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Dive Review of CoCo View Resort in
Honduras/Roatan

March, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Christopher Watt, MA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6488
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
New England, St. Vincent, Bermuda, Red Sea, UK, Italy, Switzerland, FL Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, dry  
Seas
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
81   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
20   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Group generally stayed with Divermaster on boat dives.  General guidance
was 1 hour dives and staying within recreational depth limits  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 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  
4 stars  
Comments
Camera-only rinse tanks on all boats and on shore.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
4 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Trip with my 15 yo daughter, who did her cert referral dives at CCV.  We
flew from Boston to Roatan on Delta, connecting in Atlanta.  Trip was
generally smooth with no significant problems.  Per bag weight limit for
checked baggage is 50 lbs.  For International trips like this on Delta, 1
checked bag per passenger is free; additional bags are $30 each way and
can be paid for in advance.  They seemed pretty liberal with hand luggage,
although I did see a few customers getting pulled aside for overly large
bags.  We just moved to the US from Europe recently and havent done much
domestic travel since we moved back, so all this was new to me.

We stayed in ocean front room 21, which is on the 2nd floor of the 2nd
ocean front building, in the corner farthest from the dining hall. 
Comfortable and clean, with 2 full beds, a powerful (but noisy) air
conditioner, 2 ceiling fans, a chest of drawers between the beds, a
desk/chair, mini-fridge, coffee maker, a 5 gallon jug of water (great
idea!) with pump/4 drinking cups, a shelf that ran the length of one bed
for storage and an area for hanging clothes with 8 hangers and another
small shelf above.  The open air deck facing the water was great for
hanging out on, with 2 wooden Adirondack-style deck chairs, a hammock and a
rope for hanging things out to dry (6 clothespinscould have used a few
more especially after one of our neighbors took some of ours).  Other
guests we spoke to mentioned that the cabanas and bungalows are biggerbut
to be honest, we had all the space we needed.  The shower also always
seemed to have plenty of hot water.

Weather was nice and warm = mid-high 80s F air temps on most days and only
one very brief daytime rain shower during the week.  Water temps were a
consistent 81F on all dives according to my computer.  Call us crazy, but
we both brought 5mm suits and wore them all week.  I never felt too hot and
at the same time never felt too cold (my daughter said the same).  On the
days when I did 4 dives, it was certainly nice to have the extra neoprene.


My daughter completed her certification referral dives at CCV, and I was
definitely impressed with what I saw of the Dockside Dive team and
Alejandra, her instructor.   Dockside is a very well-stocked dive shop.not
the typical basics-only vacation resort dive shop.  Key takeaways = new
rental gear in great condition, in-house photo expert offering
instruction/photo/video services, etc., tons of accessories such as
clips/keepers, lanyards, dive lights, dive bandanas, etc.    Dive shop
owner Patty Grier is also a trained paramedic; in addition at CCV there is
Andrea, an experienced RN who provides medical care on a volunteer basis =
both were a huge help with my newbie daughter's ear issues....getting her
back in the water despite some congestion problems.  

Instruction looked very good = Alejandra did not baby her in any way, which
I liked (building self-sufficiency).  I watched them underwater during 1
boat dive = good to see Abby do well on full mask removal/replace :-)

DIVING:
The CCV dive boats are definitely a treat.  Not so impressive at first
glance, but we quickly came to appreciate the 3 exit points and the center
dive well.  Open air but plenty of shaded space on the boat  perfect for
pasty white northeasterners trying to avoid sunburn.  Dive conditions were
choppy for much of the week.  On our last day we had 3-4 foot waves (with
occasional 6s) on the longer trip to Calvins Crack, a 35 minute trip east
of CCV.Abby had no problems re-boarding the boat using the center well
(getting gentle underwater reminders to watch her head).  Much easier to
wedge yourself in the well and remove fins vs. using the bucking bronco
stern.  We had 10 or 11 folks on our boat most days, and things never felt
crowded.again, having 2 side exits and the stern exit prevented any exit
log jams.  All our fellow divers on CCV IV were very encouraging and
supportive to Abby and all congratulated her when she finished her
certification dives successfully.  David our captain and Kirk our DM were
both great = laid back but efficient, always there to help and with a good
sense of humor.  DM intern Bill was also a great help, hanging with Abby
and me during our sometimes extended descents to gently open her ears.  We
were taking 4-5 minutes to get down to 30 feet to allow her time to
equalize properly..good to have Bill there, particularly when we were
doing this over the walls on the drop off dives.  

We certainly found as much diving as we wanted during the week.  I managed
20 dives and Abby did 10 (due to her cold/sinus/ear issues).  
Unfortunately we didnt do any night dives (again, taking things easy with
her ears) = next trip.  For the times when Abby couldnt dive, she loved
falling asleep in her hammock and sunbathing in some of the sundecks
along the waterfront.  I felt very safe leaving her alone at the resort for
short amounts of time.  She also came out on the boat with us a few times
when she wasnt diving  reading and swimming while we were underwater.

Marine life = lots of great small life; the only larger stuff we saw during
the week was 1 turtle, a large tarpon and many sizeable grouper. Macro life
was beautiful = more sea horses than I've seen in all my previous diving to
date combined, morays, drum fish everywhere, tons of angels (queen, French,
gray), butterfly fish, toad fish, trumpet fish, being surrounded by a
school of nearly 100 squid, flamingo tongues on almost every dive.  And the
walls  not sure Id ever get bored diving on Coco View and Newmans walls.
 Always something going on and something slightly different every time.

Other general feedback:
-  All I brought to wear were t-shirts, 4 bathing suits and 2 pairs of
shorts.  This was perfect given how casual CCV is.

-  Good and plentiful food, buffet-style.  I let CCV know in advance that
Abby is a vegetarian.  If there wasnt a specific fish dish on the menu,
they went out of their way to make her something special, including veggie
burgers at the mid-week BBQthe cooking staff were so helpful and
thoughtful, always checking in with Abby to make sure she was taken care
of.

-  All staff super helpful and friendly

-  We were able to connect to the wireless internet access from our ocean
front room; 10% of the time this was slightly slow.  This usually corrected
itself with a screen re-fresh or opening/closing the browser window.

-  I  did a 1:1 check-out dive with a DM on Saturday (scheduled in advance
= $25)..absolutely worth it (saw a turtle on CCV wall during the front
yard tour)..particularly to be able to enjoy a full day of diving on
Sunday

-  Mellow bar scene....not a big party/night life place.but a nice place
to have a drink, play pool, play ping pong, pull out a game (we had an
ongoing Uno deathmatch going on), etc.

-  All rooms were booked when we were there last week - things never felt
crowded  eating or diving. As I mentioned, we had 10-11 on our boat and
were blessed with a very nice group of folks who jelled pretty well.

-  There were bugs, and we came suitably paranoid having read many stories
about them. We applied bug spray each AM, PM and after diving (including
towelettes in the bus to CCV) and despite a few bites had no major issues.
We sat outside quite often on our deck and really weren't bothered;
consistent breezes (and time of year) probably helped with this.

-  My feet were a mess by the end of the week  blisters on the tops of my
feet.  Ive done 20 dives in a week beforeI guess in the past I had been
doing enough diving at home just prior to the trip so that my feet were
battle ready.  I brought a pair of nylon dive socks ($6) that I started
wearing later in the week.  These were originally for Abby, but they saved
my feet!

-  Water on the boats is paper cups and a large water jug.  We brought some
plastic water bottles from home; you can also buy bottles of water in the
gift shop and re-fill during the week.

-  Plenty of hanging lines in the dive locker gear for wetsuits, including
bootie pegs.  Dive lockers have hanging pegs.  I saw that several folks
brought their own BC hangers

- Nitrox was 31.6 to 33.0 (target 32)
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