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

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Chuck Donaldson, OR, USA
Report Number 1671
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Roatan, Beliez, Baja California, Hawaii, Puget Sound, Channel Islands, CA
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We dove our computers.  Dive Master basically led and kept track of
remaining air.  Large tanks made for long dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Aldora boats did not have accomodations for cameras in terms of special
tanks or other places to store or maintain cameras
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
This was my first substantial trip to Cozumel so I can only rate Aldora
divers against operators in other locations.  Boats were fast, Dive Masters
were knowledgable, helpful and professional.  We were not herded about, but
generally followed the DMs as we moved through the dive location.  In 4
days of diving, we did not repeat a site.  Our boat was usually first to a
location and we seldom bumped into other divers.

After "qualifying" on day one on the boat for newer dives, we
dove with a collection of other good divers, some of who were staying at
Villa Aldora and some who were not.  Pick up was from the Villa Aldora
dock.  Gear was handled and set up by the boat crew.  We had 4 different
Divemasters with three excellent ones and one average.  The Steel 120s
provide for dives well in excess of an hour.  I was ready to end most dives
when air got low.

Villa Aldora and the hosts Kay and Gregg was excellent.  They made us feel
like welcome family members.  Breakfast is available in the morning if you
ask the night before.  Other meals are on your own in town.  Kay or Gregg
are usuall good for a ride if you want one.  Otherwise, a taxi is cheap. 
Free VOIP (internet) calls to the states and free Wi Fi for your computer
are a real plus.

The diving in Cozumel is justifyably famous.  When I return to Cozumel, I
will ceratainly dive with Aldora again and stay at Villa Aldora.
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