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

Dive Palancar/Occidental Grand, Nov, 2013,

by Randall S Preissig, TX, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 30 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 7423.

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, Caymans,
Belize, Bahamas, Belize, Virgin Islands, Fl. Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas
Water Temp 82 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
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
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Only a rinse bucket "for cameras only" on the boat. Modest air conditioned "photo room ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By Randall S Preissig in TX, US at Nov 20, 2013 20:32 EST  
The first line should read "over 1,000 dives"
By Dave Eagleray in ZZ, ID at Nov 20, 2013 20:58 EST  
Fixed.
By Randall S Preissig in TX, US at Nov 20, 2013 21:15 EST  
Thanks.
By Shawn McDermott in FL, US 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, www.divepalancarmexico.com
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