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

Dive Palancar/Allegro Cozumel, Aug, 2011,

by Shawn McDermott, FL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports). Report 6215.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 100 to 300 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max depth in Cozumel is by the dive; surface at 700 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments Saltwater hold tanks aboard all boats

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 filter...to 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 com/watch?v=yKt-28O9XNg

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 sharks.

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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