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

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by John Keith, UT, USA
Contributor   (19 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4007
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Saba, Grand Cayman, Cabo San Lucas, Turks and Caicos, HI, CA
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
23   to 27    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Descend, ascend with dive master - otherwise you could pretty much do as
you pleased  
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
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There was no facility on the board for cameras - not even a fresh water
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Aside from the lack of a camera rinse tank/bucket, Aldora has to be one of
the best, most professional dive shops we've been with.  Memo did
everything he could to make our experience good.  Never had more than 7
divers on the boat.  The dive masters (dove with three) were excellent -
detailed briefings, willingness to find and point out critters, care of the
environment - just great.  We'll dive with them again for sure.  We dove a
few years ago with another dive shop and Aldora is clearly the better.  But
all of you Undercurrents folk seem to know that (that's why we went with
them).  The reefs and animals seem to be recovering nicely from the
hurricane, but evidence of damage is still plenty obvious.  We didn't see
many morays, though - not sure why.  Did see several turtles (4 on one
dive).  Quite a lot of current on many of the dives, and, of course, lots
of other divers, sometimes enough to reduce visibility considerably. 
The hotel was an RCI exchange.  It's an all-inclusive optionsl, but if you
choose to opt out (which we did) you get zero - no buying drinks or eats
piecemeal.  The hotel was pleasant and the staff friendly and accomodating.
 Still, we won't go back.  We visited Villa Aldora - we will stay there in
the near future (as soon as the bank account recovers).  We didn't miss
good meals, though - Los Tortugas, El Moro, Cafe Denis, and Cafe Navigante,
and La Perlita are really great.  Loved the grouper in many styles and was
overserved with shrimp and mixed ceviche.  Thanks to Undercurrents, we were
very careful with the car rental - pictures and all.  Had no problem at
Thrifty/Dollar.  We'll be back to Cozumel in the near future - good diving,
great dive shop, great eating and drinking - What else is there?  
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