Palancar Reef

Palancar Reef, Cozumel: Address, Phone Number, Palancar Reef Reviews: 4.5/5

Palancar Reef
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This beautiful reef sits in about 80 feet of water and is a popular diving spot.
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WendyKw444
6 contributions
Ruffino is our guy, he helped made our family trip to Cozumel very memorable. He works from the Travel Guide window at the airport. His side hustle is signing up folks to learn about Occidental Vacation Club (OVC) and can get you some sweet deals on excursions if you sit through a presentation.

That said, even if you are not interested in OVC, Ruffino can get you great deals on excursions; he has a lot of connections on the island. We had seven in our party and we were there for two weeks.

He booked us a private charter for deep sea fishing where our daughter reeled in a barracuda, a snorkeling catamaran tour to see starfish, stingrays and beautiful coral, ATV adventure with all inclusive lunch and open bar at a beach, and a steak and lobster dinner on a pirate ship. He also hooked us up with a great prices for Jeeps one week and a minivan for the second week.

How he works is you text him two days ahead for an excursion you would like that he has previously quoted for you, he then comes to where you are picks up cash (pesos or USD) and takes it to his contacts. He then gives you very detailed and accurate info on where to meet and who to ask for on each excursion. He went above and beyond to make things run smoothly.

He was very timely, and showed up when he said he would. He is a family man and very kind. Ruffino gave me permission to list his phone number here: +52 987 116 4618. Please consider reaching out to him on your next trip to Cozumel and let him know Wendy sent ya!
Written March 11, 2022
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ChipGoodhart
Harrisburg, PA54 contributions
Couples
Alberto’s Reef is the best dive I have made in Cozumel in over 20 years. Eels, sharks, an extremely aggressive and hilarious Queen Triggerfish made has made this my new favorite here. I can’t wait to return.
Written February 16, 2020
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Jennifer S
Seattle, WA11 contributions
Prettiest coral reef I have ever seen anywhere. Arches, colors, fish - like drifting through an aquarium. Not for snorkelers though - too deep. Important to remain a courteous diver and be a fellow ocean steward, as this area can get crowded with divers.
Written May 26, 2021
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Philip P
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
It is so disappointing and sad that these reefs are pretty much dead. A few fish here and there. Almost not color and nothing living. The area is so overrun with tourist traffic from the cruise ships and the 30k of people they bring every day, along with the motor boats and the careless scuba divers who break off pieces for souvenirs. I guess it didn't have a change, Meanwhile the glossy brochures and fancy websites show picture from 20 years ago when it was a spectacular place to dive. Can't blame the locals trying to make a living taking folks out on snorkeling and scuba trips but it is really a rip.
Written April 17, 2021
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PK
Naples, FL99 contributions
worst snorkel trip we've ever taken. The boat was an hour late picking us up. They crowded too many people on boat. And when we finally got into the water, they made us swim AGAINST the current vs drift with it. Poor planning. Plus the photographer was feeding the fish for photo opps rather than actually trying to SEE fish! I wish I could tell you the boat company, but it was booked by others.
Written January 3, 2022
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Michael M
7 contributions
Staying at Iberostar Cozumel is wonderful. The service, the food, the surroundings, the everything. And so, taking a snorkel trip, with the Dressel Divers promised to have the same standard. It did. But, there was much more. When we went snorkeling, we shared a large boat with scuba divers, one of them was confined to a wheel chair. The Dressel team treated him with courtesy, professionalism, and respect. He is a brave man, this scuba diver, who was disabled. I spoke with him briefly, and he had 'been down' over a hundred times. As he was going to the back of the boat he said: "We are free down there!" The team helped him,but did not fuss about him. Yes, the service was excellent, but this was much more than service, it was human kindness.

Later our snorkel leader, Akatzin, took us over where the disabled man was diving. He was upright moving over the sandy bottom.

After we were finished, Akatzin, took my equipment and packed it for me. He did not need to do it. He just did it. I never expected a snorkel dive to be a life-lesson in giving.
This Dressel team provides much more than service, a lot more.
Written February 1, 2020
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Laddie39
Morelia, Mexico12 contributions
Family
We’ve been snorkeling for many years now, but Palancar is simply in a category by itself. The variety of species is awesome. I would recommend getting some practice with the equipment in before venturing Palancar, although our son and thirteen year old grandson took it on as a first time snorkeling trip and were impressed without being overwhelmed.
Written August 15, 2020
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Jocelyn Deutsch
17 contributions
Family
Cozumel’s beaches for the most part are not the long white sand beaches we have visited on other islands so we were happy to see a long stretch of sand at Palancar beach/ beach club. Kids enjoyed jet skiing, snorkeling and a pretty decent lunch. Paid $5 per person to use a lounge chair. You couldn’t really reach the reef from the beach, but there were plenty of boat excursions offered for $25 to take you out there.
Written January 4, 2020
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tonypusa
Seattle, WA107 contributions
Palancar caves was #1 out of the 6 dives I did in Cozumel last week.

Saw a massive eagle ray.

The swim throughs and formations were awesome. The coral was exquisite.

It is getting crowded though, tons of divers. I know, my presence wasn't helping, I was part of the problem.

But Mexico man, their government people must be inept/lazy, there was no one examining the national park bracelets we had purchased. I'm sure there were scuba divers there without the right registration and the total exceeded the allowed numbers. Even our dive instructor was complaining.

And apparently they allowed the locals to hunt the lobsters in the past few years (due to declined tourism during Covid.) I kinda get it, but that's killing the golden goose. One really wishes the Mesoamerican reef was protected by a better government.
Written April 16, 2022
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Rose M
Houston, TX343 contributions
This was always a great stand by. There was a lot of green and pretty coral. It is now covered with what appears to be sand, as though it's dirty. It isn't healthy. There weren't turtles as there were always. They have closed Cedral Wall and Paso Cedral. This reef had been closed but it obviously did no good. There have been too many cruise ships and all inclusive resorts dumping waste into the waters. The government closes the reefs to divers, but not to the principle producers of the pollution.
Written March 21, 2021
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