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

Aldora Divers: "A Great Place to Dive", Jan, 2019,

by Chris Moleski, QC, CA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 11250 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The best thing about Aldora is that you regularly have a dive approaching 70 minutes.

The tropical fish are among the largest that I have seen for their species and their variety is great.

Aldora is located in the tourist centre of San Miguel and easily accessible by 20 minute walk from villas in the residential section. Their boat will pick divers up from the major hotels along the beach.

We were diving two to three times per week on average and could call the dive shop the previous day and were accommodated with a place on board.

For photographers, this is drift diving, so shooting small critters is a special challenge as you have to get behind a coral head in the lee of the current - you do not have much time as you have to stay with the group.

At additional cost, we hired our own U/W divemaster for our dives: so we were not restricted to keeping up with a group. We could drop behind a coral head out of the current for 10 or 15 minutes and shoot nothing but small critters in calm water. Out on the sand, we could stay with a squadron of eagle rays for as long as we could keep up.

Aldora is highly conscious of potential reef damage from divers, and enforces a policy of not touching the reef with hands, fins, etc.
Websites Aldora Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Quebec, Ontario, Gulf of St. Lawrence, NE United States, Caribbean Sea, Red Sea, Liberia, West Africa, Cozumel
Closest Airport Cozumel Getting There Regular flights from most major North American airports

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 86-88°F / 30-31°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 100-150 Ft/ 30-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions It is required to stay within sight of the U/W divemaster because surfacing is
done at the end of the drift dive in among other boat traffic. The guide has the
necessary training and experience to do this safely and call the dive boat to retrieve the divers. For more freedom, you hire your own DM.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Rinse water is available on board boats for both masks and cameras in separate buckets or barrels. Although there is no special place to store cameras on board, they can be safely stored under your seat, on the central console, up with the life preservers, or even in the rinse barrel.
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