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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 3 weeks ago via mobile

Newer diver, absolutely beautiful!! Recently got advanced open water certification. Was able to go deeper and see more. Cozumel five house is awesome!!!

Thank Gregory B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The palancar reef and Star fish sanctuary snorkeling tour gets two thumbs up. The boat, staff and location are all very well done and no complaints by me or my wife. Juan is an awesome guide and keeps it lively the entire time. You definitely...More

Thank Cruzin2013
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There are multiple dive locations along the Palancar Reef. During a weeklong dive trip we saw all of them. One of the coolest parts is an area that’s called the gardens, where there are huge coral heads and tons of swim throughs. An absolute must...More

Thank ebuzzmaster
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of my favorite dive sites. I have dove it several times and there is always something new to see. Can't wait to go back.

Thank Mark_Kennesaw
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice one! The beach is quite, isolated, not hotels around. and a big area to swim and enjoy snorkeling.

Thank Sonini1
Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

Panchito, the Chac-Choc snorkeling guide, was handing out life vests toall the participants and asked if I had snorkeled before. To which I truthfully replied, “Many times.” 50 minutes later I had to admit that I was mistaken—THIS was snorkeling at its finest. A variety...More

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Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

What an incredibly beautiful place to dive! Perfect conditions and beautiful blue water! So much color in the coral!

Thank Flyer433152
Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

Spectacular snorkeling! Don’t go here without an underwater camera.. that’s my ONLY regret! Can’t wait to go back

Thank Serena C
Reviewed September 6, 2018 via mobile

I can’t say enough about this reef. Wow would be an understatement. I’ve snorkeled this and Columbia reef’s but this trip I got to dive on Palancar Gardens. Stunning. The flora and fauna are spectacular. If in Cozumel, you must see these reef’s if even...More

Thank Grimaldas
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful formations over a fairly extensive area. It has cathedral ceilings and swim throughs. We saw nurse and reef sharks, majestic turtles, sting ray, spotted drum, groupers and a wide variety of marine life.

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August 17, 2018|
Response from preciado691 | Reviewed this property |
In my case a took a small boat and it was not crowded. I only did snorkel. There are many options to choose but I would recommend to search for: visita Mexico destino Quintana Roo Cozumel (It didn't allow me to write it... More
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Response from ColonelDancer | Reviewed this property |
I didnt even notice any seagrass. Im a new diver and i was just getting used to the strong currents! But the waters were gorgeous!
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February 22, 2018|
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Response from supersusanita | Reviewed this property |
I use blue magic scuba, but all the dive shops will go there.