You can take a charter from anyone of the numerous dive shops right on the island but also you can make the trip from the mainland right from Playa Del Carmen it’s just a longer boat ride. Don’t let the boat ride scare you off because in one of my earlier blogs I shared the story of an unexpected encounter with a whale shark on this very boat ride.
As I was saying the Palancar reef offers several different dives that cater to every level of diver.
Aside from the depth it is a relatively easy dive with incredible visibility over 100 feet and almost no current. This site is also highlighted by the abundant healthy corrals to be found. Huge coral formations erupt from the sandy bottom and this is a great place to spot eagle rays, turtles and often time reef sharks. The coral continues to impress as you ascend.
Cleaning stations are a common site and it is always fun to watch the shrimp work their magic by removing parasites from turtles or rays. A very enjoyable dive. My favourite dive on Palancar by far has to be the
Rays, Sharks, Turtles, eels, they are always here for your viewing pleasure. It is a fairly deep dive again over 90’ but it still has little current and offers a diver some excellent visibility. The coral is all very healthy and the local guides do a very good job educating divers on conservation. Gloves are prohibited to discourage touching and buoys are permanently place to avoid anchor damage insuring that the great dive sites on Palancar reef will be available for years to come.
You can easily dive 6-8 dives on this reef and not see it all. I only had 3 dives and when I return I will be sure to explore the reef further. Many a diver count Palancar among the top dives in the world and for very good reason. I would recommend these dives to all.