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

Dive Palancar/Secrets Aura Cozumel: "Lesser dive sites now emphasized", Nov, 2021,

by Randall S Preissig, TX, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 37 reports with 15 Helpful votes). Report 11756 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments I'll try to emphasize what isn't said in other reports. First, Cozumel is suffering from the same coral decline, thought to be an infection, as is seen elsewhere in the Caribbean. Of course, this is blamed on global warming, but it is obvious that this is a "patchy" disease, often ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Dive Palancar   Secrets Aura Cozumel

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Raja Amphat, Lembeh, Komodo, Alor, Thailand, Sipadan, PNG, BVI, Bahamas, Tahiti, Palau, Chuuk, Ponape, Guam, Australia, Hawaii, Myamar, Fiji, Cocos, Galapagos, Socorro, 3 Caymans, Bonaire, Cozumel, Belize, Etc.
Closest Airport Cozumel Getting There Direct flights from several cities. We went through Houston on SW airlines. A big advantage for scuba divers with equipment is that SWAir allows two free bags. And also NEVER a charge to change your reservation.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 83-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Follow the leader diving, maximum 80-100 first dive and 60 to 70 second dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Day boats with rinse tanks for masks, for cameras, and for other. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Garth Peterson in OH, US at Mar 09, 2023 20:16 EST  
Cozumel has some of the best diving around within a reasonable distance. We had better coral luck in sept. 2022. Secrets Aura was awesome. Flying from Ohio to the Pacifc like I did for Truk, Palau, Indonesia, Komodo etc. has become such a hassle. Drift diving makes it fun in Cozumel. I did however disagree that the guide can use a stainless rod but not an experineced diver. (try staying with the guide when eeryone swarms on a lobster vieiwing and not get blown downstream. Guy from UK, experienced diver was not allowed to use his which I felt was pretty anal (park or not it is the awareness factor that is more important I feeL) as it less or not damage trying to hang onto something strategically. Guide we had also needs to brush up on his frog kick on the swim thru's to avoid stirring up sand. Dave?
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