While visiting Playa Del Carmen this month we wanted to take a snorkel excursion. Instead of booking a tour where you sit shoulder to shoulder on a boat with a bunch of people we don’t know, our group of three booked with Deluxe Private Boat Tours as a treat…and WOW – it was so worth it. From the mainland, we took the ferry to Cozumel and then a cab to the marina. We arrived early and our captain was already there. I received reminder email prior to our vacation and were kept in the loop via text by Jimena on the day of our trip. What a nice touch! Captain Luis was great – we were taken to a beautiful sandbar with crystal clear (literally) waters for a delicious lunch. We saw varieties of fish and also stingrays! The margaritas made by Captain Luis were the best we had in Mexico all week. He took pictures for us, gave us information about the marine life we saw, and treated us like kings and queens. We visited an area full of starfish for snorkeling and pictures, and then to the reef. The water is such a hue of turquoise here it doesn’t seem real – so beautiful. This is the way to snorkel. If you’re splurging on a visit to this area, just take the private charter. You won’t be sorry!