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service and lunch were great. See the Feb. 2000 newsletter for more information (that’s why we dove with them and agree with the report). Next time I would take a hood to protect from the thimble jellyfish and to keep from getting cold. With hour long dives, the second dive was chilly in a full 3/2 suit.

Aldora Divers, Costa Club, May 2000, Randy and Nina Hodge, Orlando, FL. Vis: 90 to 125 ft. Water: 81 degrees, choppy, mild currents. Dive your own profile: yes. Dive restrictions: none. Aldora is the only way for an experienced diver to enjoy Cozumel. Steels 120s and 100 substantially exceed bottom time. Our group of 6 did many dives in excess of 1.5 hours. Roberto and Jorge lead aggressively, but safe, dives and each excel at finding the small critters (a huge seahorse and numerous pipe horses). Fast boats leave before the rest of the operators with a maximum of 7 divers so you always get the site you want. The sites include some not everyone gets to — Barracuda/San Juan and El Islote. The sign on the wall of the shop says it all, “the answer is yes, now what is the question?” Prima restaurant is not to be missed. El Moro and Guido’s should also be on your list.

Aldora Divers/Dive Paradise, Costa Club, May 2000, Richard Litsch, Santa Rosa, CA. Vis: 60 to 80 ft. Water: 82 to 84 degrees, choppy. Dive your own profile: no. Dive restric- tions: none. My first trip to Cozumel, after diving many great locations in

the world. Diving better than ex- pected, but certainly not the South Pacific. Similar to Belize. Did six dives with Dive Paradise. Boats always late by up to 45 minutes. Enforced group diving, some dives as short as 30 minutes. I came up with 1500-1800 psi consistently. Fast boats are fast, but so what if they leave up to an hour after the slow boats, dive masters safe but uninterested in finding us great stuff. Did six dives with Aldora which, on the other hand was excellent. Boats always on time and faster than Dive Paradise fast boats. Roberto, our divemaster, was great, going out of his way to find things. Splendid toadfish, seahorses, pipefish, dwarf filefish, flamingos tongue. Nothing seemed to escape his keen eye. Night dive was excellent with the biggest lobsters and crabs I’ve ever seen. Long dive times dues to large steel tanks, some up to 80 minutes. No rush to get home. Converting to Aldora’s DIN adapters was a pain, but they made it work with no extra costs. Once I forgot a valuable piece of equipment on board, after calling the office, it wasn’t ten minutes later I received a call back saying they had it. Rare indeed for Latin America. Office staff top notch. Costa Club was great with no problems to report. How- ever, on checking in we were informed Tropical Adventures had not paid them for our room yet. This increasingly common event is horrible and needs to stop. Dive wholesalers, I ask you, is three extra days of interest worth it? Cozumel was great though.

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