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Dive Resort Deal - 19% Off the Occidental Cozumel

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by PADI Travel, Jan 27, 2019.

  1. PADI Travel

    PADI Travel Instructor, Scuba

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  2. AZjohn

    AZjohn Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
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    You forgot to add that Occidental now charges a daily cash pier fee from any dive op that picks you up there to go diving. Total BS and would recommend real divers stay away.
    John
     
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  3. CajunDiva

    CajunDiva Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Louisiana
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    Divers should not consider doing business with an operation that does business the way they do.
     
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  4. Sloeber

    Sloeber Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.Roo, Mexico
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    Maybe they should lower it to an 18% discount and stop charging their guests to use their pier. An All-Inclusive resort should not be charging their guests to use the on-site pier. In my book that is false advertising and deceptive business practices. YMMV.
     
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  5. CajunDiva

    CajunDiva Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Louisiana
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    Amen, brother!
     
  6. CajunDiva

    CajunDiva Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Louisiana
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    In fact, since dollars are the determining factor, it's clear that by marketing this property on ScubaBoard, PADI Travel is underwriting their unethical practices. I hope they are listening and realizing this may end up losing them a few bucks from divers...
     
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  7. JustinLoos1985

    JustinLoos1985 DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Detroit, MI
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    In addition, this all “inclusive” resort markets as having 7 restaurants. 1 is only for VIPs so that cuts it down to 6. Then 3 others require a reservation which you can only do 3 reservations total during a week visit. So that cuts it further down to 3 restaurants. Of the remaining 3, one is a pizza joint that’s only open late at night. So in reality you have 2 restaurants to choose from.
     
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  8. PADI Travel

    PADI Travel Instructor, Scuba

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    Hi divers! We're sorry to hear about the issues you have had with the Occidental Cozumel. We've taken the time to follow up with the property regarding your concerns.

    In terms of the pier fee, the resort does charge a $5 per diver per day fee. This is quite a common practice among resorts in Cozumel. However, most local operators absorb this fee. It's almost unheard of for operators to pass this fee on to guests, so divers rarely even know it exists.

    That is certainly the case for Pro Dive International, the on-site operator at the Occidental Cozumel. Guests who book their dive resort stay with PADI Travel dive with Pro Dive International as a part of the package. So, for the packages advertised here, divers would not need to pay the pier fee. Any other applicable fees (like the extra charge for premium boat dives) are laid out on the PADI Travel page.

    If you have any other concerns regarding this dive resort or any others, please let us know. We are more than happy to answer any and all questions.

    In the meantime, happy bubbles!
     
  9. Mr. Manfrenjensenden

    Mr. Manfrenjensenden Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Toronto, Canada
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    I encourage you to read some of the threads in this forum about divers' experiences with this pier fee.
     
  10. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: NYC
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    Ive never had an issue making dinner reservations at any of the restaurants on site and the food quality is very good....when I stay here, I dive with ProDive, so I don’t experience any issues with pier fees....and I’ve really never seen too many other operators besides the glass bottom Boats pulling up to the dock.

    If the resort doesn’t meet your requirements, freely visit another that will.

    $1270 pp including 16 dives for 9 nights is a very nice deal....I selected a September date.

    I usually pay $34/Dive at ProDive.
     

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