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

December, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Marilyn Mitchell, MI, UNITED STATES
Report Number 1545
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
South Caicos, Grand Turk, Grand Cayman, Roatan, Bonaire, Curacao, USVI,
BVI, FL. keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Aldora Divers requires divers to use computers, and since Cozumel diving is
drift diving, all divers ascended together. Steel 100's for women and 120's
for ment allowed longer dives than might be usual.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
January 2005 - Aldora Divers runs a diving operation the way it should be
run. Hats off to Memo and Dave! They run small boats with 6 diver max and
use steel 100 and 120 tanks,resulting in dives of more than an hour
everytime. After dropping our gear at the shop the night before our first
dive, we never touched it again until we picked it up on our last day. The
divemasters Mario, Mateo and Luis were terrific! Customer care was
fantastic. On our first dive, I had a high pressure leak, which eventually
resulted in the dive being aborted. We headed to a beach club to make
repairs and while there, Memo, one of the owners, showed up to tell us they
had brought extra tanks so we were able to do both dives after all! Each
day, our surface interval was spent at a beach club, where we got something
to eat and sat in the sun until it was time for the second dive. The diving
was incredible although waves caused by "el norte" made getting
back on the boat a challenge some days. However, since your gear is handed
up to the captain before boarding, it was definitely do-able. We saw 7 or 8
splendid toadfish, beautiful eagle rays with wingspans that looked to be 8
feet or more, huge grouper, several kinds of crabs, lots of lobster, many
morays, both green and spotted, a "herd" of more than 50 large
gray angelfish "grazing " together on some kind of seagrass and
lots more. One day when the harbor was closed due to the weather, Aldora
arranged a trip to the los ojos cenotes, an awesome sight.

Villa Aldora is owned by Dave, one of the owners of the dive operation, and
is very capably managed by Greg and Kay. Aside from one other couple who
were longtime friends of Greg and Kay's, my husband Gary Sundermann and I
were the only other people around that week. (It tends to be slow right
after the holidays, although many divers were arriving the next week). We
had a GREAT time with Greg, Kay and their friends!!! We stayed in the
Barracuda Suite, which included a king and a queen size bed, table and
chairs, loveseat and full kitchen. It was very nice and was kept spotlessly
clean. There is a very nice coutyard where people can gather for drinks in
the evening and a small "beach" type area for lounging. We were
told the snorkling was great right in front of the villa, but the wave
action due to el norte kept us from jumping in. The Villa is about a 20
minute walk north of town, so it is convenient to walk there and back for

Aldora Divers jumped to the head of our list of GREAT dive operations, and
Villa Aldora is a wonderul place to stay. We had an altogether excellent
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