ambiance and the height makes the room more spacious. Overall the resort is wonderful and having Dive Palancar on site is a definite plus. Weather was warm and partly cloudy with short afternoon showers.
Dive Palancar, Allegro, July 2000, Mike Karon, Lubbock, TX. Vis: 100-125 ft. Water: 80-86 degrees. Bottom time set but not enforced. Allegro was great, food was the best we have had since going to Mexico yearly. Rooms were plain not too much fun. Resort was very good. Dive Palancar was excellent. Had a great time.
Dive Palancar, Allegro Resort, August 2000, Richard A. Powers, Haslett, MI. Vis: 75-100 ft. Water: 82-84 degrees. Dive restrictions: Time, depth, follow the divemaster. Resort is family friendly. Rooms are comfortable and clean. Staff is friendly and helpful. Food is fair, close to all of the good dive sites. Excellent beach. Dive Palancar is a great operation. Good, stable boats. They try to accommodate requests for dive sites. Current’s mild. Excellent night dive — octopi, pufferfish, crabs, lobsters, eels. Many turtles. Large fish (grouper, nurse sharks, barracuda common.) Jorge and Gustavo are excellent dive masters. Jorge treated our 12-year-old daughter very special. Instructor Alison is great with children. My daughter did the resort course and a shore dive. Then Jorge arranged an ocean dive to Columbia Shallows for us.
Dive Palancar, September 2000, Bob Hill, Apopka, FL. Water: mid 80s.
mostly sunny but some rain and thunderstorms. Seas: mostly calm and flat but one day strong current and choppy seas. Dive Palancar is at all- inclusive resort, Allegro Resort, at the southern end of Cozumel with many of the better and more popular dive sites located within minutes of the boat dock. Dive Palancar is a fairly well-run operation though their sign- up and daily check-in procedure could be streamlined to alleviate having to stand around so much. They have eight boats of various sizes with many carrying no more than 6-8 divers. Return to dock between each dive that was not a problem since they are so close to many good sites. They limit most dives to 130 ft but do permit a couple of deeper dives for experienced divers with computers. Most guides very helpful, knowledgeable, point out photo subjects, but have shortened dives more than would have liked. Dive Palancar “attempt” to group divers on boats by level of experience, however, sometimes get “newbies” on your boat that takes away from the dive. (Diver probably was not truthful about level of experience). Can request a particular Dive Palancar dive guide for each day you dive if there for multiple days. Lack of larger fish, pelagics, etc., smaller reef fish in good abundance and variety. Night dives at Columbia Shallows were awesome. Great variety – many octopi, squid, crabs, big nurse sharks feeding on the reefs, banded shrimp, arrow star, brittle star by the gross, etc. Very good coral structure and health. All dives but night dives more than 60 foot. Water clarity outstanding.
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