Cozumel Trip Report September 2012

 

David and Nancy took a lovely trip to the Occidental Grand, Cozumel Mexico.  It was a great week of scuba diving and just relaxing.  It was another fantastic trip thanks to the OG and it's staff.  Although, occupancy at the resort was down to 25% capacity, the resort and it's staff treated us (and everyone else) as if we were the only guest that mattered.

Except for a couple of quick moving storms that came through, the weather was gorgeous!  The temperature was in the upper 80's during the week, the water was 82 degrees at 65 feet below sea level and the view of the sunsets were heavenly to watch every night while we dined at the beach restaurant.  We have been to the OG several times and will continue to return to the OG, as we believe it is the best resort on the island!!  We enjoy the OG because the restaurant staff, the dive shop (Dive Palancar) personnel, and even the resort management remember us and treat us as if we were family.  Plus, most of the dive sites are at the south end of the island.  So why spend 30 to 45 minutes every morning traveling by boat to go diving when the OG is right in front of the sites!?  During the week we noticed the coral was very much alive (lots and lots of juvenile fish) and we saw NO lion fish all week!

just one of many gorgeous sunsetsjust one of many gorgeous sunsets

 

Here are some pictures of our room and the resort

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our room
deserts every night were enticing as the flames danced the light gave off a very romantic glow boat pier lilypad in the marsh
 
North end of the beach beach in front of pool beach in front of beach restaurant    
This iguana was living under our patio This iguana was living under our patio This iguana was living under our patio This iguana was living under our patio  

 

Besides relaxing and enjoying ourselves, this was also a scuba diving trip.  We booked our stay at the OG with Dive Vacations.  They have always treated us fair and offered us a great price for the week.

 

David in full diving gearNancy in full diving gear

 

Here are just some of the diving pictures we took. 

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beautiful pink vase sponge crab hiding under a rock shelf wanted this lobster for lunch parrotfish eat the coral, hense the buck teeth this shark never woke up while we were there
these blue tang's are always lovely very bright colors this grouper was as large as a small child another large pink vase sponge
lots and lots of these striped guys sunday purple branching tube sponge splendid toad fish are hard to find and we are told they are only found on the Cozumel reef splendid toadfish squirrelfish
do you see the star fish inside the sponge Blue chromes are only 1 to 3 inches long, but they are everywhere on the reef Just an elegent fish This green moray eel was not happy about getting his picture taken husband and wife team of lobsters
the Cozumel reef has lots and lots of angel fish Trumpetfish are just cool to watch swim the yellow line arrow crab is making a come back. just a 2 foot turtle eating lunch I found it odd a baby grouper was hiding in this pink vase
we've seen many green moray eels, but this is our first brown spotted eel baby spotted eel isn't she just beautiful blue queen triggerfish this grouper was as large as us
another one of Gods gorgeous creatures an elegant fish lots and lots of these foureyed butterfly fish Nude branch also known as sea slug and it's on of the most beautiful creatures of marine life nudebranch

 

Here are just a few of the video's we took

a movie of a lobster here is a movie of all the turtles we saw here's a movie of the lovely coral reef
movie of a French Grunt, Blue Parrot, Angel fish, A small Grouper, Yellow Snappers and a Scrawl filefish a movie of a Green Moray Eel, Trunk Fish and a Spotted Drum fish a Christmas worm, hermit crabs and a baby Drum fish in a pink vase sponge
us feeding the Iguana which lived under our patio    

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P.S.  The young lady who babysits our cat left us this love note:  I think she loves our cat more than us.