Chankanaab Reef, Cozumel

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#4 of 18 in Nature in Cozumel
Snorkel or scuba dive at Chankanaab Reef. With a depth of only 21 m (70 feet) and mild currents, the site is suitable both for experienced divers and beginners. Discover the underwater world of Cozumel, meaning "Little Sea" in the Mayan language. Spot numerous tropical fish species such as barracuda, moray eels, and trunkfish, as well as lobsters, sting rays, starfish, and seahorses. While diving you can admire the limestone caves, underwater sculptures, and extensive coral reef. To visit Chankanaab Reef and other attractions in Cozumel, use our Cozumel trip itinerary planning tool .
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  • CHANKANAAB Park open every day from 7 to 18 hs its name means "Little sea" in maya and is a pond that is fed by waters that come from underground rivers. It is an important national park created in 1980, serving as refuge and protection of life on the West coast of Cozumel marina. Here are encouraged to coral growth and the development of large amount of fish, molluscs and crustaceans. A botanical garden with more than 60 species of palms, orchids and water lilies, avian, exotic birds, iguanas, dolphins and sea lions there are replicas of sculptures and Mayan temples, archaeological sightings, replicas of Mayan houses, their musical instruments and their fabrics, etc. It has all the services, restaurants, shops, beach chairs, palapas, lockers and showers. At the beach you can do snorkeling, diving and swimming with dolphins
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  • We were ready to find snorkeling adventures that were free, and this is one. The reef is a decent swim out, but since life vests are required it was not bad. The reef is long and there are many things...  more »
  • Cozumel is loaded with great dive site and this is another one of them.. a must do if you are a diver!!!  more »

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Most accommodations in Cozumel line the island's western shoreline, offering excellent beach access and the airport. Avenida Rafael E. Melgar provides the widest range of hotels and private rentals, with some of the more spacious and relaxed options sitting around 10 km (6.2 mi) south of the town center. Budget-conscious travelers should look to the main township, where a selection of smaller guesthouses and pensions can be found just a few streets back from the beach.
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