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

June, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Ed Stevens, TX, United States (2 reports)
Report Number 3377
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Japan, France, Honduras, Bahamas, Guatamala, Panama, Florida Keys, Texas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max. depth 80-90 ft.  Dive with small groups.  Length of  dives 35 to 45
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
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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