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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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  • Make sure to book your snorkel adventure through Bavarian Fiesta to have an experience you’ll never forget! Ask for Javier and Alex!  more »
  • Its good diving for land based diving. Currents were from moderate to ripping during my week of diving. Water temperature was around 85°F. Viz was from 20 feet(during ripping current) to 65 feet...  more »
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  • Great underwater formation! Very diversified marine life. Suitable for intermediate to advanced divers.
  • A very large and interesting reef with its beautiful turquoise waters, a place to relax and enjoy the wonderful view that the Caribbean offers.

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