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Palancar Reef

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This beautiful reef sits in about 80 feet of water and is a popular diving spot.
Parque Marino de Cozumel | One mile off the southeastern coast, Cozumel 77600, Mexico
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We went here to snorkel and enjoy the beach. There is no entry fee but you are asked to pay to rent lounge chairs and an umbrella. You can sit at a table for no charge. We enjoyed the large swimming area and found a...More

Thank mgribben
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great tall corral with swim throughs. Magnificent. Great for beginners, 80 feet max on this dive. Strong currents though.

Thank Liz L
Reviewed 5 days ago

awesome clean great visibility lots to see coral fish turtles shark and stingray went to santa rosa reef

Thank Shelly P
Reviewed 5 days ago

We really enjoyed our snorkeling here! The fish were incredible and the water was so clear. We saw fish of all different colors and sizes!

Thank jlgnorton
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a big reef but for snorkeling it is just too deep and not much to see except for far away. We did see a small green sea turtle and quite a few fish, nothing spectacular that we haven't seen snorkeling before. I think...More

Thank DOUG H
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were lucky to see 5 turtles on this dive since its the migration season for mating. We dove with Aqua Safari who are one the best dive companies on the island.

Thank DDDSSS123
Reviewed 1 week ago

diverse marine life. Drift Dive, we did 3 dives here and saw green turtles and lobsters, Great Barracudas, snappers. you name it. Check Roberta's Scuba Shack, that's the Dive Shop we booked for our Cozumel trip.

Thank Mehdi-Sebbane
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of 8 loved snorkeling here. Absolutely the highlight of our trip! We saw lots of fish, turtles, stingrays and starfish!

Thank gosuzcole
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of god's greatest gifts is this reef and its splendid aquatic life!!! It is one for your bucket list! With all of it's walls, swim throughs and pinnacles of living coral! Whether you scuba or snorkel there is an abundance of beauty!

Thank Jim L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Made a boat dive with Chili Charters on Tuesday at Palancar Gardens. This reef has short stubby formations and lots of swim thru caves, the coral is healthy and thriving. Yes I would do this dive again.

Thank CajunGato
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22 June 2018|
Response from supersusanita | Reviewed this property |
There are areas of Seagrass... unsure what would constitute an “issue”... Also not sure the restaurant has a name :-)
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
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