Cozumel Reef National Park

November 15, 2012 by

Things To Do, Tours & Activities, Travel Tips, Unforgettable Experiences

Cozumel Reef National Park. Photo courtesy of Skinned Mink via Flickr.

Cozumel Reef National Park. Photo courtesy of Skinned Mink via Flickr.

Created by presidential edict in 1996, the Cozumel Reef National Park is a sublime diving opportunity where multi-colored varieties of fish, corals and marine life swarm in the warm waters of Cozumel. Known far and wide as a safe-haven for the incredible diversity of sea-life and the warm crystalline waters, people love to come and sit amongst the palms on the white sand or to explore the national treasure that is the Cozumel Reef National Park.

Cozumel is part of the second-largest barrier reef system in the world, the Meso-American reef system, which spans an impressive 175 miles in diameter stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to Honduras, and this makes diving in Cozumel one of the best sites in all the world. And while the diving is impressive, equally impressive is the snorkeling, for anyone who dares to peak their head below the surface of this amazingly blue and clear water will find such an abundance of sea life as to make all others pale in comparison.

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The Cozumel Reef National Park is home to one of the most important ecosystems on the planet, and because so many people come to explore this protected area, it is a point of national interest that those who do visit do not disturb or damage the sea life. Though deep sea fishing is a popular activity in Cozumel, when diving in the Cozumel Reef National Park, there’s a Do Not Touch policy, lest you damage the incredible diversity of coral, trigger fish, scuttle fish, octopus, dolphin, whale, eel, shrimp and conch.

-Hudson Hornick

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