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Columbia Reef

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Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs
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Giant sea turtles and groupers await those with the courage (and the experience) to brave the fierce currents at this diving site.
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good14%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“fish” (176 reviews)
“swim throughs” (43 reviews)
“coral heads” (18 reviews)
Cozumel, Mexico
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited in mid January 2018 before a storm. Visibility over 100 feet, lots of fish to see and some sea turtles too. Dive was cut short due to a large wall of jelly fish seen near the end of the event.

Thank Denverbeach
Reviewed 1 week ago

I gave it a average score. There were some fish but not that many. You really had to search. Too much work.... ha we had a beautiful day so that helped.

Thank William H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son, daughter, and I had a great dive on this reef with Scuba Du. Saw lobsters, turtles and a wide variety of fish.

Thank W John P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This would be the closest to what the Australians would call "Bommies." There is a lot of current and sand and swimming to the reefs. It's also possible to see black tips and eagle rays.

1  Thank Rose M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

best reef I have seen in Cozumel. It is deep initially, like playacar reef so it was 20-25 minutes at 80-90 feet. Then a move to 40-45 feet and some fantastic coral, fish and color. In the deep area there are swim throughs. However the...More

1  Thank RequiemMN
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was one of our stops on our snorkeling tour. It had a good variety of fish and sightings of turtle. We enjoyed it very much.

1  Thank 93mom
Reviewed 11 December 2017

This dive site just keeps surprising you with its beauty and grandeur. Mind blowing to see creation in its glory.

Thank Emile J V
Reviewed 28 November 2017

Deep or shallow -- it's all good! One of our favorite reefs, especially the shallow, easy diving where -- if you go with the right operator -- you can easily enjoy a 80 minute dive in bright conditions full of life.

1  Thank CGUESS
Reviewed 22 November 2017

My wife and I visited the reef with Dive with Martin and we saw an eel and sea turtle. Absolutely wonderful experience.

Thank Honerism
Reviewed 21 November 2017

We purchased the boat trip directly from Palancar beach for 2 reefs for 35 USD per person. Columbia Reef was not as deep at Palancar reef. We saw one sting ray with many vivid colored fish. Excellent staff! Worth the trip!

Thank Kriszon
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Kristen B
30 December 2017|
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Response from Tam Warner M | Reviewed this property |
You must take a boat. Columbia is too far south, and you must rent a boat. There are plenty of them!
1 November 2016|
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Response from Ron-in-Txk | Reviewed this property |
We used Dressel Divers out of the Iberostar. They have a location on property and several boats that leave from the resort pier. Amy is a wonderful guide.