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were down until 500 psi was reached, the divemasters respected experience. Divemasters helpful in pointing out marine life and very enthusiastic. Marine Sports is a small operation but very diver friendly. I didn’t know whether my daughter wanted to dive the three day package deal so we bought one day at a time. Marine Sports however, gave me the three-day discount price anyway after three days. Very nice experience. (+52 9-872-5062; +52 9-872-2922, Ext. 2035)

then radioed ahead and had his cook meet us and they cooked the fish for us and made a very nice meal. Muy Delicios! Shore diving was really pretty decent too. Especially at night! (+52 9872-1651; Fax +52 9872-4465)

Paradise Divers, August 2000, M. Thomas, St. Cloud, MN. Vis: 50-150 ft. Cozumel has become WAY over dived. Too many people and a third cruise ship dock going up! No more slow unspoiled town or diving — we have jaded them.

Papa Hogs, Villa Blanca Garden Resort, October 1999, Lisa Hinderlider (shark1@uswest.net), Westminster, CO. Vis: 80-100 ft. Water: 84-86 degrees. Sunny, rainy. Water: calm. Restrictions: limits set to 100 ft, but we only went to 95 on 1 dive, most sites were good at 70-80 feet. Could use a bigger rinse bucket for cameras. My husband and I were set up with Papa Hogs by our travel agent because we wanted small fast boats. The hotel was adequate with a very nicely kept courtyard. The divemasters were very good with their briefings and we were at the dive sites in no time flat. They also were aware of our dive experience and let us do some of the more advanced sites right off, Maracaibo shallows, Tormentos wall, the reefs looked very healthy and the corals were awesome! We saw nurse sharks, lots of turtles and even a manta ray off Playa Del Carmen on a day trip we took there. There were large schools of Horse-eye jacks that were huge, with some Tarpon mixed in. Captain Mike pulled in a 4-ft. Wahoo on our surface interval! He

Pepe’s, Coral Princess, June 2000, Gery McAtavey, Roanoke, VA. Vis: 80-130 ft. Water: 80-84 degrees. Once the divemaster was comfortable with our skill level, no restrictions. 6th trip to Cozumel, 2nd at Coral Princess. Hotel accommodations and food 1st rate. Problem with large tour groups. Too many kids not enough chaper- ones. Had to call the front desk at 2 AM to have a noisy group quieted down. Hotel was quick to respond. Changed rooms the next morning without any problems. Would have requested a room on the top floor if we had known about the large groups in advance. Pepe’s is still a well-run operation. Domingo is an excellent divemaster. With a small operation you have all skill levels on board. Limits where you can dive. Fast boats, most we had was 6 on board. Choice of AM or early PM dives, night dives available. Had a minor problem with another divemaster who chose to swim against the current instead of changing direction when the current shifted half way through the dive. Wasted a lot of

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