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

August, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Eldon Okazaki, CA, USA
Top Contributor   (41 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4185
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
SE Asia, Hawaii, Fiji(6 times), Cabo, Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
27   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth of 100 ft. (dep. on divemaster); be at safety stop w/ greater than
800 psi; stay w/ divemaster unless they know you from many trips w/ 'em  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
they had a bucket of  water; sometimes, inexperienced divers threw their
mask into the camera bucket esp. if there was only 1 photog.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
the good:  6 pack boat w/ experienced divers, warm water, not bad vis.,
only  1 hr. of intense rain after diving ( Jun.- Jul is rainy season); see
some fishes and corals; currents were not very  swift that week.

The bad: the divemasters were so-so except for Donny;  the staff are poorly
paid (mabe they get bonuses) and rely on tips for 50% of their pay; some
boats have no cover; all dives were short 40 to 55 min.;  for 2 days there
was no hot water at Villa Blanca; my camera died  after 2 1/2 days
underwater-- no land shots.

It is almost a hassle (but a novelty) flying to Cancun first; then the bus
to Playa  Del Carmen; then the ferry to cozumel.
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