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Dive Review of Dive Palancar/Allegro All inclusive in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Dive Palancar/Allegro All inclusive, Sep, 2006,

by Cindy Cook, Texas, USA . Report 3207.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean; live-aboard Turks&Caicos Aggressor; Bonaire, Roatan, Utila
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 75 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Due to constant current we followed D/master but he let us be as independent as we could/wanted to considering Cozumel is always a drift dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments None really. There was a fresh water bucket dedicated for cameras on the boat. This did not distract from the diving experience at all though.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Allegro was WONDERFUL. The rooms have been updated since the hurricane and were very comfortable.The staff did not hesitate to upgrade us to a room closer to the beach and dive shop. We even did a late check out at no additional cost. The food was basic but reliable. Never got sick,even ate salad, they use filtered water for ice and serve bottled water in the restuarant and provide bottled water in the rooms - we use it to brush our teeth too. They have reconfigured the pool side lunch set up so you order from a menu - a great improvement and the lunch was better than the main buffet. Highly recommend taking thermo cups which the waiter staff did not hesitate to fill. The beach service was also reliable -hardly had to get up from the lounge chair if I didn't want to. Dive Palancar is a WONDERFUL outfit. We paid one of the staff $20 for the week to hump our gear, it was rinsed at the end of our dive day and after the last dive is was throughly washed and hung to dry before having to pack it. We, or course, kept our regulators with us though. All the dive masters are great but we preferred Jorge - he's been there a long time. Alfredo is our second choice. It's also great because the reef is 5-10 minutes away and there are 4 departure time. The night dive was great. They have large comfortable boats and they limit to 8 divers but we usually only had 6. If you are diving a lot buy a package and they will bargain with you and after a couple of dives they tend to put more experienced divers together - this may have something to do with sticking with the same D/Master. Be sure and tip the D/Master who shares the tip with the boat captain - can't believe how many divers never tipped - we have learned that tipping does pay off. We went to town once but really just wanted to dive and relax. You can definitely see the effects of the hurricane on the reef but the marine life was abundant. Saw the biggest shark I've ever seen. I wore a light wet suit because I get cold even in warm water but my husband and most others were comfortable without. The coral was damaged horribly but is already showing rebirth. The hurricane was in a way one of the best things to happen to Cozumel in that it moved the cruise ships further away from the reef. We are going back this year and probably every year as a quick inexpensive dive trip from the Dallas/Fort Worth area-- 2-1/2 hours direct flight and we are on the beach! End of September early October was great - it's the off season and the resort was only about 1/2 full. Can't wait to return.
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