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Roberta's Dive Shack Opinions and Dive Site Recommendation?

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by Andrew Dawson, Jan 22, 2021.

  1. ReefHound

    ReefHound Divemaster

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    No gloves. Sorry. Not allowed. Bring a boat coat though.
     
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  2. Rob9876

    Rob9876 Barracuda

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    @Andrew Dawson Gloves (& knives) are not allowed in the marine park (which covers most, but not all, of the reefs on the west side of the island -- to discourage touching reefs/creatures. We do bring trilobite-type cutters but have not had to use them (no fishing allowed in the marine park either).

    We do have Nautilus trackers -- a little peace of mind with drift diving. However, in general the boats are great at keeping up with divers, and there are generally a good bit of other boats passing by -- especially in the marine park area. If you are diving the reefs up north, there would be less traffic and a slight bit more possibility of taking a long drift.

    Warmth is subject to personal preference, but we've never felt any need for a hood (especially in summer, when we sometimes just dive in T-shirt and swimsuits). Similarly, we usually leave our 5mm booties at home and prefer 2mm short boots for diving and snorkeling.

    And (since you didn't mention) I'd say bring lights also -- we have had great night dives in Cozumel, and always carry our smaller lights with us during the day for swim-throughs and peeking into crevices, etc.
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  3. Andrew Dawson

    Andrew Dawson Manta Ray

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    Awesome info, guys!! Ver much appreciated!! I will leave the gloves at home, reluctantly...no intention of touching anything...but I just prefer gloves.

    Yes, LIGHTS! I will bring my XTAR D26 lights, batts, and charger.

    What about DIN tank valves? I have on DIN/yoke adapter...but two sets of regs...probably better bring another adapter, eh? Or just ask Roberta to borrow 1 or 2...
     
  4. Ocean Child

    Ocean Child Angel Fish

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    when I was there I asked for 100cf din tanks and they supplied them no problem, so ask Roberta I bet you can get din tanks
     
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  5. judydivescoz

    judydivescoz Loggerhead Turtle

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    I always bring a din converter. I dive in Cozumel a lot. Most dive shops have them but last year I was on a boat where 5 of the 6 divers on board needed one....happy I had mine. In August the water should be mid 80s. I wear a 3mil because I get cold quick. My husband wears a 1/2 mil. I don’t know that you will need a boat coat in August. Air temp is high 80s into the 90s. I bring one with me November to April. Have fun on your trip!
     
  6. mediumone

    mediumone Manta Ray

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    I cannot fathom a boat coat in July, August or September.
     
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  7. judydivescoz

    judydivescoz Loggerhead Turtle

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    Either could I! Some one suggested it in an earlier response!
     
  8. donhealy

    donhealy Barracuda

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    So I have 3 of their t-shirts and a boatload of memories and video. Great people and great dive shop. The rooms are just fine! The last time I went, the toilet paper still had to go into a basket, so if this is your first time just be warned.

    If the blue food truck is around the corner then get the tortas. You won't be disappointed.

    We always go to Coz as as a group, stay at Roberta's and go to almost any of the sites at our request as the boat was ours for each trip.

    If you don't enjoy the facility, the dive shop or the crews then you need to re adjust you fun index.
     
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  9. ReefHound

    ReefHound Divemaster

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    that was me and for some reason I was thinking his trip was next month. We don’t bring our boat coats in summer or fall before December.
     
  10. Scuba-74

    Scuba-74 Manta Ray

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    Actually Roberta’s Shack has about a dozen boat coats to borrow. They are old and worn, but they are free. I used one after a night dive a few weeks ago when we were coming back in pouring rain, and so did everyone aboard. Didn’t need it for any of the day trips.
     

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