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

Dive Palancar/Allegro: "Last year, great. This year not so much.", May, 2017,

by Shawn McDermott, FL, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 9768 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments The last time I'd been to Cozumel before my May 2017 trip was in December'16 when I wrapped up 40 weeks of time down there spread out over 8 trips in '15 and '16. Lots of changes, in only 6 months, the visibility was radically reduced, fish and sea life down by at least 75%, lots of algae, soft corals once brilliantly yellow now a drab shade of gray, and all colors of sponges muted. I live to shoot hi-def ambient light u/w video, but gray cloudy skies on an almost daily basis took my joy away.
Dive Palancar did their usual great job of picking me up from the Allegro's pier on time for my morning dives.
The Allegro's new owners, Barcelo, decided to fill up space in low season with trashy locals and their hundreds of whining children, at prices far lower than non-Mexicans pay. Not a great scenario. I had booked 8 weeks for this trip, but went home 3 weeks early, because of the hotel policy and the rather crummy diving.
Websites Dive Palancar   Allegro

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Jamaica, San Salvador, Grand Bahama, Abaco, South Florida, Florida Keys, Florida Gulfside, Costa Rica, Turks and Caicos (Provo), St. Vincent, Belize, Cayman, Dominican Republic, Bonaire, Curacao
Closest Airport CZM Getting There Flights from Miami, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Charlotte, sometimes Chicago, Detroit

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 25-50 Ft/ 8-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
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 3 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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