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

Aldora Divers/Villa Aldora, Oct, 2011,

by John E. Keith, UT, US (Contributor Contributor 19 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 6259.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Bonaire, Grand Caymen, Turks and Caicos, Saba, Hawaii, Cabo San Lucas, California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas currents
Water Temp 28 to 29 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 25 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Ascend as a group
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments No camera tank available on the boats. Villa Aldora has fresh water barrels available.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our fifth time with Aldora Divers and third time staying at Villa Aldora. Aldora Divers is a first class operation - maximum of 6 divers (although one day we had 7 due to a scheduling problem) per fast boat, and often extra DMs for new divers. Tell the DM what you like to do, and they will accomodate (my wife and I like to "poke along" and take pictures). The DMs were great. When "newbies" were aboard, the DMs paid special attention to their briefings. We've used other operations in Cozumel, but have found Aldora to be the best. On almost every dive, several of the divers not staying at Villa Aldora were repeats with Aldora. Villa Aldora is a great place to stay. Pickups are at the Villa early enough to be first on site. Rooms are very nice - good cooking facilities (although we like to go out to El Moro, Kinta, and the other great restaurants in Cozumel), very clean and comfortable, Wifi and LAN both, great phone system, gear soaking and storage, etc. Excellent staff (extremely helpful and ready to serve. We've found that the resident managers (Brent right now) takes good care of you. Guests seem to be family by the time you leave. We'll be back!
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