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

Dive Paradise/Occidental Grand, Aug, 2003,

by Randall S. Preissig, TX, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 30 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 1259.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Palau, Truk, PNG, Sipadan, Hawaii, Fiji, Tahiti, Bonaire, Cayman, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas currents
Water Temp 84 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 100 feet, 35 minutes or 60 feet for 45 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Very few photographers. Set up is for 2 dive a day tourists.

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 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Cozumel is much more professional and much safer than it was 27 years ago when I first visited. It is still a very good bargain and the coral is in better shape than anywhere in the carribean, including Cayman. A tropical storm 500+ miles away created surprisingly strong currents, much stronger than I have experienced in some 15 prior trips. Some of the quides were not prepared for this, but with this exception, the guides were excellent.
Several nurse sharks, giant parrot fish, octipi, splendid toadfish, and more turtles than Cayman ever dreamed of. The Occidental Grand is all inclusive and has three specialty restaurants as well as an excellent buffet. It's five minutes from Palancar. Four separate dive trips are sceduled each day, plus 3 night dives a week. Special trips to Devil's Throat, etc are regularly scheduled by request.
Overall a very good dive trip and vacation.
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