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Dive Review of Papa Hogs/Reef Residencias - At Home in Cozml in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

September, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Sugarman, Fl, USA
Report Number 2885
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cancun, Riviera Maya, Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii, Bahamas, Caymans, Grand
Turk, Florida Keys, Miami & Ft. Lauderdale
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
700 psi upon ascent  
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
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Papa Hogs is a first class operation.  Each morning, a small six-pack, with
a captain & divemaster, would pick us up at the dock about a quarter
mile from our condo.  For 5 of the 6 days, only the 4 of us in our group
were on the boat.  Our nitrox tanks, BCs, and regs were all set up, having
been rinsed and stored from the day before.  We asked that Sergio be our
divemaster all week and the request was cheerully honored.  Sergio asked
where we wanted to dive each day and if we didn't have a preference, he
suggested a nice variety of sites.  Not much in the way of briefings but he
led us on each drift, looking out for us and showing us things of interest.
 We could dive our own profiles or follow him and the captain was always
quick to spot us and pick us up, asking us to doff our BCs in the water and
hoisting them up before we climbed the ladder.  Surface intervals were on
the beach and lasted about an hour.  The reefs below 30 feet are still
covered with sand from 2005 Hurricane Wilma but the color and fish life at
shallow depths were plentiful.  Saw several tutles, lots of cudas, a few
nurse sharks, plentiful rays, and a few sightings, thanks to Sergio, of the
endemic splendid toadfish.  I would definitely return to Papa Hogs in a few
years after the currents sweep the sand off the reefs.  Residencias Reef is
a fairly isolated but luxurious condo 10 minute drive from town --
definintely need to rent a car.  The condos are large, equipped with
everything (ours #5240 even had golf clubs, beach rafts, and bottled water)
with great beach views, but ask for one with English rather than Spanish
satellite TV.  Also inquire about any construction or power outages
planned, as we had one day without power and hadn't been advised in advance
(altho our rent for that day was refunded.)  The beach and grounds are
groomed each day and the pool large.  Each evening we drove into town and
ate tasty grilled fresh seafood at restaurants receommended by Divemaster
Sergio.  It was offseason when we went in September, so it wasn't crowded
although the town fills up when the mega cruise ships dock, but they were
gone by dinner time.  A nice week of  attractive, pleasant but unexciting
diving  (except for one day when Sergio took us for an exhilirating drift
in a strong current that was as exciting as a theme park roller coaster --
we were all smiles afterwards) with full service and comfortable
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