Palancar Reef, Cozumel

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Must see · Reef · Geologic Formation
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 Palancar Reef is the 2nd largest reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef. It is amazing that this reef is so close to the United States! So you don't have to fly all the way to Australia...  more »
  • Had my first experience snorkeling here and it’s truly beautiful. Water warm and clear and lots to see. Wonderful  more »
  • this is an iconic Reef with many distinct features and sections . I always make sure to visit it multiple times during any dive trip  more »

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