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

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Mike Judd, OR, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 4409
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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