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

Aldora Divers/Hotel Cozumel & Resort: "Another year, another trip to Cozumel", Sep, 2019,

by Al Krenz, IL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 11147 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I've been staying at the Hotel Cozumel & Resort for 10 consecutive years after a break of several years. Also stayed there a number of years prior to my break from going to Cozumel. A solid 3-star hotel that is clean, accommodating and budget-friendly. I paid $1,130 total for two people for eight nights with an all-inclusive plan. I would rate the food as "very good" if one likes a menu leaning toward Mexican specialties. I think the menu during my stay was accommodating the primarily Mexican clientele that was there during my stay. The day before we checked out, a large number of Americans checked in and I suspect the menu shifted to more "American" in nature. It has in past years when I've stayed there. All in all, it feels like I'm coming "home" when I check in and a number of the staff remember me from years past. For me, no reason to stay anywhere else.

As for the diving, I always use Aldora. We're always on fast boats with a maximum of 6 divers. Most divers (myself included) use the steel 120 cu. ft. tanks with EAN 32 for the first dive and EAN 36 for the second dive. The dive boat usually picks us up at the hotel dock around 7:45 AM and we return to the dock around 2:15 PM, sometimes a little later. Shortest dive time (for ten dives) was 63 minutes. The other nine dives averaged 1 hour 30 minutes. Two dives of these lengths are all I need each day. Divemaster Rich was outstanding.
Websites Aldora Divers   Hotel Cozumel & Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Lake Michigan (off Chicago and Milwaukee), San Diego, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Truk Lagoon, Fiji, Yap, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Turks & Caicos, Palau, Bonaire, Australia, Galapagos
Closest Airport Chicago O'Hare Getting There Chicago - Dallas - Cozumel. Change planes in Dallas

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 85-87°F / 29-31°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70-80 Ft/ 21-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Used steel 120 cu. ft. tanks. Most dives were 1.5 hours in length. D/M did an occasional check on divers air consumption and NDT status. No real restrictions.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments A bucket of fresh water in the boat for camera gear.
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