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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” (177 reviews)
“fish” (523 reviews)
“sea life” (161 reviews)
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Parque Marino de Cozumel | One mile off the southeastern coast, Cozumel 77600, Mexico
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Reviewed 3 days ago

always nice to take a trip here, lots to see, the Gardens are nice, as well as the swim thru's. Lots of fish in the shallows.

Thank B0rn2Travel2012
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Diving Cozumel is the best. We love Palancar Gardens, we can dive this reef and each time is unique and different.

Thank TravFunRMonk
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I dove this site with my wife and had an amazing experience. The topography of this site is amazing with large boulders and swim throughs. We saw tons of fish and several turtles, along with interesting corals and sponges. I would recommend this dive site...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My husband and I were on a royal Caribbean cruise to Cozumel and chose this beach excursion to palancar reef and a star fish sanctuary as well. We rode on a boat for about 30 minutes to the reef and spend 40 minutes snorkeling. There...More

Thank tammysD0AU
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Husband and I went on a 4 hour trip to snorkel here and at one other reef. It's a very pretty area, not the best it's also a little busy because of so.many people and boats going to area. But if your just out to...More

Thank Christina R
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

There are several wonderful dive sights along Palancar Reef in Cozumel. If you are a diver this is a must place to come to and enjoy some world class diving.

Thank Dan L
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My husband, myself and two grown sons did 5 dives over two days on this reef. Lots of corals, sponges, barracuda, turtles, Eagle rays, parrot fish, lobster, crabs and much, much more. Loved shots on the reef of looking up and getting great pics, water...More

Thank Wendy M
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We snorkeled the three reefs, El Cielo, Columbia, and Palancar. All very different for aquatic life. My favorite was Palancar, it was so cool snorkeling to the edge where the island of Cozumel ends and it drops off into a dark abyss. Truely amazing. It...More

Thank peegup
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The snorkel trip for $35 US dollars was a great deal. You go to Cielo and Columbia reefs. We saw rays, starfish, a school of dagger fish, and a sea turtle! Well worth the drive out.

Thank Andrea T
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Best dive of the entire trip, ask for Chili charters to take you there, you will be astounded at the beauty.

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Marty B
23 February 2018|
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Response from Wendy M | Reviewed this property |
This is a very large reef, all the dive shops will make trips here. We dove with Dalia Divers, they are located at Planacar Beach. A private boat and diving a full tank... Awesome time.
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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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