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Dive Review of Aldora Divers/Meson San Miguel Hotel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

February, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by David P. Chappel, FL, USA
Report Number 355
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
South Pacific, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, St. Vincent & The
Grenadines, Bahama, New England, Washington State (San Juan Islands)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Profiles based on the least experienced diver(s) signed up for boat on that
particular day.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
1 stars    
Aldora is a good operation if you are a beginner. The dive masters are very
professional and provide excellent briefings. This is not, however, an
outfit exclusively for intermediate level and above divers. The dives are
determined based on the skill level of the least experienced diver(s) on
the boat. During the week we were there, we made duplicate trips to the
same dive sites. Although we were using steel 100's and computers, they
were unnecessary given the type of diving we were doing (shallow &
bland). This is an expensive outfit. They charge $80 for a 2-tank dive. The
going rate on the island is about $60 for a 2-tank trip. They will tell you
that they charge extra because they are using steel (100) tanks and provide
a "superior" dive experience.  I do believe they are capable of
delivering a superior experience if you bring your own group - and your
abilities are reasonably close. Unfortunately, we had mixed groups (1/2
advanced, 1/2 beginner) each of the 5 days and ended up diving beginner
profiles for 4 of the 5 days. 

In my opinion, they are a high cost / no frills operation. For beverages,
expect warm water.  They are absolutely watching their profit margins
closely.  In all of my years of diving Cozumel, I guess I've become spoiled
by the $60.00 operations that take out 6 divers and provide ice cold soft
drinks, water and snacks.  These $60.00 operators will also take out 2 dive
masters to accomodate varying levels of experience.  Aldora does not
provide this type of experience.  I guess I'd rather go with aluminum 80's
and some high voltage diving for 35 minutes versus sucking on a steel 100
on a crowded shallow reef for 90 minutes.
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