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Occidental at Xcaret Destination

Occidental at Xcaret Destination

5 star hotel
Carretera Federal Chetumal, Puerto Juárez Km. 282, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo 77710, Mexico
765 rooms
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Pro Dive International - Mexico - Occidental Grand Xcaret

5 star dive center
Walking distance Show address

Carretera Cancun Chetumal, km 264.5, Xpu-ha, Quintana Roo 77790, Mexico

Resort Highlights

  • The Xcaret eco-archaeological park, a beautiful sanctuary, is next door
  • Occidental is certified by Green Globe for its contribution to sustainability
  • Dive on the world’s second largest coral reef
  • Unwind in the natural white-sand cove surrounded by lush gardens
  • Follow the natural river winding through the grounds, and discover the Mayan ruins

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Booking process

1. BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot

2. CONFIRMATION

We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final

3. 48H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation terms

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 100% (downpayment)

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • No show are fully charge of the amount corresponding to 1night of the total stay 
  • No charge If the cancellation arrive within 7 days to the arrival date

Explore diving around the Occidental at Xcaret Destination

Resort Description

The Occidental at Xcaret Destination is situated in a 200-acre ecological and historical preserve, combining beachfront luxury with jungle surroundings. 

The all-inclusive package includes all meals and snacks at a choice of restaurants, including a buffet venues and select drinks across multiple bars. Local cuisine is well represented here with a grill, a taco takeaway-style restaurant and a speciality venue. 

The resort is set within a private cove with white sand and clear, warm seas. The grounds feature 2 Mayan ruins, a natural river and the second largest coral reef in the world is minutes away. 

A highlight is the Xcaret eco-park, reached via a short walk or boat ride on the tranquil waterways. Massages are available in airy, thatched cabins before a trip to the on-site hydromassage pool and sauna.

Enjoy activities like paddle court, shuffleboard, mini golf, archery, aerobics and more. Car rental is available. 

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Best dive sites in Yucatán Peninsula

Punta Cancun – This is a popular spot with divers and provides access to several dive sites and some healthy coral reefs. Located at the eastern end of Cancun's hotel zone, the reefs contain colorful coral formations and you can hang out with a diverse array of marine life, including barracuda, rays and sharks. Punta Nizuc – This site is famous for its snorkeling and diving thanks to an offshore reef rife with abundant marine life. Depths average 10 metres/30 feet and great visibility make this a spectacular spot where divers meet lobster, groupers, rays, sergeant majors and a host of other marine life. At Punta Nizuc art meets coral reef conservation and divers can visit a statue of a young girl lying in a coral garden. She’s part of an underwater museum, Museo Subacuático de Arte, that’s well worth exploring. Playa del Carmen, Akumal and Tulum – South of Cancun, Playa del Carmen is a bustling town with a European vibe. Akumal and Tulum, both south of Playa, are seaside villages that offer a glimpse into the Yucatan of yesterday. Generally, the dive sites here are shallow with excellent visibility and boat rides are as short as five minutes. You’re likely to see turtles, barracuda, stingrays, lobsters and nurse sharks. Pared Verde – Sloping rivers of sand divide sections of the wall which is well populated with coral, sponges and myriad macro invertebrates. Depths to 40 metres/130 feet are possible and the current can be a consideration. Larger pelagic species are frequently seen here, given the reef’s location in the middle of a sandy plain. Cenotes – If you want to try something truly special, dive a cenote. These deep, freshwater-filled sinkholes formed when the roofs of limestone caverns collapsed and filled with water. The Yucatan’s elaborate cenotes have intricate cave systems and underground tunnels that draw divers from around the globe. Many cenotes boast pristine turquoise waters and a beautiful array of stalagmites and stalactites formed over millions of years.
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Snorkeling in Yucatán Peninsula

Non-divers will find plenty of reasons to enter the water in the Yucatan Peninsula. From shore, you’ll be able to access the region’s best reefs and even dip your head in a cenote. If you happen to be in the area from June to September, make sure to take a day trip to Isla Mujeres in order to snorkel with whale sharks. There are also trips to the deep sea for snorkeling with sailfish that may interest some.

What to see

Dolphins and sharks patrol deeper waters, while stunning colorful fish hang out by the reefs. You will see eels and lobsters near overhangs, as well as plenty of eagle rays gliding through the shallows. If you dive in the mangroves you may even run across a manatee!

One of the major attractions to the underwater world of the Riviera Maya are the Bull Sharks that are attracted to the area’s crystalline waters between November and March. There’s also a chance of spotting Green Turtles, Loggerhead Turtles, whale sharks and sailfish during their respective migrations.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Pro Dive International has a PADI Green Star award for conservation initiatives
  • Provides access to the world's second largest reef
  • Trips available to see local wrecks, cenotes and slopes
  • Facilities for disabled divers

 

Description

The Pro Dive International dive center at the Occidental at Xcaret Destination is located opposite the hotels' main pool as well as near the lagoon.

Dive sites are 5-10 minutes from the nearby Royal Hideaway Playacar hotel - free transportation is available for hotel guests.

We offer adventure dives to the cenotes, to local wrecks, excursions to beautiful sites in Cozumel, whale shark safaris from June to September, sailfish runs from December to March and bull shark diving from December to March.

DIVING SERVICES

PADI® Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Divemaster Internship
  • Instructor/Idc Course
  • Free-Diving Course
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Rebreather Course
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Cavern Diving
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Sidemount Diver
  • Other Specialties
  • Technical Diving Courses

Diving gear

  • Din/Int Adapters

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Beach Front Location
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Italian

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Resort

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star Cdc/Idc
  • Padi 5 Star
  • Padi Tecrec

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Nightclub

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Fitness Center/Gym
  • Spa Facility
  • Hot Tub/Whirlpool/Jacuzzi
  • Massage Services
  • Beauty Treatments

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Games Room

Great for families

  • Board Games
  • Kids Playground

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Tennis
  • Ping Pong
  • Beach Volleyball

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi ($)
  • Air-Conditioning

How to get there

Arrival

  • The closest international airport is Cancun International Airport (CUN).
  • The resort is around an hour from the airport, and you should get a taxi. Ask for 'Occidental at Xcaret Destination'. 
  • Alternatively, you can rent a car - resort has parking available for guests. 
  • Check in time is at 3pm. 

Departure

  • Check out time is at 11am. 
  • Once you have checked out at reception, the resort will help you call a taxi upon request. 

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