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

October, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Wood, WA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6306
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All over Caribbean, Indonesia, Philippines, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive your computer; nitrox highly recommended due to long bottom times.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Large camera bucket only on large boat, which only took 1 day in 6.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
As with two other trips with Aldora Divers, they are the only way to go on
Cozumel.  Big steel tanks, 80 minute dives, and the only ones who can dive
the other side of the island (east) during "Nortes" when the
harbor is closed.  We dove the east side one day and had an amazing dolphin
encounter with 5-6 dolphins who first swam along the boat, then waited for
us to be underwater for 15 minutes and came to "play" with us,
circling me multiple times, coming within 10 feet, smiling and nodding and
cavorting with me.  The diving is classic Cozumel, but Aldora is very good
at figuring out best sites for the weather/conditions, which were often
iffy during our October stay.  A little more expensive but worth the extra
bottom time, safety and experience.  Villa Aldora is also very nice. 
Manager Brent was fabulous, responsive and fixed any little thing.  Don't
dive Cozumel without Aldora Divers.  Only complaint is unnecessarily long
surface interval at Sanchos beach resort.  Diving nitrox we could do with a
half hour break and get back into the water. Often got back to room at 2pm,
a little late.  Photography a challenge due to lots of backscatter.  Wide
angle near impossible, stuck to macro and short range.
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