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Address: Parque Marino de Cozumel | One mile off the southeastern coast, Cozumel 77600, Mexico
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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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Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs

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So many fish

Great snorkeling and you just float with the current. We saw so many fish it was unreal. The waves were high the dat we went so I got a lot of water in my snorkel and mask but it... read more

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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17 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great snorkeling and you just float with the current. We saw so many fish it was unreal. The waves were high the dat we went so I got a lot of water in my snorkel and mask but it was worth it.

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Hutchinson, Kansas
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We dove the standard 4 Palancar sites this past week, caves, horse shoe, gardens and bricks. All are amazing dives with so many swim thru's. This whole reef system is gorgeous. When in Cozumel, even if you are just on a cruise, a must dive is Palancar reef! There were 5 of us that dove and each one of us... More 

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Halifax NS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I had snorkeled the reef in the past but that had nothing on SCUBA. Hubby and I decided to try the "Discover Scuba" at our resort and the experience of being submerged on the reef was second to none. The reef (we drove the Gardens) is healthy and vibrant. The sea life is abundant and spectacular. A spectacular sight to... More 

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Smooth Rock Falls, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We did a glass bottom boat tour...amazing snorkelling, the best that we have done this far. We saw everything from different coloured fish, stingrays, starfish..it was unreal. The water is so clear..absolutely beautiful.

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Abundant sea life, dramatic walls and good current make this a great dive destination. It never gets stale no matter how often you visit.

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Thank Martin F
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I am a novice dive with only 5 dives in Palancar Reef. 3 times in Palancar Garden, 1 in Palancar Houseshoe and 1 in Caracourio (sic). Nice reef towers and swim through. Not many fish though. I saw rays, turtles, barracudas, lobsters and crabs...

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Thank menudeldia
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved to dive there, Palancar Garden was better to see small fishs, coral reefs and a sting ray. Palancar Caves was better to see turtles, lobsters , barracudas and eventually a nurse shark, some divers spotted it but I didn't, I was taking a shot of a huge turtle.

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Thank Fabiano B
St. Catharines, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

shallow water reef, where we saw sea turtles, moray eels, rays, barracuda, and tonnes of fish! A great place to get in the water to see some fabulous sea creatures!

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Thank JosephFelice
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

They have beautiful nature and I would definitely come they again for the dive even though there is s three dollar entrance fee.

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Joliet, Illinois
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a standard stop for dive boats. It is a nice dive with plenty of reef life - lots of large grey angels, crabs, lobsters and the occasional turtle and nurse shark.

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