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

Dive Palancar/Occidental Grand, Sep, 2009,

by Kent & Rachel, TX, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 5229.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas surge
Water Temp to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 100 to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 40 minute dive time or 500 PSI
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments No camera table on boat. Trash can with fresh water(?) rinse....also used for masks....

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Resort and grounds were lovely & clean. Wish we had more of an 'orientation' to meal times and diving. Certain restaurants are only open on certain days & certain times.....some places had buffets which we consistently missed for the first few days. We booked 5 days/2 tank diving. Since we didn't really receive any information upon check in from the dive shop, we were under the impression that we had to be at the dock for the the first (0830) dive and would stay on the boat for the second dive. Not so...After 2 days we realized there was quite a bit of flexibility as to WHICH time we coud dive but you had to schedule the day before.....it WAS nice to wake up late, eat a leisurely breakfast and do a 1030 dive hang on the beach & do an afternoon dive.
Currents were swift but tons of big healthy fish & turtles.
Once we figured out how the resort worked, we absolutley LOVED it....so much so we are going back in the Spring!!
Beward of the con artists at the airport. They will try to get you to spend a day of your vacation touring condos for timeshare. Not what we like to do on vacation. If we wanted a timeshare, we would have one by now!
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