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

March, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Ben Freeman, NY, US (1 report)
Report Number 5417
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
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Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    

As far as dive ops go, they are one of the better ones.  They still pull
some of the same stunts as others though.  I had 4 different DM's on the
trip, one was excellent, one good, one average, and the other I didn't
really care for.  I went in saying that I wanted to dive Maracaibo, Punta
Sur, & Barracuda.

Day 1, DM 1 - Palancar Caves & Punta Tunich: Nurse shark, eagle ray,
turtles, etc.  Nice dives, and since it was my first time with them, I
expected an "intro" dive, still it was cool.  DM 1 let us dive
until 2 ppl were at 1000 psi... which is a lot, but better than

Day 2, DM 1 - Punta Sur Sur & Santa Rosa?: Did the Cathedral (real one)
and devil's throat.  Lots of swimming, but an awesome dive.  Probably
couldn't have done it with any other op.  Saw a reef shark to boot. 

Day 3, DM 2 - Palancar Caves & SF Wall: Despite the promise to be on a
small boat going to Maracaibo, we were on the cattle boat and did "a
different Palancar Caves"...  The weather was perfect for going south,
but we did not.  I also found out that another boat hit Barracuda reef... 

Day 3, DM 3 - San Juan:  Have you ever been flying?  This dive was awesome.
DM went out of his way to point out things.  It also cost him a tank of
air.  Profile was go up at 500psi.  Saw a MARLIN. Awesome.

Day 3, DM 4 - Night Dive, Chankanaab:  DM didn't really point anything out
but the really annoying part was the short time... an hour on 120's at 50
ft is sad.  Also, as usual, we started way too early and the reef didn't
get interesting until the last 15-20 min of the dive.

I wanted to comment on the steel 120's that Aldora uses.  They are pretty
cool, but they are HP and I'd like to see them filled more.

Hotel Coz: Nothing special, food was fine, so was the room.  Price was
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