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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  • Palancar, Colombia and El Cielo are the most beautiful places to practice snorkeling in Cozumel. Variety of fish and beautiful coral reefs.
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  • The Guide did his best to all kinds of fish for us to detect. We even saw a sea turtle, many starfish, barracuda, all kinds of fish. Nice trip of 2.5 hours from our hotel Allegro Cozumel for 50 us dollars
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  • We dove Palancar Caves and Palancar Horseshoe. Both dives had gorgeous coral and lots of different fish, rays, a couple nurse sharks and some hawksbill turtles. I would highly recommend this reef for ...  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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