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

Aldora Divers/Hotel Cozumel, Mar, 2010,

by Ben Freeman, NY, US ( 1 report). Report 5417.

No photos available at this time

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

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

As far as dive ops go, they are one of the better ones. They still pull some of the same stunts as others though. I had 4 different DM's on the trip, one was excellent, one good, one average, and the other I didn't really care for. I went in saying that I wanted to dive Maracaibo, Punta Sur, & Barracuda.

Day 1, DM 1 - Palancar Caves & Punta Tunich: Nurse shark, eagle ray, turtles, etc. Nice dives, and since it was my first time with them, I expected an "intro" dive, still it was cool. DM 1 let us dive until 2 ppl were at 1000 psi... which is a lot, but better than baby-sitting

Day 2, DM 1 - Punta Sur Sur & Santa Rosa?: Did the Cathedral (real one) and devil's throat. Lots of swimming, but an awesome dive. Probably couldn't have done it with any other op. Saw a reef shark to boot. Awesome.

Day 3, DM 2 - Palancar Caves & SF Wall: Despite the promise to be on a small boat going to Maracaibo, we were on the cattle boat and did "a different Palancar Caves"... The weather was perfect for going south, but we did not. I also found out that another boat hit Barracuda reef...

Day 3, DM 3 - San Juan: Have you ever been flying? This dive was awesome. DM went out of his way to point out things. It also cost him a tank of air. Profile was go up at 500psi. Saw a MARLIN. Awesome.

Day 3, DM 4 - Night Dive, Chankanaab: DM didn't really point anything out but the really annoying part was the short time... an hour on 120's at 50 ft is sad. Also, as usual, we started way too early and the reef didn't get interesting until the last 15-20 min of the dive.

I wanted to comment on the steel 120's that Aldora uses. They are pretty cool, but they are HP and I'd like to see them filled more.

Hotel Coz: Nothing special, food was fine, so was the room. Price was great.
Websites Aldora Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 75-80°F / 24-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions See full review
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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