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

September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Shawn McDermott, FL, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports)
Report Number 5148
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
San Salvador, Grand Bahama, Andros, Turks & Caicos, Jamaica, Grand
Cayman, St. Vincent, Florida, Costa Rica
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits/Time limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
I go back to dive here again and again--seems like my home away from home
these days, since diving off Melbourne Florida is mostly spearfishing
oriented.  I have a timeshare there which allows me to stay at reduced
rates and also gets me a discount at Dive Palancar.  My daughter (22) was
certified there in June and was with me for the first week in September. 
She did 12 dives, I did 22.  There were turtles on most dives, sometimes
5-6 on a dive, one dive had two large green Morays free swimming, one
coming in the opposite direction during a swim-through/cave swim at
Palancar caves.  I spent 20 minutes on my last dive watching a large nurse
shark root around und a coral head accompanied by two black groupers and a
gray one too.  On several dives we encounterd HUGE stoplight and midnight
parrot fish (4-5 ft long), groupers as big as a Buick--well maybe not, but
I swam close enough to one that was larger than my open arm span.  Also big
lobsters, barracuda, 18-in angelfish, even the occasional lionfish.  We saw
seahorses and dragon seahorses, toadfish, grunts, garden eels, flamingo
tongues.  We watched a large octopus perched on a brown sponge morph into
their weird shapes and change colors for about 15 minutes on a late morning
dive.  Most sealife encounters were on the second morning dive, since the
early dive goes to deeper sites.  I love being at around 90 feet and
turning to see the sun coming through the massive and awe-inspiring coral
pinnacles--an almost religious experience for me.  The reefs overall are
returning to their former splendor, Palancar Gardens and a spot they call
Quivones between the northern part of Punta Sur and Columbia most notable. 
A deep dive to Maricaibo was awesome, multiple sharks, huge crabs, turtles,
and COMPLETELY intact stands of seafans, corals, sponges untouched by Wilma
four years ago.  Dive Palancar will let you dive your own profiles if
you're diving with a group minimum 8, it's something they will worn on if
requested.  Their current dive day involves 4 single tank dives at 9:00,
10:30, 1400 and 1530, and two night dives a week.  Dives to Maricaibo and
Punta Sur are done as two-tank dives with surface interval on the boat and
cost $15 extra.  Nitrox is available for $6 additional per tank.  As far as
the hotel goes, The drinks are unlimited and the food is good, I just can't
pass up the convenience of rolling out at 8 am, grabbing breakfast, and
being on the departing dive boat by 9 am.  Nighttime entertainment is
non-existant, but if you're there to dive, what else do you need?  I'll be
going back Nov. 30 for another two weeks. 
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