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

Aldora/Villa Aldora, Mar, 2005,

by Mike Hynan, WI, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 1851.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Florida Keys, Little Cayman, Puget Sound, Lake Michigan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 130 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments My wife and I dove 5 consecutive days with Aldora. It was our first time in Cozumel. Undercurrent and word of mouth made Aldora one of our top three choices for a dive operator. A phone conservation with Dave, the owner, sealed the deal. We stayed in the Barracuda suite at Villa Aldora and loved it. No problems with bugs mentioned in the other reports. Great view and everything works. Greg and Kay, the managers, are the best. Greg met us at the airport at 8:00 pm, oriented us to where we were, and provided a 6 pack in the suite. The next day Greg took us grocery shopping, and brought the food back to Villa Aldora while we checked in at the dive office. He packed everything away for us! We ate four meals in (using the gas grill at the Villa), and three dinners out. Taxi rides into town were easy to find and inexpensive, $3-4. The only problem with the apartment was a refrigerator with a slight leak, which was quickly attended to. Some of the other guests may have been bothered by noise from remodeling the back apartments. Internet connections and free long distance worked perfectly.

Diving was also great, as this was our first concentrated experience with drift diving. As advertised, we were put on a boat with divers of comprable experience. Vollrath was our dive master. He was friendly, attentive, and ran a tight ship. We knew we were in good hands, and we were very happy that he was with us for all five days of diving. He was very open to going to sites we wanted to go to and diving profiles that we wanted. When my wife forgot her scuba boots one day, Vollrath loaned his to her for the first dive, and Greg and Kay got her boots to her during our on-shore lunch surface interval. Lunch here was a little pricey, but good. I especially liked the club sandwhiches. Overall cost of lodging and diving was comprable to Little Cayman (maybe a little less), but the cost of food on Cozumel was much less.
We plan to be repeat customers!!
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