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

October, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Marc Silling, OH, USA
Report Number 1406
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Key Largo
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay within approximate sight of dive master   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
It was quite an experience.  We dove with Aldora Divers and they were
excellent.  Their tanks were steel 120s at 3500 psi, which meant that we
did dives that lasted up to 75 minutes.  When we were using 36% Nitrox I
think I could have taken a nap on the bottom.  In our boat the first dive
was a deep air dive, and the second a more shallow (60 to 80 foot) Nitrox

They really believe in service.  We give them the BCD's and regulators and
when arrived in the morning, they were all set up.  The boat was small and
very fast, with four divers, a driver, and one dive master.  He would talk
to us about what we were looking for and then take us there.  One reef (way
south) could only be found by GPS and the dive master had to dive in and
look at the bottom to be sure we were there.  We were then treated to one
of the most pristine and untouched reefs I have ever seen.  When the dives
were over we took off our BCDs in the water and the boat driver hoisted
them up.  This is what its like to be coddled.  Because it was drift
diving, the dive master wanted us to stay in sight which we did.  In some
places the current was considerable. Basically we just sat there at the
edge of a wall and the world went by.   We saw lots of turtles and on the
night dive my son wanted to see an octopus.   We saw all sorts of them.   

We also did two Cenote dives with DiveMikes, which Aldora recommended. 
There was a cave divemaster (Victor) who knew the Cenotes like his hand. 
There was also an assistant who followed, I guess in case I flipped out. 
There was only my son and myself on this dive.  After safety instruction we
were treated to some amazing views as well as absolute pitch black when we
turned off our lights once.  I felt very safe even though we wiggled around
quite far back.  It was interesting that we traversed a cave not only side
to side, but also at times up and down.  I was very satisfied with the
service and the dives were incredible.

Whenever in Cozumel I will dive with Aldoras Divers.  Memo, the head
divemaster was very informative and insures good service. It cost a bit
more but you get what you pay for. Greg and Kay at the Villa Aldoras hotel
were extremely attentive to our needs and would drive us to town or even
take us to the grocery store.  We did a night snorkle off the dock (what's
left of it after one of the hurricanes) and saw number of critters (squid
feeding etc.)  There was an octopus on the ladder when my son started in. 

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