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Dive Review of Aldora/Iberostar in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

Aldora/Iberostar, Jul, 2002,

by Duane Hill, t, USA . Report 32.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 25 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions First diver low on air breathed from the divemasters octopus, when second person was below 1000, dive time was almost up
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

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

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Aldora's operation was overall very good. There was a little bit of a rocky start to the trip, however, they got their act together very well. The good: divemaster (Omar) was very good and the 120 cf tanks allowed an amazing bottom time. The bad: on the first day of diving my son and I were on a boat with a woman that required a lot of air. We surfaced within 35 minutes on the deep dive (the shortest by far of the week) with over half of the air remaining in our tanks. We were moved to a different boat that had more experienced divers from the second to the fifth days and we averaged well over an hour for bottom times thereafter. When told to be at the dock by 8:00am, were there with time to spare, and we were never picked up prior to 8:20. When I asked about this, I was told "remember we are on Mexican time here." I found the manager to be very interested in how things were going, and a true desire to make things good for the divers. I found that the repeat divers with this operation were all very experienced and would not think of diving with another dive-op. I will use Aldora on my next trip to Cozumel.

The Iberostar was chosen as our accomodations due to the non-divers in our party, and it was a good choice. The beach was great, food was pretty good (this is an all-inclusive resort) and our rooms were fine. We did hear that some of the people that were on the top of the two story buildings had leaky roofs when it rained. We got a great last minute deal using funjet.com and would stay there again. It was far from downtown, but we did not really need to go to town more than once or twice for shopping.
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