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Palancar Reef

#1 of 159 things to do in Cozumel Features Animals
Parque Marino de Cozumel | One mile off the southeastern coast, Cozumel 77600, Mexico
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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” (179 reviews)
“beautiful reef” (102 reviews)
“nurse sharks” (132 reviews)
Parque Marino de Cozumel | One mile off the southeastern coast, Cozumel 77600, Mexico
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

Well worth having a go at diving. One of the most breathtaking seascapes I have ever seen. Its an aquarium in ( 3D ). Everywhere you look, there is sea life in such brilliant color and clarity. We have taken this trip often on our...More

Thank R4591APpatrickb
Reviewed 15 September 2016

The water was wonderful, the visibility was huge. There was plenty of wildlife and beautiful. We had great dives!

Thank susanna547
Reviewed 13 September 2016

My friends did twice in the same week and they loved it ! They saw 3 turtles, millions and millions of tropical fishes.

Thank Alain L
Reviewed 13 September 2016

It's like diving in an aquarium--crystal clear water, gorgeous reef, fish, sharks, rays, octopi, sea stars, eels. A sensory overload!

Thank frogfruity
Reviewed 12 September 2016

We used Challenge Diving. Eric will treat you right! He had been with Challenge diving for 30 years.

Thank Ronn F
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

As many places around Cozumel, Palancar reef is amazing place to dive. Turtles, lobsters, exotic fishes, you name it. Beautiful and affordable day.

Thank Hanna L
Reviewed 11 September 2016

The reef is beautiful and full of life! The current can be tricky, but the divemasters know the reef so well they can make it work!

Thank 198gabriellet
Reviewed 11 September 2016

The dive was great. Saw a lot of fish. Queen Angelfish, turtles, French Angelfish. The drift was fun.

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 10 September 2016

We did 2 of the three dives sites on this reef - Palancar Caves and Palancar Gardens. The swim throughs are twisty and with some depth changes, but nothing too difficult. Lots of colorful sponges and corals in the canyons and tunnels. The flatter areas...More

Thank John K
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Great coral formations. Plenty to see 60ft and less. Plenty of picture opportunities. I definitely want to go back.

Thank Paul C
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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
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
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