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tank about 7 ft. long by 3 ft. wide! Fiesta Americana: Part of pool area under reconstruction; rooms clean and comfortable; bathroom (shower and toilet area) too small. I’m 5’2” and my knees almost touched the wall when sitting on toilet! Staff friendly. Food in restaurants very expensive. Did not eat at hotel but 2-3 times.

Dive Palencar, Allegro Diamond Resort, November 1999, Darlene Shimada, (Trigerfast@aol.com), San Jose, CA. Dive restrictions: deep dive (like 80 ft) first, surface time + shallow dive second w/decompression at 10 ft on deep dive. The diving was real good, nurse sharks (10+feet) and dolphins. Turtles and sea horses. We liked our divemaster, Miguel, but we had one problem with Dive Palencar. My husband bought a T-shirt for $12 on his credit card. When we get the bill, it was for $112. After a few attempts to correct the number of people in our group and who was paying for their own room before arrival, they still had it wrong. They put us next to the sewage treatment plant and our married friends got a room w/twin beds. They never showed a reservation for this couple. We made reservations a year in advance and we had receipts. If you rent a car, check it our first to make sure it is safe. Ours did not have seat belts, the emergency brake did not work, the brakes did not work well and only one headlight worked. The rental company is at Allegro Diamond Resort. (Ph: 011-52-987- 23433, Fax: 011-52-987-25094, e-mail: divepal@cozumel.finred.com.mx, Website: www.dsi.divetours.com)

Dive Palancar, Allegro Resort, April 2000, Richard A. Powers, Haslett, MI. Vis: 75-100 ft. Water: 80-81 degrees. Dive restrictions: Depth, time, follow the divemaster. Resort good for families. Nice beach. Quality of food has decreased. Still plenty of food and can always find something good. Dive operation excellent. Jorge and Gustavo are excellent divemas- ters. Manager Dino handles every- thing. My daughter needed an inflator hose -– they replaced it free. They try to accommodate requests for dive sites close to dive sites -– most only 5-10 minutes. Reefs are in very good condition. Numerous large fish, several nurse sharks, large grouper, turtles, morays, splendid toadfish. Many angelfish, filefish, trigger fish. Currents generally mild.

Dive Palancar, Allegro Resort, June 2000, Bob and Pat Thompson (scuba_thompson@juno.com), Hatfield, PA. Vis: 75 to 80 Feet. Water: 80 to 82 F, calm currents. Fairly new well-outfitted dive boats and knowl- edgeable divemasters who pointed out things that we would have not found alone. The divemaster polled the dive group as to which sites people had already dived and tried to accommodate all. Our favorite dive was La Francesco. The Allegro resort is a beautiful, all- inclusive resort, with plenty of activities for divers and nondivers. The resort is very family friendly and a good value. Our room was showing some wear but the resort is in the process of refurbish- ing the rooms one cottage at a time. Would recommend the second floor rooms as the thatched roof adds to the

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