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

Dive Palancar/Occidental Grand, Jun, 2007,

by Ed Stevens, TX, United States ( 2 reports). Report 3377.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Japan, France, Honduras, Bahamas, Guatamala, Panama, Florida Keys, Texas Lakes
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 100 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Max. depth 80-90 ft. Dive with small groups. Length of dives 35 to 45 min.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 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
UW Photo 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 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The Occidental Grand was fabulous. Food, accommodations, and service was first class.
The dive opperation was well run and the divemasters were friendly and eager to point out hard to find critters.
There were usually two groups (each with a divemaster) on the boat. The groups were small and the boat was large. Usually, experienced divers were grouped together.
My only complaint was the rigidity of the dive profiles. This is the second year in a row that we dived with Dive Palancar. Last year my wife and I were allowed to remain below until we reached 700 psi. This could sometimes extend the dive time to one hour. This year, the length of the dives were 35 to 45 minutes. All divers in the group were required to accend at that time. We sometimes came up with 1500 to 1700 psi. We found this frustrating. Both of us are very experienced divers and we are good on air consumption. On one dive, the divemaster (Pingo) did set a profile of "remain until 700 psi". This dive lasted for almost one hour.
We saw large nurse sharks, free swimming green moray eels, lots of turtles, beautiful large angelfish, and lots of other reef fish. The corals and sponges were covered with some sand (due to the storms that have ravaged Cozumel). There seemed to be a lack of color.
All in all, the vacation was wonderful and we will return again.
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