Palancar Reef, Cozumel

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Home to a riotous array of tropical ocean life, Palancar Reef stands as one of the world's most renowned locations for underwater exploration. Consisting of four different coral clusters, the reef lies approximately 1 km (0.6 mi) from shore, and teems with turtles, sharks, eels, and an array of multi-colored fish. You can join a snorkeling excursion from the island in order to explore the reef's shallower stretches, while scuba divers can range to depths of up to 34 m (110 ft) and even swim through massive coral arches in some places. Either way, you'll have a great view of the reef thanks to the surrounding water's visibility of 70 m (230 ft)--among the farthest on the planet. To visit Palancar Reef and get the most from your holiday in Cozumel, create itinerary details personal to you using our Cozumel online attractions planner .
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  • The best of Cozumel is the sea and everything inside. One of the best experiences in this ♡ Cozumel reef snorkel is a paradise.
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  • There is a pretty strong current at the reef. When dropping down for our dive we immediately saw a sea turtle, stingray and further along our dive many other wonderful sea creatures.  more »
  • We dove with Dressel at Iberostar and it was best diving ever. Turtles, sharks, fish , coral, lobster and tons of great views and photos.  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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