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

Papa Hog's, Feb, 2006,

by Lucius "Bud" Foster, MN, USA . Report 2970.

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

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 77 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions On boat with 500 psi and must stay next to dive sausage of dive guides or your own or buddy's.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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