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

Aldora Divers/Fiesta Americana, Aug, 2002,

by Larry Pepper, GA, USA . Report 171.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 65 to 110 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 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 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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