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Dive Review of Dive Palancar/Secrets Aura Hotel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

November, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Randall S Preissig, TX, US
Sr. Contributor   (29 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
"Very good diving, great value, convenient."
Report Number 8703
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Raja Amphat, Komodo, Thailand, Sipadan, Tahiti, Palau, Australia,
Fiji, Cocos, Galapagos, Caymans, Bonaire, Cozumel, Belize, Etc. 
Closest Airport
Getting There
Direct flights from multiple
cities including Atlanta,
Houston and Dallas

Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay within sight of the dive master.  100 foot limit, but usually not
deeper than 80 feet. 40 minute deep dives and 45-50 minute shallow(usually
drift) dives.
Note:  The ratings below are for Caribbean, not Pacific, diving.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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Good subject matter, especially wide angle, but only a rinse tank on board.
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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4 stars   
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I've been diving in Cozumel for almost 40 years. I've seen what cruise
ships (not all bad) and hurricane Wilma have done, and I can honestly say
that Cozumel is one of the few places where the OVERALL diving experience
has improved over the years--not only more fish, etc., but better dive
boats, safety, hotels and more. We rarely saw lion fish due to successful
culling efforts. I sa ...
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By Oman at Nov 29, 2015 23:10 EST  
Interesting to read the price of the dives which is very cheap even for
Cozumel but I would spend the extra money to actually get longer bottom
times.  Why subject your vacation to the nitrogen limits of the DMs?  If
you are looking for nice long bottom times with amazing DMs and a very safe
operation dive with Scuba Life Cozumel.  For me, I spend a lot of of $$ to
get there and bottom time is priceless, so I say spend the extra money and
dive with a 1st class operation like Scuba Life Cozumel, you will not
regret it.
By jjjrs5 at Nov 30, 2015 10:28 EST  
Thank you. Yes, there are several such operations. I would usually be
looking for less "routine" diving, but I now "only"
dive once a year(after 25 or so trips there) in Cozumel and it's more of a
social event than hardcore diving(note my dive history above). Plus having
an "on site" dive operation has many advantages, not the least of
which is taking care of your equipment(ie, hauling, cleaning and drying
daily) for a modest fee($5/day).  The review was meant to be a service to
less intense divers. There are plenty of reviews in UnderCurrent
identifying dive operators catering to a more intense diver(as I usually
am.  Please see my prior reviews:
You can cut and paste this link or search "Preissig" if
interested.)  Again, thanks for reminding readers of other possibilities.
By jjjrs5 at Nov 30, 2015 10:35 EST  
Omitted from the above report was the hotel:  Aura Cozumel:
Very nice hotel, excellent food, "top shelf" booze available,
very courteous staff.
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