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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 January 14, 2012

When last in Cozumel we rented a Jeep for the 5 of us and set out on a pre-planned tour around the island. The plan worked out perfect. Our first stop was at Palancar Beach arriving around 10am. There were few people there upon our...More

Date of experience: August 2011
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Reviewed January 10, 2012

We saw more marine life in one dive than most people see in 10 dives.

Date of experience: December 2011
1  Thank Connie M
Reviewed January 9, 2012

Amazing wildlife here so be sure to make it one of your dives if heading to Cozumel.

Date of experience: December 2011
Thank Jason N
Reviewed January 8, 2012

Diving in Cozumel is the way the sport was meant to be enjoyed - crystal clear water, lots of reef life and easy diving - just go with the current.

Date of experience: January 2012
Thank JackKEvanstonIL
Reviewed January 6, 2012

I have dove in Cozumel for the last 3 years. Always do Palancar, Cedral, Yucab, Tormentos, Punta Tunich and more. Palancar has several different sections to it Horseshoe being one of the favorites, but it is deeper 50-90 or more feet, as you can swim...More

Date of experience: December 2011
2  Thank altarose22
Reviewed January 5, 2012

lots of different sections of the reef (i think there are 7!) loved it - i would definitely love to go back. careful make sure that you are with a reputable dive shop - not too many in a group! there can be some strong...More

Date of experience: December 2011
Thank damifu
Reviewed January 5, 2012

Palancar Reef is teeming with life. I dove with Sand Dollar and had an excellent experience. Lion fish, turtles, eels and sharks.

Date of experience: December 2011
Thank thomasena
Reviewed January 5, 2012

Scuba diving was fantastic here and all around Cozumel. So much to see and something different everyday!

Date of experience: December 2011
Thank WashingtoAmazing
Reviewed January 3, 2012

Wonderful reef to dive/snorkel. Lots of brilliant fish. Well worth the $$ to get there.

Date of experience: January 2012
Thank dianeg
Reviewed January 2, 2012

very neat beach, we enjoy the refreshments and the pool

Date of experience: December 2011
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December 7, 2018|
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Response from tedg36 | Reviewed this property |
Marginal snorkeling. Do not know about tours. Check out Sea Robin dive company.
August 17, 2018|
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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
June 21, 2018|
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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!