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Dive Review of CoCo View Resort in
Honduras/Roatan

CoCo View Resort, Apr, 2008,

by Paul Selden, MI, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 4525.

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

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 79 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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