When fishing in Cozumel, a charter is generally the recommended way to go. For tourists, this is actually the only way that they can fish. Unless they live in Cozumel (or stay there in the long term), people are not eligible for their own licenses – which is why they cannot go fishing on their own. However, they can hire a charter with a guide that will also provide a license for them. What are charters and which one you can go for in Cozumel? Well, this guide should be able to help you out in that regard.
What Are Fishing Charters?
Fishing charters, in general, are paid boats that you can hire for a specific amount of time. The most popular options are half days that last for 4 hours or full days that will last for 8 hours. Depending on the charter that you go for, you can reap different benefits.
- Most of the time, a charter will include the following services:
- Guide(s)/Captain that will provide you with knowledge and guidance
- The necessary fishing equipment, from rods, reels, and lines to the spears, arrows, and bait needed.
- Drop-off or pick-up from your accommodation
- A fishing license
- Various drinks: beer, water, soft drinks, etc.
- Various snacks
- Lunch (generally, this is provided for full-day charters)
- Cleaning and filleting the fish
- The taxes and fees necessary for fishing
- Special bonuses – but this depends on each charter
The price of a fishing charter may depend on the provider. For example, the average half-day fishing charter can cost around $250 and $300, whereas a full day charter can cost between $350 and $500.
Considering that the price difference is generally not that high, many people prefer to opt for full-day charters, since they will have more time to catch the fish that they want. Plus, 4 hours never seems to be enough time to catch some fish and actually enjoy some quality time on the sea.
Most Popular Cozumel Fishing Charters
Do you want to go for a fishing trip on Cozumel Island, but aren’t exactly sure what charter to go for? Based on popular opinion, here are some charters that you might find convenient:
If you want to go full Hercules and catch the fish with a spear instead of the regular fishing line, then you might want to go for the Spearfishing Today charter. This is a particularly good option because if it is a very hot day, you will get to cool in the water while also hunting for fish. The price will depend on your level. If you are a beginner, it will be relatively cheap. If you want to go wild, however, and really challenge yourself, the prices will go a little up. Still, considering that it’s an all-inclusive service, clients believe that the price is worth it.
Chichi Charters is family owned, and the services they provide are highly varied. From deep sea fishing to bottom fishing, private diving, and snorkeling, this charter ensures that you get the most out of the Cozumel Island waters. The guides will provide the information that you need. Also, regardless of how long you book the charter for, you will get fresh food – which is perfect for hot days. The service is also all-inclusive, which is why many people recommend this charter.
If you are looking for adventure and want to catch some “big boys,” the Aquadventurers is one more charter that might work for you. The boat they use is called the “Grand Slam,” which is a 30’ Island Hopper that can hold up to 10 people. They also have bigger boats, including a 42’ one called “Big Time.” The required equipment is provided on the boat, as well as the drinks and snacks. For trips that last for more than half a day, lunch is also included.
Taken the literal name of the service provided, Cozumel Charters (also found as Fishing Cozumel) is also an all-inclusive service for those who want to go fishing in Cozumel. You can opt for fly fishing, bottom fishing, deep sea fishing, snorkeling – and even combo trips if you don’t want to stick to just one activity. Everything is included in the charter, from license to paperwork and nourishment. Regardless if you are a tourist or a local person, people recommend that you use this charter based on their quality services.
There are numerous fishing charters in Cozumel, which is why it is recommended that you do some research beforehand. Look at the price of that particular charter, the services provided – and then take a good look at the reviews. Most of the time, every charter is an “all-inclusive” one – the deciding factor being the quality of the services provided.