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Review of Palancar Reef

Palancar Reef
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Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs
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Owner description: This beautiful reef sits in about 80 feet of water and is a popular diving spot.
Reviewed February 14, 2014

we dove at palancar gardens and palancar bricks...both excellent dive sites. lots of beautiful swim-throughs.

Thank John K
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

Before you visit Palancar Reef,you will undoubtedly hear a lot of wonderful tales about Jacques Cousteau's visit here,where he- alledgedly- praised the reef sky-high. Well,THAT was in the early 1960s.NOW,50 year+ later,reality is something TOTALLY different!
Mexico,and its Caribbean coast,is definitely worth a visit,but if you're unconscious about the severe degredation of the World's coral reefs,then Palancar Reef will be a PERFECT wake-up call for you! Silt,very little of fish,and even less of healthy coral;DEPRESSING is a mild word....!
-But local governments,in charge of the sins of past ones,have,like Mexico's,so many other problems that they simple cannot deal with a $Billion problem like disintegrating coral reefs.
Besides that,then"tequila-tourists" don't care particularily,as long as the Blue Agave flows....
Mexico IS a true gem in the New World;anyone from the Terras Gringos in North America should at least once visit Mexico.But Palancar Reef? -Only if you want to experience First Hand what stark choices a developing country have to make: let tourists(incl.dive-and excursion vessels)roam more or less freely,and great much needed $$,or limit the visitors,and the income of the local population. On the tour we went on,we saw close to half a dozen other vessels at Palancar Reef,and mind you:the weather overcast,windy;the sea choppy.
For us Palancar was just one of several places on our itinerary for that day,and as other places paid off Big Time(Colombia Reef was a World Class"aquarium"!)we didn't mind thatmuch that Palancar was soooo falsely over-hyped.
So,Dear Fellow Traveller,do be a little aware of too much hype about a certain place;it MAY have been a Wonder years back,but after mass-tourism discovers such a place....Well,I think you understand. So,take care,and don't be discouraged of visiting Mexico,as you will undoubtedly find your very own small jewels,as there's many.But NOT Palancar Reef!

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Reviewed February 12, 2014

Any of the three dive choices are worth the visit. I try to get to Palancar as often as I can. You can never go wrong with this choice.

Thank turcintoon
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

Stingrays, sea turtles, puffer fish, angel fish. Water was unfortunately very choppy when we went out, but it didn't stop everything from just being beautiful. Favorite snorkeling trip so far.

Thank Jbenbyn1
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

It is always great to be back in the Waters of the bib wide ocean and to see how colourful the corals are. In Cozumel the reef is very structured vertically and offers many Little swin thrus, undercuts, tunnels and the combination with White sand planes and the contrast of the deep blue of the Waters. It is real great easy diving.
The southern lobsters (langustos) with their spiny tentacles are among the absolutely biggest in the world, because protected in the marine park.
The vessel of DEEP EXPOSURE is well equipped, with a much better ladder like a stairway than other boats.
Good Food Service with a fantastic Quality of the Guacamole, made fresh on the boat.
Friendly staff, nice Chats.
Highly recommended.

Thank Kurt K
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