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

Dive Palancar/Occidental Grand: "Dive Palancar lives on!", Oct, 2014,

by Shawn McDermott, FL, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7954.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Florida, Jamaica, Grand Bahama, Abaco, San Salvador, Turks/Caicos, Bonaire, Curacao, Belize, Grand Cayman, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic
Closest Airport San Miguel de Cozumel Getting There Through Miami, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, seasonal from Chicago and other gateways

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 81 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 25 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 80-90' first dive, 30-60' second dive, 3 minute hang time, start ascent with 700psi. Bottom times 45-60 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Rinse bucket reserved for cameras only (I have them put mine in a soft-sided cooler) ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments This was my 4th trip to Cozumel this year, and I continue to dive with Dive Palancar, despite their being replaced at both the Allegro and the Grand by a European operator that rotates new instructors in every 6 months from all over the world. I'd rather dive with guys who have dived these reefs thousands of times, so I book my diving in advance with Dive Palanc ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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