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

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Norman Friday, CT, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3863
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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

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
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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