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Address: Parque Marino de Cozumel | One mile off the southeastern coast, Cozumel 77600, Mexico
Activities: Scuba diving
Description: This beautiful reef sits in about 80 feet of water and is a popular diving...
This beautiful reef sits in about 80 feet of water and is a popular diving spot.
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Our favorite in Cozumel!

We dove all four sites on Palancar Reef: Gardens, Horseshoe, Caves and Bricks. Gardens is aptly named - having lush reef formations of sponges, hard and soft coral, with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We dove all four sites on Palancar Reef: Gardens, Horseshoe, Caves and Bricks. Gardens is aptly named - having lush reef formations of sponges, hard and soft coral, with plentiful places for fish and critters to hide. Horseshoe was my favorite - the reef topography was stunning - with tunnels, canyons and arches to explore. Bricks had a mix of... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Nothing to dislike unless you don't like diving! If you are inexperienced with drift diving it may seem a little scary. Good DM's can choose a suitable area according to diver's experience. Much too deep for snorkeling.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Deep, diverse sea life, nice current. Took a very 'rustic' boat with minimal amenities, but worth the trip. Excellent snorkeling. Even better for scuba.

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Marquez, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This was our first dive when we arrived. It was wonderful. The water was clear with abundant sea life to see.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

A must if you are a diver. Many diverse sites along the reef, slow and fast currents make your dives different each time.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Always great diving in Cozumel if you like beautiful coral, high viz, & sea life. Recommend Charro & Sons for diving!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Great for new or night dives lots of fish and coral. This reef is very good for photographers. Good dive after a deep dive

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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Amazing reef, we had wonderful diving and snorkeling on the reef. We had a great day with the divers from Papa Hoggs. Shout out to Rocky - he was excellent!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

First time to dive horseshoe and really enjoyed it. Lots of large reef/coral structures and fantastic swim-throughs.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

These are my favorite dive sites in Cozumel. I love the walls on the deep dives and the fish and coral on the reef dives are fantastic! Huge lobsters, lots and lots of colorful fish, turtles and nurse sharks. I love all the big coral heads and all the swim throughs. Wonderful drift diving!

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