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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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  • Great beach day! Staff is very attentive. I will say this used to be great snorkeling, but the crowds have killed off the reef and it's not very good snorkeling. BUT awesome beach with plenty of food ...  more »
  • Have been on Palancar three separate times! Incredible reef formations and sea life! Was able to get within 10 feet of a sea turtle! Took my 10 year olds, and it was a great first time snorkel experie...  more »
  • Cozumel is a world renown premier SCUBA destination. Planacar Reef with 3 or 4 separate dives is one of more than two dozen dive sites and is not to be missed on any dive trip to Cozumel. There are sc...  more »