M7W – Palancar Reef

Last, but not least in my 16 candidates

is the Palancar Reef of Cozumel, one of many reefs there that were made famous by Jaques Cousteau and visited by keen divers in great numbers, the reef is one of the finest in the world.

From BookIt:

The coral reef system off the coast of Cozumel has been one of the most popular diving spots in the world since the early 1960’s, when famed oceanographer Jaques Cousteau shared it with the world in one of his marvelous films. There are many different sections of reefs, offering an exciting underwater experience, no matter what level a diver might be.

Palancar (Caves) – Abundant marine life includes grouper and sea turtles. Many passages through coral formations that rise from white sandy bottom. Depth: peaks begin at 35 to 40 feet then plummet into an abyss.

Palancar (Gardens) – Coral and sponges scattered across a sandy bottom. Abundant marine life includes grouper, sea turtles and rays. Depth: 30 feet.

Palancar (Horseshoe) – Coral and sponges as well as varied marine life. Large coral formations start at 25 feet then slopes into an abyss.

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