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Diving in Cozumel
Allegro Cozumel Resort provides a gateway into the dazzling marine sanctuary of Cozumel’s waters making it a superb choice for Cozumel dive vacations. The beautiful island was visited in 1964 by Jacques Cousteau, who helped established the area as a globally recognized remarkable scuba diving location.
With ideal water temperatures from 78 F to 85 F, an average visibility of 100ft+ and currents of 1-2 knots, it creates the perfect environment for a huge variety of species, and is home to over 25% of all marine life.
Ultimate Dive Experience at Allegro Cozumel
Guests staying at Allegro Cozumel Resort have a new option to make their vacation even more exciting with the exclusive Ultimate Dive Experience.
They can enjoy a unique and complete VIP experience which includes upgraded accommodations, within an exclusive section of the resort featuring a VIP lounge overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
Ultimate Dive Experience Amenities
- Ultimate Dive Experience accommodations include a collection of 36 rooms featuring services and amenities catering exclusively to the avid diver.
- Accommodations are in a privileged location on the resort close to the beach.
- Exclusive lounge to relax with beautiful ocean views.
- Access to four daily dive departure times: 8:00am, 10:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. 24-hour advance reservation required.
Ultimate Dive Experience* Exclusive Benefits
Ultimate Dive Experience* Exclusive Benefits
- 1 Free Dive tank** per day (reservations required)
- Exclusive check-in/check-out service (9:00am - 5:00pm)
- Exclusive “Ultimate Dive Experience” guest ID bracelet
- Special Wetsuit Drying Rack in room
- 32” Flat Screen TV with DVD player
- Multi-media docking station in room ¥ Stocked mini-bar replenished every two days
- Free Internet Access Point
- Exclusive pool area
- Self-service bar (12:00pm - 8:00pm)
- Preferential à la carte restaurant reservations
- Complimentary afternoon snacks
- Additional tanks at $37usd
What sea life should you expect to see?
Over 4,000 different species of fish, 700 species of coral, and thousands of other plants and sea life can be found in the dive areas close to the resort, below we name just a few:
FishSeveral species of colorful fish find home in the reef. It is very common to see Angelfish, Parrotfish, Damselfish, Butterflyfish, Squirrelfish, Wrasses, both in their adult and juvenile forms. Among the silvery fish that are found you can see barracudas, needlefishes, large schools of jacks and porgies either resting in the reef or swimming along the walls.
CrustaceansShrimps, crabs, lobsters, and other crustaceans find protection from predators in crevices or between coral branches.
Sponges & CoralsThe characteristic tropical multi-colored landscape is created by Vases, Barrels, Tubes, Ropes, Sea Fans and SeaRods, in colors ranging from brown, yellow, red, orange, purple and green.
TurtlesHawksbill are the most commonly found, however you can also spot the green turtle and loggerhead turtle. During summer they migrate the East side of the island to lay their eggs.
Sharks & RaysSouthern stingray and yellow stingray are seen in the sandy bottoms, and during the winter you can find the eagle ray. The nurse shark is commonly seen under ledges and you have to approach slowly if you donÕt want to scare them.
Splendid ToadfishEndemic of Cozumel, it has bright yellow fins that contain distinctive patterning, and its head is covered with dark and white stripes, found in crevices and depressions under coral layers.
Popular Cozumel Dive Sites and Attractions
Renowned for diving, Cozumel offers a variety of conveniently close, yet extremely impressive dive locations, frequented by snorkeling novices and dive experts alike. Featuring some of the world’s most spectacular under-water ranges, the reefs of Cozumel are known for their magnificent walls, towering coral pinnacles, underwater caves and swim-throughs.
With some of the greatest dive sites only 5 to 10 min away from the Allegro Cozumel Resort, a Cozumel dive vacation with Allegro is your very best choice.
Meso-American Barrier Reef
Cozumel’s reef forms part of the second largest reef formation in the world, the Meso-American Barrier Reef declared a National Marine Park on July 19, 1996. Offering a breath-taking experience, the reef covers an area of more than 11,000 hectares; this area includes most of the western side of the island, between Villa Blanca & Chiqueros Point.
Experience Palancar Reef, the world’s second longest barrier reef and most famous in Cozumel. The coral formations creating Cozumel’s reef systems cover a total area of approximately 17 square km, with two distinct types of formations, the platforms and the edge reefs.
Platform reefs have their foundations or bases rarely exceeding a depth of 30-50 ft. Perfect examples are Colombia Shallows, Yucab or Cedral Pass.
Edge reefs are characterized by continuous structures rising into coral peaks high above the edge of the drop off, and extending to as much as 180ft below the surface. These formations are mainly found in the south of the island with perfect examples seen at Palancar, Santa Rosa and Punta Sur.
San Francisco Reef
35 to 50 feet, skill level: Intermediate. Rich with marine life and lots of juveniles. Expect to find one of the shallowest wall dives around.
Santa Rosa Wall
40 to 130 feet, skill level: Intermediate. A wall that slopes to a nearly vertical drop off into the abyss, lots of barracudas, groupers and schools of horseye jacks.
Paso de Cedral
35 to 60 feet, skill level: Intermediate. Spectacular cavern, strong currents, coral formations with lots of grunts and porkfish schools, and sandy patches where you can find the endemic splendid toadfish.
50 to 90 feet, skill level: Intermediate. Usually strong current present, several hills separated by sandy patches where you can find rainbow parrotfish, groupers and sharks.
30 to 70 feet, skill level: novice. Innumerable swim-throughs and crevices through the reef, harboring an incredible variety of marine species.
40 to 75 feet, skill level: Intermediate. Plenty of crevices protecting an incredible variety of fishes, turtles and sharks.
30 to 70 feet, skill level: Novice. Beautiful dive with plenty of color and many nice swim-throughs, the reef consists of lots of coral and sponges that create brilliant rainbows of color.
25 to 125 feet, skill level: Intermediate. Amazing wall with the shape of a horseshoe, where you can see at 80ft how the coral formations go all the way up to 25ft.
60 to 90 feet, skill level: Intermediate. One of the healthiest walls of all, you have pinnacles, swim-throughs, and for most of the dive you are diving between walls.
40 to 100 feet, skill level: Intermediate. Has taller coral pinnacles, is not a continuous wall, rather wall parts separated by sand slopes, as you move to the north the formations keep getting bigger and longer.
40 to 100 feet, skill level: Intermediate. Huge coral pinnacles and a very impressive drop off, you will find after a sandy patch, a shallow reef, which has 55ft maximum depth and 35ft on the top, excellent area for finishing the dive.
35 feet max, skill level: Novice. This is one of the best shallow dives on the island, huge variety of marine life and many coral heads, which can be as shallow as 15ft, making this site a long safety stop.
70 to 130 feet, skill level: Advanced. This is diving for the experienced with the reef starting at 70ft, you will find the best areas between 100-120 ft. Here you have the famous “Devil’s Throat” tunnel that starts at 90 feet and takes you out into a sunlight opening at 130 feet on the wall.
90 to 140 feet, skill level: Expert. This southernmost reef is exposed to current and topside surf. Walls start at 90 feet, covered with orange elephant ear sponges, sheet coral & black coral.
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