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

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Steven J. Bissell, CO, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4158
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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

Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
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
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