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. Arrange to visit Palancar Reef and other attractions in Cozumel using our Cozumel travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Very beautiful reefs, nurse sharks, turtles, king crab, lobsters, stingrays, stingrays, morays... Natural Park very well preserved for beautiful dives!
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  • August 14, 2017
    Palancar reef has something for every skill level diver..swim thru's, fish, photo ops, shallow drift diving, deep diving ect  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Once in Cozumel, in the same dock where you desembarcas the ferry, there are several lockers where they offer tours to the reef, we chose one at a good price (700 MXM per person) which included the Palancar reef, Columbia reef, reef heaven and the heaven beach. Palancar reef was my first experience of snorkeling in the open ocean, so we chose the best place I think. Recommendations carry their own elements of snorkel as the offering are reused.
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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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