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

Dive Palancar/Occidental Grand, Jun, 2008,

by Mike Judd, OR, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 4409.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Lots of places, including Cozumel before this trip
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 84 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Short depths and times
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 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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 3 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments The hotel was a very nice all-inclusive. 5-10 minute walk from room to the dive shop. Divers do all the hauling and cleaning of equipment each day.
Big room and comfortable bed, but it was not such a great idea to have smooth tile floors in a place where there are a lot of divers. Good buffet meals, and the room maids did an excellent job. This hotel is miles from town, so there is not much entertainment other that the evening sing and dance troup who put on a different show each night, same people in diffrent costumes.
The diving was good, not great. Interesting walls, plenty of fish, lots of turtles, interesting reefs and walls. Also nice barracudas and lots of rays in the sand.
Dive Palancar had dive times that were too short and depths that were too shallow. Everythinjg was set for the beginner diver, even if there were no beginers on the boat. Don't believe the advertising about going to Punta Sur and Maricaibo on the south end. The stock answer was "if we get enought people interested". Somehow that never happened, although I met many people who wanted to do it. Cozumel is a great dive value, anyhow.
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