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

August, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Larry Pepper, GA, USA
Report Number 171
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Caymen, Barbadoes, Dominca, Hawaii, Key Largo / Key West, West Palm
Beach, Florida, North Carolina, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
65   to 110    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Restrictions were based on your experience.  For example since we were
expereinced divers we were only restricted by what prudent divers would do.
This included the option of diving all advanced sites includeing Maricabo
Deep to 140- 160 feet.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
This was my 5th trip to Cozumel (more than 300 dives in total)  and my
first with Aldora Divers.
Obviously diving Cozumel is fantastic so my comments are regarding Aldora. 
They are by far the best operation not only in Cozumel but in any location
that I have experienced.  This starts with the reservation process which
was effortless.  Aldora provides A toll free number manned by  Toni who was
very helpful.  

Once you drop your gear to be fitted for the steel 80-120's you don't have
to touch it again.  It is set up for you each morning and after each dive
then everything is  rinsed and stored at night.  No lugging gear!!
Dive Masters, Bill, Jorge and Roberta were fantastic.  I have done Devil's
Throat several times,  but Jorge made it a new experience that was an order
of magnitude better.  Bill was great helping me identify the critters and
was there with a magnifying glass to see macro life different then ever
before.  They were there but left you alone once they knew your
capabilities.  Dives are a minimum of 70 minutes including deep dives
thanks to the steel tanks and computers.  Surface intervals are done at a
great beach restaurant and Bob Thayer (one of the owners) usually meets you
there.  He is a great guy.  The goal he set and has achieved is operating a
dive operation that sets the standard for any one else.
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