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

Aldora Divers/Villa Aldora, Apr, 2013,

by Thomas Anklam, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 6967 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Socorro Islands, Bonaire, Thailand, Monterey
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
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Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
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Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 2 stars
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Comments This was my first time diving Cozumel. After reading the reviews in Undercurrent, I chose to dive with Aldora Divers and to stay at the Villa. Very high marks to both. The Villa is very nice, immaculately clean and well run. Brent and Debbie, the onsite managers, couldn't have been more accommodating and did eve ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Craig A Wood in PA, US at May 06, 2013 18:50 EST  
Hi Thomas, What computers were you using? I've dived with Aldora on similar profiles with my Cochran or Oceanic and not ever entered deco. Of course, these are relatively liberal decompression algorithms. Others on the dives, especially those diving Suunto computers easily went into deco. Even they did not end up with much of a deco obligation after the multilevel profile to end the dive. Best, Craig
By Thomas Anklam in CA, US at May 06, 2013 22:40 EST  
Craig, I was using a Suunto, and you're correct, it was only a 3 or 4 minute obligation. My critical comment wasn't that it was a deco dive, but that the divemaster didn't brief this in the predive. This left me to wonder whether we were on the correct profile, was the divemaster lost, etc. Tom
By Craig A Wood in PA, US at May 07, 2013 19:18 EST  
Gas management is your responsility. You could easily communicate this with your divemaster. Your divemaster may have assumed that most would be under no deco limits depending on his or her deco algorithmm. On the one dive trip where my wife dived a Suunto rental, it controlled our dive on all occasions.
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