Not a fan of diving but want to see the colorful fire corals and many types of tropical fish on the world’s second largest barrier reef of Cayo Coco? The solution is the Glass Bottom Boat Tour of Cayo Coco! You´ll be picked up from your hotel on an open topped double-decker bus and whisked to dock. At just 25 CUC for adults and 10 CUC for kids (this includes free drinks on-board), the glass bottom boat excursion from Cayo Coco is a great deal and value. The boat takes just 15 minutes to get out to the reef, at which time a staffer jumps into the water and swims along each side of the boat with pieces of bread to attract the fish and WOW!! you’ll instantly have your own aquarium right in front of your eyes.
The variety of fish, colors and species are truly astounding, one would never think that so many types live so close to the hotel zone in Cayo Coco but, they certainly do! For those who’d like to get “up close and personal” with the marine life, a boat staffer offers free masks, snorkels and fins so you can jump in and swim around with the shoals.
One particularly epic part of our visit was when one of the boats crew swam down, while we watched from inside, and brought back a truly enormous starfish. He then proceeded to allow kids to hold it, take photos and then proceeded to put it back from where it came. A really memorable and a great experience for the kids. You’ll spend about 45 minutes out at the reef until the boat returns. There are two daily trips, one at 11am and another at 4 pm.