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Palancar Reef

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This beautiful reef sits in about 80 feet of water and is a popular diving spot.
Parque Marino de Cozumel | One mile off the southeastern coast, Cozumel 77600, Mexico
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Terrific diving. Check out a dive company called Palancar. They run a very smooth operation. Highly recommend them.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Yana3022
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My favorite is Palancar Caves, but Palancar Gardens is rich and wonderful, Palancar Deep great, too. Beautiful towering coral, great swimthroughs, lots to explore, and current usually enough that you can drift comfortably but not get swept away from your group.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank EriknCheryl2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The encounters were nothing short of amazing. There were spotted eagle rays on almost every dive. I could not wait to see what each jump in would lead to. It has been a magnificent and amazing trip.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Nicky S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Palancar Bricks, Garden, and Caves were the most spectacular dives sites I've ever explored. Absolutely amazing dive throughs, tunnels and caves to explore. I would suggest being an intermediate diver to fully enjoy the experience while respecting the environment. Great place to fine tune ones...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank honeym_11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of my favorite dive sites in Cozumel. Even in December, shorty wetsuits were comfortable. Temp and viz were great. Spotted five sea turtles on this dive.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Z8051OSbradb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great sealife, coral formations, and swim thrus. Scuba dive here to see turtle, sharks, and other sea life.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Bob I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Palancar Reef has both amazing formations and awesome sea life. As we swam around spires and through tunnels, we saw a bevy of triggerfish, angel fish, lobsters, and so many other creatures. I’ve dived Belize and the Great Barrier Reef, among other places, and Palancar...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank BlueDevilOKC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its a lovely dive but after diving it for many years you can see the wear and tear on the coral and sea life. You need to have good buoyancy to not kill coral with fluttering fins :(

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank ballerina_1852
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You need a guide to see this reef from a boat. The coral was very large and high. Turtles were spotted and many large fish. See Beach break Cozumel for location and appointment.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank dkayec
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Palancar has multiple sites from the Gardens to the Caves. Some areas are starting to show some wear from the large # of divers. During a week of diving several dives to different parts of Palancar are a must. Make sure you bring your SMB...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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December 7, 2018|
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Response from Kerry Z | Reviewed this property |
I took a very reasonable excursion for $59 to the Palancar Reef and the Starfish Sanctuary and I loved it!! We snorkeled for 45min at the first stop (the reef) and it was about 45ft deep. Water was very clear and I was able... More
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Response from supersusanita | Reviewed this property |
I think what you’re looking for is actually a dive shop. Most of them will take trips out with snorkelers and divers. Check websites. Some locations like paradise Reef are great for snorkeling and diving, however if you go... More