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Dive Review of Papa Hog's in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Lucius "Bud" Foster, MN, USA
Report Number 2970
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
California, Hawaii, Lake Superior MN, Jamaica, Bahamas, S. Florida &
Keys, Cozumel Mexico, Anguilla, Palau, Roatan Honduras, Saba, Turks &
Caicos, and Philippines.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
77   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
On boat with 500 psi and must stay next to dive sausage of dive guides or
your own or buddy's.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
The boat captains hand you your camera in the water and take ggod care of
your equipment.  They normally have a rinse tank on the big boat they use
for groups and on the small six packs boats nothing.  In shore at facility
they have a big fresh water rinse tank across the street and plenty of
space for stuff to dry.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
I have been to Cozumel previously before hurricane Wilma wiped it out.  All
I can say is the inter reefs were damaged beyond repair,  the color is
gone, the reefs are buried in sand, the fish have vanished (except for the
Spendid Toadfish), and the only good dives were the deep dives to the south
like Santa Rosa, Devils Throat, Columbia Deeps, and Palancar Caves. All the
reef dives were trashed with the exception of The Felipe Xicotencatz wreck
dive that was still in good shape but that was not suppose to be dived yet
until the OK was given.  The streets were gone and all the sand on the west
coast of Cozumel was gone.  The piers and cruise ships were gone, and when
we came we were one of the first tourist planes to land back in Cozumel
since the hurricane.  As far as Papa Hog's, they are and will always be a
great dive operation.  They run six pack boats and have a large boat that
is for accomodating large groups.  Their shop on the water was wipped out
and were in the process of rebuilding the shop on the water front during my
stay.  They have about five rooms available for rent that are very
resonable not fancy but clean and inexpensive.  The food is excellent
original Mexican.  There is really no need to rent a car if staying at Hogs
Hotel because you can take a cab to town for $4.00 or take a nice 30 min.
walk to town.  I hope that the reefs recover because it will be a huge
downer to their economy if they don't in the future.  I sure hope that
there is better news after this report of late January early Febuary 2005.
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