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

Aldora Divers, Oct, 2011,

by Michael Wood, WA, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 6306.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over Caribbean, Indonesia, Philippines, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 84 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive your computer; nitrox highly recommended due to long bottom times.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish N/A
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
UW Photo Comments Large camera bucket only on large boat, which only took 1 day in 6.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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