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

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Mike Hynan, WI, USA
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 1851
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, Little Cayman, Puget Sound, Lake Michigan
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 130    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
My wife and I dove 5 consecutive days with Aldora. It was our first time in
Cozumel. Undercurrent and word of mouth made Aldora one of our top three
choices for a dive operator. A phone conservation with Dave, the owner,
sealed the deal. We stayed in the Barracuda suite at Villa Aldora and loved
it. No problems with bugs mentioned in the other reports. Great view and
everything works. Greg and Kay, the managers, are the best. Greg met us at
the airport at 8:00 pm, oriented us to where we were, and provided a 6 pack
in the suite. The next day Greg took us grocery shopping, and brought the
food back to Villa Aldora while we checked in at the dive office. He packed
everything away for us! We ate four meals in (using the gas grill at the
Villa), and three dinners out. Taxi rides into town were easy to find and
inexpensive, $3-4. The only problem with the apartment was a refrigerator
with a slight leak, which was quickly attended to. Some of the other guests
may have been bothered by noise from remodeling the back apartments.
Internet connections and free long distance worked perfectly.

Diving was also great, as this was our first concentrated experience with
drift diving. As advertised, we were put on a boat with divers of 
comprable experience. Vollrath was our dive master. He was friendly,
attentive, and ran a tight ship. We knew we were in good hands, and we were
very happy that he was with us for all five days of diving. He was very
open to going to sites we wanted to go to and diving profiles that we
wanted. When my wife forgot her scuba boots one day, Vollrath loaned his to
her for the first dive, and Greg and Kay got her boots to her during our
on-shore lunch surface interval. Lunch here was a little pricey, but good.
I especially liked the club sandwhiches. Overall cost of lodging and diving
was comprable to Little Cayman (maybe a little less), but the cost of food
on Cozumel was much less. 
We plan to be repeat customers!! 
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