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

Pro Dive Mexico/Occidental Grand Cozumel: "Nice swim throughs!", Nov, 2016,

by Raymond Haddad, QC, CA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 9336.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The resort Occidental Grand Cozumel is nice. They are currently undergoing major renovations. We got lucky … we got a newly renovated room. The only complaint, which is an important one, is the food! The last three nights we went into town to eat, even though it is all inclusive resort, we just could not eat there anymore.
The dive shop (Pro Dive Mexico) is located on site. Nitrox is “free”, all dives are with a guide (we had a max of 6 divers during our stay), bottom time anywhere between 50 to 60 minutes, 2 dives in the morning, two dives in the afternoon, at times they come back to the dock between dives and night dives are offered on some nights. They have a few boats that they share with their sister resort Allegro which is only a few minutes away. The boats are of different sizes and can hold anywhere between 8 to 16 divers. Not all boats have W/C on board… you know the rest! The rinse tanks for cameras on the boats are small. Enough for a few GoPro’s but if somebody has a “monster” camera c/w lights, you will have a problem! You carry your own gear to the boat, you set up you own gear, you analyze your own tanks, your switch your own tank, you carry your equipment back to the resort, you clean and rinse your own equipment and they provide you with a storage bin. You can for a reasonable price, have a guy carry your equipment to and from the boat and he will also rinse and dry your stuff.
The diving was good for the Caribbean. I have been a bit spoiled lately by diving in Palau, Fiji, Indonesia Maldives, and Philippines. All are drift dives with a variety of current… nothing crazy when we were there. We did quite a bit of swim- throughs. We saw: eagle rays, nurse sharks, eels, lobsters, crabs, toad fish, huge French angel fish, sting rays, one scorpion fish, barracudas, turtles and all the standard other fish. We only saw very few lion fish which were very small.
The only complaint is that at times in our group, we would have one diver on air. He/she would be OK for the first dive but with an interval of 45 minutes between dives, he/she half way through the second dive was hovering at +/- 20-25 feet along with the dive guide. During this time, the dive guide would not be with the rest of the group helping us find special critters! PADI should include the Enriched Air class while getting your open water certification.
Websites Pro Dive Mexico   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Belize, Honduras, Australia, Palau, Fiji, Indonesia, Turks & Caicos, Maldives, Philippines
Closest Airport Cozumel Getting There I got a direct flight from Montreal

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas currents
Water Temp 78-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 50 to 60 minutes, follow the guide, max 100 feet
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 3 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Very small rinse tanks for cameras on boat. No dedicated dry area to change batteries on the boat. Dive shack nothing for cameras. Bring equipment back to your hotel room.
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