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

December, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Michael, WA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5347
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Many Caribbean Islands, Florida Keys, Bunaken & Lembeh on North
Sulawesi Indonesia, Maui, Belize, Honduras
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with group on drift dives  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Didn't bring my camera because most dives were drift, but wish I would have
in retrospect--fish were very tame and some dives had very mild current.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Aldora Divers are superb, cost a little more but worth it.  Totally
dedicated to getting all dives in and accomodating every reasonable
request.  We had a "Norte" and the harbor was closed 2 days, so
we went to the east side of the island to finger coral formations and
"Cannonball", with 12 huge cannons in 20 feet of water (only
outfit that was diving those days).  Huge 120 cu. ft. steel tanks--I used
nitrox all week, and had routine 70-80 minute dives.  Provide parkas and
water after dives.  Memo runs a great dive operation.  Diving was much
better than I had imagined because of concern about hurricane damage, but I
was not disappointed.  Tons of angelfish, giant green eels, dozens of
turtles, lots of small tropicals.
Was upgraded at the Villas to "Barracuda" facing the ocean, nice
room, plenty of hot water, kitchenette to fix breakfast and lunch.  Kay
took me to the big grocery store after I checked in.  The villas are a mile
north of town so it's easier to eat in during the day, out at night with a
nice walk or bike ride to town.  Restaurant recommendations galore, and
cheap eats everywhere.  Cruise ship crowds usually gone by 6pm.  Aldora
Divers are the best--Javier was great--sense of humor, good briefings. 
I'll go back.  A nice spur-of-the-moment trip that turned out great.
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