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Dive Review of Papa Hog's/Las Brisas Condominiums in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel west coast

December, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Lucius "Bud" Foster, MN, USA
Report Number 1550
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Anguilla, Jamaica, California, Florida Keys, Bahamas, Lake Superior
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
77   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back on boat with no less then approx. 500 psi, stay close to dive masters
float when surfacing.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Papa Hog's is set up with six pack boats so there is only enough room for
six divers a capitan and the dive master with little room to have camera
water tubs, storage etc.  However, I rather be on a small boat and tuck my
camera under the bench with towel.  The DM or capitan always hand you down
cameras and they are very cautious and curtious with your stuff.  Rinse
tank and table on shore available after dive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Las Brisas Condos are approximatly two miles north of town, so you will
need a rental car or scooter to get back and forth to the docks each day to
get picked up for diving.  However, Papa Hog's will pick you up at the dock
infront of the condo's if you arrange with them.  There is a small private
beach and fresh water pool and the units come with daily maid and laundry
service.  Most units are three bedrooms with two of the bedrooms facing the
ocean with spectacular views, huge kitchens with all the amenitys,
furnished very carib style, a/c, covered porch on ocean side with drains
for the wet stuff and deck furniture, safe, three full bathrooms, one 1/2
bath, good size breakfast room, security 24/7, parking, and worth the $300
US dollars plus tax a day.  Papa Hog's is one of the best dive operations
in Cozumel.  They have approximatley 4 six pack boats with radios, and O2
tanks first aid kits (in need of inspection) ready to depart by 8:30 AM
prompt or earlier each day for the morning AM two tank dive, there DM's are
very good and all locals, no more then 6 divers per boat plus DM and
Captain, there is a larger boat that holds up to approx. 20 divers
available for large groups that want to be together or charter fishing
trips, Papa Hog's does a trip to the mainland to dive once a week on large
boat to a site with hundreds of turtles and possible whale sharks, nights
dives 2 times a week, afternoon dives if two or more divers, all levels of
instuction available on site, and Papa's Hog's resturant across the street
with the best mexican food in Cozumel and a breakfast however you want it. 
They also have a few rooms for rent from $60 to $140 a night that are
located next to there resturant.  I asked Margaret if I could take a peek
at one, for the $80 a night it was super nice.  I know were I will stay
next time.  Cozumel is one of the great dive destinations in the world. 
Most all dives are drift diving and some days I was their we actually had
to use fins.  The coral is still in great condition and most of the deep
sponges are huge.  There is a great wreck dive that was sunk for an
artificial reef in 2000 "The Felipe Xicotencatl" that many people
pass on and I would recommend because it has all sorts of safe penetration
(A must photo op in restroom sitting on johns).  The wall dives are some of
the best I have ever dove, and dive sites that are a must would be Santa
Rosa Wall, Punta Sur Devils Throat, Colombia Deeps, Colombia Caves, Panacar
Gardens, Panacar Deep, and Paradise Reef.  The fish population is great and
many large turtles, rays, and sharks were viewed on most dives.  Cozumel is
really a great place to dive and photo for the novice to experienced
however, I would not recommend for beginners.  There is a decompression
chamber in Cozumel and it seems to be used allot.  There were even death
stories while I was there.  Buoyancy control and calm non-panic reaction is
crucial.  To a safe experienced diver, cozumel is Zen, paradise.  In my
opinion, it is not a place for the new diver. Cozumel is on my "I'll
be back list".
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