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

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Becky Good, fl, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4681
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Fl, Little Cayman, Florida Keys, Nekton
Livaboard Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
75   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with Divemaster  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No camera rinse bucket
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
4 stars    
Fist time to Cozumel.  4 in our group, ages 51-64.  Sonny, one of our dive
buddies visited Coz last year and highly recommended Villa Aldora and
Aldora Divers and made a specific request for our divemaster to be Mateo,
who he dove with last year.  Booking with both were very easy on-line.  3
of us live in Jacksonville, Fl and one in Greenville, SC.  We 3 from Jax
booked our flight into Charlotte NC to meet up with Sonny who drove 2 hours
to Charlotte for a non-stop to Coz.  We arrived at Villa Aldora early
afternoon on Saturday and were greeted by Melissa who manages the villa
along with her husband Craig.  After setting up in the North Villa (2bd/2
1/2 bath with ocean view), Craig took us to Mega, the local large grocer,
so that we could stock up on groceries.  Sunday morning was our first dive
and Mateo was excellent.  Very saftey minded and made certain to keep an
eye on me and my other friend who had not dove there before.  I was told
Coz was "drift diving" and I had assumed it would be like West
Palm Beach.  NOT!  Some of the currents were very strong and I jokingly
referred to my trip as my advanced buddy breathing cert trip.  I only had
one dive that didn't require Mateo handing me his octopus.  The diving was
beautiful and I finally got the hang of managing myself in the currents. 
After the first morning dive, we would head to a beachfront restaurant, eat
lunch and then head out for our second dive.  Memo, part owner of Aldora
Divers would meet us at lunch to be sure we were enjoying our dives.  

The people of Cozumel are wonderful and very happy to have us there.  We
made certain to support them by going to town often and making a financial
contribution to buy their wares and food.  La Mission restaurant is
awesome.  We went there twice for dinner. Their margarittas could not be
matched and fish dishes awesome. Sorrisi is also an excellent restaurant
and I would recommend the Tortollini Ala Pera.....killer.  Pricey but worth
one dinner there.

All in all, should I return to Coz, I would stay again at Villa Aldora and
dive with Aldora Divers being certain Mateo is the divemaster.

Should you book with either, please tell them Becky, Preston, Sonny and
Ginger say hello.  

Becky Good, Jacksonville, Fl
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