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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.
Cozumel, Mexico
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Columbia deep is still a great dive site but Columbia shallows should not be overlooked with its diversity of small sea life.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Peter69_96
Reviewed 4 days ago

Columbia Reef has to be one of my favorites. It is beautiful and has amazing visibility! You will love it!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank carlkerby
Reviewed 1 week ago

Massive reef formations with a LOT of nice swimthroughs. Visibility was REALLY good and water was warm, even in November.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Derrick M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Best reef we have ever experienced. Worth every second of your time. We booked this excursion on our own while on a Princess Cruise. Small groups which is one of the big things I liked about this excursion. Cruise bookings are rushed and all you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Linda H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While scuba diving, we spotted at least 3 splendid toadfish, Christmas anemone, 4 types of eels, rays, among other things. Great dive location.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mogliQ
Reviewed November 6, 2018

We have dove this reef dozens of times and have seen something new every visit. I suggest Papa Hogs for dive companies.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Ericw L
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Another beautiful reef with a friendly nurse shark. Ended up at this reef three times during our week of diving, there is always plenty to see. There are a few caves but it a great place to see plenty of large green sea turtles.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed November 5, 2018

Amazing snorkaling! We went with a catameran guided trip! Furry, I beleive, tons of fun, highly recommend!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tessanotebaert
Reviewed November 4, 2018

excellent!!! I really liked this tour. we went 3 places and the crew was top notch. It requires and lot of swimming. If you out of shape it may not be for you. I loved it!!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Karen W
Reviewed November 1, 2018

awsome Reef ! loved it .. the corals are so amazing .. highly recommend this site .. you will love it

Date of experience: December 2017
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May 22, 2018|
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Response from Christine D | Reviewed this property |
Marazul aquatics They are on Facebook. They will customize your visit to whatever you want. We spent two wonderful days on the water with them. They are hospitable, knowledgeable and very careful and safety conscious.
January 21, 2018|
Response from anubis05 |
Not in Cancun. But in Isle Mujeres at Playa Nortes. You can snorkel right from the beach.
Kristen B
December 29, 2017|
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Response from tamwarnerminton | Reviewed this property |
You must take a boat. Columbia is too far south, and you must rent a boat. There are plenty of them!
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Houston, Texas
Best Reef for Snorkeling while at CRT & Best Boat Service... (2 Replies)
My wife and I loved Snorkeling Palancar Reef and Columbia Reef while Honeymooning in Cozumel last August. We will be at the CRT from March 5, 2009 thru March 12, 2009. We would like to know if there is a good Reef to snorkel while staying at the CRT? If so, what is the name of the Reef? What Boat Service or Tour Group would be good to use to see this Reef. Is there any Tours that take you over to the South end of Cozumel to Snorkel Palancar & Columbia Reef. Thanks for...More
February 02, 2009|
Response fromKnothead|
I'm sure you can take the Ferry from PDC over to Cozumel. It seems that the snorkeling in front of the hotel is not too bad if you go out a ways or down the beach a ways. I think you can borrow gear from the dive shop. We purchased our own snorkel, fins and mask a few years ago. They don't cost that much. I purchased Magnifier goggles off the internet which allows me to see without my glasses. I think I paid $30. Today we stopped by a local Dive shop just to check out snorkel vest. I...More
Saint Louis, Missouri
Snorkeling reservation (6 Replies)
wanted to book a snorkeling to the Palancar and Columbia reef with Cozumel tours at a lower price than the cruiseline, but was informed we can only book through the cruiseline. Any good alternatives to book with? we have a group of 8 and really want to run low on budget without sacrificing the quality of snorkeling. Please let me know if you have any advice. We will appreciate it!
December 11, 2010|
Response fromMexigringa|
Well, you certainly don't need to book only through your cruise ship. That's just silly and said to keep you spending with them. But you knew that didn't you? lol My favorite snorkel tour is no longer up and running, but more than five years ago I paid $60/person for an all day tour. My guess is that it is more costly now. I would expect between 80-100/person. You don't want to do the Fury Catamarans because they are partying more than snorkeling and I don't think they have permission to...More
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
What reef can you swim to from Punta Sur? (3 Replies)
We went on a snorkel tour to Columbia reef today. Is that the one you can swim to from Punta Sur? If not is it one you can get to from shore? We want to spend more time there. It was amazing!
July 09, 2017|
Response frommdp1915|
No & No. You'll like the shallowness of the Punta Sur reef even more.