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The town of Cozumel is quiet but the diving is great, the people friendly, and the food tasty! We have some great packages with accommodation at Villa Aldora and premier dive services by Aldora Divers.
The Villas vary in cost from $95 per night to $295 per night for either of the two largest villas. The Aldora and Norte Suites can accommodate full families and feature full kitchens. All suites offer free guest parking, a private beach, free Wi-Fi and internet, TV, direct-dial phones, laundry facilities, kitchens, and a great outdoor Bar-B-Q. Bicycles are available for guest use. All rooms are airconditioned.
Aldora Divers offers typical dive packages with two morning dives for $95 per person and also offers exclusive long-range trips for $200 per person. Aldora divers discovered five large coral heads way to the north of Cozumel in which large Caribbean reef sharks can be found sleeping in a somewhat catatonic state. This is the place where the fabled Isla Mujeres Sleeping sharks ran and hid. Not only the sharks, but the pristine coral formations with squadrons of eagle rays and other pelagic abound there. Long range, full day, 3 tanks dive trip to the North of Cozumel, depart at 7:30am from the Aldora dock.
* * * Cozumel Closes Marine Park Southern Portion * * *
The southern part of Cozumel Marine Park will be closed beginning October 7 until at least January, seriously limiting where dive boats can go. If you’re thinking about a trip to Cozumel, you may wish to reconsider. If you already have plans, you may wish to contact your dive operator to see how the closures will affect your diving.
The Marine Park includes the southwest quadrant of the island’s coast. The harder-to-reach northern and eastern sites will still be open, but, because of strong currents, only experienced divers prepared to make what can be lengthy and arduous boat journeys in rough water should consider diving these sites. These include the sites from El Mirador on the more exposed east coast, to Baja de Molas at the most northerly point.
The areas where most diving in Cozumel occurs -- from Palancar Gardens (on Cozumel’s southwest quadrant) to Maracaibo, and Playa Bosh in the extreme south (including dive sites Columbia, Punta Sur, and El Cielo) will be closed so government scientists may investigate the causes of ‘white syndrome’ affecting hard corals there and gauge the amounts and effects of pollution discharged by the large hotels that border the marine park.
Local dive operators say popular sites that can still be accessed by dive boats include Barracuda Reef on the extreme northwest coast, the wreck of the C-52, Tormentos Reef, San Francisco Reef, Santa Rosa, El Cedral, and Punta Delila on the west coast.
White syndrome starts with the coral showing well-defined areas of whitening, which then expand and, apparently spread to all other coral colonies by contact, mainly through divers touching infected coral during dives. Otherwise known as stony coral tissue loss disease, it’s affecting reefs in Florida too.