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descended, there were 15-20 boats at most sites when we came up. Currents took us a little too close to a cruise ship once (luckily the props were off), on a night dive — with Coz currents and the constant coming and going of cruise ships now, I’d avoid the dive sites around those docks altogether. Cruise ship culture has made San Miguel aggressively commercial and expensive

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shopping. Yes, Coz is very crowded, but there’s still very fishy diving and the underwater topography can’t be beat. Aldora costs a little more, but you get a significantly better diving experience.

Aldora Divers, Costa Club, June 2000, Mark Goldsmith, Livingston, N.J. Vis: 80-100 ft. Water: 80-84 degrees. Costa Club new name, same excellent value. $80 US/night for a large clean double shared with my dive buddy. AC still provides Arctic chill. San Miguel schizophrenic as always. Entirely different and more pleasant atmosphere when cruise ships are at sea. Aldora did their consistently good job after they put us with divers of similar ability. Should supply dust covers for their DIN first stages. Their divemasters and boats make the operation great!

Aldora Divers, August 2000, Helen and David Dornbusch, Oakland, CA. In nearly 200 dives worldwide, I feel they gave us the best dive experience we have had for the money. Fast boats, small groups of three to seven, competent and person- able dive masters, attention to divers’ special requests, and daily washing

and storage of our dive gear was terrific. Marcy also gave us excellent restaurant recommendations. The Cozumel reefs have magnificent corals, intricate swim-throughs, and a very interesting variety of fish — though not in great abundance. Aldora’s steel tanks allowed us an average of more than an hour on every dive. For the first morning dive, we’d usually spend about 20 minutes at 80- 90 feet, then another 20 minutes at 50- 60 feet, finishing the dive cruising between 30-40 feet and up to a safety stop, usually surfacing with about 1,000 psi. We’d usually take our computers to two or three clicks into the yellow zone then gradually work our way up. The second morning dive always followed a 60 to 90 minute surface stop at Play Sol — a conve- nient and fairly comfortable beach “playground” with a restaurant, pool, and even a small zoo. The stop would have been much more pleasant if we could have gotten them to turn down the much-too-loud music. My requests did nothing. (They probably couldn’t hear me.) But, unplugging the nearest speaker seemed to work for a little while. Though we were there in the off-season, many dive sites were way too crowded. To avoid the crowds, Aldora took us out a half hour earlier than everyone else, picking us up at 7:45 each morning. But the large groups did manage to find us from time to time. Emerging from one swim through, my exit was blocked by a conga line of about 15 divers all head to fins, and lead by a divemaster who loudly banged his tank every few minutes to keep his herd together. We

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