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

Papa Hog's/Las Brisas Condominiums, Dec, 2004,

by Lucius "Bud" Foster, MN, USA . Report 1550.

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

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 77 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Back on boat with no less then approx. 500 psi, stay close to dive masters float when surfacing.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 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 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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