Columbia Reef, Cozumel

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Explore the rich marine life of Columbia Reef, a shallow dive spot just off this popular tropical Caribbean island. Less popular than its counterpart, Palancar Reef, the shallows here are a more laid-back and undisturbed place to explore. Snorkelling or scuba diving along the interesting coral formations, you can spot barracuda, grunts, snappers, sea turtles, and sometimes even octopuses. The diving spot is suitable for children and beginners, as it has gentle currents. Put Columbia Reef at the forefront of your travel plans using our Cozumel trip itinerary planning app .
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  • My son, daughter, and I had a great dive on this reef with Scuba Du. Saw lobsters, turtles and a wide variety of fish.  more »
  • This would be the closest to what the Australians would call "Bommies." There is a lot of current and sand and swimming to the reefs. It's also possible to see black tips and eagle rays.  more »
  • best reef I have seen in Cozumel. It is deep initially, like playacar reef so it was 20-25 minutes at 80-90 feet. Then a move to 40-45 feet and some fantastic coral, fish and color. In the deep area t...  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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