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

Aldora Divers: "Amazing Whale Shark experience", Jul, 2018,

by Cynthia Cook Boling , TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 10504 has 4 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments As most would already know, the whale shark experience is not a scuba diving experience - strictly snorkel BUT certainly worthy of a review in Undercurrent. Howard Kaiser, another U/C reader turned Mark and me on to this experience. We went out with Rafael de la Parra, a marine biologist who specializes in Whale Sharks. His sons started Cancun Xtreme as his "excursion" website but it is best to call - Rafael doesn't look at the website much. We arrived on July 11 and it was certainly a peak time for the Whale Sharks. We chartered Rafael's boat so we had a full day experience unlike an excursion experience where you may be in the water for 15 minutes. Also, Rafael was testing a new tracking device and it was amazing to watch him work; he's hoping for a grant from National Geo. Note, however, Rafael's boat is large, shaded and comfortable for us but there is no marine head - just the open water. He did provide a light lunch and lots of water. Because we were staying at a small place (not in the very crowded downtown area) he picked us up from our hotel pier on Isla Mujeres at 8 a.m. and we returned by 4 pm. It's a two hour boat ride to open water. There were at least 20 whale sharks around us at all times and right up to the boat - IT WAS AMAZING.

So for our accommodations. Howard had recommended a place that had since changed owners and has horrible reviews SO I explored staying at the small villa/hotel next door with a small private beach - Maria's KanKin. 10 rooms and amazing. The staff was incredibly helpful; even arranged for a golf cart to be delivered to us and picked up so we didn't have to hassle with getting one from town - charged an extra $10. And the food - so good. The four of us were the only guests at Maria's until the last day - our own privately staffed villa - and that was so fun. Food is cooked to order so don't sit down with "fast food" in mind and it was delicious. I had fresh caught fish every dinner. I was very (very) surprised at how small our final tab was - including alcohol. We did visit some other eating places - via golf cart - and tooled around one whole day. Folks it has been 30 yrs since Mark and I were on Isla - only a few beer stands for day trip snorkelers from Cancun. Well it has changed a LOT - we're still asking how so much can be built on such a small island without the tip falling off into the sea. But Maria's is away from the crowd and the sunsets were amazing. Well worth the trip. Oh almost forgot - the Mantas were everywhere too during our whale shark experience - we knew one was swimming up when we saw a bright blue florescent light coming to us - it was their mouth open and feeding reflecting off the water!
Websites Aldora Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Bonaire, Turks Caicos, Honduras, Costa Rica, Cozumel, Belize, Jamaica, DR
Closest Airport Cancan Getting There Easy flight from Dallas/FTWorth to Cancun then transport to ferry.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 65-90 Ft/ 20-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Number of people in the water restricted to two with guide
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available?

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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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