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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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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” (185 reviews)
“fish” (542 reviews)
“great dive” (161 reviews)
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Parque Marino de Cozumel | One mile off the southeastern coast, Cozumel 77600, Mexico
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"swim throughs"
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"fish"
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"great dive"
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"nurse sharks"
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"sea life"
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"drift diving"
in 88 reviews
"great visibility"
in 39 reviews
"lots of marine life"
in 35 reviews
"coral heads"
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"clear water"
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"dive sites"
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"snorkel trip"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great diving at a very well preserved reef. Small current makes it a pleasure to just get buoyant and let the reef show itself. The reef is in good health and well protected by local authorities. It is not too deep so even newly certified...More

Thank Raoul R
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful warm, clear water. Great visibility and abundant sea life. An easy drift snorkel or an ideal dive spot.

Thank mjc3687
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a spectacular reef with towering coral mounts, many swim thru's and beautiful reef fish. I saw the biggest spiny lobster I have ever seen on this dive.

Thank blackduc
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Awesome snorkeling and even better diving! If you've never snorkled and want to give it a go this would be the place! Enjoy

Thank mrtaz19
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We used to love this beach off the beaten path. It was so far from city center no one came here unless you had a car or moped. Now all the cruise ships bring the people here daily. It’s crowded and expensive. Still a beautiful...More

Thank Debra R
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Crystal clear water and saw many different varieties of colourful fish. Our guide took good care of us even though it was quite crowded

Thank Christine D
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Great swim through, lots of fish and coral. With all thriving on it, amazed how healthy the reef is. Could dive here everyday,

Thank Lauren C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to dive. I recommend it to everyone. Very good organization, good material and great monitors.

Thank Redge71
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Diving in Cozumel is one of the best! Warm clear water that is hard to compare to other places. And very pretty views underwater.

Thank Kate M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

These were probably my favourite dives on the whole trip. The complex reef formations, and the swim-throughs are so engaging. You really feel like an undersea explorer swimming through the chasms in the reef.

Thank KatieScarlet137
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Marty B
23 February 2018|
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Response from Christina R | Reviewed this property |
We use Chichicharters for our trips but we like to be alone. Almost all the resorts offer a charter just ask they when you arrive and tell them where you want to go. Or go to chichi Carter's web site
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frank316212
29 October 2017|
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Response from Aquanaut65 | Reviewed this property |
Cabs are everywhere, and pretty reasonable. Some cabs take credit cards, so ask your driver. They take US dollars. Do NOT use the standalone ATMs that are on the street. They are notorious for eating your card and there... More
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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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