzul-Ha, Paradise and Villa Blanca.
(5% tax and $2 marine park entrance fee included in the price)
   

2 Reef Snorkel Trip
· Price: $50  (kids 7 and under and those wishing to ride along, half price)
· Time: Departs daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (maximum of 15 people)
· SNORKEL TIME: 2 reefs with 45 minutes to one hour at each
· Trip includes: snorkel equipment, beer, and softdrinks. Visit two reefs
  inside the Palancar National Park with your snorkel guide right in front to   point out all the "good stuff"!

Our 2-reef snorkel trip is designed especially for those visitors to Cozumel who are only on the island for a limited amount of time. We'll spend less time travelling to the farther reefs and more time snorkeling at the reefs closer to the marina. It's the perfect trip for our cruise ship guests who only have a few short hours in port and would like to do other things as well as snorkel. We will visit 2 of the following reefs on the 2-reef trip: Chankanaab Shallows, Dzul-Ha, Paradise, Villa Blanca, Santa Rosa, Cardona and Las Uvas.

(5% tax and $2 marine park entrance fee included in the price)

Cozumel's Dive Adventures

Cozumel Diving: For the Certified Diver
· Two-Tank Dives: $68; 10 a.m. departure
· Three-Tank Dives: $88

Great Savings on Multi-Day Dive Packages
· Two Days, four tanks: $125 US
· Three Days, six tanks: $180 US
· Four Days, eight tanks: $230 US
· Five Days, ten tanks: $280 US
· Six Days, twelve tanks: $330 US
 
2-Tank NITROX Dive Packages
· One Day: $85 US
· Two Days: $160 US
· Three Days: $238 US
· Four Days: $308 US
· Five Days: $378 US

Chichen Itza by Air-$245/person

Fly and enjoy the great view during your fantastic excursion to the interesting and amazing archaiological zone of Chichen Itza.  The trip takes 45 minutes and allos you to take unforgettable photos. You'll visit the famous site with an English speaking guide who will explain all about the mysteries, ceremony and magic in Chichen Itza's legend.  You'll get to climb the Observatory and admire the Majestic Kukulcan pyramid.  Price includes round trip air, admission fee, soft drinks on board, guide, ground transportation to ruins from airport and back, and a farewell drink at the soda fountain.  Not included is a video camera entrance fee, and airport tax.  Tips not included for the guides.

Chichen Itza by Land- $99/adult & $73/child

Visit this famous Mayan archeological site which has mystified people for hundreds of years.  The combination of Maya and Toltec architecture is clearly evident although only the lifeless stsones know all the secrets.  See El Castillo and the surrounding building, including the well or cenote from which Chichen Itza has its name.  Tour includes round trip ferry, round trip ground transportation, admission fee, lunch, city tour of Valladolid, and your English speaking guide.   Not included are video camera entrance fee, beverages for lunch, and tips for guides.

Coba-Cenote Mayan World Tour  $106/adult &  $72/child

This tour is a nice two hour guided tour to Coba and a Mayan village with cenote.  This incredible site with various groups of interesting buildings such as the pyramid called 'the church'.  To this group belongs a Mayan ball court.  The most important group of this site is the one called "nohoch-mul" with a 42 mts. high pyramid, the highest one of the area.  After the visit to Coba, we go to "Cenote CHO-HA", then 40 minutes free time for simming or just to take photos.  Then you will be served a typical lunch in a restaurant for a buffet, beverage not included.

Tulum & Coba $95/adult & $67/child

Discover the walled, Mayan city located on a bluff overlooking the blue ocean waters.  Frescoes dating back 500 years are still visible painted on the interior walls of several temples.  Tulum was considered one of the most important political, religious, and ceremonial Mayan centers of the coast and Yucatan peninsula.  Explore Coba's pyramid, Nohoch Mul,  the world's second tallest pyramid, at 42 meters high wtih 120 steps.  The top is sometimes windy but the view is spectacular!  The site includes a well restored pelota court (ball court) and other important points of archeological interests.  Spend a full day of Mayan Culture.  Includes round trip ferry, ground transportation, admission fee, English speaking guide, and lunch in Coba. Tours scheduled on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Tulum Express -$68/adult & $52/child

The name "Tulum" comes from the Yucatec word for fence, tranch or wall.  These cliff side ruins create a dramatic setting for the white sand beaches and crystal clear waters of its shoreline.  The city's original name was Zama, or 'place of dawn' due to the unforgettable sunrises of the eastern horizon.  The city of Tulum was re-occupied by the Mayas for several decades after the conquest, from 1890-1910 by a secto of the "Talking Cross Maya" who held rituals in the 'Castillo" Temples. Don't miss the legendary city of Tululm.
Tour goes Tuesday, Thursday and  Saturday.

Tulum & Xel Ha All inclusive tour-$135/adult & $105/child

Discover the walled Mayan city located on a bluff overlooking the ocean.  Frescoes dating back 500 years are still visible on the interior walls of several temples.  Tulum was considered one of the most important political, religious ceremonial centers of the coast.  You'll also get to explore Xel-Ha, where waters are born.  The waters of this area are a combination of saltwater from the Caribbean and freshater from the regions of underground rivers.  Xel-ha is a unique phenomenon and a protected habitat for marine life.  This blend of ancient Mayan culture, and a unique outdoors experience make this tour one of the most popular.   With the All inclusive plan, everything you want to eat and drink at any of the five restaurants in Xel-Ha, includes ice cream.    Also included, snorkel equipment, towels, lockers, transportation to the river, hammocks and sun chairs.  Not included at the Dolphin activities and video camera entrance fees in Tulum.
Daily tours.

Xel Ha Nature Tour

See above.

Xcaret Rainforest Tour-$115/adult & $82/child

Nestled amidst the luxuriant rainforest of the Yucatan peninsula and the glittering, turquoise waters of the Caribbean lies a place like no other in the world.  Xcaret, meaning 'small inlet' in Maya is a spectacular eco-archeological park in the heart of the Riviera Maya.  You'll disvocer a new type of endless recreation through its wide range of attractions.  At sunset, Xcaret turns into a fantastic place known only by the Maya, one thousand years ago.  Be a part of this journey into the past wile admiring the Mayan Ball game, walking through the ancient caves, an exotic Mayan village, and the Candle lit archeological sites.   Not included at the dplphin activities, horse back riding, aquatic activities.  Daily tours.

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve-$138/adult & $104/child

This exciting 12 hours tour includes the 12 seat, air conditioned ferry, and ground transportation.  The first stop is  Tulum for a quick snorkel to the entrance of the reserve where we pay $2 per person to enter.  The guide will tell you about the scenery as we head to the 'bahia de la ascension" through a whisper of a road, (dirty) to Punta Allen, a fisherman's village.  There, we board a 7 passenger boat to go through the bay.  We take three hours in the bird sanctuary where we will see white herons, eagles, spoonbills, pelicans, etc.  Then we go search for dolphins, sea turtles, star fish and more.  Don't forget to bring your camera and take care of them while on the tour.  We'll snorkel in the reefs if weather permits, see the reefs with more than 80 different corals and exotic fish.  The last spot to see is the natural pool, sandy beach, and clear waters that look as clear as a pool.  After the boat ride, you'll have lunch at "Punta Allen", have a delicious plate to eat (chicken or fish) and drinks included.  End of tour at Playa del Carmen.  
Tuesday, Thursdays or Saturday tours.

Horse Back Riding-$52/adult & $34/child

Saddle up and join an unforgettable ride through the Jungles of Cozumel, after a 15 minute rour of El Cedral  The trail goes to a small Mayan ruin, Savanna, and opens to a wider trail where you can gallop your way to visit ancient caves dating back 8000 years and sink holes unique to our island.  The riding time is 2 hours.  Tour includes ride to and from Carlos and Charlie's, a short riding class, and guides.   Children 4-8 years of age can ride on the same horse as the tour guide.  Children 8-12 years of age can ride their own horse behind the tour guide.  Long pants and shoes recommended.  Max. weight per rider is 240 lbs. Daily tours.

Pirates of the Caribbean lobster/steak cruise - $70/adult & $45/child under 8

Join the Pirates of the Caribbean and set sail on a real life adventure in Cozumel.  Board the authentic Spanish galleon of Jean Lafitte for the most memorable event of your vacation.  Just enjoy  the sensation of a cruise in this incredible boat with it delicious lobster and steak dinner.  Dance the night away under the Caribbean sky as our captain will sail you through Cozumel's beautiful coastal waters.  This incredible Caibbean adventure is great for the whole family.  

Atlantis Submarine Adventure-$79/adult & $45/child

Atlantis Submarine operates the largest passenger submarine fleet in the world.  One the most technologically advanced, Atlantis XII offesr you a chance to experience why Cozumel remains of the the top dive destinations in the world.   Diving to a depth of up to 100 feet, Atlantis bring you up close and personal with Cozumel's top attraction, Chankanaab, an exciting poart of the second largest reef in the world.  Chankanaab is an underwater marine park established to protect the delicate balance of its dazzling coral reefs and countless species of tropical fish, crystal clear visibility of up to 200 feet!  
Tour begins 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00.  Each tour is two hours. Includes Spanish/English narration, run punch on board.
Not included: Marine Park admission fee $2.00
Monday-Saturday. Not on Sundays.

Glass Bottom Boat Tour- $35/adult & $25/child

This is a three hour trip that gives you the opportunity to admire Cozumel's amazing reefs through the bottom of the boat and snorkel two beautiful shallow reefs.  Tour includes snorkel equipment, three reefs and sunken plane, purified drinking water, soft drinks, beer, guide, and last three hours.  
Tour 11:00 am-2:00 pm or 2:00-5:00 pm. Not included: Marine Park admission fee. $2.00Daily tour from Ferry pier downtown.

Fury Beach Party Tour-$55/adult & $27.50 per child

Snorkel on this 65 foot sailing caramaran on the beautiful Chankanaab Reef and the world famouso Palancar reef.  Visit the powdery sand beaches, and relax with a drink on a float.  Enjoy kayaking, beach volleyball and rest on hammocks aor under the shade of a beach umbrella.   We know y ou will have one of teh most awesome experiences of your life on this great adventure for the whole family and all friends. Includes two reefs, high quality equipment, guides, soft drinks, beer, margaritas, on board and on the beaches.  Beach toys like kayaks, floats and beach balls are available for guests.  Lunch on the beach consists of one Black Angus cheeseburger per person plus plenty of salad and pasta.  Not included: Marine Park admission fee $2.00.  Tour goes daily

Royal Swim with the Dolphins-$139/person

The swim program is one hour long and is divided into two parts.  Guests begin with a 30 minute orientation siminar during which they will watch an educational video to learn some of the more interesting facts about dolphins.  They follow up with specific instructions from the training staff on what they will be doing when they enter to swim with the dolphins.  Following the orientation, our trainers will take guests dock side, for 30 minutes of 'an experience of a lifetime" as they enjoy the power of the dolphins and grace as they push guests through the water by their feet or jump over them.  A portion of the water time also will be dedicated to the 'free time' to swim.  This is time when guests will interact with the dolphins allowing each person a personal experience of a lifetime.  Includes a one hour education program.  Not included: Chankanaab Park Entrance fee.  Children 8-12 years must be accompanied by an adult.  Children younger than 8 are not accepted.  All companions will pay $5 each to go into the pier to see or accompany the participants.  
Tour goes daily 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:30.

Cozumel's Dune Buggy Tour

Cozumel's best all inclusive, "see the island" tour.  This begins downtown and goes around the southern tip of the island.  Most of the day is spent exploring the shoreline along the highway, and sightseeing the different beautiful beaches.  This is the tour with Omar and Felipe as their helper, Antonio!  

Our Cozumel Dune Buggy Tour is one of the most popular adventures offered in Cozumel.  Our professional operator personally builds these awesome Dune Buggies that enable you to explore a slice of Paradise in Cozumel that few tourists ever see.  This tour shows you the complete beauty of Cozumel, both above and below the water, and will be a memory to treasure for a lifetime!  Hurricane Wilma has taken nothing from fun of this adventure.  It is still the most complete tour in Cozumel!  It's an 'all in one' orientation of the true spirit of Cozumel!

Perfect for couples, families, and special groups, our Dune Buggy Tour begins close to the Punta Langosta Cruise Ship Pier at 10:30am daily (10am meeting time) and takes you across the island to drive along the wild Eastern Shoreline of Cozumel.

This island adventure will take you along spectacular windswept beaches and includes stops along some of Cozumel's most remote beaches, as well as beach bars.

This Dune Buggy adventure has several stops that allow for some awesome photos. Our guides have been with us for years and are part of the highlights of this excursion.  They go the extra mile to ensure your fun.   Be sure to ask them a lot of questions!

Our beach stop will allow you to swim or snorkel in Cozumel's crystal clear waters.  While you play in the water, your guides will be chopping onions, tomatoes, peppers, cilantro and limes and preparing a fresh lunch that features Island Grilled Chicken, Tortillas, Guacamole, Mexican Salsa, Chips, and more.  At times and if conditions require we can also do our snorkel stop on the western side of the island before making the trek to the eastern coast.  Again, any changes made on any date are done so to enhance your experience.

Our guides drive their own lead vehicle filled with everything you will need throughout the day, including snorkel gear and vests.  Each Dune Buggy has a custom design cooler hatch full of purified water, sodas and bottled Mexican Beer.  A very cool touch and all included in the price!

The tour begins daily at 10:30am and returns at about 3:30pm.    We can modify the return time to ensure we get you back to your cruise ship port with time to spare. All drivers must have a valid drivers license and know how to drive a stick (automatic transmission)! Please be sure to book early as this is a very popular tour and is often sold out weeks and at times months in advance, especially for holidays.

2007/2008 tour:         $89 per person includes:

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History of the Cozumel Dune Buggy  Tour

 

Shows original route, not taken any more.

If you have Windows Media Player installed on your computer, you can watch a movie about Jungle Buggy Tours. and how it used to be. (This is a 1.4 megabyte file.)


Retirement of the original                                           Cozumel Dune Buggy Tour-Nov. 2005

The "route" previously used by the Cozumel Dune Buggy Tour was badly damaged in Hurricane Wilma.  Since then, one of our competitors took the liberty of clearing a route that was incorrectly defined and performed without government permission.  Since this area is protected by state and federal enviromental protection agencies, they were fine heavily.   All tour operators have been told that the road will not open again. 

Cozumel Dune Buggy Tours is also using Jeeps and Trackers to compliment the guests who wish to book  when all the dune buggies are reserved. 

The change in route denies us the ruins and former snorkel area as described on the tour page.  We now drive to the other side of the island, along the paved southern part of the island, and around the southern tip.  Depending on the wind and weather, we take guests snorkeling, to visit El Cedral ruins or teach guests how to fly a kite.  This is not just a one string kite, but a real grown up kite!  There are only two kites at this point so you'll have to take your turn. 

The tour includes beaches that have been enhanced by the storm, creating thick white powdery sand and crystal clear waters.   The delicious Mexican food picnic that guests enjoy is the same.    Guests are having a wonderful time enjoying this newly evolving Cozumel tour. 
We've added a butterfly preserve to the tour. This butterfly park features unique species to the island.  Depending on the season, guests can see many kinds of butterflies and create many beautiful photographs of the butterflies.   At the resort in front of the butterfly park, there is a fresh water swimming pool, and showers to guests to use.  

All driver's must carry their driver's license which is required to drive in Mexico as in most countries.  Payment for tour implies that you take responsibility for any damages if they occur to the vehicle you drive, all other vehicles that may be involved in an accident,  and all people involved.  Our insurance covers personal injuries to third parties as long as they are taken to the San Miguel hospital, as long as guests driving has their driver's license.  Guests must take responsibility for their own items such as cameras, snorkel equipement, towels, ect.  


Photos from past tours on the old route:

Thousands of divers come every year to Cozumel Island to dive the spectacular reefs, mostly along the southwest coast. All the hotels and the town of San Miguel are on the west side of the island. The weather comes mainly from the east, so the east side of the island is virtually uninhabited. There used to be a road around the south half of the island and a little stub of road on the northwest. The former tour went to the northern half of the island — especially the east side.  It is now completely inaccessible, except by a long boat ride that won't necessarily get you to the beach because of the offshore reefs.  No one gets to see this except land owners and military men who visit the base along this strip.  


There was once something of a road up that northeast side, but several hurricanes and no maintenance have reduced it to a whisper. The military guys who man the lighthouse at Punta Molas at the north end of the island get in and out by HumVee. They'll go anywhere. There are jeeps available for rent on the island, but right there in the rental contract in bold language it is made clear that your insurance is void if you try to go up that road, and for good reason: you'd never make it, and it'd be tough to get you out.

Omar with Hermit Crab

On that "road", there are — in addition to the pounding sequences over pitted coral-formed limestone outcroppings — various stretches of "sand moguls" where lightness is a virtue and dizzying ground-clearance is a must. When I was there, the pitches through the swamp were pretty dry, but it's not hard to imagine lightness again saving a vehicle from miring in infinite mud.

Wear a Hat
Don't forget to bring a hat!

sunglasses Wear sunglasses!

So who goes there? Practically no one. The guys at the lighthouse. The guy manning the pumps on the newly planted coconut plantation on the way in. And our tours.

Dune Buggy on the beach

Dan Withington has designed and built a fleet of dune buggies that can make it up that whisper of a road and back. And the clear ability to go up that road to some very isolated places, where there are offshore reefs no flipper has ever kicked, Maya ruins no one ever visits and beaches where there's not only no one else there, there's no one on the next beach north or south, either.

 

We've got the wherewithal to provide passage — on an island to which so many go — to that part of the island where virtually no one goes. A wilderness at the resort. A day-trip to paradise.

Family Fun for All Ages  
Family Fun for All Ages

Our trip began with a meeting of the parties at Dan's house.(Yours will begin at the office of Rentadora Isleña.) We loaded up four buggies, appropriately loaded with not much gear, but enough. Then we headed east on the road that bisects the island, to the east side.

 

The road lies flat as a pancake and straight as an arrow, in the Maya tradition of the sacbe, and runs eastish for 16 kilometers past not much but jungle and the odd homestead until the road abruptly turns right when it gets to the beach. That's where we turned left.

Buggies going North   Jessica and friends

Through the horse-on-the-beach rental place, the road ran on, strictly first-gear. For the first few kilometers, we found the occasional Datsun taxi-driver-with-girlfriend (or wife) and a few fishermen's trucks. Then there were none but us. With each challenge in the road, we became more confident, as we successfully processed them. We had the bare stone, the deep sand, the jungle ruts. We pressed on. We passed a four-mile beach with nary a human. We broke for shade and "rest" in a patch of palms and mangroves. A coolish spot on a hottish day.

We passed an isolated stretch of beach and rock outcrop supposed to be the nesting place of Terns, and great nesting habitat it was, though we saw none nesting, for it was too late in the year. Lots of Terns, yes; nests, no. (Editor's note: On a later visit, it turned out [no pun intended] that Terns do nest there — Least Terns, otherwise undocumented as nesting in this part of the Caribbean.)

Dan & Vivien The girls

We passed patches that would, in wetter years, be much muddier. The mangroves had a surreal look when high and dry, but would look much more natural with the caimans that live there peering out from the shallows closer to the road.

Hummer in the trees

We came to a small Maya-built structure whose purpose was difficult to determine. On the coast, reef offshore, caved-in. Lighthouse? Who knows?

Group in the ruins

We pressed on for several kilometers, and came to a patch of larger trees, and a track over a hill to the beach. We pulled over. We carried our tarp-for-shade, various refreshments, and our snorkeling gear over the dune and onto a beach a couple of miles long, totally deserted, and protected offshore by a reef growing off the sand bottom about two hundred meters out.

Lauren on the beach

It was beautiful. No one in sight but us. White sand as far as we could see. Gentle waves lapping the protected, lightly sloped beach. Waves crashing on the outer reef. Water the color of . . . well, you'll just have to see it for yourself.

 

We pitched our shade on a couple of poles with rope, dead-men, and bunji. Broke out the gear. Saddled up, headed out. At our point on the beach, the reef offshore was about 200 meters out, and we were at the southern end of a long barrier that protected to the north, but was open to the south: an ideal situation most of the time, including this one.

We donned our gear and paddled out the 200 meters to the reef over a sandy bottom, uninteresting except that it was perfectly visible and featured the odd skate, coral head, stingray, but not much else. Visibility was crystal to the average depth of 20 feet or so, and ahead far enough to find the long fish near the surface (¿flying fish?) every now and then.

Then, after a comfortable swim, there arose from the sand bottom large ledges of old coral rock, alive with current coral growth, aswarm with the critters that live on coral, and awash with fish. Little cliffs of reef, with ledges of old sea level and flats of stone, all alive with current residents. And all very shallow.

 

In very clear water — which is to say the best of conditions, like we have in Cozumel's water — red light penetrates no farther than three feet, yellow no deeper than nine. After that, it's just blue and your brain's ability to fake it. (That's why all your un-flashed underwater photos look blue: color is a function of total distance — surface-of-water to object to eye.) So shallow — very shallow — reef is best for snorkeling for color. And color is, after all, one of the many grandiose miracles of the reef lost to most visitors to it.

Trouble is, most shallow reef has been kicked to death by visitors. Witness the west side of Cozumel. The best efforts of the local divemasters have preserved the heavily traveled reefs in rough good condition. One certainly gets a feeling for the majesty of what lives there. But they've clearly suffered from a lot of traffic. The beaches in the north hotel zone — and the south, for that matter — once had abundant offshore coral heads and inshore cliffs alive with sponges, corals, urchins, and fish of rainbow hues. Now those rocks are covered with the sand kicked up by jet-skis and too-many snorkelers. I watch people snorkel in this impoverished environment who are roundly pleased and impressed, and am so glad, but would like them to be able to see the real thing, before it is covered by sand.

And, of course, I hope, through some glass darkly, that this virgin reef will not become trampled and kicked to death. I think you should be certified to visit a reef. You can't get into to visit the old manuscripts in the British Museum unless you bring compelling reasons and a certain amount of preparation and a sense of purpose, and neither should you be able to visit the archive of tropical marine biology that is a reef unless you're prepared to assume a high degree of responsibility for your alien presence.

(True Confessions: I've kicked a coral or two in my time, and I find no joy in it. Each flipper-contact pushes me toward better buoyancy-control. I like to see things up close, but I want to be like the guys in Star Trek, whose prime imperative compels them to observe, but not interfere. Three-D awareness, fluid medium, good light, good tools, no need to kill the locals.)

But here is virgin reef. These shallow cliffs and ledges of old coral stone newly alive with living new coral, gorgonians, two-tone sea fans, big old parrotfish, and lobster under the ledges are the way they've been for the past, oh, ten thousand years — since the ice left. The colors are primary and complementary, and all vivid. The waves above dapple the brilliant light. The pockets in the reef house long-spined black urchins. The holes that lead to white sand reveal cowering lobsters, big ones, ever receding. Tiny territories of damselfish and their allies and enemies are constantly being violated by our passage. We appreciate their attendance, and revel in their casual spectacle.

wall-walking to the cenote
Walking on the Maya wall to the cenote

The cenote

Next time, I'm going to take tanks on Dan's white buggy — specially rigged with clips to hold four air-cylinders. At twenty feet maximum depth, even a heavy breather like myself can stay down for 70 minutes or more. Seventy minutes followed by a very short interval, and ¿seventy? more minutes.

Following our sojourn on that isolated stretch of beach, our caravan headed further north, by six or seven kilometers to the largest Maya ruin on the coast of Cozumel (and coastal Maya ruins are relatively rare, overall), a structure called El Castillo — a Spanish appellation for Castle, which is as close as the Spaniards could get on a good guess, though this structure was never a castle, but is an impressive bit of work with two inner chambers in which the coals of even recent offerings can be found, strategically located, facing the rising sun.

Omar, Dune Buggy Tour Guide
Omar, Dune Buggy Tour Guide

We drove out. Same way we came in, but backwards. Hell of an adventure. Rejoined the blacktop at the place where madmen raced their cars across the island and launched them into the Caribbean. Long ramp. Short jump. Good open-air palapa bar at the turn. Cold beer, sunset on the sea, good company.

Dune Buggy Tours.

Uncontestedly world-class.

Departing Dune Buggy-Tour guide The guide buggy in front of Rentadora Isleña, loaded and ready to go north

Cozumel's finest eco-tour is an adventure you'll treasure forever. This trip is taken in our recycled VW dune buggies that we make right here in Cozumel. Omar is your tour guide. He will prepare the dune buggies, pack your lunch, and will bring plenty of refreshments and beer. He'll show you two coastal ruins, remote coastline, pristine reefs, and you'll have frequent encounters with local wildlife. All-day fun for the whole family.

The cost is $89 per person. Children from three to eight years old are half-price, and children under three are free.

All you need to bring is your bathing suit, sunscreen, camera, and your snorkel gear. If you wish, snorkel gear may be rented from our office. Please make your reservations 24 hours in advance at the Rentadora Isleña or contact our office at 872-0788.

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Don't let this happen to you! Do not go off the road and be careful of the deep sand. And above all, follow the instructions from your tour guide. He's been there before, and knows what he's doing!

Getting Stuck on Soft Sand Stuck on the Beach

Kudos for Jungle Buggy Tours

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was the most exciting and fun trip ever. The short (1 block ) walk from the docks to the office was fine, it was fun watching the preparations for the adventure. Then we loaded the dune buggys and went off. We all ( my husband, who is a Utility Administrator for the Public Utilities, my mother a first grade teacher for 40 years, our 3 college age kids and myself) had a blast! I would recommend this trip to anyone who could stand up to a very bumpy ride, and the swim out to the reef and the snorkeling. We all truly enjoyed the trip. The staff at Jungle Buggy Tours were excellent. They were knowledgable and fun to joke around with. The price was right. We will certainly be passing your company name on and sharing this adventure with many. So, as my mother would say, "if you have any freebie's for us we will be happy to advertise for you". Like I said she is a first grade teacher.

We loved it!

Brenda, Carl, Jonathan, Tiffany, Melissa & Romelle

Hi Veronica,
Just a note to thank you for the wonderful day we had last week on our Dune Buggy Tour. It was a highlight of our trip for all eight of us! We laughed so much! Our guides, Petunia and Jorge, were the best-so informative and friendly. We loved the lunch, the coral at the reef we snorkelled was the best I've seen, it was so great to see that part of the island. Before we left last Saturday, we'd told many people we'd met to make sure to check out Dune Buggy Tours! What a great way to spend a full day-and well worth the money.
Thanks for so much fun, Jo Tuomisto and family

Nikki on a Dune Buggy Tour

WE DID THE Dune Buggy Tour THIS PAST DECEMBER AND GEORGE WAS OUR GUIDE. HE WAS THE BEST EVER AND THE TOUR WAS A BLAST! . . . I WILL DEFINITELY RECOMMEND YOUR TOUR!!!!

NIKKI

THE CHICKEN GEORGE COOKED AND THE GUACAMOLE WAS INCREDIBLE!!

Hi,
Have been looking for a way to give special thanks to you guys. .We had an absolute blast on your dune buggy tour. .Getting picked up at the Allegro by Dan in a Dune Buggy was such a nice start. .What an entrepeneur! .I had so much fun driving. .It's like bumper cars without the crashes. .Everything was first class, and we really felt spoiled. .Then the sunset drive around the island taking us back to the Allegro was a grand finale to a great day. .You guys are the best. .The chicken lunch was mui bueno, and there were certainly enough sodas and beer to keep us all satisfied. .Thanks again.
Carl

Veronica . . . we had a blast!!!
We have our Dune Buggy Tour pics all over our PCs and home and at work . . .
darren, elaine, eric, adam

surfing on a buggy Palapa on the beach

Chad & Amy 1

Hello Dan, Veronica and Omar,
WOW!We had a blast!Your Dune Buggy Tour was the best day of our entire stay in Mexico.Omar did a fabulous job in making our tour one of a kind. Words cannot begin to explain how much fun we had. We will never forget that day. When we come back you will definitely see us again.

Happy days, Chad & Amy Smith
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Here are a few pics for your scrapbook...

Chad and Amy 2 Omar with Lizard

Chad & Amy 1

Hello! Greetings from Omaha NE! We made it back to Omaha safe and sound and are back to work doing hair and massage. I wanted to send you the best of our pictures I took on our tour. By the way, I should let you know that out of all the different tours, we had the best time on the Dune Buggy Tour! Omar was a really fun guide, the snorkeling was awesome, and Joe loved off-roading in those dune buggies! We can't wait to come back to Cozumel, but for now, I hope you enjoy our pictures. Email me back please if you decide to put any on your website. Thanks again!

The Bode Family

Thanks for the great Dune Buggy Tour through the jungle and along the beach. It was a great adventure to visit the Maya ruins and enjoy that beautiful beach all by ourselves. The snorkeling out to the reef was awesome -- especially seeing the sting rays and curious barracudas.

Your upbeat attitude made the all-day adventure a delight. I would recommend this to anyone. The roads were a little rough, but I guess that is why probably no one else was up on that part of the island. I hope this tour continues to be a part of many others' vacations.

We wish you the best.

Loretta Harper

HI! WE JUST WANTED TO TELL YA'LL THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL TIME ON JULY 5TH WITH OMAR. ALL OF THE KIDS COULD NOT STOP TALKING ABOUT IT! WE REALLY APPRECIATED YA'LL ANSWERING ALL OF OUR QUESTIONS UPFRONT AND MAKING US FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH EVERYTHING. WE HAVE ALREADY TOLD ALL OF OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT IF THEY GO TO COZUMEL THAT THEY HAVE TO DO THIS! PLEASE TELL OMAR THANK YOU FOR PULLING SARAH OUT TO THE REEF. SHE IS NOW ON A DIET! AND PLEASE THANK HIM AGAIN FOR US FOR THE DRIVING LESSON HE GAVE OUR SON EDDIE. OUR SIX YEAR OLD, TYLER, CAN'T STOP TALKING ABOUT THE EUGENIA(?) THAT JUMPED OUT OF THE TREE AND ONTO THE JEEP'S ROOF. AND OUR OTHER SON, AUSTIN, CAN'T STOP TALKING ABOUT THE SCENERY. IT WAS PRETTY! Y'ALL TAKE CARE AND WHEN WE COME BACK TO COZUMEL WE PLAN ON DOING THIS AGAIN!

THANK YOU.

-- ED AND DARLA MCDONALD (and SARAH, EDDIE, AUSTIN AND TYLER)

Thanks for making our day at Cozumel so great. Without a doubt it was the best day of our seven-day cruise. I hope that all is well with you. I hope to return again in the near future. I have already recommended this tour to several friends. We will send pictures as soon as we receive them! Thanks again for making the day great!

-- Greg Neill, Seagoville, Texas

Thank you for the great adventure, Cari and I really appreciated your professionalism and knowledge of the territory. It was an outstanding learning experience in both history and current culture.

If you ever need a reference, please feel free to have someone e-mail. In addition, thank you for your help in allowing Cari to feel comfortable in snorkeling. You did such a great job, sh
e actually went with me in Grand Cayman.

Thank you again.

-- Howard

Veronica-

Again thanks for the wonderful outing with Omar and our Team
and Training group. We had a delightful time.

-- Kristen

Another happy client:

Veronica,
Just wanted to pass along a note of gratitude to the Dune Buggy guide, Juan.  After cruising from island to island, this was definately our favorite stop!!!  My son and I immensely enjoyed the entire tour, from the sights to the food, we had the time of our lives.  My son and I agreed that this was one of the most exciting experiences of our lives.  In spite of an approaching hurricane (Wilma), Juan made our entire group feel welcomed and appreciated.  Kudos to the entire staff for making our trip exciting, and allowing us to experience the beauty of Cozumel and taking us where most "tourists" dare not go.

Jim and Nathan Martin
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Oct. 19, 2005



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