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Dive Review of Aldora Divers/Villa Dos (Rented House in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

January, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Kevin McCarter, IL, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 5337
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Bahammas, Hawaii, Bonair, Jamaica, St. Thomas, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, rainy  
Seas
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
79   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Computer required, explicit waiver w/ very clear rules.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
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  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
N/A
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Weather conditions were horrible, but Aldora absolutely busted their butts
to get our group of 7 out in a safe manner.  The weather was pretty bad on
Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Better on Tuesday.  
 
We were really impressed (again) by Memo's dedication to finding a safe way
to get us out.  We were "skunked" on Saturday afternoon, the day
of arrival.  
 
On Sunday, we dove the east side, which was somewhat calm, though very
cold.  Memo and his team searched around and found an area on the southeast
corner.  The conditions were certainly sub-optimal, but they made it work. 
They routinely provided us with parkas before and after the dives.  
 
On Monday, the wind shifted straight from the north.  The harbor was closed
and diving was not allowed by local authorities.  Memo met us on the east
side again and, finding conditions not to our liking, consulted his crew,
got their input and devised a plan to dive the south end.  He sent the two
small boats to meet us in the Punta Sur park.  Much better day of diving. 
They worked very hard at making this happen, but not with unacceptable
safety risks.  We would have understood, and frankly, expected him to
cancel diving for the day.  But he found the one place on that island that
was acceptable under those weather conditions and went way out of his way
to make that happen.  Aldora was the only dive operator operating in
Cozumel that day.  
 
On Tuesday, the west side was pretty much back to normal and we had two
great dives, more typical of Cozumel.
 
We're all experienced divers and have used many operators throughout the
Caribbean. Aldora continues to be the best without question.  
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