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Dive Review of Aldora/Hotel Aguilar in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

February, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by David A Harper, MD, United States
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 3174
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy, cloudy  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Inform DM at 1000 pounds  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
1-31-07 Off at 7:30 on the Aldora 5. Just me and Sherwood from Villa Aldora
today. Two divers and a DM, nice. We are in the water by 8:30. Columbia
regular. We get started in a beautiful swim through and are greeted by a
hovering Green Moray. Almost Disney like, he stays there and allows
pictures. He then retracts back in the cave, almost surreal. Currents are
normal today. We have a relaxing 67-minute cruise. We drift north over the
bricks, caves and horseshoe. Beautiful heads of coral one after another.
These dives are why I come back to Cozumel, again and again.1½ hour
SI at Playa Mia with cold rain, then sun. Crazy weather all week. San
Francisco for the second dive. We start off with a baby pipe seahorse. We
then get to see this beautiful drum fish, followed by a parade with a black
grouper and nurse shark. Awesome. This was the first dive of the week
without a turtle. A perfect two-dive set. There are 6 ships in port. I
attempt to take it in from my perch on Melgar but the rain runs me off. I
sit in the room and hunger strikes, again. I walk through the parking lot
of the hotel to Sabores. They are only open 12-4 p.m.Almost all meals are
under 50 pesos. For instance, tacos de pollo, chicken soup and a fruit
drink. Thats for 4 tacos! I highly recommend this place. There must have
been 25 divers there. Sabores on 5, between 3 & 5. As I am leaving the
place the cheese guy walks by hollering Queso Oxaca! A nice, Cozumel
experience. This review is for those of you want to do a trip to Cozumel
inexpensively. Please see my reviews of El Presidente and Cozumel Palace if
you prefer upscale accommodations. Hotel Aguilar is located on Calle 3 Sur,
just up from Melgar, the ocean front road. It is $45 USD a night, which
includes tax. It has two double beds, a small refrigerator, small bath, and
good air conditioning. My dive shop stored my gear but I think gear storage
would be a problem here. Lots of hot water for showers. Very basic, pretty
clean. It has a pool but I never saw anyone use it. The pool could be
better maintained. The office is staffed 24 hours per day and they are
friendly. The hotel is just around the corner from my dive shop, Aldora,
and just up the street from their dock. It was the perfect location for my
one-week visit. 
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