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Dive Review of PaPa Hogs/Villa Blanca in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Russ Battisto, MN, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 2326
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Many Carribean destinations with a couple of side trips to Fiji &
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, currents  
Water Temp
76   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No limitations except safety and common sense.
Strong currents in winter limit vis more than usual.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
UW Photo equipment accepted and handled properly.  On small boats no water
available to put cameras in for trip to dive sites so extra care needed to
protect equipment.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
We've visited Papa Hogs frequently over the years as they are professionals
with great small fast boats, fun boat captains, great divemasters and all
around fun to dive with.  We stay at Villablanca next door because it's
clean, affordable and friendly as well as NEXT DOOR to Papa Hogs, a great
convenience.  Hog Town Restaurant has fantastic food and convenient for
dive monsters who want a good breakfast as well as a quick lunch between
morning and afternoon dives.  Also a good place to watch the sun set during
happy hour after a great day of diving.  Reefs got beat up after Wilma so
"old-timer" will see real differences.  Lot's of sand covering
coral (not good) but fish life and variety seems to be better than ever. 
We hope to return in August 2006 to see how things have progessed.
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