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

Aldora Divers/Villa Aldora, Feb, 2008,

by William King, SC, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 3876.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Micronesia, Indian Ocean, Thialand, Burma, Solomons, Australia, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No decompression dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 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

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 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Villa Aldora, associated with Aldora Divers, is a small apartment complex about 3/4 of a mile north of San Miguel facing LaPlaya Carmen on the mainland. The apartments are quite comfortable. Some have full kitchens others kitchenettes. A small beach and seawall are between the Villa and the sea. Tha Aldora boat arrives at the Villa dock @ 0730 allowing the divers to be the first on whatever site has been selected. Steel 125 tanks are used for the men and 100s for the women allowing a great reduction in weight. The BCD's and regulators are kept on board and mounted on the tank when the boat arrives. Entry is by back roll and exodus is by a vertical ladder. BCD,tank, weight belt and fins are removed and passed up by the crew before climbing the ladder. Surface interval is taken at "Mr. Sancho's" Beach Club allowing for purchase of food & drink. During 8 dives over a four day period large turtles were seen feeding on each dive. A plethora of other large Caribbean critters were seen on each dive. All dives were drift, sometimes fast sometimes slow, proper buoyancy is a must to enjoy the flora and fauna as you pass. Most dives were in excess of an hour. Divemaster Javier and Captain El Gato were fantastic. They gave us exactly what we wanted and the boat was always positioned near to our surfacing location. During the surface travel, parkas were offered to those who were chilled from the breeze. Aldora divers is a great operation, we have already made plans to return in 2009.
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