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Dive Review of Dive Palancar/Allegro Cozumel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel South Reefs

August, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Shawn McDermott, FL, US
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports)
Report Number 6215
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Florida E and W coasts and Florida Keys, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Bonaire,
St. Vincent, Curacao, Bahamas San Salvador, Grand Bahama, Marsh Harbour,
Nassau, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, Pacific Costa Rica 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 300    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max depth in Cozumel is by the dive; surface at 700 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Saltwater hold tanks aboard all boats
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
After not having had a camera in the water for...well about forever (I DO
vaguely remember running an underwater photo school in Jamaica at the first
PADI training facility there, SunDiversJamaica, in 1983), I decided to take
a housed Canon ELPH 300HS (an awesome point and shoot camera with a 24mm
(!) lens) with wide-angle adaptor lens and a red bluewater
shoot VIDEO!  After working out inherent problems with internal housing
condensation, I did about 8 dives out of 22 total this trip with camera in
hand.  You can see the results here:  www DOT youtube DOT

OK, well, you've all read my reviews of Dive Palancar in the past, and they
still do a superb job.  At 8:30AM a boat was waiting at the Allegro dock
that took me 1000 yards down the beach to the Occidental Grand, where Dive
Palancar is now located.  All fills were 3000 psi (I generally bring back
1000-1500psi of Nitrox), and I pretty much got to do my own dives, within
the limits of the divemasters, who dive air and are in the water 3-5 times
a day.  I had to put up with the taunts of my divemaster pals who would
prefer I dive sin (without) camera--I just called one of them and told him
about the video, which pretty much speaks for itself.  I did not have a
camera on my last two dives, where we saw probably 7 turtles and six

The Allegro has its own dive operation but I prefer to dive with my friends
at DP. Accomodations there are certainly adequate, the AC worked and the
beds are comfortable.  Drinks at the First Club are killer good, and I also
ate breakfast there every morning instead of at the breakfast buffet.  Food
at the Allegro is so-so, but I do not go there for the food, I go for the
diving!  Going back mid October for 2 weeks, back again Nov. just before
Thanksgiving for 3 weeks.

Contact Dive Palancar in advance by internet, luis_frias at divepalancar
dot com 

If you ask the Allegro they will steer you to the resident dive operator,
and you might not experience the fun of diving with DP.  Tell 'em Chichibe
sent you.


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