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DIVE SITE
PALANCAR CAVES

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Mexico
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Main characteristics

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Access By boat
Current Low current
Depth 10 to 30 m
Life Middle
Experience Unknown
Water temp. 23 to 30 °C
Dive type Cave
Visibility > 30 m
Best dive period All year

ABOUT PALANCAR CAVES

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A mere six miles off the Yucatan Peninsula is the island of Cozumel, also known as the “Island of the Swallows”. Although rather small at a mere 188 square miles, the island itself has become a very popular getaway for vacationers who want to play on the beach, soak up the sun and enjoy the wonderful offerings that this island has to give.
However, scuba divers have found plenty of reasons to visit the island as well. Cozumel sports a number of excellent dive sites that attracts thousands of divers every year. Thanks in part to the Meso-American reef system, which is the second largest of its kind in the world. Cozumel offers plenty of places for divers to explore such as the famed Palancar Caves. There are few dive sites as wondrous as the Palancar Caves in Cozumel. They offer a fascinating experience for scuba divers who get to explore the underwater tunnels and caves that line the region.

Essentially, you are surrounding by the walls of the ocean as you explore the caves and tunnels that dot the area. A huge bonus is that you can see many different forms of ocean life that range from eagle rays to sea turtles in their natural habitat. You might as well see Damselfish, Grouper, trumpetfish, Bar Jacks and Hawkfish.

Most of the tunnels and caves are part of coral formations that have grown over millions of years and have created a rather unique diving experience. At the bottom of the coral formations is sand which features a number of marine life as well along with the various rocks and such that line the ocean floor.
Overall, the uniqueness of the experience plus that abundant marine life has made the Palancar Caves one of the top destinations for scuba divers in the region. A truly unique place where divers can explore and be surrounded by ocean life.
The dive itself ranges from 10 meters at the top where the coral formations reach down to the 30 meters level at the bottom making a moderate to deep dive depending on the level that is being explored. However, most of the action takes place between 18 and 25 meters, so this particular dive is recommended for intermediate level divers only.
However, divers who are novices can still enjoy part of the experience if they stay above the 18 meters levels and swim in groups. The visibility and ocean currents are conducive to diving in this area, although anyone who explores caves and tunnels will need to be fully aware of their surroundings at all times.

This text is for information purposes only. It has been written by members of the website and can be inaccurate. Always contact local professional divers before diving.

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Mexico, Cozumel (Lon : -87.0271 Lat : 20.323)
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Salty Endeavors Dive center
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RAY DIVING COZUMEL Dive center
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Maple Leaf Scuba Dive center
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nandocave Dive center
Mexico, Playa del Carmen
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RAY DIVING COZUMEL RAY DIVING COZUMEL rating (0 vote) 20.74 km View
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