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Iberostar or Occidental

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Iberostar or Occidental

I have a scuba diver friend that is interested in All Inclusive Resort with scuba pacakge. He's also interested in unlimited shore diving. What's your recommendation?

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1. Re: Iberostar or Occidental

I don't know anything about either resort's Scuba package, but Iberostar is closer to town, whereas Occidental is farther out in the jungle.

Iberostar has more kid-oriented activities during the day and fun audience-participation shows at night.

Occidental has better food and pools.

Maybe that helps a little?

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He's an advance scuba diver and more interested in Scuba diving but he was looking into All Inclusive.


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""Iberostar is closer to town, whereas Occidental is farther out in the jungle.""


Sorry but this info is not correct. The Iberostar is the farthest hotel from town, the next closest to town (but not by much) is the Occidental. Both are on the water obviously but the Occidental sits back from the beach a bit. (actually so do the rooms at the Iberostar). As far as diving, neither really has shore diving unless with a guide since both are within park boundaries (and little to see due to sandy bottoms) and also your friend should know that ANY dive op can pick up at these hotels, so he isn't limited to using the house ops.

Personally, if I were looking at an AI as an advanced diver, I'd check out Scuba Club.......diver oriented, closer to town, good shore diving (no guide required) and packages available. Also Blue Angel is a great divers hotel with shore diving and a nice restaurant on site, although not AI........but IMHO a shame to NOT experience the wonderful restaurants walking distance in town.

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The Iberostar is farther from town than the Occidental Grand (maybe 300 yards farther so not much). The Occidental Allegro is a probably 200 yards closer to town than the Occidental Grand. All 3 resorts are AI and are the closest resorts to the reefs, so ideal for divers. All 3 have docks and onsite Dive Operators and other Dive Operators can use their docks to pick you up. So lots of options. The Allegro is a older resort and probably 3 Star. The Grand is probably 4 1/2 Stars. The Iberostar is more like 3 1/2 - 4 Stars. They are all different and have their pluses and minuses and loyal customers. Shore diving is probably not great because of sandy bottoms plus boat traffic can be an issue at all three.

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As a diver, I love the Grand. They depart 4 times a day (9, 10:30, 2 & 3:30). Each dive boat returns to the dock for SI. As said above, the reefs are less than a 15 minute boat ride. But no shore diving allowed. For that you will need an AI closer to town. But the OG does have a roped off area for snorkeling. Be advised the AI's closer to town may have iron shore or rocky entrances.

A taxi ride into or from town will cost you $20 one way.

You will have to decide your priorities. Going to town and eating/shopping or having a great beach.

Take a look at these pictures or websites:





Edited: 11 May 2013, 00:18
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Ditto what Paul wrote.

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Iberostar is much better imo. The only thing Occidental has better, is mosquitos

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I would go with Blue angel, scuba club or hotel coz. Hotel coz can be AI or breakfast ony. Blue angel is not AI but has a restaurant. Blue angel also has unlimited shore diving- 24/7 they leave tanks out so you can do night shore dives also. These hotels are also in town which is a must for me.After diving you get alot of free time to explore town. the resort for me is somewhere to sleep. Save

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