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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  • September 30, 2017
    The reef has on average 5 to 6 meters of depth, however, with the clarity of the water seems that these to no more than 3 meters. We have a shark cat, a loggerhead sea turtle and a barracuda, in addition to a myriad of multicolored tropical fish. We hire the tour with Dalia Divers from Playa Palancar, excellent service. After having dived in the majority of reefs of Cozumel and Cancun, this experience of snorkeling was amazing. It is worth repeating it.
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  • September 26, 2017
    Only that we need to be more careful with nature and good be very careful people in general giving the services are very scammers believe that you required more regulation in that.
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  • September 19, 2017
    Diving spots we visited had less healthy coral heads and far less abundant sea life than compared to last Cozumel visit  more »

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