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

Pappa Hogs/Villa Blanca, Aug, 2007,

by Eldon Okazaki, CA, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 54 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 4185.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 27-28°C / 81-82°F Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
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
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments they had a bucket of water; sometimes, inexperienced divers threw their mask into the camera bucket esp. if there was only 1 photog.
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