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Dive Review of CoCo View Resort in

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Selden, MI, USA
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Report Number 4525
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
California, Florida Keys, Galapagos, Mexico, Carribean, Bahamas, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
79   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Thorough check-out dive required for all first time visitors.  During
guided dives, safe diving rules were enforced, in general.  You can also do
a lot of completely unsupervised "drop off dives" and shore
diving on your own profile--the feeling of independence at CCV is awesome.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Large UWP rinse tanks on all boats and shore.  On site expert Tim Blanton
offered lessons and helped many with camera issues, informally.  CCV is
macro-heaven, but bring a wide-angle lens for shots of the shipwreck, if
you can.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
CoCo View caters to divers in every way.  Its location is ideal, stretching
out on a narrow beach near two 100+ ft. deep walls, one to the left, the
other to the right.  Both walls are a short distance from the beach and
reached by an enjoyable dive out through a sandy cut that passes between
eel-grass covered shallows all the way to the reef.  Along the 4-6 ft. deep
cut numerous reef fish are found; this made the cut and the grassy shallows
ideal for snorkeling and convenient shore diving.  If you head straight out
for another 25 yards or so instead of making a left (to Coco View Wall) or
right (to Newmans Wall), you reach the Prince Albert, a 140 ft. coastal
freighter covered with growth sunk in about 65 ft. of water.  Just off the
freighters bow is a flattened out wreck of a DC-3 airplane.  All
first-time visiting divers are led on a check-out dive that believe it or
not actually included tests for buoyancy control, proper weighting, mask
clearing, and regulator removal.  This is the first time in many
dive-resort trip stays that Ive seen such a thorough check out dive.  The
dive operation was also very well organized.  They had four large boats (no
marine heads, but equipped with big camera and mask buckets) operating when
we were there.  Boats dock close to handy, large gear lockers, rinse
showers, and drying stations.  Our driver always stayed on board.  All
boats leave from a dock just behind the main lodge at 9am and 2pm, with two
tanks for each diver.  The first tank was a guided dive on one of the
popular sites.  The second dive was always an unguided drop off dive,
meaning that the boat would drop divers off onto one of the two walls on
the trip back into the dock.  Divers dont have input into dive locations,
but this wasnt a problem since the boats cycle through the most popular
spots.  Guided dives didnt repeat in a week and never took us to where
another of their boats were going, so we could get the benefit of a
well-guided dive on the best reefs.  Our guide always pointed out the most
interesting fish or critters he could find (like a nudibranch), which I
doubt most of us could have discovered on our own.  (Photographers: If you
go to Calvins Crack, bring a wide angle and be prepared to shoot some
ambient lighting of the dramatic opening.  You can take a lesson and/or
consult with Tim Blanton, an on-site photo expert, about how to get the
most out of the resorts wonderful photographic possibilities.)  The
drawback to the guided dive is that since CoCo View is so popular, close to
15 divers were on board for most of our trips.  It didnt feel crowded on
the boat, but it was a bit cramped at times underwatere.g., when the dive
master pointed out a seahorse, a long line would queue up.  The benefit of
the unguided drop-off dive is that I could explore the walls at my leisure,
knowing that the way back through the sandy cut to CoCo View was well
marked.  Night diving is also well-organized and doesnt require a boat,
with a safety-oriented sign-out/sign-in procedure.  Marine life was
outstanding.  No whale sharks or other larger pelagics, but I saw many
macro-life firsts, including decorator crabs, secretary blennies,
peppermint gobies, and even a bridled burrfish, to name a few.  We lucked
out with the notorious Roatan no-see-ums and sand-fleas; a steady 15-20 mph
breeze blew the entire trip, keeping them away.  We stayed in one of the
resorts four romantic bungalow units supported on pilings over the water
with balconies, nicely private on a separate boardwalk away from the other
units.  The over the water cabanas and oceanfront rooms were also roomy,
air conditioned and attractive. All meals are served buffet style in a
central lodge; all were tasty and included in the price.  Beer, wine and
booze is not included however.  Be ready to tip at checkout, and bring cash
to avoid credit card surcharges for shore excursions.  The low-altitude
float-plane ride and the ½ day excursion around the island in an
air-conditioned bus were fun.  Bring the best safety sausage you can
afford--there is not a lot of current everywhere, but we needed ours on a
drift dive.
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