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

Aldora/Villa Aldora, Sep, 2004,

by Barton, CA, USA . Report 1379.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving La Paz Mexido, Grand Turk, Australia, Bahamas, Monterey CA, Florida, Channel Islands CA
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Small group (max 6) led by DM. Drift diving, so not that much choice of where to go. DM followed our requests.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No specific provisions for photography on boat. Fast current often makes it difficult to set up a photo shot in any case.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The excellent service of the dive operation is as good as other readers have said. It was a good choice for our family trip with our two kids (18 and 20 years) who are beginners. The DM Luis did a great job of recommending dives appropriate for our family, and finding small critters for us to see. The dive boat picked us up at the Villa each day until Hurricane Ivan destroyed the dock. We enjoyed the long (up to 75 minutes), relaxing dives. The reefs are in excellent condition. Quantitiy of fish is moderate. The night dive was the best.
Villa Aldora is a small new facility 1.2 miles north of the ferry terminal in San Miguel, a quiet location within walking distance of town, and taxis are available to town for $4 to $6. Clean rooms, good views, good air conditioning. Buy your own food and drink in town. There is excellent snorkeling, especially at night, off the back steps. We saw an octopus and several squid there. Consider it if you don't want the services (pool, spa, restaurants, etc.) of a big hotel. The perfect place for a relaxing vacation.
The Aldora web site provides much useful information about getting to Cozumel and where to eat there. Avoid the turist traps set up for the multitudes from the cruise boats. Try the La Mission resturant on Aldolfo Rosado Salas.
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