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

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Wayne McNab, TX, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 5176
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Belize, Cayman, Cozumel, Cuba, Flower Gardens, Gulf Rigs, Oahu,
Kauai, Red Sea, Roatan, Utila
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
     Diving with 'Living Underwater' was great.  This was the best diving
I've done in Cozumel, and all it was all due to Jeremy & his crew.  
     Steel 120's for the guys and steel 95's for the ladies, the only way
to dive.  85+ minute dives all the time.  All the usual spots plus
Maricaibo and Devil's Throat!  They picked us up at the dock and took care
of our gear until the last dive.  Drinks & snacks on the boat, plus our
surface interval was taken on Palancar beach.       
     The boat holds 8 divers max and is very fast.  Jeremy is a great dive
guide and was very good at finding critters.  I can't praise him enough. 
After this trip, I can't imagine diving with anyone else in Cozumel.  
     The Occidental Grande is a beautifully landscaped Eco-Resort nestled
in the Jungle on the southern end of the island.  You walk across a small
wooden bridge to access the sandy beach, large pool, and beach-side
restaurant.  The rooms were very nice, though the air conditioning was less
than effective.  There were colorful iguana's hanging around the resort,
and swarms of mosquitoes at sunset.
    It is an 'All Inclusive' resort, and although the food was OK, it was
never great.  Breakfast was served at 7:00 AM, and was probably the best
meal of the day.  All you could drink too, with a bar at the pool and
beach-side restaurant.
    I'd stay there again if nothing else for it's proximity to the dive
sites.  We often came up from our second dives with less than a 5 minute
trip to the dock.
    Watch out for the Time Share salesmen.  They're everywhere, from the
airport to the resort.  They will hound you to death if you give them a
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