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The Palancar Reef

Listed under Diving in Cozumel, Mexico.

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This was my first experience of a coral garden. I didn’t realise it was such a literal phrase, believing it to be more of an accepted term for a coral collective. Palancar reef is very garden like. In the clear water against the pale sand, the coral colours are breathtaking as they peek from caves and canyons and from under overhangs before flowering into stretches of garden. After following a wall along I swam though a crevice and came upon a proper garden of bright coral. It was like something out of The Little Mermaid. Fish take a back seat to the coral in many sections but once you get used to it you’ll be looking out for larger life again, a selection of lobsters, crabs, rays and barracudas as well as lots of bright little guys.

Written by  Danny Jones.

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“Palancar Reef”

Again, an area of reef this large will have any number of great dive sites, there are about 40 well known spots used by the guides and dive boats but they’re just the ‘official’ ones. Winding rocky canyons and plummeting crevices and archways make this… Read more...

Written by  Nick Shaw.

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Re: Palancar Reefs Mexico

Do you know of any bungalows around Palancar Reef? Additionally, is there a camp ground around there? I want to go & possibly volunteer with their kids who have autism. They have no services. I need to find an inexpensive place to stay. I will be by myself so would even rent a bedroom from a local. This would give me enough time to look around & decide where I could find a place. Thanks for any info.

The Palancar Reef

An vast display of coral, caves and canyons with visibility up to 230ft, Palancar Reef is on the outer edge of the continental shelf, beside a deep water channel.

There are about 40 different dive locations. The reef is located a mile off shore so you need to dive from a boat. It’s best to go in November or early December because it’s less crowded.

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