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Palancar Reef

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Parque Marino de Cozumel | One mile off the southeastern coast, Cozumel 77600, Mexico
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This beautiful reef sits in about 80 feet of water and is a popular diving spot.
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good14%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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Parque Marino de Cozumel | One mile off the southeastern coast, Cozumel 77600, Mexico
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We dove Palancar Caves and Palancar Horseshoe. Both dives had gorgeous coral and lots of different fish, rays, a couple nurse sharks and some hawksbill turtles. I would highly recommend this reef for diving.

Thank divergirl2018
Reviewed 5 days ago

very few, I mean, very few fish to look at. I would have stayed in boat if I new how poor this reef was. Maybe it was a bad day??

1  Thank William H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If you like deep dives, go here! Some of the most fantastic coral formations in the world, we went back time and time again!!!!

Thank Melissa Jean G
Reviewed 6 days ago

Snorkeling on the reef was the highlight of our trip - incredibly beautiful and full of life! We went with Scuba Do, and they were great in every respect.

Thank JBlake015
Reviewed 1 week ago

Palancar is composed of about five different sites, each with its own character so make sure to dive all of them if you can. This is an excellent site with a mixture of coral formations, animals, and even small creatures for macro photographers, but you...More

Thank Ken B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the Palancar Reef and starfish sanctuary excursion from Liberty of the Seas. It was a great time! The day we went in January was very windy and the water was choppy. This meant we had to pull ourselves back to the boat using...More

1  Thank spacegirl349
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Scuba dive this beautiful area for some fantastic views of reefs, walls, tropical fish, a wide variety of coral, large turtles and eagle rays.

Thank Margaret K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Super COOL Adventure, Amazing Sightseeing of the underworld, Wonderful Fish & Coral & Sea life. A Cumulation of completing 22 Dives on Cozumel in Dec. w/ divewithcristina Dive Operation, the VERY BEST Dive Company. Safety is “always” 1st, information oriented, read prior to & in...More

Thank joywithdolphins
Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a very healthy flourishing reef ,. lots of fish, colorful coral nice easy dive and loved it . I saw alot of turtles there this trip adn a few reef sharks

Thank 15bubbles
Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome corals, sponges and marine life with caves through the corals. If you dive anywhere in Cozumel, Palancar Reef is a must!

Thank Frank K
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28 October 2017|
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Response from RossReef | Reviewed this property |
Palancar Reef is accessible by boat; reserved for Scuba Divers. Contact Dive with Charro, the best boat for a family of divers and non divers.
Amanda M
21 May 2017|
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Response from PhadraHalifaxNS | Reviewed this property |
Are you looking to SCUBA? Or merely snorkel swim? We used PRO-DIVE for our SCUBA. There will be packages available. Make sure they are TRIP ADVISOR approved AND pay Pesos - it will save you money over buying US... More
Cathy B
14 April 2017|
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Response from itsallmine | Reviewed this property |
if you mean to snorkel out to the reef from the beach without a boat, then nope. At least not safely. There are many other tour boats going to and from the reef. I guess if you're a great swimmer that likes big... More