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

Dive Palancar/Occidental Grand, Nov, 2002,

by Charles Tache, TX, USA . Report 724.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Florida Panhandle, Purto Rico (Culebra), Okinawa, Southern California.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 100 feet first dive, 80 feet second dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Occidental Grand is a very nice new 5 star hotel. Everything is new and pristine. Staff was very courteous and helful, and wore lots of smiles. Food quality was top notch and good selection. Mind the dress code when dining at the specialty restaurants. This means that men need to bring a long pair of pants and a sport shirt.

Entertainment was low key. Maybe this was because they were only open a matter of weeks. The pools were cold, and this may be for the same reason that they had not had time to warm up yet.

Dive Palancar was dissapointing. The reefs are very close, so you only have about five minutes to get ready for the dive. Then, after each dive, the boat returns to the dock for your surface time. Then back on the boat for the rush to the next dive. When I am on vacation, I don't care for the "hurry up attitude." With that said, the boats were miticulously kept, the briefings were complete, and the staff courteous. Depth and time restrictions were enforced, but they were close to the limits on my computer, so I did not feel restricted. I would recommend the "Occidental Grand" but experienced divers may want to utilize a more "custom" dive operator.
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