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

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Randall S. Preissig, TX, US
Sr. Contributor   (27 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 1259
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Palau, Truk, PNG, Sipadan, Hawaii, Fiji, Tahiti, Bonaire, Cayman,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
84   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 feet, 35 minutes or 60 feet for 45 minutes.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Very few photographers.  Set up is for 2 dive a day tourists.
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  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
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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