Palancar Reef

Palancar Reef is a large coral reef on the southwest side of the island of Cozumel and is part of the Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park. The site, popular with scuba divers, is divided into several sections based on depth and coral formations. Dive depths range from 50 to 110 feet (15 to 34 m), with coral swim-throughs in many places.


Dive locations

  • Palancar horseshoe
  • Palancar caves
  • Palancar gardens
  • Palancar shallows
  • Palancar deep


On September 23rd 2019 the Natural Protected Areas Commission (CONANP) announced that it is temporarily closing a section of the reef from Palancar Gardens all the way around the south tip of the Island. The closure is planned to be in effect from October 7th 2019 to December 15th 2019, at which point they will re-evaluate the health of the reef.

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