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Dive Review of Aldoro Divers/Villa Aldoro in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Aldoro Divers/Villa Aldoro, Jan, 2008,

by Norman Friday, CT, USA ( 1 report). Report 3863.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Curacao, Bonaire, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Barbados, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt(Red Sea), Sea of Cortez, New England Coast, Great Lakes (U.S. and Canada, California, North Carolina.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dependent on dive...stay within eyesight of dive master. Our dives ran between 120 and 60 feet. Everyone dives computer for multi level diving.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Great opportunity for wide angle. Difficult to do macro with current and keeping up with the group. Night dive off of resort was very good for Macro. I was shooting video and came back with good footage of all the particular subjects I had gone down for. Only dove 3 of the six days I intended due to muscle spasms in neck, so it could only have gotten better. Large boat had rinse tank for cameras, small boats don't. No dry area on small boats to work on camera gear, but you have an hour, or more, at a restaurant on a beach between dives to take care of problems.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Greg and Kay, who manage Villa Aldoro, could not have been more friendly and accommodating. The web site answers most of you questions and Greg and Kay were very prompt and helpful in replying to any additional information or requests that I sent them. All the info provided on the web site was completely accurate. Upon arrival at the Villa we were taken downtown to the dive shop for a check in by Kay and then on to a large store which was similar to a combination of a Walmart, a grocery supermarket, and a liquor store. Each day of diving was as promised with 120' steel tanks, multi level dives on computers, small and fast 6 diver max. boats, and wonderful relaxed surface time between dives at a loveley restaurant on a beautiful sandy beach.
Greg and Kay are the gourmet food critics on the island and were happy to direct us to the best restaurants. We took them out to dinner one night and they chose a modest restaurant off the beaten track where I experienced on of the more memorable meals of my many trips!!
When I managed to get spasms in the muscles of my neck Greg and Kay took me to their own doctor (Wow..only $60 for the visit) and on to a pharmacy to fill the presriptions. With the meds I was completely recovered and found that I could once again raise Dos Equis and tequila to my waiting lips. I can't say enough in praise of the personal care and concern Greg and Kay gave us.
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