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

November, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Randall S Preissig, TX, US
Sr. Contributor   (27 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 7423
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Raja Amphat, Komodo, Thailand, Burma, Sipadan, PNG, Palau, Truk, Fiji,
Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, Tahiti(including Ringora, Marquesas and
others 0, Ponape, Hawaii, Socorro isles, Cocos, Red Sea, Bonaire, Cozumel,
Belize, Bahamas, Belize, Virgin Islands, Fl. Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All dives were guided and you were instructed to stay with the dive master
at all times. Somewhat stricter than in prior years  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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Only a rinse bucket "for cameras only" on the boat.  Modest air
conditioned "photo room ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Dive Operation
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Shore Diving  
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3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
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3 stars   
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The Occidental Grand Cozumel has been sold to a German company and Dive
Palancar will be replaced by the time you read this review.  So I will
limit comments to things that shouldn't change.  This is a true luxury
hotel, though it has scaled back somewhat in recent years.  I
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By jjjrs5 at Nov 20, 2013 20:32 EST  
The first line should read "over 1,000 dives"
By eagleray at Nov 20, 2013 20:58 EST  
By jjjrs5 at Nov 20, 2013 21:15 EST  
By MayanDiveGod at Dec 01, 2014 05:04 EST  
The Occidental Grand has NOT been purchased by a German company.  Dive
Palancar has been replaced by a German-owned operator, ProDive, which uses
rented overcrowded boats and for the most part inexperienced
instructor/divemasters who do not know the reefs and do not provide the
Mayan/Mexican experience Dive Palancar has provided for over 20 years.  DP
still in Cozumel and will pick up at all hotels,
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