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Dive Review of Aldora/Casa Carlita in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Aldora/Casa Carlita, Jun, 2004,

by Teresa Yent, NC, USA . Report 1186.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our 5th trip to Cozumel. It was the first time we took our children to Cozumel because this place was a right of passage for them. We told them that they needed more experience to go to Cozumel. They know that it is my husband and mine favorite dive location for the Carribean and couldn't wait to go. The trip unfortunately was a bust. It rained 27” the first 24 hours that we were there. It had also rained for two days prior to our arrival. The port was closed for two days then when we were able to dive, it was so churned up from the tropical storm that the visability was horrible for Cozumel. There were many dive sites that we couldn’t even visit because it was so murky. If you were below 60’, it wasn’t bad – but above 60’ sucked. We still had a great time, but the kids were unimpressed with the diving! Cozumel is always fun because of the top side attractions. We rented scooter and went to Coconuts and went horse back riding. Many of the locals were flooded out of their house – nothing like a vacation with a natural disaster going on. The hotels all lost power one night. They said that this was the worst rain that they have had in a decade – worse then a hurricane. We had no wind though with the storm. All the intersections were flooded 2 to 3 feet and the north side of the island was 4 to 5 feet.

We were schedule to dive with Living Underwater but due to the flood, Jeremy felt he needed to bail out his house and take care of his family. He hooked us up with Aldora and they were able to fit us in at the last minute. We usually dive with Aldora when we are in Cozumel. The owner has put in a lot of TLC to make Aldora what it once use to be. We also were invited to a party at Villa Aldora which was great. It is just north of town and it is a place for Aldora divers to stay while in town. They have everything to offer you. Very simple motel like accomadations all the way up the chain to a house with several bedrooms. The pricing was very reasonable and they will keep a boat up at the marina next to Villa Aldora to take divers to the dive sites south of town. We will definitely consider the Villa Aldora the next time we are in Cozumel.

Since the diving was so-so we took advantage of a deal that Aldora had. We went to Playa Del Carman and we dove a Cenotes. It was really cool and a bit cold! Crystal clear water – it was like looking through air. It was a wonderful experience. Then we went to Tulum. It was a great excursion. We dove with Mateo who is a real cave junkie!

We rented a house, Casa Carlita which was beautiful and so well worth the money. We rented the house from Cozumel Vacation Rentals. [ link] It was a 5 minute walk to Plaza Las Glorias pier for boat pick-up and 2 blocks from the grocery store. They were awesome to work with and were very responsive before, during and after our trip. They had maid service daily with clean towels etc. Terrific for the money and we didn’t get flooded.

We participated in a DAN study while we were there which was very interesting.

I had my 200th dive in Cozumel and this was the first dive trip that I have ever had any weather related issues. Not to bad!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, Cozumal several times, Bonaire several times, Fiji, Great Barrier Reef, Hondorus
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas currents
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-60 Ft/ 9-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Drift Diving - have to enter together and come up together.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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]
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