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

Aldora Divers/N/A, Feb, 2008,

by Steven J. Bissell, CO, USA ( 1 report). Report 4158.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Canary Islands, Cook Islands, Fiji, Coral Sea, Saba, Mediterranean (not worth the effort).
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas surge
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 120 max. All divers required to have computer. Everyone goes down and comes up together unless you get prior permission from the DM.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Ive been diving Cozumel for 15+ years and Ive experience the good, the bad, and the truly awful. This is my second year of diving with Aldora Divers and Ill stick with them. The reason I switched is because the best (in my opinion) dive master on Cozumel went to work for Aldora. Memo, the owner of Aldora, keeps his eyes open and hires the best DMs he can find and he more or less has a one strike and youre out rule for bad DMs.

Aldora has mostly small boats and unless it is really busy youll only be with four or five other divers. They also have a big, 42 foot, boat for the days when the Harbor Master wont allow small boats out. But even on the big boat your dive party will be no bigger than four of five divers and have your own DM.

I know that all this is just a matter of opinion and we all have that, but I have been with a lot of operations on Cozumel over the years and Aldora is the one which Id use to judge everyone else.

BTW, I dove about twice a week for two months this year and saw some big sharks other than nurse sharks. One was a big Black Tip and the other we debated about. In the end we decided that it was ether a Bull Shark or a Caribbean Reef Shark. Both were around the 12 foot size and we saw them on Columbia Deep, which is my personal favorite dive site. This is the only the second time in 15 years Ive seen sharks other than nurse sharks. The other time was a huge Hammer Head who came and looked at us on our safety stop!
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