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Palancar Reef

Parque Marino de Cozumel | One mile off the southeastern coast, Cozumel 77600, Mexico
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This beautiful reef sits in about 80 feet of water and is a popular diving spot.
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good14%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“swim throughs” (171 reviews)
“beautiful reef” (101 reviews)
“sea life” (152 reviews)
Parque Marino de Cozumel | One mile off the southeastern coast, Cozumel 77600, Mexico
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

There is no way for me to describe the variety and beauty that you will see here. Don't pass on the opportunity to visit this reef.

Thank Ron-in-Txk
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Diving holiday, gloomy when sun is out. Lots of fish, great dive boats. Can get busy, come up by buoy only

Thank chedoke
Reviewed 25 July 2016

A must see with Mystic Snorkel & Cuchi. Crystal clear water, variety of fish, coral & best of all no crowds!!

Reviewed 25 July 2016

Perfect for snorkelers. It's deep enough for some great fish, yet shallow enough for you to see the bottom - nothing escapes your view.

1  Thank CaptainDanny
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Anyone who is a seasoned diver would have dived this reef. And if you haven't - what are you waiting for?!! One of the most spectacular reefs in the world chock full of variety. Lots of different dives available. Wall dives, drift dive, wreck dives,...More

1  Thank JuicyTidBits
Reviewed 24 July 2016

This was our first dive after becoming open water certified. We went with Dive Paradise and had an incredible experience. The coral was majestic and there were lots of swim throughs and beautiful fish. So much to look at!

Thank jlmaier12
Reviewed 23 July 2016

Snorkeled here with a Dressel Divers tour. What a beautiful natural wonder! I didn't think water could be that clear. Highlight was seeing two sea turtles pass by so close you could almost touch them (but never would). If you get the chance, get in...More

Thank wendy82015
Reviewed 23 July 2016

We have been diving all over the world land the sites along this reef are some of the most beautiful. Huge coral heads with lots of swim thrus, abundant seal life and warm water. Best spot close to the US.

Thank mike d
Reviewed 23 July 2016

90% of the times we have snorkeled or dove here we have seen turtles...soooo much to see very nice fish & reef :-)

Thank sidandjake
Reviewed 23 July 2016

This is the spot to dive in Cozumel - so much marine life & beautiful coral! I would recommend diving with Tortuga Carey :)

Thank TaraMaSue
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Amanda M
Hi...I was wondering if you offer whale shark tours, and if so, have you already started booking?....thank you
21 May 2017|
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Response from PhadraHalifaxNS | Reviewed this property |
Are you looking to SCUBA? Or merely snorkel swim? We used PRO-DIVE for our SCUBA. There will be packages available. Make sure they are TRIP ADVISOR approved AND pay Pesos - it will save you money over buying US... More
Cathy B
Can you snorkel yourself from the shore? Is there much to see closer to the shore?
14 April 2017|
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Response from NEARBOLT | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I am not so sure that would be wise. Even if you were able to get to the reef, there is a ton of boat traffic and most of the really cool sites are a min of 30' down. Also, there is a fairly strong current when divers... More
Is it Palancar where you can enter the water off the beach and dive or snorkel and see a statue of the Virgin Mary just below the surface?
28 March 2017|
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Response from BritmickUSA | Reviewed this property |
If you want to dive on Palancar reef you need to go on a diving boat, l paid $35 & was out there 2 & 1/2hrs. There are strong currents out there, but as it's only 1/4ml from land, a really strong & healthy person could do... More