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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 May 16, 2009

We went to Palancar beach in April 2009 as a last minute alternative to Chakanaab. (due to rough winds) Taxi driver told us it was the best place all around for swimming & snorkeling. The beach was quiet and beautiful, with shallow waters, and the...More

8  Thank HoneybeeLady
Reviewed February 15, 2009

We went to Palancar Beach with our snorkeling equipment and just played around in the water (the snorkel boats weren't going out because of the wind)and had a great lunch. Unfortunately, we forgot a set of fins and goggles but when we went back 2...More

3  Thank CozILoveU
Reviewed February 3, 2009

We were happy as clams in Cozumel. We brought our own inflatable Sevylor Colorado Kayak to Palancar beach and in minutes my wife and I and our 7 year old girl were far out over the reef. The water was amazing and the visibility was...More

5  Thank FideCaribe
Reviewed February 1, 2009

If you want to experience top notch diving at an affordable price, the island of Cozumel is your answer. You can dive the wall-no matter what your experience-and feel safe while enjoying one of the most exciting scuba dives on this planet. The dive companies...More

3  Thank ArrowCavener
Reviewed October 1, 2006

We have cruised to Cozumel many times and Palancar Beach is my all time favorite place to visit. Not only is the beach free of charge but there is everything to do without all the crowds. I dove the Palancar Reef last week with Migual...More

30  Thank tryance
Reviewed March 7, 2006

I've dove Cozumel several times and always use the same DiveMaaster. Cozumelsports(--). Eduardo makes sure that your dive is safe and tries to make it a learning experience. Last week we dove Palancar. Average depth was 50' and vis was around 80'. Lots of wildlife....More

13  Thank Bianchikid
Reviewed October 14, 2005

I can't say enough about this most beautiful underwater paradise. I do not dive, I snorkel, and I had no idea that snorkelers could view this much beauty. I thought that it was only reserved for divers, but not true. I do now want to...More

43  Thank WYCB2
Reviewed May 29, 2005

We took two Snuba/Snorkel trips with Mayan Paradise Tours. One word - Awesome! Both trips were fun but my favorite was the one that hits the Palancar and Columbia reefs. I did Snuba at both and thought it was incredible. The Palancar reef was my...More

32  Thank Janet B
Reviewed December 31, 2004

I arrived just in time for the last snorkeling trip of the day at Palancar beach: 25 USD for about one hour snorkeling along the reef. Saw beautiful schools of tunas, a porcupinefish, stunning canyons and coral cliffs, lots of angelfish, sea cucumbers.... All this...More

24  Thank Departure1390
Reviewed June 8, 2004

We went on a SNUBA tour with Mayan Paradise Tours and it was so incredible, we went back for a second trip in our 5-day stay. My husband and I both love snorkeling, and decided to try SNUBA so we could get a "diving" experience...More

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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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June 21, 2018|
Response from supersusanita | Reviewed this property |
There are areas of Seagrass... unsure what would constitute an “issue”... Also not sure the restaurant has a name :-)
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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.