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Dive Review of Dive Palancar/Occidental Grand in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

November, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Charles Tache, TX, USA
Report Number 724
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Florida Panhandle, Purto Rico (Culebra), Okinawa, Southern California.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy, rainy  
Seas
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
100   to 125    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 feet first dive, 80 feet second dive.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Occidental Grand is a very nice new 5 star hotel.  Everything is new and
pristine.  Staff was very courteous and helful, and wore lots of smiles. 
Food quality was top notch and good selection.  Mind the dress code when
dining at the specialty restaurants.  This means that men need to bring a
long pair of pants and a sport shirt.

Entertainment was low key.  Maybe this was because they were only open a
matter of weeks.  The pools were cold, and this may be for the same reason
that they had not had time to warm up yet.

Dive Palancar was dissapointing.  The reefs are very close, so you only
have about five minutes to get ready for the dive.  Then, after each dive,
the boat returns to the dock for your surface time.  Then back on the boat
for the rush to the next dive.  When I am on vacation, I don't care for the
"hurry up attitude."  With that said, the boats were miticulously
kept, the briefings were complete, and the staff courteous.  Depth and time
restrictions were enforced, but they were close to the limits on my
computer, so I did not feel restricted.  I would recommend the
"Occidental Grand" but experienced divers may want to utilize a
more "custom" dive operator.
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