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Palancar Reef Tours

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Palancar Reef
The star attraction of Cozumel Reefs National Park (Parque Nacional Arrecifes de Cozumel), Palancar Reef is a rich underwater landscape ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. Aquatic species thrive amidst these colorful corals, including sea turtles, rays, nurse sharks, barracudas, moray eels, and a kaleidoscope of colorful fish. 

The Basics
A snorkeling or scuba diving excursion is one of the best way to experience Palancar Reef, allowing you to see the area’s robust wildlife and varied coral structures. Some diving and snorkeling tours visit Palancar along with nearby Columbia Reef and El Cielo marine park—a sandy, starfish-filled expanse of blue Caribbean ocean. Other excursions combine snorkeling with a sailing trip or island beach party. Most tours leave from the marina in downtown Cozumel, Palancar Beach (Playa Palancar), or from your hotel pier, while some excursions include round-trip transportation from Playa del Carmen. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Palancar Reef is a must-see attraction for wildlife lovers, families with kids, snorkelers, and scuba divers. 
  • Remember to bring sun protection, a swimsuit, and plenty of water. 
  • It’s a good idea to wear a wetsuit or rash guard while diving or snorkeling to protect against the sun, jellyfish, and rough coral surfaces. 
  • Be careful not to touch or disturb the wildlife. 
  • Evidence of dive certification is required to participate in certified dives. 

How to Get There
Palancar Reef is located off the island of Cozumel near Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The closest access to the reef is Palancar Beach, a laid-back public beach close to the intersection of Avenida Melgar and the Costera Sur. Taxis, car rentals, and motor scooters are the most popular ways to travel on the small island of Cozumel. 

When to Get There
You can visit Palancar Reef year-round, but it’s busiest from December through April, when the weather tends to be sunny and warm. There are fewer crowds during hurricane season (May through October), but be sure to check the weather for storms.

Must-See Dive Sites at Palancar Reef
While snorkelers typically visit the shallowest parts of Palancar’s coral reefs, scuba divers have several world-famous spots to explore. The Palancar Caves are probably the most famous dive site, with huge brain corals and swim-through tunnels. Palancar Horseshoe is another massive formation of huge corals. Less experienced divers can visit Palancar Gardens, a shallower spot with mellow currents.
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Snorkeling

Cozumel Snorkeling Tour: Palancar, Columbia and Cielo Reefs

Sail the shimmering sea on a glass-bottom boat and snorkel at specular reefs off the coast of Cozumel on this half-day guided tour of the National Marine Park. At El Cielo, named after heaven itself, marvel at the sea stars that decorate the sandy ocean floor. Float beside sea turtles at Colombia Reef then plunge into the crystal clear waters of Palancar Reef to discover fascinating fish, nurse sharks and colorful coral reefs. Between sublime snorkeling stops, refresh with complimentary beverages as the warm sun soothes your skin on this unforgettable ocean odyssey.
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Cozumel Reef snorkel: Palancar, Columbia & El Cielo Beach

Thanks to a glass boat, this Cozumel snorkeling trip is the perfect choice for travelers in groups with a mixed interest in snorkeling. Though you head out to three spectacular snorkeling locations known for their active reefs, you can also choose to relax and enjoy looking at the tropical fish, starfish, and more from on board the boat.
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Snorkeling

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Cozumel 3 reefs snorkeling tour

Immerse yourself in the waters surrounding Cozumel and visit three reefs on this guided snorkeling tour. See a variety of coral formations and tropical fish, and get the chance to possibly spot turtles and stingrays. Reef locations include Palancar Reef, Columbia Reef, Paradise Reef, and more. Choose between two different tour durations.
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Scuba Diving

Cozumel Diving Day Trip from Cancun

Experience some of Cozumel's top diving sites on a day trip from Cancun. Certified scuba divers have the opportunity to explore the waters of two renowned diving locations, with weather-dependent visits to Palancar Gardens, Santa Rosa Wall and Tormentos—home to incredible sea life like nurse sharks, angelfish, lobster and barracuda.
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45 FT Cabo - 12 passengers

Avoid the crowds on this private tour of Cozumel on a luxury yacht-style boat. The customizable itinerary lets you see the sights you're the most excited to visit, including sand bars, coral reefs, and good views of the mainland. This tour includes an open bar, fresh seafood lunch, and snorkeling gear for the ultimate in comfort and enjoyment.
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Cozumel Shore Excursion: 3 Reefs Snorkel & El Cielo Experience

Enjoy a hassle-free excursion to some of Cozumel’s most striking natural attractions during this comprehensive full-day trip. Let the professionals deal with the day’s logistics while you relax with a cocktail in the shallows of El Cielo Beach, snorkel at the Palancar Reef off Cozumel, and visit Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park.
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24 ft Sea Ray - 7 passengers

Enjoy the island of Cozumel aboard a private boat with everything you need to enjoy paradise for a minimum of 5 hours. The 24-foot Sea Ray boat fits 7 passengers with all the luxury. Your tour includes snorkel gear, ceviche for lunch, fruit, snacks, beer and drinks. If you are traveling with family, kids or just friends the tour will adapt to your needs. This is the perfect choice to escape the crowds and have a perfect day for just you and your group in the nicest places on the island.Our main focus is to provide a unique and private experience.
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40 ft Sea Ray - 12 passengers

See Cozumel the luxurious way—on a private charter boat exclusively for your family and friends. Visit two snorkeling spots that teem with marine life, away from the cruise ship crowds. Then cruise to a marine reserve where the crew prepares fresh catch-of-the-day ceviche and other snacks for your lunch. Enjoy the open bar, Bluetooth sound system, incredible views, and most of all, time with loved ones.
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Catamaran Cruises

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Cruise along the coast of Cozumel aboard your own private yacht on this personalized excursion, ideal for couples or travelers celebrating a special occasion. Opt to snorkel around the barrier reef or to secluded beaches, far away from the crowded tourist spots. Your captain can suggest stops based on your interests and customize the itinerary to your preferences. Plus, choose from multiple times to best suit your schedule.
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Snorkeling

Cozumel Snorkeling Tour from Playa del Carmen

Combine snorkeling at two fantastic sites on this day trip from the Riviera Maya to Cozumel. After a ferry ride from Playa del Carmen, you’ll take a boat to Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park. Explore the warm waters of this protected coral reserve located off Cozumel’s southern coast. Marvel at the abundance of butterflyfish, parrotfish, snapper and more. Snorkel gear, buffet lunch, refreshments and round-trip hotel transport from the mainland are all included.
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Day Trips

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Snorkel at El Cielo Cozumel

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28 ft, Sea Ray - 10 passengers

Explore the secluded beaches and reefs of Cozumel on a private boat excursion complete with a captain, snorkeling guide, drinks, and fresh ceviche. Booking a private charter lets you enjoy an intimate afternoon tailor-made to meet the desires of your specific group. Plus, having the boat to yourself means you can enjoy a day away from the crowds of tourists on the island or your cruise ship.
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27 ft Bayliner - 8 passengers

Enjoy secluded beaches, picturesque sandbars, colorful reef life, and the company of your loved ones on a private boat excursion along the coast of Cozumel. Ideal for families or friends looking to get away from the crowds of other tourists on Cozumel, this fully customizable tour is tailor-made to meet the needs of your group.
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Catamaran Cruises

35 ft Catamaran - 14 passengers

Enjoy an amazing day in Cozumel on this 2015 brand new and luxury 35 foot Catamaran with interior and exterior sitting. It has a sundeck to enjoy the sun and a comfortable sitting area on the back with shade. This private catamaran is perfect for relaxing with the sound of the water and the sails moving with the wind.If you are traveling with family, kids or just friends the tour will adapt to your needs. This is the perfect choice to escape the crowds and have a perfect day for just you and your group in the nicest places on the island.Our main focus is to provide a unique and private experience.
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Two-tank dive

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