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

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by John G. Kie, OR, USA
Report Number 1324
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Puget Sound, Gulf of Mexico, Australia, Spain
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with group. Single divers welcomed.  Depths up to 120 feet.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Small fast boats, but limited on-board facilties for photographers,
although the lack of rinse tanks was a trival concern.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Much has been written about Aldora Divers.  In my opinion, they are the
only operation with which to dive on Cozumel.  Small, fast boats (6 divers
max), high pressure steel tanks (bottoms times all > 60 minutes),
everyone dives a computer. Lots of hawksbill turtles and spotted eagle rays
this trip.  Villa Aldora is a superb place to stay.  North of town but
within walking distance, dive boats pick you up at the dock behind the
villa.  Bicyles are provided for trips into town.  Be sure and try Taco
Diaz for dinner, Memo will tell you where it is.  New internet phones were
being installed when I was there.  Dave and Memo, the operators, are great
folks; Luis a superb divemaster.  Prices for diving and lodging at Villa
Aldora are towards the top end, but worth every penny.  A lot of Aldora's
business is from repeat customers.  Dive with them once and you won't want
to use anyone else.
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