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Palancar Reef

Parque Marino de Cozumel | One mile off the southeastern coast, Cozumel 77600, Mexico
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Ranked #2 of 86 attractions in Cozumel
Type: Reefs
Activities: Scuba diving
Traveler Description: Palancar Reef is a beautiful thing to see when visiting Cozumel.....The reef has coral out crops that tower 20-30 feet out of the sand, swim throughs... more »
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Another great dive spot. Lobster, turtle, eel etc. Not sure if it was this location, but we did see some reef shark as well which was pretty cool. Dive with Martin.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Eagle Rays, Turtles, Morey eels, amazing coral and more fish than you possibly imagin. Drift dive, so you don't have to use all your air swiming.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Palancar Reef offers both novice and experienced divers all they could want, from plenty of marine life to colourful coral formations, wall dives at Santa Rosa to underwater canyons at Palancar Gardens. Just got certified after diving Palancar for the 3rd year in a row; can't wait to return.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Our guide was very funny and very energetic person. We had very good time with him. Overall snorkeling was good and plenty but not same what we seen in Roatan Honduras. In Cozumel reef is too deep and colours are not so much visible for only snorkeling.

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Lots of large and small marine life and a very good dive for kids/beginning divers. I did 12 dives and this one was probably the best in terms of diversity of species and health of reef.

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We took a snorkelling tour from Playa Palancar and had a great time. Groupers, Eagle Rays and beautiful coral.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Whether you go to Palancar Horseshoe, Bricks, Caves, or Gardens, you are in for a beautiful dive. The coral formations tower above and below you and you are very likely to see some of the larger marine life here...in the winter months the eagle rays are common. My husband and I love all the swim throughs on these sites!

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Barrie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The Palancar Caves site (not really caves, more like open cavern's with awesome swim-throughs) is probably one of the most impressive reefs you will ever dive on. Love this site!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Dove here a couple times, always something new to see. Good depths for less-experienced divers (like my girlfriend) but lots of variety of fish, structure, sponges, etc. Current was not bad to deal with at all. Good fun.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We snorkeled here with Fury - saw great fish, sea turtle, huge lobster, and a massive eagle ray that was spectacular.

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