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

Aldora Divers/airbnb: "What's up with Aldora?", Apr, 2018,

by mark magers, Jalisco, Mexico (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 10233 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving GBR, Saba, Montserrat, Dominica, Barbados, Cuba, USVI, Belize, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, HI, WA, CA, RI
Closest Airport CZM Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

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Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments We have used Aldora 3 times now over the years, twice in the past 2 years. We found them through Undercurrent in 2001 and were impressed back then with their focus on a quality dive experience – more experienced divers, 120 steel tanks for more bottom time, and early starts to be first to more interesting dive sites. In 2001, that is what we experienced, and as well in 2016. Our recent experience was less than we hoped for, for several reasons. We can’t tell if we hit them on an off week, so who knows? But if they read these reviews (and they must, a cover article from Undercurrent was taped up in their window) we hope someone will look into the issues we had this trip and address them. Our fear is that they have grown to a point where they are less selective with their customers, and the overall experience suffers. I have seen this in many business I consult to, a strategic core focus that gets fuzzy when they decide they need to grow.

Perhaps this in an indication of the aforementioned concern. We showed up with a friend who had very few dives overall and had not been in the water in 14 years. We were surprised (and selfishly pleased) that they agreed to take him on. They set him up with a refresher course for a half day, 1:1 instruction, and the next day he went on the boat with us – accompanied by his refresher instructor, who dove separately with him. While his dive skills did not return easily, they did accommodate him, and we were happy about that. And as far as we could tell the other divers’ experience was not compromised. He paid for 1:1 attention.

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By Tari Hanneman in MD, US at May 18, 2018 19:12 EST  
We just dove with Aldora and had a very different experience. Sounds like they were definitely having an off week. Sorry that your experience was so mixed. Will be posting our review soon.
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