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Dive Review of Aldora/Casa Del Mar in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

Aldora/Casa Del Mar, Nov, 2002,

by Jean Anne Booth, TX, USA . Report 277.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving TX Flower Gardens, Australia, Cocos Island, Hawaii, Taiwan, Belize, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 70 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Agreed on depth & time limits before each dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Good handling of a drift dive when the group is mixed, some photographers, some not.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Aldora remains an excellent dive operation, running steel tanks (120s for men, 100s for women) and all-computer dives in small groups. They work hard to assign divers of like skill together, and are very reasonable about deciding where to go for a dive and what the time/depth limits will be (all drift diving, so everyone pretty much needs to stay together). They are almost always on time (usually early!) and offer long surface intervals at local beach spots between dives. Omar and Memo (Bill) are knowledgeable and easy-going divemasters, fun to be with ... In late November, the eagle rays are everywhere!
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