Deepwater Seafans at Palancar Gardens

 

     "One of Nature's Hidden Treasures"

 

Red Spotted Hawkfish at Palancar Gardens

 


Palancar Gardens reef

Depth 30'- 80'

Experience level. Novice - Intermediate. Usually done as a first dive. Current is usually moderate. It is a nice wall dive with optional swim throughs.

The drop should be done over the shallow sandy area, then head away from shore to the wall. There are towering rock spires and cliffs that are covered with Gorgonians and sponges.

While the fish life in this area is not as great as other reefs such as Paso de Cedral, the tall coral formations and the plants and creatures attached to them make this a memorable dive. You will start to encounter larger numbers of fish as you start to end the dive in shallower water as you swim above the coral heads at about 30'.

 

On any reef in Cozumel you can see any fish or animal at a given time. Below is a general guide.

 
common
occasional rare
Damselfish
x  
Barracuda
  x
Grouper/Coney
x  
Scrawled Filefish
x  
Honeycombed Cowfish
  x
Spotted Drums
  x
Spotted moray eels
  x
Angelfish
x  
Butterflyfish
x  
Sea Horse
  x
Parrotfish
x  
Scorpion fish
  x
Splendid Toadfish     x
Grunts and Snappers
  x
Turtles
x
   
Nurse Sharks
  x
Eagle Rays
  x
Black Groupers
x  
Green Moray Eels
x  

 

 

Check out the photo gallery which shows photos of this reef

 

 


Images from Palancar Gardens reef


Gorgonians - Orange Deep Water Sea Fan

 

Mero

ube Sponge and Star Coral

Tube Sponge and Star Coral

 

Spotted Cleaner Shrimp

 

 

 
       

 

 

 

Blue Chromis

Yellowhead Jawfish

 

Barred Hamlet

Hawksbill Turtle

Hawksbill Turtle