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

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by William King, SC, USA
Reviewer   (5 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 3876
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Micronesia, Indian Ocean, Thialand, Burma, Solomons, Australia,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No decompression dives  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
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  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
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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