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

July, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Pete Mykytyn, IL, US
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 6160
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Acapulco, Caribbean 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Specific max depths specified at dive briefing; at least 3 minute safety
stop specified  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
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    
3 stars   
3 stars    
This was our 3rd year at Aura but our first with Dive Palancar. Previously,
we dived with Sand Dollar, but they are no longer affiliated with Aura.  We
dived the morning dives with the boat picking us up at the Aura pier at 9. 
We were generally back at Aura by 12:30 or 12:45.  Bottom times averaged
about 45 minutes, but considering almost all divers were on air, not
nitrox, this was not that bad.  Surface intervals were usually at Aura or
another resort, but once or twice we remained on the boat.  Water was
provided, but there was no fruit, etc.  Safety briefings were satisfactory,
divemasters asked divers which sites they preferred to dive, boat
crew/divemasters were professional, courteous, and helpful.  My wife and I
are senior citizens, so we prefer a dive operation that will assist us with
our gear.  We were not disappointed with Dive Palancar.  We took all of our
gear to the small dive office located by the Aura pier the afternoon we
arrived, and we basically never touched it again until we packed our bags
to return home.  The staff had our gear ready each morning, picked it up
from the end of the pier after each day's diving, and rinsed/dried it and
had it ready for us the next day.  The day before we left, one of the staff
members even helped carry our gear from the dive office to our room at
Aura.  Overall, we were very pleased with Dive Palancar and will dive with
them again.
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