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

Aldora Divers/Hotel Suites Bahia, Dec, 2011,

by Harry "Buzz" Waterston, PA, US ( 2 reports). Report 6397.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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