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

Aldora Divers, Mar, 2006,

by Rich Orman, CO, USA . Report 2355.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving BVI, Belize, Hawaii, Alaska
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 77 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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