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

Aldora Divers/Aldora Villa, Apr, 2007,

by Preston A. Ball, GA, USA ( 2 reports). Report 3279.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Carribean, Galapagos, Truk
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 110 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None really; we dove in small groups and were expected to not do anything stupid.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Small boats had no camera rinse tanks and wouldn't be a friendly environment for opening housings, changing batteries, memory cards, etc. That being said, my simple system did just fine for the 2 AM dives without having to be opened or otherwise manipulated.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 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 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Aldora Divers rocks. They have fast boats, dove in small groups, took us to sites we requested, and didn't try to babysit us. The level of service is far above average, with deep long dives (our last day's dives were 80 and 90 minutes underwater), timely transport, long relaxing surface intervals at Playa Mia or Playa Sol, and parkas for wind protection after the dive. They group divers according to skill and experience, and those with experience and air/bouyancy control were free to dive without being restricted by others. Definitely not a cattle boat operation; been on those and don't miss it a bit. This was our 4th trip to Cozumel and we've finally discovered how to "do" Cozumel right.
Aldora Villa was likewise awesome. A very quaint and personal touch added by Greg & Kay. Nice, clean, QUIET accomodations just north of town; sunning area/shore entry/palapa/dock pickup/small pool on the premises. No town, cruise ship, or tourist noise. Free wireless internet connection in your room, free internet phone calls, cable TV in rooms. Room service breakfast available for 5$. Going into town is a 3$ cab ride. Gear rinsing/drying area on premises. Overall very impressed with both accomodations and dive operation; can't wait to return with friends!
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