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Dive Review of Aldora/Hotel Aguilar in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Aldora/Hotel Aguilar, Feb, 2007,

by David A Harper, MD, United States (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 3174.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving U.S.V.I.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 20 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Inform DM at 1000 pounds
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 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 1-31-07 Off at 7:30 on the Aldora 5. Just me and Sherwood from Villa Aldora today. Two divers and a DM, nice. We are in the water by 8:30. Columbia regular. We get started in a beautiful swim through and are greeted by a hovering Green Moray. Almost Disney like, he stays there and allows pictures. He then retracts back in the cave, almost surreal. Currents are normal today. We have a relaxing 67-minute cruise. We drift north over the bricks, caves and horseshoe. Beautiful heads of coral one after another. These dives are why I come back to Cozumel, again and again.1½ hour SI at Playa Mia with cold rain, then sun. Crazy weather all week. San Francisco for the second dive. We start off with a baby pipe seahorse. We then get to see this beautiful drum fish, followed by a parade with a black grouper and nurse shark. Awesome. This was the first dive of the week without a turtle. A perfect two-dive set. There are 6 ships in port. I attempt to take it in from my perch on Melgar but the rain runs me off. I sit in the room and hunger strikes, again. I walk through the parking lot of the hotel to Sabores. They are only open 12-4 p.m.Almost all meals are under 50 pesos. For instance, tacos de pollo, chicken soup and a fruit drink. Thats for 4 tacos! I highly recommend this place. There must have been 25 divers there. Sabores on 5, between 3 & 5. As I am leaving the place the cheese guy walks by hollering Queso Oxaca! A nice, Cozumel experience. This review is for those of you want to do a trip to Cozumel inexpensively. Please see my reviews of El Presidente and Cozumel Palace if you prefer upscale accommodations. Hotel Aguilar is located on Calle 3 Sur, just up from Melgar, the ocean front road. It is $45 USD a night, which includes tax. It has two double beds, a small refrigerator, small bath, and good air conditioning. My dive shop stored my gear but I think gear storage would be a problem here. Lots of hot water for showers. Very basic, pretty clean. It has a pool but I never saw anyone use it. The pool could be better maintained. The office is staffed 24 hours per day and they are friendly. The hotel is just around the corner from my dive shop, Aldora, and just up the street from their dock. It was the perfect location for my one-week visit.
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