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Palancar Reef

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Parque Marino de Cozumel | One mile off the southeastern coast, Cozumel 77600, Mexico
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Snorkeling Tour and Cozumel Beach Party
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Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs
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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” (173 reviews)
“fish” (506 reviews)
“sea life” (158 reviews)
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Parque Marino de Cozumel | One mile off the southeastern coast, Cozumel 77600, Mexico
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Palancar Reef is one of those places that as a diver should be on your list of places to dive at. It is a reef that you need to experience yourself to take in its beauty.

Thank Emile J V
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The reef was amazing and the drift dive was exhilarating! I saw so much life and such a variety of fish, coral, turtles, 6ft Moray eel, 3 ft spotted eagle ray. It was so cool to sit back and let the current carry you by....More

Thank mjwr63
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I felt in love! So rich in every aspect It's so big they have to "divided" in sections and call them differently If you're a diver Palancar reef it's a MUST in Cozumel

Thank Mayra N
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Saw turtles, big fish and amazing coral formations. Quite different in colour but stunning. Currents strong but water warm. Don’t miss it!

Thank sally5050
Reviewed 1 week ago

The corals are breathtaking, water is nice and warm, lots of fish and other creatures such as octopus, crab,lobster,rays,etc.

Thank syriaflores
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely beautiful underwater area. One of our favorite dive places ood the many in Cozumel. A must for the beautiful reef and sea life.

Thank Shannon K
Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful reef with lots of colorful fish. We were fortunate to see a turtle as well. Beautiful clear water, great visability. A true must see.

1  Thank Llana T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Palancar reef is typical of the amazing beautiful monstrous formations underwater that Cozumel is renowned for. And absolutely breathtaking dive.

Thank MIataNina
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did several dives over the week, both at various Palancar sites as well as other dive sites in the area. Bit of a drift, sometimes a current, but beautiful reef. We will definitely return!

Thank acs1226
Reviewed 1 week ago

Palancar reef has many different dive sites that feature different interests. Palancar Horeshoe has fabulous coral mountains and swim-thru areas. Palancar Bricks features beautiful & interesting fish (better than Santa Rosa). Best to see the Bricks in the afternoon, when you can see the coral...More

Thank slusignan
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frank316212
29 October 2017|
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Response from RossReef | Reviewed this property |
Palancar Reef is accessible by boat; reserved for Scuba Divers. Contact Dive with Charro, the best boat for a family of divers and non divers.
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Amanda M
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
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Cathy B
15 April 2017|
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Response from itsallmine | Reviewed this property |
if you mean to snorkel out to the reef from the beach without a boat, then nope. At least not safely. There are many other tour boats going to and from the reef. I guess if you're a great swimmer that likes big... More
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