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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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  • Amazing dives at Palancar, specially Palancar Gardens, with several swim-through. Great visibility. A lot of marine life, including turtles and nurse sharks. 
  • sitio muy recomendado, unos de los mejores del mundo, facil dentro del top 10 mundial, desde los peces, temperatura del agua y visibilidad 
  • Any reef with Palancar in the name is a great place to dive. Coral heads and marine life are as good as it gets anywhere.