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Dive Review of Aqua Safari/Palace Resort in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Aqua Safari/Palace Resort: "Nice diving in Cozumel but watch out with cameras", May, 2017,

by Christopher McQuitty, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 9587.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Two days of diving with Aqua Safari at the Palace resort in Cozumel. The dive guides were very safety conscious and gave good safety briefings. Not so much what to expect with the dives but good safety. Drift dives are not my favorite but the reef looks healthy and vibrant. Good numbers of corals and fish. The Palancar Horseshoe dive was excellent! Not a drift dive on our day and the reef was amazing! Really excellent macro stuff as well as great formations and fish life. Overall, a good experience. I didn't bring my camera for boat dives because I was anticipating the usual drift dive and I'm glad I didn't because boat facilities are nonexistent for them. We did several shore dives in addition and there was great photo action close to shore in under 20 feet of water next to the resort. Very good macro stuff, lots of juveniles, octopus, eels, etc....

Palace resort had nice accommodations, rooms were spacious and nice. The food was fine but not excellent and very much targeted to the US cruiseship tourist - not much seasoning. Would really benefit from allowing some Mexican cuisine to shine through.
Websites Aqua Safari   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Belize, Bonaire, Costa Rica, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Aruba, Cozumel, Cancun
Closest Airport Cozumel Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 81-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 70- Ft/ 21- M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Follow the leader with the dive master
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No accommodation for cameras on boats. 4 -5 buckets or coolers on the boat but divers rinsed wetsuits, masks, etc... in all of them. None segregated for camera use and saw one diver rinse a soapy mask in a bucket with a camera in it.
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