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Dive Review of CoCo View Resort in
Honduras/Roatan

CoCo View Resort, Nov, 2002,

by Walt & Angie Redmond, TX, USA . Report 572.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Grand Turk, Bahamas, Curacao, South Caicos, Guanaja, Glover's Reef, Turneffe Atoll, Cancun, Mediterranean Sea, Aegean Sea, Hawaii, Fiji, Yap, Palau
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas surge
Water Temp 76 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes length, 120' depth. Shore diving available 24 hours.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Excellent camera facitilies on boat - too bad some divers treated the camera area as space for weight belts, etc.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Diving was good although Roatan is overfished. We saw two barracuda the entire week and the only turtles and tarpon we saw were during our island tour - they were in captivity for the cruise passengers to view. Visibility was reduced considerably due to torrential rainstorms the week before, particulary noticeable on shore dives.
Boat dives in a.m. and p.m. also dropped off for diving at Newman's Wall or the Prince Albert wreck with short swim back to resort. Mary's Place had reopened but we thought Calvin's Crack was a better dive. Osman was a great divemaster - found seahorses on almost every dive. Not many large fish but plenty of moray eels, octopus, scorpionfish, groupers, and even some juvenile trunkfish, juvenile eel, juvenile spotted drum. Boat dive sites rarely repeated. Dive boats were excellent: 15+ divers on board and not crowded; also covered so no baking in the sun.
Storage facilities were also excellent - each diver has locker at dockside so no toting of gear! However, beware the sand fleas. Deep Woods Off was more effective than Cactus Juice but reapplication essential, especially at dockside. Dive shop at dockside was well-equipped and helpful in making some minor repairs
Accomodations were average. Request an air conditioned room [helps prevent sand flea bites and beats the humidity]. Meals were average, served buffet style with plenty for everyone. However, everyone in our group had a touch of "tourista" which the staff claimed was being spread by cruise ship passengers. Take OTC remedies, drink only bottled water and avoid the salad bar and any fruit you don't peel yourself. The staff assured us everything at the resort was OK to eat or drink.
As the resort is located on an island off an island, the only way to explore Roatan is to either take a cabride, rent a car or take a tour. We ate at restaurant in town one night which was a welcome break from the resort food. Also, took the island tour on the last afternoon to get a better idea of Roatan.
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