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Dive Review of Aldora/Reef Club in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

Aldora/Reef Club, May, 2006,

by Buddy McEachern, MO, US . Report 2507.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, All around Florida, Flower Gardens
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 100 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive your computer. No deeper than 130 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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
UW Photo Comments Our digital camera didn't requirement any special setup - it was ready to go when we got on the boat.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Aldora is the best dive operation I've used in all my years of diving. In my four trips to Cozumel, this was the first time I left the island 100% satisfied with the dives, the dive boats, divemasters, and the overall operation. My 12 year old daughter is a jr OW diver with only 10 dives. Aldora catered to our (her) needs and gave her the attention she deserved. The Divemaster (Mario) made sure every dive she made was something she would always remember just by the "little" things he would do for her. Needless to say, she is now hooked on diving mainly because of Mario spending more time with her than what was expected from any Divemaster.

The boats were small and fast. We had no more than 5 divers on any given day on boats that would hold 10 - 12 divers. There was plenty of room for everyone to move around and enjoy the ride to the sites. Aldora will setup all the dive gear on each tank, exchange tanks, clean, and store all your equipment. All we had to do was meet the boat at a certain time, dive, and have a good time. I was very impressed when Kay (staff member)met us at the airport and give us directions to the dive shop to drop off our gear. The entire staff we met (Greg, Kay, Memo, and others) treated my family as if we have always been diving with them.

The only bad thing I can say is the cost is a little more than the "cattle boat" type operations in Cozumel. However, for not having to carry dive gear everywhere, getting to select the dive sites we wanted to go on, the hour long dives we had (they use steel tanks), for the service and safety they provide, and for the attention we received, it was very well worth it.

Aldora is a top notch operation and will always be my choice for all future trips to Cozumel.
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