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

September, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Barton, CA, USA
Report Number 1379
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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

calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
5 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
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
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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