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Dive Review of RZ Explorers/Park Royal in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

RZ Explorers/Park Royal, Feb, 2003,

by Randall Robertson, GA, USA . Report 369.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Let me start with the dive operation, RZ Exporers operates out of Chankanaab park and on Palancar beach. Our first dive was at Chankanaab the other 4 dives were Palancar beach. They operate only one small boat 6 or 7 divers max plus divemaster. In 4 dives from the Palancar beach operation only one had 5 diver plus 2 divemasters, 4 from another group and myself. On dive had my self and my buddy paired with another pair of divers and 2 divemasters, one dive had my dive buddy and myself with 1 divemaster and finally one dive it was me and a divemaster. The price was competive even including the cost of taxi fair or a rental car to and from Palancar beach. If you take a taxi, you will need to arrange for your return trip with the drive at the time drop off because taxis do not normally stand by at this location because of very low demand. The location is very close to all the best dive sight, 5-10 minutes from Palancar, Santa Rosa, and several other great sights. Charlie was my divemaster for 2 dive and was excellent even though he spoke very little english. I never had to show my C-card or dive log and did one dive to 90' and the rest in the 60-70' range. The service was good as the divemasters changed over the bottles between dives. The dive shop is located on Palancar beach and has a resturaunt and very nice beach facilities. This is the same location Aladora Divers uses as their shore break. Overall, the operation could use some refining and when I dive in Cozumel again, I will look at other dive operators. The owner, Ramon Zapata, was the only person who was fluent in english and often distracted by having to keep track of 2 dive operations as well as working as a divemaster and instructor. This lead to less than great service. As to the location, if you want short boat rides and great great location and operation during your surface stop this is a great spot.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75-150 Ft/ 23-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions We had to follow the dive master.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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