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

March, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Rich Orman, CO, USA
Report Number 2355
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
BVI, Belize, Hawaii, Alaska
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
77   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
These small boats are not really set up for serious UWP.  The boats are too
small for a camera area, and they don't have a rince tank.  I kept wet
towels over my housing to keep it moist until I could get it back to my
hotel for a good soak in the tub.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Aldora is a great operation!  The groups are small (no larger than six on a
boat) and the tanks are BIG!  By using 120 cu ft steel tanks, you are
almost guarenteed a very long dive each and every time.  The cost is 30-40%
more than the cattle boats in Cozumel, but well worth it.  I did three two
tank dives with them, and the average dive time was about 80 minutes!  I
think that the shortest dive was 69 minutes (and we went pretty deep on
that one), and I had two dives over 90 minutes, including a 98 minute night
dive!!!  They have a small fleet of boats (I saw five at the pier one
morning), and they seem to group divers by experience and ability.  All of
the dives on the boats I was on used a backward roll entry.  Upon exiting
the water, Divers would remove their BCs in the water and they would be
hauled into the boat by the captain.  Divers would then climb into the boat
on a ladder.  All of their tanks use a DIN valve.  I dropped off my
SCUBAPRO MK25  first stage (yoke) on the night I arrived (they are open
until about 9:00 pm., give or take), and they had it converted to a DIN the
next morning.  After my last dive (a night dive), they converted it back to
my original yoke in about five minutes while I settled my bill.  The
morning dives leave the pier (which is in San Miguel about a block north of
the McDonalds) at 7:30 a.m. and get back around 1:30 or 2:00.  Surface
intervals are taken at a beach club called "Playa Mia."  Playa
Mia is geared towards cruise ship passengers and is noisy and crowded, but
they do sell you food, drinks, etc.  I would highly recommend Aldora Divers
and would not dream of diving with anyone else in Cozumel.
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