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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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"lots of marine life"
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"coral heads"
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"dive sites"
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

We have snorkeled this reef before. Did three stops, first we seen starfish. The second stop was good but seen more variety on the other excursion. We swam to the next area for snorkeling & that was just OK.

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

Another disappointing snorkeling experience. Hardly any Marine life; there were no schools of fish and the reef was only average.

Thank Francois W
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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

One of the most beautiful dive site in Cozumel. Scuba dive through tunnels in beautiful coral reefs. Amazing experience.

Thank Mike L
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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

The diving here is truly world-class. It is just phenomenal. Would highly recommend. The visibility is great. There are many great dive shops in the area. Everyone I spoke with was happy with the groups they went with.

Thank usdestinys
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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

We had a great dive here and saw quiet some lobsters, murrays, barracudas & sting rays. Also a lot of caves to dive through. Really worth the dive!

Thank Valerie J
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

when you say palancar really the whole length of the reef from north to south is reall called palancar , but there is a special place the divemasters call palancar gardens,then there is palancar caves,palancar pinicles,palancar swim thrus, wowo its hard to imagine how many...More

Thank raymond h
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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

This reaf is nice for starters with Great visibility. Lots of marine life as well. We saw a beautiful spotted eagle ray. Not much current, so easy reef to dive.

Thank Steve F
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

We dove the Palancar caves which was the most memorable of 10 dives we did with Dressel Divers. The coral colors were fabulous but the most memorable aspect was the swim throughs and narrow passageways in the reef bottom. Depth was only 60'. All the...More

Thank Ray D
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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

Some of the best diving in the world. Coral is colorful and plentiful, lots of swim through’s, wildlife is plentiful. Third trip to this area and won’t be the last. We used eco divers Cozumel and I am glad of it as this trip currents...More

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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

I can see why most reviews regard Cozumel as one of the best dive destinations on the world. Palancar reefs are some of my favorites

Thank Mike D
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Marty B
22 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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28 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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