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

June, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Teresa Yent, NC, USA
Report Number 1186
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, Cozumal several times, Bonaire several times,
Fiji, Great Barrier Reef, Hondorus
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Drift Diving - have to enter together and come up together.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
This was our 5th trip to Cozumel.  It was the  first time we took our
children to Cozumel because this place was a right of passage for them.  We
told them that they needed more experience to go to Cozumel.  They know
that it is my husband and mine favorite dive location for the Carribean and
couldn't wait to go.  The trip unfortunately was a bust.  It rained 27 the
first 24 hours that we were there.  It had also rained for two days prior
to our arrival.  The port was closed for two days then when we were able to
dive, it was so churned up from the tropical storm that the visability was
horrible for Cozumel.  There were many dive sites that we couldnt even
visit because it was so murky.  If you were below 60, it wasnt bad  but
above 60 sucked.  We still had a great time, but the kids were unimpressed
with the diving!  Cozumel is always fun because of the top side
attractions.  We rented scooter and went to Coconuts and went horse back
riding.  Many of the locals were flooded out of their house  nothing like
a vacation with a natural disaster going on.  The hotels all lost power one
night.  They said that this was the worst rain that they have had in a
decade  worse then a hurricane.  We had no wind though with the storm. 
All the intersections were flooded 2 to 3 feet and the north side of the
island was 4 to 5 feet.  

We were schedule to dive with Living Underwater but due to the flood,
Jeremy felt he needed to bail out his house and take care of his family. 
He hooked us up with Aldora and they were able to fit us in at the last
minute.  We usually dive with Aldora when we are in Cozumel.  The owner has
 put in a lot of TLC to make Aldora what it once use to be.  We also were
invited to a party at Villa Aldora which was great.  It is just north of
town and it is a place for Aldora divers to stay while in town.  They have
everything to offer you.  Very simple motel like accomadations all the way
up the chain to a house with several bedrooms.   The pricing was very
reasonable and they will keep a boat up at the marina next to Villa Aldora
to take divers to the dive sites south of town.  We will definitely
consider the Villa Aldora the next time we are in Cozumel.  

Since the diving was so-so we took advantage of a deal that Aldora had.  We
went to Playa Del Carman and we dove a Cenotes.  It was really cool and a
bit cold!  Crystal clear water  it was like looking through air.  It was a
wonderful experience.  Then we went to Tulum.  It was a great excursion. 
We dove with Mateo who is a real cave junkie! 

We rented a house, Casa Carlita which was beautiful and so well worth the
money.  We rented the house from Cozumel Vacation Rentals.  [ link]  It was a 5 minute
walk to Plaza Las Glorias pier for boat pick-up and 2 blocks from the
grocery store.  They were awesome to work with and were very responsive
before, during and after our trip.  They had maid service daily with clean
towels etc.  Terrific for the money and we didnt get flooded.  

We participated in a DAN study while we were there which was very

I had my 200th dive in Cozumel and this was the first dive trip that I have
ever had any weather related issues.  Not to bad!   
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