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Dive Review of Dive Palancar/Occdental Grand Cozumel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel southern reefs

Dive Palancar/Occdental Grand Cozumel: "Cozumel in August/September--Is this Dive NIRVANA?", Aug, 2015,

by Shawn McDermott, FL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports). Report 8397.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Jamaica, San Salvador, Grand Bahama, Abaco, South Florida, Florida Keys, Florida Gulfside, Costa Rica, Turks and Caicos (Provo), St. Vincent, Belize, Cayman, Dominican Republic, Bonaire, Curacao
Closest Airport San Miguel (CZM) Getting There Only a handful of direct flights: Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 100 to 300 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions no deeper than 90, minimum 45 minute SI, 2nd dive no deeper than 60, 3 min hang time. But nobody got read the riot act if any "rules" were violated
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools 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 Dedicated camera soak barrel on each boat. My Nauticam Housing gets a good soak in fresh water back in the 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 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments This was my third trip to Cozumel in 2015, and after my 4th trip in Nov/Dec I will have spent five months there. I usually stay at the Occidental Allegro Cozumel, but because of low occupancy, I checked into the Allegro and was transferred to the Grand after one week. The Allegro offers much easier diving, I can roll out of bed at 0730, have breakfast at the beachside Club, and be ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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