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Dive Review of Aldora Divers/Club Yebo in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Playa Del Carmen

Aldora Divers/Club Yebo, Jul, 2013,

by Ronald Schmetzer, FL, United States (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 7318.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was a combination trip designed to experience a little of everything. The primary goal was to snorkel with whale sharks north of Cancun/Isla Mujeres, which was a rousing success. The trip was organized and escorted by Shark Diver Magazine with a big assist from Phantom Divers in Playa Del Carmen(PDC).

We used PDC as our base of operations staying at a small hotel called Club Yebo. Nothing fancy but nice clean rooms with lots of deck space to dry gear and good A/C. Also far enough away from the closest nightclub to be quiet at night but only a block from the main restaurant/party street and only a block from the beach.

We did two days of snorkeling with the whale sharks, which consisted of an hours drive to Cancun(leaving at 5:30 AM) followed by a 90 minute boat ride to find the whale sharks. Our organizer used Solo Buceo, which was a very good experience. The second day out we were one of the first boats to find the mother lode of whale sharks, a couple hundred. There were so many that we had our own patch of ocean with no other boats crowding us. There were also several mantas thrown in for good measure. This was snorkeling only and required either a wet suit or life vest for buoyancy although I got away with just using a skin.

This was followed by two days of cenote diving led by Charlie(Carlos) of Phantom Divers who also provided all our transportation for the week and was on all the tours with us. This was a first for me and I would definitely recommend it.

The final two days we boarded the 7:00 AM ferry to Cozumel and met one of Aldora's boats at a dock a short walk from the ferry pier. They are just as good as I remember from my hurricane Mitch shortened trip in 1998. You no longer have to have your regulator converted to DIN to use their steel tanks. On the second day they provided our spear fisherman with a Lion Fish pole, which he successfully used a couple of times. I have a video on YouTube of him feeding one to a Spotted Moray.

The only downside was we didn't leave enough time to relax due to the early morning departures to get to Cancun and Cozumel and no "down days".
Websites Aldora Divers   Club Yebo

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Belize, Caymans, Bahamas, Bonaire, Saba, Turks & Caicos, Florida Keys, Florida Gulf Coast
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 70-100 Ft/ 21-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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