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

Aldora Divers/Villa Aldora, Oct, 2004,

by Marc Silling, OH, USA . Report 1406.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Key Largo
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Stay within approximate sight of dive master
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 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 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 dive.

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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