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

Aldora/Las Brisas, Aug, 2003,

by Mark McAlpin, 75703, Texas . Report 794.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 72 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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 Miguel.
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