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Dive Review of Roberta's Eco-Dive Cozumel/Village Tan Kan in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Roberta's Eco-Dive Cozumel/Village Tan Kan: "Truly Enjoyed Diving with Roberta", Aug, 2015,

by George Constantino, AK, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 8361.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We spent an excellent week in Cozumel at Roberta’s Village Tan Kan and diving with her Eco-Dive Cozumel operation. Roberta’s Scuba Shack is just across the street. I'd have to rate Roberta's operation a best buy based on the overall experience. Roberta has been doing this for years and she focus on the diving. It's not princess diving but it's darn good diving.

The Shack has a well maintained stock of rental gear, knowledgeable staff, and a secure walk in dive locker where you can hang you suits and BCD up to dry and securely store you gear over-night. Their dive boats load up from the Shack and you can also check out a tank and do you check out or a shore dive right from the Shack too. The staff are helpful but don't go out of their way in terms of customer service.

Her dive boats are older but well maintained and fast enough to ensure that we were often the first boat and in the water at the popular dive spots. The boats are small. One can take maybe 10 divers and the other six. We just back rolled over the side and at the end of the dive we had to take out and hand up our weights, BCD, and fins before going up the portable ladder. There was no head on the boat.

We had several captains and all did an excellent job of getting us to the dive sites, tracking our progress under water, and picking us up at the end of the dive. Our dive master Juan knew his dive sites and took excellent care of us underwater. We saw an amazing variety of fish and turtles on every dive. The corals are healthy and I was impressed with the number of large groupers, eels, and reef fish we saw on every dive. We saw very few lion fish so they must have a pretty good reduction program going. On several dives we saw spotted eagle rays and their local toad fish. The only thing missing seemed to be reef sharks. Plenty of nurse shares but I can't remember ever seeing a reef or open water shark. The water was warm and the viz excellent. We typically enjoyed long bottom time. I use air faster than most so I paid an extra $5/tank to use a 100 for the first, deeper reef dive of the trip and switched to an 80 for the second dive.

Roberta also arranged for and accompanied our group on an truly memorable overnight trip to Holbox to snorkel with whalesharks.

The Village is an older, quaint, clean, and charming hotel. Our stay at the Village included a complimentary continental breakfast with fresh local yogurts, breads, and fruits, scores of hummingbirds and finches that flock to their bird feeders, and a local peccary that stops by each morning to check out if the cook has left anything for him.

My wife and I agree that this was probably the most enjoyable dive vacation we’ve ever had and we certainly plan to make this an annual trip.
Websites Roberta's Eco-Dive Cozumel   Village Tan Kan

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Alaska, California, Georgia & Florida Coasts, Keys, Bahamas, Bimini, Philippines, Mexico, Fiji, Red Sea
Closest Airport CZM Cozumel International Airport Getting There Direct from Miami

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 80-84°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Back on the boat with 500 psi. We made full use of their free dive guides when boat diving due to their amazing knowledge of the reefs and the challenges of long drift dives.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments They took good care of cameras, but they used an old 40 quart cooler for a camera tank and a large camera with lights the one diver with a big rig had to store his camera with lights carefully on the deck...
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