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

Dive Palancar/Allegro Cozumel: "Am I the only guy who tells it like it is in Cozumel?", Jun, 2019,

by Shawn McDermott, FL, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 10978 has 2 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 Am I the only guy who thinks the diving currently in Cozumel stinks? Or are you guys a bunch of newbies who think the diving there is just THE MOST? Your comments are appreciated. I do have 850+ dives in Cozumel, most after Wilma (2005?) some before in the early 90s. NOT worth the money anymore. Then again, 2,500+ divers/snorkelers slathered down in sunblock and 25,000/day cruise ship tourists who get off the boat and eat tacos for lunch and use the facilities (sheesh, where do you think it all goes???). My heart pretty much broken about my fave place to dive...
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 San Miguel de Cozumel International Getting There I live in Florida, got to fly north to Atlanta, then back south to Cozumel

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80-84°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-70 Ft/ 15-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 90 max 40 mins step dive
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 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 1 stars
UW Photo Comments FUGGETABOUDIT
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Subscriber's Comments

By Jerome M Hobart in NY, US at Jul 11, 2019 16:13 EST  
I agree, Cozumel isn't what it used to be( the 1990's), but then what dive area is?? Obviously the cruise boats haven't helped any dive destination( Bonaire is an other good example).
By report author: Shawn McDermott in FL, US at Jul 11, 2019 18:32 EST  
1990s? I'm talking the last two years. I have many hours of hi-def (NOT GoPro) video from 2012-2017 that is killer good! Since then NOT. Cozumel has done it to itself. Too much sunblock, too many swim throughs, not enough "hands off" enforcement. Too many cruise ship bozos..the list goes on and on.
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