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

December, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by David Dornbusch, California, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5326
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Red Sea, Fiji, Sipidan, Great Barrier Reef, Roatan, Belize,
Turks & Caicos, Tahiti, British Virgins, Puerto Rico, Bahamas,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No special restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 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):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Aldora is an excellent dive operation.  Memo, the owner, gives the
operation his constant personal attention and makes a point of being
available by cell phone anytime.  Aldora fills steel 100 tanks to 3300 to
3400 psi, which always provided more than enough air for two one-hour plus
dives.  The steel 100's are pretty heavy, requiring only half the weight
necessary as when using aluminum tanks.  However, Aldora also offers
smaller/lighter tanks, which the women preferred, and which provided all
the air they needed for the one-hour long dives.

All dives were drift in modest 1-2 knot currents.  We were able to cancel
dives as late as the afternoon before.  And, Aldora charged for only one
dive when two in our group were unable to make the second of two tank

Dario was our dive master all days and was superb.  He's very knowledgable,
congenial, has great eyes, and was very attentive to the least experienced
in our group.  Frequently pointed out very small critters that we would
never have seen on our own.

Aldora picked us up and dropped us at a dock only 50 yards from our rented
condo.  Kept our regs and BCs, and anything else we wanted to leave, and
had it ready to go when they picked us up, always at 8:00 AM sharp. 
Surface interval always at Mr. Sancho's, a private beach near the reefs,
serving decent food, and offering tables and lounge chairs to relax in the
shade or sun.

The reefs were much healthier than I expected.  Seem to have completely
recovered from the hurricane of 2007 (or 2008?).  Beautiful hard and soft
coral formations, swim-throughs, and reasonably abundant populations of
fish, turtles, invertibrates, etc.  As good a dive experience as I've had
in the Atlantic/Caribbean.

Rented a 3-bedroom, spacious and comfortable condo at Redencias Reef, about
15 km south of town.  I recommend staying away from town, and therefore
away from the nuisances of the numerous visiting cruise ships, crowds and
traffic.  However, all good restaurants are in town.  Mega is a huge
supermarket supplying everything you'd want if you want to cook in.

Small and medium-size rental cars or jeeps are reasonably priced at
one-third the cost of a van.  You can keep the cost down if your car
insurance and/or credit card will cover you and therefore enable you to
avoid buying the Mexican car insurance.

Highly recommend Kinto's restaurant!  Make a reservation.  Pancho's
Backyard, Veranda, and Guido's were also very good.  Outdoor restaurants on
the east side of the island are in beautiful settings and serve decent to
very good food.
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