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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 July 19, 2018

We went here to snorkel and enjoy the beach. There is no entry fee but you are asked to pay to rent lounge chairs and an umbrella. You can sit at a table for no charge. We enjoyed the large swimming area and found a...More

Thank mgribben
Reviewed July 19, 2018

Great tall corral with swim throughs. Magnificent. Great for beginners, 80 feet max on this dive. Strong currents though.

Thank Liz L
Reviewed July 16, 2018

awesome clean great visibility lots to see coral fish turtles shark and stingray went to santa rosa reef

Thank Shelly P
Reviewed July 16, 2018

We really enjoyed our snorkeling here! The fish were incredible and the water was so clear. We saw fish of all different colors and sizes!

Thank jlgnorton
Reviewed July 15, 2018

This is a big reef but for snorkeling it is just too deep and not much to see except for far away. We did see a small green sea turtle and quite a few fish, nothing spectacular that we haven't seen snorkeling before. I think...More

Thank DOUG H
Reviewed July 15, 2018

We were lucky to see 5 turtles on this dive since its the migration season for mating. We dove with Aqua Safari who are one the best dive companies on the island.

Thank DDDSSS123
Reviewed July 14, 2018

diverse marine life. Drift Dive, we did 3 dives here and saw green turtles and lobsters, Great Barracudas, snappers. you name it. Check Roberta's Scuba Shack, that's the Dive Shop we booked for our Cozumel trip.

Thank Mehdi-Sebbane
Reviewed July 13, 2018

Our family of 8 loved snorkeling here. Absolutely the highlight of our trip! We saw lots of fish, turtles, stingrays and starfish!

Thank gosuzcole
Reviewed July 13, 2018 via mobile

One of god's greatest gifts is this reef and its splendid aquatic life!!! It is one for your bucket list! With all of it's walls, swim throughs and pinnacles of living coral! Whether you scuba or snorkel there is an abundance of beauty!

Thank Jim L
Reviewed July 12, 2018

Made a boat dive with Chili Charters on Tuesday at Palancar Gardens. This reef has short stubby formations and lots of swim thru caves, the coral is healthy and thriving. Yes I would do this dive again.

Thank CajunGato
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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.