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

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Glenn Gill, MO, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3835
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, surge, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divemaster always the leader. Depth limits were highly suggested. Used
120cu.ft.HP steel tanks,signal divemaster with 1000 psi. When two divers
are @ 1000 psi dive ends & group surfaces to 15'for safety stop and
exit the water together.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 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 $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Villa Aldora is a superb facility. The managers Kay and Greg are most
helpful and go the extra mile when you need them. The Villa is north of
town but in walking distance if you wish. They have bicycles for you to use
or, just go to the street and wave a taxi down within minutes. You will
need to take money for the bill because they do not accept credit or debit
cards. Kay or Greg will explain when you make a reservation.  I used Aldora
Divers for our diving. They pick you up right at the Villa Aldora. This
makes for very easy access to the boat every day. If the weather is bad
enough that the boat can not dock at the Villa Aldora (norte) which we had
a couple of days, Aldora will make arrangements to have you taken to the
perspective marina for departure. We did get to use Aldora's new 40' boat
the "Falicity". Very comfortable and fast for the size. The norte
set in and the harbor master declared no boats under 40' leave the harbor.
Aldora had this boat made just for this situation so we were able to dive
that day. Aldora is a first rate operation. They are not cheap but you get
long dives and personal service, so with that in mind they are not so
expensive either. I had an equipment malfunction on one dive. They had it
fixed and ready the next morning. They will have you equpipment set up and
ready when you get on the boat. And it will be rinsed and hung to dry
everyday. They only have six divers per diveamster so it is not a cattle
boat operation. Angel is the boat captain and is very helpful and careful
with the handling of your gear.If you dive with Aldora though, I would
suggest that you are nitrox certified or get certified while there. The
large tanks give longer dive times plus depth of dives will make your
computers angry pretty quick on the second dive when using air. We had two
divemasters Mateo,and Edgar. Mateo was the best of the two. Very aware of
the surroundings including divers. He uses two different types of dive
computers at the same time. Suunto and Oceanic, making him aware of what a
conservative and more agressive computer will be reading. Therefore when he
looks for the "ok" sign he also has an idea what your computer is
reading and keeping you out of deco. Mateo also uses air on most dives
verses nitrox depending on the group he has that day.  Edgar was not as
aware and used nitrox on every dive. Also had to take off his bc, and drop
two wetsuits down to his waist on every dive to urinate, then put it back
on, while underwater. Almost like a circus act so ladies beware even though
 he is very discrete and usually moves slightly away from the group. There
are other divemasters with the Aldora fleet but, these are the only two we
personally had. Aldora also has another person that is most helpful and
super to work with. She is an instructor and just all around asset to the
operation. Her name is LeeAnn. Cozumel is still recovering from wilma and
will be for some time. You can see signs of new coral growing yet, there
are still areas that are very damaged. The small marine life seems to be
good but, the large animals were almost extinct. The only large animal
encounter was a dolphin,a couple of nurse sharks, and three large moray
eels. We did not experience any strong currents. Even at the northern dive
sites. All in all Villa Aldora and Aldora Divers are first class
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