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Dive Review of CoCo View Resort in

May, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Debbie Pasich, CA, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Caymans (all 3), Cozumel, Belize, Dominica and Bonaire
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
83   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
You could dive your own profile but they like to keep boat dives to a 60
minute maximum.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Pretty strict enforcement of camera rinse tanks being used solely for
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
The diving: If youre interested in 24/7 diving CoCo View is the place for
you as in addition to 2 daily boat trips you can grab a tank anytime day or
night and do a shore dive.  This is probably the most organized and best
run dive operation weve seen.  Once briefed on a dive site your free to
stick with the dive master or dive on your own.  Tanks were regularly
filled to 3000 PSI and NITROX is available for a single fee for the week. 
Dive sites were anywhere from 5 to 25 minutes from the dock with the
briefing done at the dock before heading out.  The boats go out twice a day
and dives were typically 60 minutes in duration.  The first tank is a
moored or (depending upon conditions) a drift dive and the second dive is a
drop-off dive where the boat drops you off at one of 3 sites available in
the front of the resort (fondly referred to as their front yard).   You
exit this dive on shore and take the short walk back to the dive locker
area.  If youve never been to CoCo View they will give you an orientation
dive where they test your mask clearing and buoyancy skills and then give
you a short tour of the front yard so you become familiar with the best
way to enter and exit the water for shore dives. The shore dives include
Newmans Wall, CoCo View wall and the Prince Albert wreck.  They have great
dive boats with giant stride exits available from both sides and the stern.
 The dive locker area was spacious, well laid out, had numerous rinse tanks
for gear and cameras, several fresh water showers and lines to hang wet
suits and booties. On most dives the gorgonians and fans were absolutely
beautiful. Other than a few large green morays, a couple turtles, a few
barracuda and one large grouper the balance of the fish were the usual
Caribbean tropicals (although nothing in abundance).  I would consider CoCo
View a great place to go for macro photography  lots of little stuff
including seahorses.  The lion fish have hit Roatan and CoCo View is doing
their part to rid the area of the invasive species.  I would suggest this
is not the best place to bring non-diving children as there really isnt
much else to do but dive and relax.   During our 9 day stay we only had a
couple days where a thick haze of smoke from the mainland wasnt present. 
I dont know if this is typical but it did affect the lighting conditions
underwater  it was as if you were diving with light overcast skies.  The
resort: Most guests arrive at CoCo View on Saturdays and their greeting and
orientation for new guests is done as a group.  We arrived mid-week and
after waiting at the dock for awhile had to poke around and eventually
asked another guest where to check in.  All rooms have an unobstructed view
of the ocean and have air conditioning, a refrigerator and coffee maker. 
The overwater rooms are more spacious than the oceanfront rooms.  The
center rooms in the oceanfront rooms are a bit dark with light coming in
only through the front double doors.  During our visit we stayed in two
different rooms.  In both cases the beds were soft and suffered from body
divets.   Wireless internet access is available in the clubhouse.  In
general I think the staff is suffering from visitor fatigue.  The office
staff was not very friendly and the dining crew didnt really engage with
the guests unless effort was made on the part of the guest.  The dining
crew seemed pretty comfortable with guests bussing their own tables.  We
did however find that when the manager was present there was an effort by
the staff to walk around to take away your dishes. The food: The food was
good (occasionally great) and plentiful.   Breakfasts included pancakes,
waffles, french toast, fresh fruit and cereal, scrambled eggs, a meat
(bacon, ham or sausage), made to order omelets and juices.  Lunches usually
offered a hot entrée, side dish and soup as well as a sandwich bar. 
 In addition to a salad bar, dinners usually had two entrée choices
that included chicken, fish or steak and some other hot meal with side
dishes.   Both lunch and dinner offered something sweet for dessert.  They
have all you can drink coffee, ice tea and lemonade.  Sodas and adult
beverages can be purchased from the bar at reasonable prices.  Their gift
shop sells bottles of wine ($14) as well as bottles of assorted liquors.
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