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Dive Review of Aldora/Las Brisas in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Mark McAlpin, 75703, Texas
Report Number 794
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
72   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
August 9-11, 2003

I chose to dive with Aldora this time largely due to the reviews they
received in Undercurrents and in Rodales. I was not disappointed. Our
boats were fast and our crews were very good, especially Mateo, our
divemaster, who was attentive but not smothering. He did his best to honor
everyones requests. There was never more than eight divers in our party
and once as few as three. The larger steel tanks are a plus since they
afford more bottom time even for the air hogs. If you dont have DIN
regulators, just go by the shop in advance so they can set yours up. We did
not rent gear but their rental gear was good quality and looked new and
well maintained. We went to the mainland for a couple of cenote dives and
this experience was very cool. Crystal clear water and beautiful
formations. My only complaint is that we were not advised that the cenote
diving was about double what Aldora charges for two tank drift dives in
Cozumel. Its not that the cenote trip was not worth the price-I just would
have liked to know in advance that it costs significantly more. I had
planned to pay in cash for my diving but this left me short. We stayed at
Las Brisas because the price was right and it is located within walking
distance of San Miguel. Also, Aldora would pick us up at the hotel dock.
Las Brisas was clean and nice with a huge pool and the staff at the hotel
was very pleasant. The food was mediocre-not bad, just not great either. We
had most of our meals in town. If you do not mind paying a little more I
highly recommend Aldora for their outstanding service. I highly recommend
Las Brisas because it is a great value and conveniently located near San
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