The Complete Cozumel Snorkeling Map

Cozumel Island is known for its abundant reef and marine life, as well as beautiful beach expanse. Tourists go to Cozumel mainly for diving and snorkeling because the island boasts of one of the best reef systems of the world, not to mention the second largest.

The turquoise crystal clear waters make snorkeling such a fun and unforgettable activity to do because it makes it easier to see the abundant life of the underwater flora and fauna. In this article, we will take you on a tour around the best Cozumel snorkeling locations.

Cozumel snorkeling map

Map of Cozumel´s best snorkeling spot

Where can you go for the best snorkeling spots in Cozumel?

Palancar Reef

This shallow reef with deep dives continues to attract thousands of divers and snorkelers yearly. There is many to see along its 3.5-mile stretch and a single visit won’t suffice, that is why many snorkelers return more than once. Even beginner snorkelers would enjoy Palancar reef despite it having numerous deep dives because the weak current allows for shallow diving, around 20-40 feet, where snorkelers can swim through narrow, long tunnels and bond with corals of all sizes and shapes. Palancar reef is divided into four sections: Palancar Gardens, Palancar Horseshoe, Palancar Caves, and Palancar Bricks.

How to get there: Hop on a boat in Playa Palancar that will take you to the shallow areas of the Palancar Reef. It is about 2 kilometers from the shore.

San Francisco Reef

Ranging from 35 to 50 feet, this is considered as Cozumel’s shallowest wall dive. Here you may see large marine life such as huge stingrays, sea turtles, and many colorful fishes. Three separate sections with sandy stretches divide the reef. While swimming through one section to another, be amazed by the starfish and crabs breezing through. Go over the deep wall and take a peek into the darkness that is rumored to stretch 3,000 feet down.

How to get there: The reef is located off the shores of Playa San Francisco. Hop on a boat waiting by the shore and tell them to drop you off the shallow area where you can begin your exploration.

Chankanaab Reef

The family favorite because of its many attractions apart from the snorkeling experience. For snorkelers, they will love the Chankanaab lagoon, also called the “little sea”, because of its 20 feet deep cove full of coral heads and colorful schools of fish in varying sizes. This is a good practice dive for beginner snorkelers because of the mild current and depth. Despite the shallow dive, it doesn’t fall short with underwater surprises such as the Spiney lobster, crabs, Spotted Moray eels, and Grunts and Snappers as well as some Lion Fish.

How to get there: The dive can start by the shore of the Chankanaab Park. To get to the park, ride the taxi from the Cozumel Ferry Dock. Admission fee for the park is $21.


Whether you are a novice or a pro in diving and snorkeling, you will always find something to love in Cozumel’s snorkeling locations. We have just listed best three that suits beginners out of all the reefs in Cozumel waiting to be explored. Once you have tried snorkeling in the splendid clear water of Cozumel, you will always come back for more.