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Dive Review of Aldora Divers/Villa Aldora in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Chen Rio

November, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Meegan Gruber, OR, US (1 report)
Report Number 6366
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, FL Keys, Catalina, Sharm-el-Sheik, Hurgada, Eilat, Okinawa
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, cloudy  
Water Temp
  to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
We are so glad that we chose Aldora.  You should definitely stay at the
Villa Aldora if you are diving with them! Brent, Greg and Kay took
excellent care of us and really took the trip from good to great. We
arrived and were greeted with ice cold beers and given a tour of the
facility. We were lucky enough to be upgraded to a suite which was beyond
beautiful and enormous! The views from the balconies (yes, there were 2!)
were amazing for watching the sunsets. Brent drove us to the dive shop and
then to the grocery store. It was so great to have our own local tour

The following AM, we awoke to the dreaded winter NORTE. The port was closed
on the "good" side of the island and none of the dive operators
were going out at all EXCEPT Aldora! We knew earlier that week that there
was a norte predicted and we were sure glad we had chosen Aldora. Diving on
the windward/east side is "rustic" as there are no piers and
loading/unloading is all off of the beach (but, they did it all for us).
The east side is not a marine park, so the large fish were not there. The
corals, sea fans and sponges were fantastic. I love the way the coral heads
were separated by stretches of pure white sand. Great for wide angle
photos. When we got back to the beach, Brent was there with towels, dive
parkas and beverages. We were warm, dry and happy. 

During the afternoons and evenings, there was good snorkeling off of the
villa and plenty to see and do in town. No need to rent a car. The villa
had bikes to use and town was a 5 minute ride away. It was fun to bike
around and great to work off some of the calories from all of those tacos!
The food there is really great and we did over do it. Brent will guide you
(and maybe even drive you) to the best local eateries. We felt very safe
there and biked to town every evening for dinner. 

The bad weather continued for 3 days, and Aldora was the only operation
running. Finally, the weather broke and winds died down. But, our bad luck
continued when our 2 year old son who was back in the States w grandparents
got very ill. We had to fly out in 24 hrs! My husband was devastated as
this was his first major dive trip and our first trip sans-kids. Just a few
hours before we had to leave for the airport, my husband called Brent to
ask about tanks and gear so we could do one last dive right off the Villa
Aldora. Brent answered with one word, "done." A few minutes later
he arrived with the tanks! A 10 ft dive may not seem worth it to most, but
it really meant a lot to my husband. He got to get in the water on a sunny,
calm day and get a taste of diving on the west side.  

We had pretty much the worst luck imaginable and only half of our intended
trip. But, we were still able to have an incredible and unforgettable time
thanks to Aldora Divers and Villa Aldora. They really treated us like
royalty and we are already planning our next trip back. 
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