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

Dive Palancar/Allegro Cozumel: "Is it over for Cozumel? PROBABLY", May, 2019,

by Shawn McDermott, FL, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 10951 has 4 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 1 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Been saying it for two years now, but now Cozumel, with its dying reef infrastructure and meager fish population, is in perilous condition. All Brain Coral now sport white patches, dying star coral and vanished yellow soft coral at Horseshoe evidence of dire conditions. Water was a milky blue maybe 75" of vis but not up to what I remember as recently as a couple years ago. I did 20 dives, not a single one with the clear blue cloudless days I remember, I only put a camera in the water on three of those dives. No big grouper, small barracuda, few angels even--forget about sharks, saw one or two. Maybe six or eight turtles in all 20 dives. Casablanca reef to the north going into Cedar Pass dead, Cedar Pass the same. Maybe 10% of former fish population? Maybe less. Lots of algae and sand on everything. Now, when you're putting 2,000+ people in the water every day (probably more) most of which are slathered down in sunblock...and you increase the island population by 30% every day from cruise ship passengers who all eat tacos for lunch and pee (or more) into the drainage system you get...decreased fish population and dying reefs. It breaks my heart to say it favorite place to dive is no more.
Websites Dive Palancar   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Jamaica 300+, San Salvador, Grand Bahama, Abaco, South Florida 2, 000+, Florida Keys, Florida Gulfside, Costa Rica, Turks and Caicos, (Provo), St. Vincent, Belize, Cayman, Dominican Republic, Bonaire, Curacao, 850+ in Cozumel
Closest Airport CZM Cozumel International Getting There Never easy from Florida. I fly Melbourne>Atlanta>Cozumel.

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-70 Ft/ 15-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 45 mins at 80ft 3 min hang time
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 1 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Fuggetaboudit
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