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Dive Review of Aldora Divers/Vista Del Mar in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Aldora Divers/Vista Del Mar: "Great Diving in Cozumel", Mar, 2014,

by Pierre Hurter, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 8042 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments A group of us, generally from 4 to 6) have been making an annual pilgrimage to Cozumel, generally in late February or early March.

Some of us flew into Cozumel via Houston; others took the nonstop from SFO into Cancun and then taxied to the Ferry in Playa del Carmen. Either way it is a relatively painless flight from the Bay area.

We stay at the Vista del Mar, a small self-described “boutique” hotel on the waterfront. Rooms are neat, clean and relatively large. Includes a Mexican style continental breakfast, rolls, coffee and juice. I usually grab a few yogurts, bananas, etc, at the local supermarket. There are small refrigerators in the rooms.

W have a short walk to the pier where Aldora Divers take off from. We load up and go over our dive plan for the day. We do two dives a day with a long surface interval in between at one of the local beach resorts. Fresh coconuts fish stew, a little sun and we ready or our second dive.

I note that some people have complained that the interval is too long, we tend to do fairly deep dives and they are reasonably long, 60 to 80 minutes, so I prefer a good interval, besides we are on holiday.

Once you get away from the cruise ship hordes, the people are friendly, the food terrific and the diving surprisingly good. Toss in a night dive or two and you have everything you might want from a dive vacation.
Websites Aldora Divers   Vista Del Mar

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Alaska, Monterey, Socorro, Solomon's, Chuuck, Palau, Galapagos, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, La Paz, Tulum, Belize, Maui, Honduras
Closest Airport Cozumel Getting There SFO to Houston to Cozumel, fairly painless ... or to Cancun and then bus and ferry

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 70-100 Ft/ 21-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We dove our own profile
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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