Palancar Reef

Cozumel, Mexican Caribbean

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Dive Palancar Reef


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 and other typical coral reef species.

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Caitilin June 29th, 2013 - 22:15:
Diving on this site is like nothing I have experienced before. The coral heads tower over everything surrounding it, making it appear more like a forest than a garden. The wildlife can be scarce here but it is so simple to marvel at all of the coral that it does not seem to matter. The location also has a large amount of swim throughs that add to the massiveness of the coral heads. Very special dive and a must do in Cozumel!

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