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Dive Review of Aldora Divers in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Roger Zander, Mi, usa
Report Number 739
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Xcalak, Bonaire, Roatan
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
DM depth limits, 500 psi on boat but, usualy still had 1000 psi due to DM
ending dive, buddy system  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
After multiple trips to Cozumel, we decided to try Aldora Divers.  They are
better than most dive operators on Cozumel but, it depends on what you is
important to your diving preferences.  Here's my opinion of our 6 days with
Aldora.  Their equipment and boats were in good repair, they picked us up
in San Miguel at their pier and the Divemaster Jorge was very good with
supervising newer divers.  The owner Dave, happened to be in town, a great
guy but, he's not out on the boats.  The dive shop would rinse BCDs only,
not wetsuits - that's a nuisance.  I asked for a freshwater camera rinse
bucket 3 days in a row without success.  There was only warm water on boat
to drink, no juice, soda or ice.  One day, we "ran out of reef"
twice due to missing the start of the reef.  We arrived at a night dive
site with 2 non-working lights and no spare batteries.  Fortunately, divers
had pocket lights to substitute.  A typical profile was 30 minutes on a
reef or wall followed by 40 minutes on a sandy bottom.  The rule was to
return to the boat with 500 psi, our group usually had 1000 psi remaining
due to DM ending the dive and we got bored looking at sand.  We were using
the larger capacity tanks with DIN connectors yet, we never really
benefitted with higher quality bottom time.  Aldora has a standard 2 hour
surface interval which is too long for my liking, especially since we had
relatively normal nitrogen loading profiles.  The 7:30 am departure got us
to the dive sites first but, the sites were also darker and in shadows that
early in the day.  For the reminder of our trip, we chartered a local DM,
captain and boat with tanks for 5 days.  Using the standard Aluminum 80s,
we repeated some of the Aldora trip dive sites.  We had equal dive profiles
and returned to the boat with over 300 to 500 psi.  The DM and captain went
to our choice of sites, always putting us on the reef at the beginning. 
The conclusion we came up with is "why pay more?"   The highest
price does not equal highest quality.  Our charter worked out to $50 for 2
tanks per day and only 5 divers on the boat.  Aldora is nearly double that
price with 7 divers on the boat.
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