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

September, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Shawn McDermott, FL, US
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports)
Report Number 6812
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Florida (WPB/Delray/Boynton Beach/Keys), Jamaica, Cayman, Bahamas
(Freeport, SanSal, Marsh Harbour), Curacao, Bonaire, Costa Rica, St
Vincent, Turks&Caicos 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
90 ft max, 1 hour surface interval  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Dedicated submersion onboard all boats
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
By now, all of you probably think I work for Dive Palancar, but I do not. 
DP is now headquartered at the Grand Occidental but I prefer to stay at the
Allegro with its more laid-back attitude.  Doesn't hurt to have an Allegro
Vacation Club membership, by the end of the year I will have spent 15 weeks
in beautiful Cozumel, where I am known by my Mayan nickname Chichibe.  I'll
do over 100 dives here this year, and I am writing you from the island
right now (November 2012).
DP does its best to be the best.  They've been here going on 20 years, and
their DMs have lots of experience.  Turtles on most dives, spotted eagle
rays, big groupers, small critters--it's all here.  The reefs have
amazingly recovered from the travesty that was Wilma and before that,
Gilbert.  I shoot video underwater, my vids soon to be available on iTunes
as virtual aquarium screensavers.  If you're coming to the Allegro be sure
to book with DP as opposed to the on-site dive operator if you prefer the
Mexican/Mayan experience--the Allegro's on-site operator is a training site
for new instructors who are rotated in every 6 months from Spain, Germany,
the UK etc.  NOT the ultimate Cozumel experience--too many rules, lots of
regulation (zey are German-owned und ve do tings in a regulated
manner)--stick with DP.  I'll be down here for a month in Feb, all of June,
all of September and a month in November/December 2013--c'mon down and
let's go diving!  Tell 'em Chichibe sent you!  
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