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toad fish, they found me these. Two beautiful eagle rays up close after exiting Devil’s Throat at 130 ft. on wall. Set up all gear and cleaned it after last dive. One of the finest operators I have seen in 25 years of diving.

Aldora Divers, Costa Club, Febru- ary 2000, Ray Mars, Scaggsville, MD. Vis: 60-80 ft. Water: 77-78 degrees. Dive restrictions enforced: Group had to stay together. Stayed at Costa Club south of town. New name for Fiesta Inn under new management. Rooms and pool great but bar service almost nonexistent. Aldora still good operation but saw several problems. Another operation that took two days to get my Nitrox requests filled despite advanced notice. I ran into this all the time. On two trips they missed loading another diver’s fins/mask gear. They got it fixed pronto but upsetting the diver and delayed boat. Aldora seems to be the first boat out so that really was small problem. They still use 120 cu. ft. tanks and computers with long, shore safety stops so you get maximum dive time. We saw three mantas on first day, two nurse sharks, three turtles and the usual assortment of Caribbean reef fish. Full moon during trip and currents stronger than on prior trips. No rain but vis down over past years and I believe due to moon phase. Jorge and Alahondra great divemasters and pointed out seahorse, pipehorse, toad fish and many small critters. Dive to Punta Sur spectacular.

Aldora Divers/Yellow Rose Divers, Fiesta Americana, April 2000, Roger and Pam Smith (rps8@home.com),

Birmingham, AL. Vis: 100 to + Feet. Water: 79 to 80 F, calm. Dive your own profile: yes. Dive restrictions: No bottom time limits due to com- puter diving, depth limits depended on site but were within reason. Fiesta Americana — really liked it. The rooms were average size, the air was cold and the water was hot with good pressure. The staff was the best that we have had in Cozumel. The food was okay. We typically ate breakfast and snacked there but went to town for dinner. We had not been to Cozumel in four years and the reefs were the same as we remembered and we saw more turtles than we have seen in the Caymans. Also saw nurse sharks and large green eels. San Miguel was another story; the influx of cruise ship tourists is making the place unbearable. The salesmen were much worse and got rude a couple of times when we said “no thanks.” Aldora Divers was one of the best operations that we have encountered. We averaged an hour on each dive due to the steel tanks. They pick you up early to beat the others to the reef. The boats are small but okay with 6 divers. We liked spending the surface interval on a beach...no rush. They let the divers pick the sites. Some of the best divemasters around. Yellow Rose Divers was also topnotch. They let you dive your computer and do not set limits on bottom time. We dove the north sites of Barracuda and San Juan with them. More fish life and stronger currents made for exciting diving. Yellow Rose typically does 3 tank dive trips from 8:30 - 3:30. They have a new 48-foot jet-driven boat. The

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