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“Beach OK, reef beautiful” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Palancar Reef

Palancar Reef
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$50.99*
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Caribbean Combo - Sailing, Snorkeling and Sunset
Ranked #1 of 158 things to do in Cozumel
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This beautiful reef sits in about 80 feet of water and is a popular diving spot.
Martin, Tennessee
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Beach OK, reef beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

We took a cab ($25 each way) from the International Cruise Terminal to Palancar beach hoping to do some snorkel from shore. There is very little there to see on your own, but you can book a snorkel trip to Palancar and Columbia reefs from a stand on the beach (+- $45 per person). Both places were very beautiful and the snorkeling was super easy (you drift over the reefs). The guide was helpful and attentive to the needs of the children in our group. During our excursion we saw turtles, rays, small black tip sharks, crabs and a plethora of fish. Prior to our departure from home, I tried to book a two tank dive, but all operators who catered to cruise passengers were booked to capacity, so we had to snorkel. However, on our snorkel trip there was one diver and he was only about 20 feet below us. All he saw, we saw as well, since the reef is in fairly shallow waters. The beach itself is only OK, but if you head left from the entrance, you can entertain yourself with the family of raccoons and peacocks, which hang around the back waiting for the bar owner to feed them.

Visited January 2013
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North Glengarry, Ontario
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“Thumbs up for Palancar”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

I dove Palancar 19 years ago and I did 2 dives on the reef last week with Pro Dive Mexico - one along the pallisades and the second one in the caves. I was delighted to see that the coral is still in great condition.

Lots of big marine life: reef sharks, turtles, morays, and eagle rays; and the coral heads were alive with the smaller, colourful fishes and other sea creatures.

Visited January 2013
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Houston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“6 Sharks and lobsters!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

My husband and son went scuba diving on Palancar while I snorkelled with the little kids. We saw several reef sharks and some of them came a little too close for comfort even! Very exciting! We also saw stingrays and several species of fish. Palancar is a great spot! Beautiful coral reefs and the scuba divers got to swim through the large coral formations. They saw lobsters, the aforementioned sharks, stingrays, and sea turtles!

Visited January 2013
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Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Best in the world”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

The diving here is the best in the world. It can be for the beginner to the expert. The beauty is awesome

Visited December 2012
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Amarillo, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Too Cool”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

Nurse sharks, Turtles, Eels, Lobster, too many things too look at! How can you go wrong with a dive like that?

Visited January 2013
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