Reports & Reviews
Comments: We stopped in Cozumel on a cruise Feb. 13th, 2004. The weather was absolutely terrible - rain, rain and more rain. So much so we almost cancelled the dune buggy tour - but instead decided to do it. It was the very best shore excurshion not only on this cruise, but every cruise I have taken. The rain actually added adventure to the trip. We took the buggy across town and made a left turn, that's when the fun began. It was this little, rough, windy road that lead us off into the jungle. Sand burms, rocks, mud puddles - the road was very rough. Bouncing all around and seeing beautiful sights - from glimpses of the ocean to wonderful trees and plants - even to a soldier in drab army fatigues holding a rifle. The ride is a long one, which surprised me. I figured a short ride and spend the rest of the time on the beach. Nope - the dune buggy ride is what makes this tour. The mayan ruins were a cool sight as well. Our tour guides kept us loaded up with cerveza (beer) which for me was a nice added touch. The food was also good, a true authentic mexican lunch - not like a fancy restaurant - but like the natives of this country eat. Our guide briefly explained his heritage at the ruins. I totally enjoyed this adventure - one word of caution though - this tour is not for the meek. If you are not the Indiana Jones adventurous type you probably will not like this tour. For example - we saw many people in jeeps and subaru's. Many got stuck. Many looked they were not enjoying it. The dune buggy's had no problem tackling the terain. But it is a very rough and bumpy ride. I loved it and strongly recommend it to anyone who is truly adventurous!
Comments: We just returned from Cozumel and the dune buggy tour was
awesome. We were picked up right at our hotel at 10:00 and didn't return
until 5:00. Omar was a great guide. He provided us with great snorkeling,
lunch, and stops along the way to point out the wildlife.
Comments: We just got back from Cozumel, and would like to share our
experience with (Tarzan) Dune Buggy Tours. GREAT! We caught a taxi
from the pier when our ship docked. It was $6.00 total for the six of us
to get to Dune Buggy Tours. We arrived early and checked in, then went
shopping for an hour, (due to the time difference). There were many
shops, just 1/2 block away (including Carlos & Charley's). We were
greeted by Fillippe and Antonio. Fillippee began to show his sense of
humor from the start. Anyone have to go to the banio (bathroom), cause
we have lots of beer and drinks. Yes, it is legal to drink and drive in
Mexico! We were given our scuba geer, and loaded up in the buggys.
Comments: My wife and I have finally gotten our house and children back in order after returning from a delayed honeymoon in Cozumel. I now have time to write my reviews and comments about our stay starting with Dune Buggy Tours.
Dune Buggy Tours was a very high point on our 6 day stay on the
island. This tour was booked on-line after reading the comments from other
people. All that I can "AWESOME ".
I would recommmend this tour for the adventerous at heart but stay at home if you think this is a Sunday drive .The road is an unimproved trail at best and very bumpy. The dune buggies are the only way to go as our party had to push a Geo Tracker out of a sand pit in the middle of the road that it had become stuck in. George was a wonderful guide and a really nice person.
My wife and I are already planning to return with our whole family in a couple of years and Dune Buggy Tours is on our list of things to do.
Also a previously mentioned by a couple of other people we saw several other tours of jeeps and 4 wheelers and the groups were large and the people looked bored.
Jess and Lisa
Posted by ScubaMare on 08/21/03
No one in our group complained of being dirty or dusty in the back of the
dune buggys, including me. I had no problems at all.
Comments: My husband and I just returned from a week in Cozumel. We
took the Dune Buggy Tour on Monday, the 14th of July. We had a blast on
the tour. It was as fun as we expected it would be. The roads were
quite rough, so expect a bumpy ride... it just made it more fun for us.
George, our tour guide, was funny and very knowledgeable. He's also a
great cook... the chicken was the best we'd had the whole week. The
other side of the island was absolutely beautiful and it was fantastic to tour
it this way. (Thanks George!)
Comments: I can't say enough about Filipe and the Dune Buggy tour we went
on. Although there were only three buggies total, we had a great time. The
snorkelling was fantastic, and the place we stopped at was amazing. There was
no one else around, except for some other "weaker" tours!
Comments: The tour was great. George of the Jungle is quite the character. We were the only ones on the tour that day and had alot of fun. We passed several of the Jeep tours that were very crowded. The food was also good and the beers very cold.
Comments: We just returned from our cruise that had a stop in
cozumel. We had a group of 14 (ranging in age from 13 to 55 ) and
decided ahead of time to do the dune buggy tour. I have three words to
describe it....horrible, horrible, horrible!! When you think of dune
buggys, you think of driving in the dunes. This trail we were on (16
miles there and back) was a hard surface, filled with huge potholes and
very large stones. There were a few stretches that were sand which made
the ride a bit softer, but most was very uncomfortable.
Comments: My family of four (ages 46,47,16 and 19) wanted to go on the dune
buggy tour as a shore excursion from our cruise ship, the Carnival Conquest.
It looked like we were going to be getting into Cozumel too late to make the
10:30 tour time, so Tarzan Tours accomodated us by allowing us to go at 12:00
instead. We arrived at 11:15 and we were able to start the tour
early - 11:30. They promised to have us back in time to get back on
board by 5:30, and they did! Very accomodating! We
really appreciated this type of personalized service. You don't get that
when you book a tour from your ship with a hundred other people.
Comments: This ia an awsome tour! We booked with Eagle Ray Divers for this
tour. George "of the jungle" picked us four up in a buggy at our
hotel. We had a blast! George kept us laughing the whole way. The lunch, by
far was the best we had all week. The homemade guacomole was wonderful. The
snorkel part was very interesting, and a long swim, but definately worth it.
We loved being able to drive the buggys by ourselves. Thanks to George and the
others. We will do it again on our next trip there. Make sure you put this in
your plans if you are coming to Cozumel and want to see the other part of the
island. It's very beautiful.
Comments: WE were disapointed in the tour. We were the only people for the tour that day and what could have been a "private" tour turned in to no tour. Our guide didn't have much to say except at the one ruin we went to. We traveled down a very bumpy road for 1 1/2 hours. Stopped at a friends house in the jungle and then on to the beach. stayed at the beach for about an hour and then headed back for another long trip down the bumpy road. I expected a TOUR of the island with island information. Instead we just road around,saw a beach and headed back. Tour did not last all day, about 10:30 - 2. Just as well.
Comments: What a great tour. George is the best. He loves to show you around and is just amazing. THis ride was suprisingly independant. You actually drive your own VW baja bug the way you want. No back seat workers watching you're every move. They let you drive all you want. Through town down the highway, and up a jungle road we went. say the simple words, "quiero una cerveza para mi cabeza" and George will give you a great surprise. Take the tour, spend the money, you WILL NOT regret it. See ya.
Comments: My best friend and I were vacationing in Cozumel earlier this month, and had the pleasure of going on a Tarzan Tours day trip. This was by far the highlight of our vacation, what an adventure! Unfortunately, due to wave conditions we were not able to do the snorkeling portion...but regardless, this was still 100% worth going on. Our tour guide George "of the jungle" was the absolute best. He was very informative redarding the island, we learned many things talking with him. He was also quite a comedian, making us laugh constantly. The lunch we enjoyed was by far the best we had while visiting Cozumel. It was wonderful! We will without a doubt be going on this tour again when we come back to Cozumel. I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone, you won't be disappointed.
Posted by ScubaMare on 02/21/03
They are a BLAST to drive!!! Last I heard, they were only available for the Dune Buggy Jungle Tour. Once upon a time, you could rent them for the week but when we were there last year we couldn't.
Posted by Teresa on 11/29/02
We took the dune buggy tour (eight of us) and it was the best day of our whole vacation. We laughed all day. The guides were very helpful and friendly, the food was delicious and the beaches were beautiful. Snorkeling was the best! I highly recommend it.
Comments: I read all I could about Tarzan Tours, and every word is true. No
surprises. Reservations via internet/e-mail, deposit, final payment all went
as specified on the web-site. The dune buggies are great! Mine was a bit
"rough", but it only added to the experience. Omar was our guide,
and he takes his job very seriously. If you show him you can drive and act
responsibly, he takes you to "special" places. The day we went,
Tarzan had a cancellation, so there were only 2 dune buggies: Omar, and us. We
pulled over a few times to let caravans of Jeeps and ATVs pass. What a bunch
of bored, dusty people they were. Dune buggies, in a small group is way more
fun. There's not alot of padding on the seats, so take it easy on the
rocks. We were in Cozumel as port of call on a cruise. Omar planned a tour to
get us back in time for cocktails with the Captain. You may be able to get a
cheaper "package" deal, but you will not have as enjoyable a time.
Tarzan Tours is a unique experien
Comments: Having read the excellant reviews regarding the Tarzan Tour, our
group of eight decided to sign up. We took the tour on Monday August 19.
It turned out to be the highlight of our trip. Our group consisted of
family members ranging in age from 69 to 4 years old, and everyone had an
Comments: The wife and I just returned from our honeymoon cruise which
included a stop to Cozumel. As everyone else aboard the ship booked
their excursion, we had already booked a jungle jeep tour with Tarzan Tours.
We were a little nervous about booking it over the internet. When we
arrived and began our tour we were quickly at ease after meeting George and
the staff there. The jeep tour was incredible!! George was our
guide and was very funny,laid back and polite. We arrived at the
snorkelling area and really enjoyed it. We were the only people in the
water! The lunch and refreshments were fabulous. After lunch it
was off to the Mayan ruins. Overall the entire trip was awesome!
The jeeps were so much fun to drive. I had never driven a stick shift
vehicle before and after a few quick lessons and some encouragement from
George it was a piece of cake! Out of all of our excursions we went on
throughout our cruise, we agreed that this jeep tour was the best! If we
Comments: Just wanted to thank Tarzan Tours and George of the Jungle for the most fun day we had!! We took the Dune Buggy Tour and it was awesome. George, you are great. He told us a lot about the Mayan culture, told great jokes and made an awesome lunch. Along with that, driving the dune buggy was a blast!! The ruins were incredible too and my husband loved the snorkeling out to the reef. We are coming back next year and will take this tour again for sure--and we are bringing our son with us so he can have just as much fun. Also, Poncho, you are a sweetie--a little shy but great to have in our buggy. And George--you singing was right on--you should record a CD :) You are the best. See you soon. Lisa and Darin
Alex, Everything went smoothly on our trip including the tarzan tour which was a lot of fun, even got to watch the Federialies pick up many packages of cocaine which were washing up on shore. Thanks again for your help.
Posted on 05/13/02
We had a blast on the trip. what a neat adventure. it is confusing about the time. i dont know if anybody else has that trouble but if somoehow you could put in your e-mail something about the time differences and whose time to go by as far as the departure goes. we showed up 2 hours early. it wasnt the end of the world but a little frustrating when you were rushing to get there. anyway trip was great and we had a great guide. we saw turtles and lizards and the mayan ruins swam in the ocean with no one around. and the dune buggys are a lot of fun to drive. highly recommended. RYAN
George of the Jungle, We wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time in the dunebuggys. It was our highlight during our week in Cozumel! Both of you tour guides were fun and great. The kids are still telling everyone about your joke with the stick snake. We also learned alot about the Mayan people at the ruins. Very amazing people. The food was awesome at the beach. We told everyone we met on the island about our day and plan on coming back again. Everyone was sooooo very friendly. Our little guy Curt was amazed with Georges trick with the hat. He is still trying to blow on his thumb and make his hat come up. Thanks again for the memories. George, your wife must of had the baby by now. Congratulations to you both. Thanks, Kevin, Bonnie, Chelsea & Curtis Johnston
Posted by Patrick on 04/08/02
I just returned from Cozumel and we took the Trazan Tours trip
after reading all of your great reviews on travel notes. Everything
was wonderful except for one thing. When we stopped for a break on the
beach and a snorkel, we were told that it was too rough for snorkeling
Posted by carlmoyer on 10/30/01
Posted by OkieBarb on 12/16/00
Just got back 12/11. My husband & I did the Tarzan tour & it was our favorite thing. There were only 3 people + our guide. We did snorkel on the east side & we are beginners, however our guide took us out & had a boogie board with him should we want or need it. The reef we went to was about 100 yards from shore. It was the shallowest reef we had been to. We saw lots of fish, Coral & even a sting ray. It was the best snorkeling we did. I highly recommend it & Omar as a guide.
Posted by Mike in StL on 09/04/00
Just got back today and we did the tarzan tour. The tour starts at 10:30 when you meet at Islena rentals on calle 7 close to the beach road. We were the only ones on the tour that day so it was two buggies, ours and the guide buggy. Omar is the guide and a native of Cozumel. The road/trail is a very bad, bumpy, rocky, sandy, wet ( it rained alot the night before our tour) fun one! Just driving the buggy was a blast for me! Stayed in 1st gear for the whole trail. There were huge puddles that we had to shoot through ( i think Omar was worried the buggies might stall) as well as some sandy sections. These buggies are custom built by Dan (owner) and his helpers and are turbocharged. Very responsive bugs! We stopped along the way when Omar would spot something to show us (turtles, big hermits, a mayan built canal, etc...). We went as far as the ruins at Castillo Real which was crawling with military dudes. After investigating the ruins, we backtracked a short way to our beach where we planted the umbrella. The beach is awesome and you can see waves breaking out where the reef is! We snorkeld straight out to the reef. My wife Cara is not a strong swimmer so she used the boogie board that Omar brought along. About half way out to the reef she had second thoughts. After a short pause, a little coaxing and reassuring, we swam out the rest of the way. She wasn't real comfy that far from shore (prolly 100+ yards or so). The reef was great. Real thick with gorgonians as well as stonies. Large brain corals and rays. Oh yeah, and fish too! We spent about a 1/2 hour or so on the reef then back to shore. Cara was glad she went. I told Omar there was this cool cobalt blue stony that i wanted to have another look at and after a short break for a sol we went back out and covered a larger portion of the same reef. Cara sat this one out. I found more of the cobalt blue stonies and got an up close look. It's ashame you have to come up for air! The reef on this side is noticably different. Alot more wave action and swaying of the soft corals. Anyway the reef here is fantastic!! Oh yeah, on the way back from the ruins we stopped at a spot were Omar likes to fish. He carries a spool of line with hook and sinker and he snagged a few large snails from up by the ruins for bait. It wasnt long till Omar had a nice size trigger on the line and up to shore. It was a grayish looking trigger that he called someting else i dont remember the name. I thought we might be eating this for lunch but we didnt. Omar's trigger. Also, the military guys had made it up to this spot by now and i had a short talk with one. Seems they are patroling the beach looking for washed up contraband he says. He tells me of smuggler boats that capsize offshore. I told him we hadnt seen any yet. Back to our beach...after the second snorkel we had a great lunch of tortillas with rice, salsa and roasted chicken and Sol. Relaxed on the beach for a bit, played frisbee for awhile, then packed up and back in the buggies. Stopped at a mayan built canal that we walked back to and saw this big clawed light blue crab that clamped onto a stick Omar had. Got back to Islena rental around 5 o'clock. We liked our buggy so much we rented it for the next three days. more later....
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