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

Aldora Divers/Villa Aldora, Oct, 2010,

by John E. Keith, UT, US (Contributor Contributor 19 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 5799.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Saba, Bonaire, Turks and Caicos, Cayman, CA, Cabo San Lucas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 26 to 28 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 35 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions All divers ascended together
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 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Large boats had camera buckets; fast boats had none usually.

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 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is a bit redundant since we stayed at Villa Aldora and dove with Aldora Divers in September (and reported it). However, the owners offer of free lodging in October (Scubaboard) made our decision. Our son and daughter-in-law came down as well and we stayed in the Aldora Suite, which was great (2 large bdrms, walk in showers, full kitchen, large living area, wifi, and great views of the ocean). Our daughter-in-law gets pretty sea-sick, and Aldora was kind enough to arrange to pick us up close to the dive sites to minimize her problems. I can't say enough about Memo and his staff (the DMs are great), and Steve at Aldora Villa. What a great week. We saw lots of turtles and several nurse sharks, plus the usual variety of fish and small critters (often being pointed out by the DMs). Most of our dives (4 days) were with 4 or fewer divers on board. A tropical storm developed (went south), which affected the visability somewhat in the sites to the South, but in general visibility was excellent. We did encounter some pretty strong currents. As usual, dining at Kinta, La Veranda, Cassa Mission, and - our traditional favorite - El Moro was great. Can't recommend Aldora Divers and Aldora Villa enough.
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