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

July, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Pete Mykytyn, IL, US
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 6618
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Key Largo, Acapulco, Jamaica
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
83   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
700 psi required surfacing.  If a diver became separated from the group,
the diver and buddy should surface rather than try to rejoining the group
due to stronger than normal currents.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
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
5 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 2nd year to dive with Dive Palancar.  Since we were staying at
the Aura resort, their dive operation, including a dive shop less than 100
feet from our room, was most convenient.  We arranged for the dives and
obtained all required forms via email which was most satisfactory.  Most
important to my wife and me was our ability to arrange for the Dive
Palancar personnel at the Aura dive shop to take care of our gear for us. 
They were superb in this capacity.  We dropped off our gear in the
afternoon of our arrival, and we basically didn't touch it again until we
packed it to return home.  Each morning, our skins, wetsuits, and boots
were arranged for us to put on, and the staff carried our BCs, regulators,
and fins, to the boat.  At the conclusion of our dive we placed all gear at
the end of the pier where we disembarked from the boat, and the staff took
care of taking it back to the dive shop, rinsing it, and hanging it up to
dry.  We could not have asked for better service.

The currents were noticeably stronger this year in Cozumel, and this was
pointed out by the dive masters each day we dove.  They endeavored to find
dive sites where the current was less strong, sometimes with some success
and sometimes with less.  On one or two days our two morning dives were
actually very shallow, i.e., less than 60 feet, so bottom times were good. 
At times when the dive was deep, bottom time was less than 30 minutes.  The
current was strong in places such that the dive was more work than fun,
which most likely contributed to faster use of air.  At the same time, the
dive masters were very conscious of diver safety.  The number of divers per
group over our 4 days of diving was 7 or less.  Cold water was available on
the boat as was a separate rinse tank for cameras.
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