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

September, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by John E. Keith, UT, US
Contributor   (19 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5707
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Saba, Bonaire, Turks and Caicos, Caymans, Baja Mexico, California,
Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
Water Temp
27   to 29    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Group stays together including ascending.  Safety stop required.  However,
the DMs suggested that we could stay above or below the group as we wanted
as long as he could account for us.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
The fast boats did not have a bucket for cameras, but the large boat did.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Aldora Divers is a top notch dive shop.  Mimo and the rest of the staff are
helpful and they try very hard to meet your requests.  September is a
"low" time, and my wife and I dove twice alone - no cancellations
- (with our dive master, of course), once with another couple and once with
5 other folks.  Our dive masters (David, Raoul, Javier, and Edgar) were
excellent.  We asked for dives that were slow so we could view and
photograph.  That's exactly what we got, with great help in seeing critters
from the DMs, even with the larger group.  Aldora uses larger steel tanks,
so our dives averaged about 60 or so minutes.  Because they want the group
to stay together for safety reasons - including decomp with these longer
dives - Aldora fits the tanks to the diver's characteristics to make sure
that everyone gets good bottom time.  We did have one couple who ascended
before the group on one dive due to low air, and the dive master took care
to see that they were met by the boat.  Adora also tries to time dives to
avoid the masses from the cruisers.  We had plenty of time to view and
observe and each of the DMs were able to help us find lots to see.  Saw
many turtles and a couple of sharks as well as the usual critters and fish.
 We had a depression (Karl) come through and even with its affects on the
visibility, the diving was good.  

For the first time, we stayed at Villa Aldora (usually we do an RCI
exchange).  It was wonderful.  Our host, Steve, was so helpful and fun to
chat with.  Fresh water rinces and hangers were provided, and if you wanted
(we didn't), tanks were available so you could dive from the hotel dock. 
We did snorkle a couple of times - saw squid, eels, and lots of fish.  The
rooms were excellent - well kept and well furnished (including the ability
to "cook in").  We chose to go out and ate at some traditional
favories (El Moro, la Tortuga, la Perlita) and some new ones (Kinta, la
Veranda, and la Cocay) and had great meals.  La Kinta was especially good.
Being picked up at the hotel's dock with our gear already on board was a
treat.  We're headed back in October.  Check out Aldora's October special
on ScubaBoard (search on Dave Dillehay - free hotel in October).  We
recommend both the dive shop and the Villa with no reservations.
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