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

December, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Harry "Buzz" Waterston, PA, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6397
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Mostly Cozumel for the last few years.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
cloudy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
78   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
2
Water Visibility
100   to    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Diving with Aldora is always a treat.  Best boats, best staff.  Dove with
Liang, who is always superb with briefings, finding small stuff, etc.
At San Juan, saw several huge schools of fish, turtles, and a large eagle
ray.  I'd never dive with any other dive shop on Cozumel.  Aldora is the
best!  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Having been to Cozumel many times, we knew exactly what we'd find.  We've
been eating at restaurants at the local food mercado at Avenida 25 for
years;  this is the first time we've seen ANY other U.S. or Canadian divers
there, eh?   Apparently, the mercado has finally found its way into several
guidebooks, including Fodor's.   It's probably listed under things for the
adventurous tourist to do.  At Tres Hermanas (I think that's the name of
the place), my wife and I had a lunch of huevos rancheros for her, and
menudo (tripe soup) and Yucatecan-style pork for me.  Plus a drink for her
and a banana liquado for me, all for the princely sum of $9 U.S. and all
delicious.  
We also like La Morena on Avenida 10 (the conch fried with coconut batter
is especially good)and the fairly new Argentine restaurant at the corner of
Calle 3 and Avenida 5.  I had a large portion of perfectly grilled mollejas
(calf's sweetbreads) for the rediculous sum of 90 pesos---about $7 U.S.  
Good sangria, and a small selection of good Argentine wines.  
The Cozumel economy has been hard hit during 2011, so bargaining for
jewelry, clothing, etc. was easier than ever.  WARNING---MANY STORES ALONG
THE MAIN DRAG OF AVENIDA MELGAR ARE SELLING SYNTHETIC GEMSTONES.  BE
CAREFUL!  They will quote a high price for Mexican Fire Opal, Tanzanite,
etc., and then will "allow" themselves to be bargained down to a
fraction of that price. Touch of Gold and Opals Mine are both reputable
jewelry stores.  The people at Opals Mine will be happy to show you the
difference between synthetic and real gemstones (we received that info at
Amsterdam Sauer and H. Stern's world headquarters in Rio while celebrating
our 40th anniversary in Rio last March.   Caveat emptor!
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