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

February, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Buzz Waterston, PA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 3241
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Only dive restriction was that we come up with at least 500 psi.  We tended
to come up in a group (never more than 6 divers on the boat);  if someone
was sucking air, the divemaster would feed her/him air through an octopus
with 10' hose.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Suites Bahia a little spartan, but right in the center of town and very
well priced (about $70/night).  Small kitchenette with a decent size
refrigerator.  Rooms on the fourth floor the most quiet---I recommend 42,
44, or 46, all of which have balconies for drying your stuff and looking
out obliquely over the water, without the noise of being right over Avenida
Rafael Melgar.  Free internet access in the lobby.
Aldora Divers are the best.  Fast small boats get you to the sights before
they're mobbed.  My son (12 dives before this) and I dove Punta Sur Sur,
and I did Maracaiba last year.  
It was lobster mating season, so we saw some huge males out in the open
looking for babes.  My son saw his first shark, a 7' nurse shark free
swimming in front of us for about 100 yards.  Saw huge groupers in the 4-5'
range, 5' cubera snapper, 3' porcupine fish, rays, and turtles.  
Favorite dives were Palancar Gardens for its wonderful swimthroughs, and
Tunich/Yucab for the fish life (including a splendid toadfish).  The dives
site seemed less sanded-over than last year, and the island is completely
rebuilt since Wilma pass over it a couple of years ago.
Playa del Carmen is worth a ferry ride and a day on the beach (tops are
optional there;  lots of Europeans) but is no longer a charming little
village.  There's even a Wal-Mart there now.
If you go to Cozumel, please don't judge it by walking along the main drag
by the water, Avenida Rafael Melgar.  Go to the municipal mercado where the
Mexicans eat delicious fresh lunches for $4, and explore Avenidas 15, 20,
and 25.  It feels much more Mexican than it does closer to the water.  
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