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Dive Review of Aldora in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Aldora, Aug, 2005,

by David Cutler, ID, USA . Report 2693.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Camen islands, Truk, Yap, BVI, Sea of cortez ,
[Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 82 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 100 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions We were using 120s. Most dives we were instructed to let the divemaster know when 1000 lbs. Limits were reasonable usually 120 first dive and then 60 2nd. Always a deco stop until computers said ok.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Accommodations 4 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 4 stars
Comments This was my first trip back to Cozumel in about 10 years and lots has changed.
This is now a big city (because of the cruise ships I am sure.)
I don't know if this is all bad as the economy looks robust but the Island has lost some of the charm for me.
Storm damage has taken its toll on the diving as well as the island,
but I suspect the island will recover before the reef.
Lots more big turtles than I remember, not as many big groupers,
but this was the first time I have seen dolphins diving cozumel.
Aldora Divers is the best operation I have been with anywhere.
Briefings were short,to the point. Boat were fast, reasonably dry,
usually 4 to 6 divers.
As somone who pefers to set up my own gear I had to adjust my ways some what.
This was my first time diving with 120s and although the extra air is great I had a hard time adjusting to the extra weight on my back.
The bigger tank always seemed to be rolling me inverted. Positioning the tank higher on my bc seemed to help.
As usual I took about 10 lbs of clothes that I didn't need.
Take quick dry swim suits, shorts, tank tops,and t shirts for formal
dinners.
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